Paul McCartney and Adolf Hitler

(Pete Seeger said the key to the future of the World is finding the positive stories and let them be told)

As we anxiously await Trump’s arrest here is a true story and video that might warm your heart with hope.

In 1940, Liverpool England is being bombed by Hitler’s air force. Jim McCartney who is 38 years old, admitted to his friends that he is undoubtedly a confirmed bachelor.  He takes to an air raid shelter where he meets Mary Mohan who at 31 years old and considered a spinster dedicated to her career in Nursing. The bombs that lasted long into the night had the positive effect of Jim and Mary striking up a prolonged conversation that results in their marriage one year later. Paul McCartney of Beatles fame was born one year after that. One of Paul’s earliest memories is seeing his Mom bicycle away to work in a heavy snowstorm.

In 1956, Mary knew her time was near when she was diagnosed with cancer. She continued to bicycle to work often in much pain. On the day she was to have an operation, she commented to her sister in law as she prepared Paul and his brothers clothes for school that at least they will be ready in case I don’t come back. Her last words that day in the hospital was that she would have loved to see the boys grow up.

She returned in a dream that Paul had in 1968. He woke up hearing her words “Let it Be” to any problems he might have. He immediately wrote one of the greatest songs of all time with references to his Mother Mary in the song repeatedly.

In the small house you are about to see. Paul McCartney indicates that he woke up got out of bed dragged a comb across his head found my way downstairs and drank a cup…. These are the words by a young man writing the verse to A Day in the Life considered by historians and many experts as the greatest Beatles song. Since the Beatles are considered the greatest rock group this song will undoubtedly live on so that in 100 years teachers will still be discussing it’s impact on Rock and Roll and our culture. This magnificent song was co-written by a young man in his 20’s in very modest surroundings.


Ex- Beatle and rock legend Paul McCartney was in New York City last week standing in solidarity with hundreds of thousands protesting gun violence across the United States.

Sir Paul McCartney indicated that one of his best friends was killed by gun violence near where the March for our Lives rally was held, so it’s important for him not just to march today but to take action tomorrow and to have these people have their voices heard.

McCartney indicated what could be achieved by the rally by opening his jacket to emphasize the message on his shirt, which read, “We can end gun violence.”

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McCartney said he wasn’t sure whether gun violence could be ended on the legislative level, but said that what citizens can do is march. The former Beatle was joined by his wife Nancy Shevell at the rally blocks away from the Dakota Building, outside of which his bandmate John Lennon was shot in 1980. McCartney and Lennon were the greatest rock composers of the 1960’s and it was hoped that they would reunite some day. The day never occurred with the senseless murder of John Lennon.

In McCartney’s native England, it’s significantly more difficult for private citizens to own guns, a result of a 1996 mass shooting in Dunblane, Scotland, in which a gunman killed 16 children and a teacher. After the shooting, all handguns were banned from private ownership, with over 162,000 being surrendered in a gun amnesty. Only one mass shooting has taken place in the U.K. since, in 2010.

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Several other celebrities expressed their support for the cause Saturday and attended rallies in their cities. Demi Lovato performed at the Washington, D.C. rally, and others like Kim Kardashian West, Liev Schreiber, and Nick Offerman posted about their intention to rally.


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Route of Washington DC Rock and Roll Marathon – 2018

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In an interview, John Lennon acknowledged Paul McCartney’s authorship of the above by saying, “That’s Paul again … He had a line in it, ‘And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give,’ which is a beautifully philosophical line. John Lennon misquoted the actual line which is listed above. 

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Boston Marathon

Need to get a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon? Try the Rock and Roll Marathon which is held each year on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day. Be prepared for crowds as tens of thousands of runners compete each year. There are actually three races held on the same day: a marathon (26.2188 miles), a half-marathon (13.1 miles), and a 10K (6.21 miles)

The Rock and Roll Marathon first event of the year is actually three races. All three races finish in Tempe at the Tempe Beach Park, the marathon starts in downtown Phoenix while the half marathon and the 10K begin in Tempe. When runners sign up for this event, they may choose to run a distance that is within their reach, ranging from a 5K to a full marathon.

