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One Direction do not agree with Beatles comparison

One Direction told ITV News that although being compared to The Beatles was "very flattering" it was "not necessarily something we agree with".

The hysteria surrounding Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam was compared to Beatlemania in the 1960s by This Is Us director Morgan Spurlock.

However, the boys dismissed the claims, saying the Liverpudlian foursome were "in a league of their own" and "much cooler than us".

Ringo Starr to publish book of unseen Beatles photos

Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos, including previously unseen images of The Beatles.

Telling his own stories about the images, the book documents Ringo's early years, his travels and his time with the Fab Four.

Shots taken during recordings and on the road Credit: Republic Media/PA Wire

The book, which is aptly named Photograph, will be released as an ebook initially, with hand-bound copies to be released later in the year.

Using the ebook, readers will be able to zoom in on images and hear audio clips as the former drummer narrates the tales behind the pictures.

A young Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon in the studio Credit: Republic Media/PA Wire

He said of the photos gathered together: "These are shots that no one else could have."

The ebook is to be sold on the iTunes bookstore and released on June 12, with a limited edition print version of 2,500 copies out in December.


Rare Beatles guitar sells for £270,000

A guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for 408,000 US dollars (£269,000) at a New York auction today.

The Beatles Vox guitar, a custom prototype made in 1966 and later given to "Magic Alex" Mardas, a friend of the band, was sold by Julien's Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square.

Guitar used by George Harrison and John Lennon. Credit: PA

The instrument raised a hundred thousand dollars more than its pre-auction estimate, which was between 200,000 and 300,000 US dollars (£130,000-£200,000).

Harrison can be seen rehearsing with the guitar on I Am The Walrus during the Magical Mystery Tour of September 1967.

Lennon also played it in the promotional video for Hello, Goodbye but it is not in the final version of the video.

Lennon gave the guitar to Alex Mardas with a plaque on the back reading: "To Magic Alex/ Alexi thank you/ for been [sic] a friend/ 2-5-1967 John."

It was built by Mike Bennett with electronics by Dick Denney of Vox guitars, and was briefly on public display in London earlier this month.


Sir Paul donates bass to auction

Sir Paul McCartney to donate an autographed Hofner bass violin guitar to charity. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Sir Paul McCartney will help raise thousands of pounds for charity when he auctions off one of his trademark bass guitars later this month.

The former Beatle has donated the instrument, an autographed Hofner bass violin guitar, to be sold at the 02 Silver Clef Awards on June 29 which raises money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

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