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Yesterday, Apple promised that today would be a day that you would never forget. This morning, thousands gave a humble cheer because they could now purchase music from The Beatles, a band who changed modern music. Millions more let out a sigh of discontent at best.
Many technology forums and news websites have rung out with complaints like "Why didn't Apple release something major like the iOS 4.2 update or AirPlay?"
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Now that Apple computers and Apple the music folks have finally kissed and made up, The Beatles catalogue is cleared for sale on iTunes.
But is this just a case of Apple something we're already familiar with as the new next big thing, and should you really buy Beatles tracks on iTunes? Relax. The chart below should help.
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The New York Times
November 15, 2010
Apple Strikes Deal to Sell Beatles Catalog Online
By BEN SISARIO and MIGUEL HELFT
For the next generation of Beatles fans, the wait could soon be over.
Apple is expected on Tuesday to announce that it has finally struck a deal with the Beatles, the best-selling music group of all time, and the band’s record company, EMI, to sell the band’s music on iTunes, according to a person with knowledge of the private deal who requested anonymity because the agreement was still confidential.
Depending on the terms of the deal, customers for the first time will be able to buy “Please Please Me,” “Hey Jude” or “A Day in the Life” online rather than on a CD and perhaps even as individual tracks. While the move to digital does not quite rival the band’s first trip across the Atlantic to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, it is an acknowledgment that online purchases dominate the music industry’s sales strategy.
Apple and EMI declined to comment, and representatives of the Beatles and Apple Corps, the band’s company (not to be confused with the technology company), could not be reached.
One of the last major holdouts against selling its music digitally, the Beatles are the ultimate prize for any music company, a group that has held on to blockbuster sales four decades after breaking up — it has sold more than 177 million albums in the United States alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America — and held on to untouchable cultural prestige.
Since opening its iTunes music store seven years ago, Apple has reshaped the music industry and become the largest music retailer in the United States. But the Beatles catalog had always eluded the company and Steven P. Jobs, its tenacious chief executive.
Still, while getting access to the Beatles catalog has plenty of symbolic significance, it is unlikely to bolster the company’s bottom line.
“It is very symbolic because Steve Jobs is a huge fan of the Beatles,” said Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, who has been following Apple for more than two decades.
But for all the success of Apple in becoming the largest distributor of music on the Internet, the iTunes store is not a major source of profits for the company. Apple executives have said that iTunes is roughly a “breakeven” operation.
“The music itself is a vehicle to allow them to sell more iPods and iPhones, which is where they make real money,” Mr. Bajarin said.
And despite the deal’s symbolism, its financial value for the Beatles is uncertain. About three-quarters of all albums sold in the United States are still CDs, and physical albums remain far more profitable for record companies than downloads.
Apple did its best to tease the industry — and Beatles fans — with a mysterious message on its Web site on Monday, saying that an “exciting announcement from iTunes” — one “that you’ll never forget,” no less — was coming on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern time. As sharp-eyed bloggers read the tea leaves on Apple’s site and news reports began circulating — a possible reference to a Paul McCartney song, another to the semaphore symbols on the cover of the Beatles’ album “Help!” — calls began to ricochet around the music industry that the deal might be for the digital holy grail.
Mr. Jobs has tried to make a deal with EMI and the Beatles many times before, but negotiations have always broken down, usually accompanied by a flurry of online rumors, accusations and conspiracy theories. Further complicating the relationship between the parties, Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company, and Apple, the computer company, had been embroiled for decades over trademark disputes.
In the past, Paul McCartney has said that a deal for the Beatles’ digital music would have to be approved by all the band members or their heirs.
