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2014

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John Lennon's 'Pee Letter' Up for Auction

March 20, 2014

A letter that John Lennon wrote to producer Phil Spector blaming Who drummer Keith Moon and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson for urinating on a recording console in the Seventies is going up for auction, via auctioneer Cooper Owen. Dubbed by Lennon "A...

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Hear Beck's Touching John Lennon Cover

January 2, 2014

Beck is ready to celebrate romance with his charming new cover of John Lennon's "Love," which will appear on Starbucks' Sweetheart 2014 compilation (out February 4th). The record will also feature music from Vampire Weekend, The Head and the Heart, Fiona...

2013

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Leona Lewis Cuts a Classic Christmas Album

November 27, 2013

Since she was first propelled into the spotlight after winning The X Factor in 2006, Leona Lewis has become a master of reinvention. Her successful debut Spirit, best known for its ubiquitous single "Bleeding Love," showed her balladeer side. Her next...

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Rachelle Spector, 'P.S. I Love You'

April 4, 2013

Rachelle Spector found easy inspiration for her new song "P.S. I Love You": her husband, famed record producer Phil Spector, and the love letters they've written back and forth since he began serving a prison sentence in 2009 for the murder of Lana Clarkson. Rachelle...

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Al Pacino in Mamet's 'Phil Spector': Missing the Point of Producer's Legend

March 21, 2013

Admit it: Al Pacino really owed the world a Phil Spector impression. Who else could play the legendary rock & roll crackpot with such relentless levels of hoo-hah bravado? In the HBO movie Phil Spector, Pacino reunites with writer/director David Mamet,...

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Phil Spector HBO Film Protested by Lana Clarkson's Former Publicist

March 15, 2013

A group of protesters gathered around the Los Angeles County Museum of Art yesterday to oppose the HBO film Phil Spector, accusing the movie of implying the deceased actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide. One of the protesters was Clarkson's former...

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La La Brooks Vows 'What's Mine Is Yours' - Song Premiere

October 10, 2013

It's been 50 years since a teenage La La Brooks led the Crystals in their Phil Spector-produced hit "Da Doo Ron Ron," but the veteran singer hasn't lost her touch. On October 15th, Brooks will release her debut solo album, All or Nothing, on which she...

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The Beatles Add 'Let It Be . . . Naked' to iTunes

April 3, 2013

More than two years after the Beatles made most of their albums available on iTunes, they've added a missing piece: Let It Be . . . Naked. The re-imagined version of the band's final release is now for sale for the first time through Apple's digital music...

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Phil Spector's Wife Says HBO Biopic Is Not Accurate

March 20, 2013

Al Pacino's portrayal of Phil Spector in the upcoming HBO biopic about the famed producer is "cheesy," says Spector's wife, but she thinks the film could help sway public opinion about her husband's murder conviction. Rachelle Spector says her husband...

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Al Pacino in 'Phil Spector' Trailer

February 5, 2013

HBO's upcoming TV movie, Phil Spector, will premiere on March 24th, and now you can check out the film's intense first trailer, which finds Al Pacino tapping into every facet of legendary producer's crazy brilliance: shooting off guns in the studio,...

2012

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Phil Spector Appeal Rejected by Supreme Court

February 21, 2012

The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the murder conviction of Phil Spector. The producer's attorneys argued that his constitutional due process rights were violated when prosecutors used the trial judge's comments about an expert's testimony,...

2011

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Phil Spector Requests Appeal From U.S. Supreme Court

December 16, 2011

Phil Spector's lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing that his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. According to attorney Dennis Riordan, Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler became a witness...

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Phil Spector Murder Conviction Upheld

May 3, 2011

A California appeals court has rejected Phil Spector's bid to overturn his 2009 murder conviction for the 2003 killing of actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mansion. Photos: Phil Spector Before the FallSpector's attorneys had argued that his conviction...

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Phil Spector Appeal Shot Down by California Supreme Court

August 18, 2011

The California Supreme Court have turned down an appeal filed by Phil Spector's attorneys requesting a review of the legendary producer's 2009 murder conviction. This is the second time this year that Spector's attorneys have been rejected in their attempt...

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Phil Spector's Lawyers Push for Third Trial

April 12, 2011

Phil Spector's lawyers are urging an appeals court in California to throw out the legendary record producer's 2009 murder conviction and grant him a third trial. Spector is currently serving a prison sentence of at least 19 years for the 2003 murder of...

2010

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R.E.M. Records Christmas Single from Phil Spector's Catalog

December 10, 2010

R.E.M. have accumulated a number of fan-club-only Christmas singles since they first began releasing them in 1988. While the singles initially followed a format pairing a cheeky cover of a Christmas tune with a ragtag cover of a non-Christmas song (by...

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Back to Mono: Dylan, Doors Reissues Unearth Classic Sound

September 30, 2010

On a new nine-CD box set, fans will finally hear Bob Dylan's early music the way Dylan intended it to be heard. The Original Mono Recordings, out next month, includes the mono versions of his first eight albums, from 1962's Bob Dylan through 1968's John...

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Watch Clip 2 From 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector'

July 1, 2010

New documentary explores the legendary producer's dark mind.

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Al Pacino to Play Phil Spector in Biopic

October 12, 2010

Al Pacino has been cast in the role of legendary producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector for an upcoming HBO Films biopic. David Mamet, who previously worked with Pacino on Glengarry Glen Ross, will write and direct the still-untitled movie, which...

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New Documentary Explores Phil Spector's Dark Mind

July 1, 2010

If Phil Spector spends the rest of his life behind bars, one of the last enduring images of a man who described himself as "the legend that the legends wanted to work with" will be the...

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