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Paul McCartney performs pop-up concert in New York

Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York's Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans.

McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, New, which is due to be released in the United States on October 15.

Singer Paul McCartney gestures as he plays a surprise mini-concert in New York's Times Square, Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

"Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 pm this afternoon!" McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert.

"Come on down to Times Square. It's all going to be happening there!" he added.

Former Beatle part of Pinochet 'torture soundtrack'

Prisoners captured under the rule of Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet were subjected to a "torture soundtrack" of songs by Julio Iglesias and former Beatle George Harrison, it has emerged.

The solo material of former Beatle George Harrison (above) was used as part of a "torture soundtrack" under Chilean dictator, Pinochet. Credit: PA

Loud music played during a torture session was part of the psychological suffering endured by prisoners held in Pinochet's notorious torture houses, concentration camps and prisons.

Harrison's My Sweet Lord, [the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange, and songs by Spanish crooner Iglesias were played for days at a time, former prisoners told researchers.

Dr Katia Chornik, a researcher from University of Manchester investigated the use of music on prisoner's in Pinochet's regime.


John Lennon jacket goes under the hammer

Beatles star John Lennon. Credit: PA Archive

A rare jacket once owned by Beatles star John Lennon is to go under the hammer.

Dating from the late 1960s, the teal blue jacket, worn by the musician, is expected to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000 when it goes up for auction this afternoon.

Lennon left the jacket at his English home when he moved to America in 1971 and passed it on to friend Jo Jo Johns, who cleared out the star's house.

Ms Johns was personal assistant to the Beatles and worked at the group's offices at 3 Savile Row in central London from 1968 to 1975.

In the early 1970s she gave the jacket to her friend, Anthony Goddard, in Leicestershire.

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.


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