Like AC/DC, Bob Seger and a few other major acts that sell old albums in large numbers, the Beatles stand to earn far more money from sales of CDs than downloads. But with each new compilation or reissue, like the remastered versions of Beatles albums that went on sale last year, Beatles fans have shown their willingness to buy their favorite music again and again; in the 2000s, only Eminem sold more albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Terms of the deal, including the pricing of the songs, could not be learned. For years, Apple insisted on selling all songs for 99 cents. But in 2009, after intense pressure from the music industry and sometimes rancorous negotiations, Mr. Jobs agreed to terms that the industry called “variable pricing.” Apple now sells songs for 69 cents, 99 cents or $1.29.
As news of the deal spread throughout the music industry on Monday, many wondered if the Beatles would get s a special pricing deal.
The publicity bonanza of a major iTunes announcement could be just the thing to get fans excited. Millions of fans can already listen to their favorite Beatles albums on their iPods, iPhones and other digital music players, since they have been able to transfer tracks from their CDs to the digital devices.
“Anybody that hasn’t managed to come up with a digitized version of the Beatles’ song by now never liked the Beatles,” said John Perry Barlow, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties organization.
But Mr. Barlow said that having the Beatles catalog on iTunes could help introduce younger listeners to songs that have become part of our collective cultural heritage.
“That music is timeless,” Mr. Barlow said. “It’s probably some of the most remarkable songwriting created by humans and there are new generations coming along that don’t already know these songs.”
Mr. Barlow the deal also represents a personal victory for Mr. Jobs.
“Steve Jobs has finally become the dominant Apple,” he said.
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This year would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. It is also the 30th anniversary of his death.
Someone should put this historic statue of Lennon in the public domain.
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Today would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. In his honor, S&R is hosting a monster mashup party. Let’s get it started in here.Today would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. In his honor, S&R is... more
Rock and Roll Treasure Revealed - Never-Before Seen Beatles (etc.) Photos, Letters, Hand-Written Lyrics;jif=21880287104703;dcove=r;
Exclusive: Rock 'N Roll Treasure Revealed
By TARA WALLIS-FINESTONE
Updated 8:12 AM PDT, Mon, Sep 13, 2010
The British invasion. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones: Their music, their fashion and their swagger. Rock 'n roll's first super groups took America by storm in the 1960s, changing the cultural landscape of American youth.
Now almost 50 years later, like a mirage emerging from a desert oasis, a Southern California woman has answers to questions that rock 'n roll's fans asked for decades.
"I was just in awe of all these beautiful people," said Patti Daley, 64. "They were just our friends, it was amazing."
The answers lie within boxes that Daley has stored for decades underneath her bed, in her home two hours east of Los Angeles.
Inside the boxes are a treasure trove of old photo albums full of rare Polaroids of icons in rock, plus John Lennon lyrics, and letters and cards from members of the Beatles. These are items the public has never seen, until now.
Perhaps the rarest set of photos she owns are two Polaroids of Paul McCartney playing piano inside Lennon's beach house in 1974. It was their first meeting since the Beatles breakup in 1970.
"It's incredible, incredible, a lot of these things are things we've only read about," said Chris Carter, host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Breakfast with The Beatles."
"I saw a picture of Mickey Dolenz climbing up a hill, a picture of Keith Moon on a shag carpet," added Carter. "You know these are rock icons and these pictures no one has ever seen. And they are not published in 25 Beatles books. These are really first time viewings for these pictures."
Amazingly, Patti's treasure includes more than just photos. She also has handwritten cards from George Harrison and John Lennon, plus personal notes from now legendary recording sessions, all signed by the musicians who were there. But the potential motherload are several song lyrics from Lennon's "Walls and Bridges" recording sessions, including what is believed to be his hand-written lyrics to his only number one song "Whatever Gets You Through the Night."
"I came to acquire those after sessions," Daley remembered. "John would come in and put the lyrics on a podium. And he would just leave them there for me to pick up."
Daley also has a copy of a letter John Lennon sent to record executives in 1976. Although it might not be worth a lot of money to collectors, it's significant historically.
In the letter, Lennon was angry with Capitol Records about the cover art selected for the Beatles' first greatest hits album "Rock 'N Roll Beatles." Among other things, an animated Lennon accuses the record executives of trying to ruin the image of the Beatles.