All participants in the Rock and Roll Marathon receive a medal to commemorate their participation. With a Rock and Roll Marathon name that includes the words Rock and Roll, you can bet that there will be disk jockeys, live bands, and a free concert. One of the featured events in this Rock and Roll Marathon series is the Rock and Roll Marathon Las Vegas that occurs later in the year. More information about the Las Vegas Marathon is included below.

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Arizona Marathon

The Rock and Roll Marathon in Arizona is a marathon and half-marathon race, held annually in Arizona on the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and linking three cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: (Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe). Like the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, it is organized by Competitor Group, Inc.. It was sponsored until 2015 by P. F. Chang’s China Bistro. The marathon race can be used to obtain a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon

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Over 30 races in Rock and Roll Marathon Series

Los Angeles Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Last October the 8th annual running of the Rock and Roll half marathon took place in Los Angeles, California. The mostly flat course took runners from the Coliseum and USC to downtown Los Angeles and back. The Halloween themed event is a short course marathon. It is part of the Rock and Roll Marathon series of over thirty cities across the world in 2017. 

Rock and Roll Marathon Las Vegas

Rock n Roll Marathon Series – Las Vegas

Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon

You can run the Las Vegas Strip at night in early November 2018. Run the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Las Vegas half marathon. This event is the only private event to shut down the Las Vegas Strip. The Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon features music and lights throughout the entire course. 


The competition attracts tens of thousands of runners each year; more than 32,000 competed in 2010. The prize money for winning the men’s and women’s marathon races is US$1,000. 

The event is noted for the half-marathon world record set by Haile Gebrselassie on January 15, 2006, who ran the second half of the marathon course in 58 minutes and 55 seconds. This part of the marathon course is slightly downhill, but is still within IAAF requirements for world record status. Gebrselassie’s record stood for a year, until it was lowered by two seconds on February 9, 2007 by Samuel Wanjiru at Ras al-Khaimah. http://www.runrocknroll.com/

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Pursue your passion and explore global destinations, one step at a time. The first event is in Arizona in early January 2018. The Rock and Roll Marathon Series combines running, travel and entertainment It provides a world-class event atmosphere for both participants and spectators alike. The Rock and Roll Marathon can trace its roots back to 1998 in San Diego, CA. It is now a global event that visits more than thirty cities annually, including Las Vegas, Nashville, Liverpool, Washington DC, San Jose, Madrid, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, and Dallas. 


Live bands, Disk Jockeys, drum lines, and mile markers that rock line the streets to power your race experience from start to finish. The music doesn’t stop there, most events conclude with a headliner concert free for runners and spectators. Since 1998, performing artists have included some of music’s biggest names, like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fitz & the Tantrums, Goo Goo Dolls, Pat Benatar, Train, The Wallflowers, and Pitbull. 

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Rock and Roll Marathon Series events offer distances for everyone, from 5Ks to marathons, and no matter the distance we reward you with an exclusive finisher medal. Take on two days of running and earn the Remix Challenge Medal, or join us in multiple cities in a calendar year to earn one of our unique Heavy Medals, and take on unique challenges to earn our Limited Edition Medals. 

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The Rock and Roll Marathon’s history is made up of the collective moments and milestones from runners like you. Every runner at every start and finish line, has a story about how and why you got there. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, running to change your life or make a difference in others, we invite you to share your running moments with us and be a part of our best year yet in 2018. 

When runners sign up for this event, they may choose to run a distance that is within their reach, ranging from a 5K to a full marathon. All participants receive a medal to commemorate their participation.

With a marathon name that includes the words Rock ‘n’ Roll, you can bet that there will be disk jockeys, live bands, and a free concert.

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Yesterday and Today(Butcher block)

The Beatles

The Beatles Paul McCartney George Harrison Ringo Starr Signed Butcherblock Album for  $3,750.00

Yesterday and Today is the ninth studio album by the Beatles released on Capitol Records. It was originally issued only in the United States and Canada.

Yesterday and Today is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image. The butcher cover featuring The Beatles dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat. Yesterday and Today is a compilation album from The Beatles’ original British albums.

It was derived from a March 1966 photo shoot with Robert Whitaker. Whitaker took a series of pictures of the group dressed in butcher smocks and draped with pieces of meat and body parts from baby dolls. It was not originally intended as an album cover, Paul McCartney reportedly described it as our comment on the Vietnam war.