Daley was the ultimate rock 'n roll insider. She said the love of her life was a well-known session guitarist named Jesse Ed Davis, a man many consider one of the greatest unsung guitar heroes in rock 'n roll.
"He was the most subtle, tasty guitar player when rock and roll was really happening," said Daley. "Everyone loved his playing and sought after him to play on their records."
Legends like all the Beatles, members of the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and more all enlisted Davis' skills on his trademark Fender Telecaster.
Daley said, "I still hear him on the radio, I listen to the old stations, it makes my heart smile."
For more than a decade, she toured the world with Jesse and her young son Billy, not only baring witness to, but also documenting, what is now a legendary time in pop culture.
A mother armed with a Polaroid camera, Patti took candid, one-of-a-kind pictures of icons in rock.
"I just kept my Polaroid camera on me all the time in my purse, and when I'd see a good shot, I'd take them candidly," said Daley.
The photos are incredible: From a young Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts in the early 1970s, to several shots of a care free Ronnie Woods before he joined the Stones, to a series of Beatles photos after the breakup -- many taken during John Lennon's "Lost Weekend."
In 1973, Lennon separated from his wife Yoko Ono and began an 18-month relationship with his secretary May Pang. It was a relationship that Yoko reportedly initiated. And the couple spent quite a bit of time at a rented beach house in Santa Monica. Lennon later referred to this time as his "Lost Weekend."
"It's always desirable to have material from somebody who was part of an inner circle, somebody who was really a witness to history," said Dr. Catherine Williamson, director of Books and Manuscripts at Bonhams & Butterfields auction house in Los Angeles.
Williamson said, if authenticated, Daley's treasure could be highly desirable not only to collectors, but also potentially to museums.
As for Daley, she is not sure what she will do with her treasure. She admits, though, that it was an incredible time in her life, and now she wants to share it with the world.
She said, "I feel very privileged to have met the people I have met and heard the music I have heard."
Editor's Note: NBCLA will have a series of reports this week on this "Rock-N-Roll Treasure." On Monday, we bring you more never-before-seen photos from John Lennon's Lost Weekend. Plus, what Patti Daley remembers about that day in 1974 when Paul McCartney and John Lennon first got together again to play music.
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About 50 firefighters spent the night tackling a fire at a disused Southport nightclub where drummer Ringo Starr made his Beatles debut in 1962.
All three floors of the former Kingsway club on Coronation Walk were alight when crews arrived on Monday night.
At its height, 12 appliances were in attendance to tackle flames shooting from the roof and windows.
One wall partially collapsed during the incident but the fire was brought under control in the early hours.
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John Lennon's Yoko Ono Overcome with Emotion As She Visits the House Where Her Beatles Husband Grew UpJohn Lennon's Woman Yoko Ono overcome with emotion as she visits the house where her late Beatle husband grew up
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Imagine: John Lennon's Woman Yoko Ono overcome with emotion as she visits the house where her late Beatle husband grew up
By Jody Thompson
Last updated at 8:13 PM on 3rd September 2010
John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono made an emotional visit today to the Liverpool house where her late husband grew up as part of his 70th birthday commemorations.
The 77-year-old artist, musician and peace activist, looking decades younger in a black trouser suit topped off with a white trilby and her trademark dark glasses, paid homage to the Beatle at the modest Menlove Avenue semi he grew up in.
But she could hardly stop the tears flowing as she crossed the threshold where Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George from 1945-1963.
Emotional visit: Yoko Ono tried hard to stop her tears from falling as she paid a visit to her late husband John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool today
Day tripper: Yoko stands on the doorstep of the modest semi in Menlove Avenue as part of her visit to Liverpool today as part of John Lennon's 70th birthday commemorations
Yesterday: Peace activist and Lennon's widow Yoko ponders a while in the place where her late husband once played in the past
Earlier, Yoko was greeted by hundreds of fans when she visited John’s old school, Dovedale Junior, to open a new children's and community centre.
The Sure Start Children’s Centre, a joint project between Dovedale Junior and Dovedale Infants schools, is a local support base for children from birth and up to school age and their families in the community.
She was even shown an old school register to see her late husband's name - John Winston Lennon - in all its glory.
John Lennon blue plaque
Get back: The blue plaque marks the spot on the pebble dash outside
Hello, Goodbye: Yoko greets the crowds outside Lennon's old school, Dovedale, as part of her whistle-stop trip to Liverpool
Baby, It's You: Yoko peruses a register at her late Beatle husband's old school
Yoko's Merseyside trip is just the start of a host of activity to celebrate the anniversary of the influential musician's birth on 9 October. Lennon was shot dead by crazed fan Mark Chapman on 8 December 1980, aged just 40.
As part of the commemorations, Yoko has also announced she will be holding several events in Iceland on the day of his birthday to 'promote peace throughout the world'.
These include illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower, built on the island of Viðey, just off the Icelandic mainland, and a Plastic Ono Band concert featuring Yoko herself.
Eight of Lennon's albums have also been digitally remastered in time for the 70th birthday celebrations with help by Yoko to be released on 4 October.
They include his last ever original studio album, Double Fantasy, which was released just three weeks before he was murdered.
His sons Sean and Julian also pen some of the sleeve notes on the re-releases, with Sean providing the original artwork for the Double Fantasy reissue.John Lennon's Woman Yoko Ono overcome with emotion as she visits the house where... more
The Top Ten Beatles Songs
Get a sneak peek at our new collectors issue of the greatest band's 100 greatest songs
By Rolling Stone
Aug 25, 2010 1:40 PM EDT
In Rolling Stone's new Special Collectors Edition issue, we count down the 100 greatest songs from the greatest band of all time: The Beatles. Check out the top 10 songs now, before the issue hits stands. "The Beatles: 100 Greatest Songs" also features Paul and John talking about their favorite tracks, the Fab Four's best cover songs, and George Harrison's finest guitar work. "Lennon, McCartney and Harrison had stunningly high standards as writers," Elvis Costello says in his introduction. "Then they started to really grow up: simple love lyrics to adult stories like 'Norwegian Wood,' which spoke of the sour side of love, and on to bigger ideas than you would expect to find in catchy pop lyrics."
What song do you think is Number One?
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Unpublished Beatles Photos Go On Display
By MICHAEL PRESTON
Updated 5:31 AM PDT, Wed, Aug 25, 2010
The Beatles are leading a new British Invasion.
Like a prize found at the end of a magical mystery tour, a set of never-before-seen Beatles photographs discovered in the proverbial attic by a documentary photographer are about to see the light of day.
38 black-and-white images of the Fab 4 were unearthed by Paul Berriff, who in 1963, was a 16-year-old editorial assistant for the Yorkshire Evening Post, reports the U.K. Daily Mail. He took the up close and personal shots of Paul, John, Ringo and George before they got big, giving them a certain innocence.
"When I took those pictures, the Beatles were at the bottom of the bill," Berriff said. "But I knew they were going to be successful because they had an aura, and months later they were world famous."
The photos are on display in Liverpool and show the band when they were touring in cities such as Leeds and Manchester. Several of the pictures show the band in relaxed moments - Ringo enjoying a glass of wine and a smoke or George snacking from a bag of popcorn.
Of finding the pictures, Berriff said that he was surprised by the number of Beatles pictures he turned up.
"I started to root around in the attic, because I knew I had taken some pictures of pop groups, but I thought there were only be about five or six of the Beatles," he said. "It was like finding hidden treasure."