In 2016, an original mint condition stereo copy of Yesterday and Today in shrink wrap was sold for a record $125,000.

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Charles Hardin Holly (1936-1959)

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly And The Chirping Crickets Band Signed The Chirping Crickets Album – $2,375.00

Buddy Holly and the Crickets Chirping Crickets album is the self titled debut album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 421 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The LP was released in the US in 1957. One of rock’s greatest albums, now with four bonus sides for a total of 16 classic tracks! Includes Oh Boy, Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, It’s Too Late; and That’ll Be the Day.

Charles Hardin Holly (1936–1959), known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family. He learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings.

His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, and he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in 1952.

In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, Holly decided to pursue a career in music. Buddy Holly opened for Elvis Presley three times that year. Holly’s band style shifted from country and western to entirely rock n roll.

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Bill Haley and his Comets

Bill Haley

Also in 1955 he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets and was spotted by Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, who helped him get a contract with Decca Records.

In September 1957, as the band toured That’ll Be the Day topped the US Best Sellers in Stores chart and the UK Singles Chart. Its success was followed in October by another major hit Peggy Sue.

In early 1959, Holly assembled a new band. After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered an airplane to travel to his next show, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and the pilot. The tragedy later referred to by Don McLean as The Day the Music Died.

Holly is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. He was a major influence on later popular music artists, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Elton John.

He was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 13 in its list of “100 Greatest Artists”.

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The Beatles (circa 1964)

Beatles Memorabilia

Some of the most important Beatle Memorabilia are the music recordings made by the Beatles, from their beginnings as the Quarrymen in 1957 to their break-up in 1970. Their was a reunion of their surviving members in the mid-1990s.  This memorabilia has huge cultural and historical value. They are considered extremely valuable by many of their hugh fan base as music memorabilia.

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John Lennon (circa 1956)

The Quarrymen

In July 1958, the Quarrymen recorded two songs at Phillips’ Sound Recording Services in their hometown of Liverpool. It was the group’s first recording session, for which they paid. The recordings were pressed onto a disc then the sessions tapes were erased to be reused with new customers.

Because of the low quality and age of the recordings, the songs are filled with hiss but are still listenable. The record was not intended for release but for the Quarrymen’s personal use. Paul McCartney indicated that when we got the record, the agreement was that we would have it for a week each. John had it a week and passed it on to me. I had it for a week and passed it on to George, who had it for a week. Then Colin had it for a week and passed it to Duff Lowe, who kept it for 23 years. In 1981, Lowe sold the record to McCartney. McCartney then had audio engineers attempt to improve the sound quality.

Abbey Road Studios

The studio session tapes are kept at Abbey Road Studios, formerly known as “EMI Studios” until 1970, where the Beatles recorded most of their songs. While most have never been officially released, their outtakes and demos are seen by fans as collectables, and some of the recordings have appeared on countless bootlegs.

Apple Records

Until 2013, the only outtakes and demos to be officially released were on The Beatles Anthology series and its tie-in singles, and bits of some previously unreleased studio recordings were used in The Beatles: Rock Band video game as background noise and to give songs studio-sounding beginnings and endings. In 2013, Apple Records released the album The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963, which includes previously unreleased outtakes and demos from 1963, to stop the recordings falling into the public domain.

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The Boss


Bruce Springsteen (born 1949) is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for his work with the E Street Band which he founded in the early 1970’s. Springsteen is nicknamed “The Boss” as you will see in the attached youtube video. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics and empathy for the American working class. He is sometimes outspoken in his political sentiments usually centered on his native New Jersey. His distinctive voice and his lengthy and energetic stage performances with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade can run up to four hours in length make him a concert favorite. His energy on stage is legendary.

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Born to Run was a hugh success


His endeavors reflect both his personal growth and the struggles of the American worker. Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber works centered around such tragedies as September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. His most successful studio albums include Born to Run which was released in 1975. Born in the U.S.A. was released in 1984.


He has sold over one hundred million records worldwide and more than sixty million records in the United States. These lofty numbers make him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work including twenty Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into both the presideous Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 2009, Springsteen was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. In 2016 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.



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