Selected Reading: Daily Mail, The Beatles Hidden Gallery, Examiner
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Ginger Williams is an art graduate who specializes in painting and figurative renderings. She also made a collection of Nesting Dolls that feature famous celebrities. Her Golden Girls version of the dolls have gathered a lot of attention recently on the Net, but she has done many others as well.Ginger Williams is an art graduate who specializes in painting and figurative... more
Paul McCartney Surprises Fans at Ringo Birthday Gig
Beatles reunite onstage as Steven Van Zandt, Yoko Ono and more celebrate the drummer's 70th year
By Andy Greene
Jul 07, 2010 11:19 PM EDT
For about 30 seconds it seemed like Ringo Starr's 70th birthday concert at Radio City Music Hall earlier tonight was over. An incredible assemblage of rock stars including Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Steve Van Zandt, Brian Johnson, Jeff Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Max Weinberg and Foreigner's Mick Jones had just left the stage following a massive singalong rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends" that felt like the grand finale to an incredible night. Then, just as the house lights threatened to rise, a roadie brought out Paul McCartney's signature Hofner bass and the sell-out crowd went into absolute hysterics. When McCartney himself ran onstage and burst into (of course) the White Album's "Birthday," the screams reached a decibel level rarely heard since the Beatles stopped touring nearly 45 years ago.
Look back at the Beatles' history in photos.
Two hours earlier the concert began just like hundreds of other Ringo Starr concerts over the past two decades: The Beatle and an assortment of "All Starr" musicians took the stage and opened with the drummer's 1971 solo hit "It Don't Come Easy." To qualify as an All-Star, a rocker has to be the singer on at least two well-known hits, and play an instrument that rounds out the band. This year's crop includes keyboardists Edgar Winter and Gary "Dream Weaver" Wright, guitarists Rick Derringer and the Romantics' Wally Palmer and bassist Richard Page of Mr. Mister. On paper the set list — where Beatles classics like "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "Boys," are joined by 1980s pop like "Broken Wings" and "Talking in Your Sleep" — may seem like the playlist from a demented Bar Mitzvah in 1986, but somehow it all flows quite naturally onstage.
The MVP of the evening was Derringer, whose spotlight tracks "Hang On Sloopy" and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" were clear highlights, and whose killer guitar chops elevated every single song of the evening. Derringer's former bandmate Winter was also a quintessential part of the ensemble, playing everything from saxophone to drums to a giant keyboard strapped around his neck. It's hard to imagine how many times he's played "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride," but he delivered them with incredible gusto and got a standing ovation each time. Wright brought out "Dreamweaver" early in the evening, but his voice isn't what it used to be and it didn't quite take off. Palmer came alive with the Romantics' 1979 classic "What I Like About You," while Page seemed to struggle a bit to hit the high notes on "Broken Wings."
Invasion of the Beatles: check out photos from the band's 1964 U.S. tour.
Ringo wisely never let too much time pass without taking a turn at the mike. All-Starr band standards "Back Off Boogaloo," "Act Naturally," "Boys" and "Yellow Submarine" were supplemented by two tracks from his new album Y Not. It's hard to believe he's now 70, since he still leaps around the stage like he did 20 years ago and his voice is as strong as it ever was. "Photograph" was particularly poignant, both because it addresses the passing of time and because it was written by George Harrison," a fact that added special meaning to lines like "I want you here to have and hold as the years go by and we grow old and gray."
Midway through "Broken Wings," a murmur erupted through the hall as many of the rock stars in the audience suddenly got out of their seats and began walking towards the lobby. Out of the darkness came Johnson, Walsh, Lynne, Ono and more big names. Ringo's son Zak stepped behind the drum kit as a small army of rock stars took the stage to sing backup on "A Little Help From My Friends." It was incredible, but not the finale everybody was praying for, which came mere minutes later when McCartney arrived to accompany Ringo (on drums) for the rollicking "Birthday." It was sadly the closest thing to a Beatles reunion possible these days (the two had previously teamed up at a benefit in April 2009). At the end, with Yoko beaming on the side of the stage, Paul and Ringo embraced before walking offstage to what must have been one hell of an afterparty.Paul McCartney Surprises Fans at Ringo Birthday Gig Beatles reunite onstage as Steven... more
There are two movies in the works right now that are surrounding the most famous (and wonderful, perfect, glorious, amazing, incredible) band in history, The Beatles.There are two movies in the works right now that are surrounding the most famous (and... more
The aftermath of Oasis may actually have people clamoring for them to get back together. If the prospect of Liam and Noel's solo projects isn’t unappetizing enough, the former Oasis singer is now threatening to make a movie based on the career of (you guessed it) the Beatles.
British tabloid the Daily Mail is reporting that Gallagher has obtained the rights to a memoir written by Richard DiLello, and may be planning to announce a film based around the book at the Cannes Film Festival next week. Look on the bright side: at least this may delay Liam from releasing any new music for a while.
So far, the singer hasn’t issued any quotes about the project, but is known to be an enthusiastic supporter of DiLello’s insider account of working for the Fab Four. Presumably the title, which is (take a deep breath) The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary Of The Beatles, Their Million Dollar Apple Empire And Its Wild Rise And Fall, will be shortened for the cinematic release.The aftermath of Oasis may actually have people clamoring for them to get back... more
“The Beatles Rock Band” includes full cinematic “Intro” and “Outro” videos. The “Outro” is the conclusion, containing “In The End,” which was the last song recorded collectively by all four of The Beatles. “And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give.”
This piece includes colorful illustrations and both of the music videos.
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John, Paul, George, Ringo – and Benedict
Vatican newspaper tribute to the Beatles strikes an odd note at a troubled time for Rome
By JERE HESTER
Updated 8:45 PM PDT, Tue, Apr 13, 2010
The headline on the fake news story in a circa 1978 issue of National Lampoon, if memory serves, went something like this: "John Paul Elected Pope; George Ringo Miffed."
The joke was good for a laugh, but not just because of the wordplay: the absurdity of juxtaposing the biggest youth pop culture phenomenon of all time with old-time religion in a magazine born of the counterculture took the gag beyond a one-liner.
The farcical news story came to mind this week as the Vatican's official newspaper offered its own almost equally surreal declaration that John, Paul, George and Ringo are finally okay with the folks who gave us Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – even if England’s Fab Four were wildmen who might have dabbled in the “satanic.”
"It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives," L'Osservatore Romano declared in a weekend tribute to the Beatles. "They even said they were more famous than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even satanic…
"But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless," the newspaper said. "Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels."
The lofty pronouncement is a mixed blessing that raises some admittedly disparate questions: Who cares what they think? What took them so long? And don’t they have more important issues to deal with right now?
The first thing that inevitably comes up in discussions of the Beatles and Christianity is John Lennon’s 1966 remark that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. That he intended the statement as a commentary on youth and religion, and not as a boast, didn't stop some very un-Christian-like behavior, such as death threats and record bonfires in the U.S. Bible Belt.
The Beatles embarked on various spiritual journeys as a group and individuals, searching for meaning in meditation and Eastern religion, among other places. But their simple message of peace and love, delivered in song, is hard to argue with, no matter what your faith or lack thereof.
The tribute, timed to the anniversary of the group’s breakup 40 years ago, follows praise from the paper in recent years for Revolver and the White Album, and what amounted to forgiveness for Lennon’s comments. That’s all well and fine, though Lennon didn’t need – and probably would have scoffed at – absolution for speaking his mind.
That it took the Vatican decades to catch up with the positive impact of the Beatles serves as a reminder how out of touch Rome can be at times – especially as the papacy is embroiled in a controversy far more serious than whether or not a pop group was a force for good.
"Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic – and they've still forgiven us?” Ringo Starr told CNN. “I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
Perhaps he has a point. Or maybe he's miffed the tribute came from a Vatican headed by Pope Benedict – and not Pope George Ringo.
Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NY City News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.John, Paul, George, Ringo – and Benedict Vatican newspaper tribute to the... more