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The Beatles: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon , George Harrison at manager Brian Epstein's west London home for a photocall for the launch of their new album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', May 19th, 1967.

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London — The Beatles are thinking of doing about ten live concerts in the US in the spring or early summer, according to a reliable source close to the group. The concerts will be put on in conjunction with local rock operations. Plans are not absolutely definite —— currently the scheme is merely one item on a list of plans — but the idea is to express the Beatles’ thanks to their American fans for their support.

Consequently, the idea is for the concerts to be free, gratis, no charge.

The Beatles’ first concerts in two years, charity benefit performances, will be put on this year in England. They are scheduled for three successive nights starting December 15th or 16th at London’s Chalk Farm Roadhouse, and will probably be filmed for an hour-long TV spectacular. Apple artists Mary Hopkin and Jackie Lomax will also appear.

The show will center about the 30 tracks recorded for the Beatles’ new double LP, The Beatles, now in final stages of manufacture. The date of release on that album has been pushed back from November 16th to November 22nd.

The Beatles, which features mostly material written while the boys were in India, will have a perfectly plain white cover except for the words “The Beatles.” Two numbers have been added to the list of titles published in Rolling Stone #22, “Revolution No. 1,” which is almost identical to the hit single “Revolution,” and “Revolution No. 9,” which isn’t (it’s said to consist mostly of screams and cackles, with the phrase “number nine, number nine” being repeated now and then).

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As for John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s personal LP The Two Virgins, with the controversial nude cover art that was reproduced on an insert in our last issue, arrangements have been made to have it distributed despite the refusal of EMI/Capitol to handle the record. Polydor Records in England and Tetragrammaton (Bill Cosby’s record company) in the United States will distribute the album with a brown paper oversleeve with holes revealing John and Yoko from the face up. If you’re really in a hurry, you can order it directly from Apple, 3 Savile Road, London W.I., and it will arrive in a completely clothing, completely unrevealing brown paper envelope.

Yoko Ono was named by John Lennon’s first wife Cynthia as co-respondent (or “other woman”) in the Lennon’s divorce trial. At the hearing, which lasted eight minutes, Cynthia was granted a divorce on grounds of adultery. Her lawyer told the court that John had made “generous and proper provision” for his ex-wife and five-year-old son.

Judge Roger Ormrod gave leave for the divorce decree to be made absolute in 28 days after hearing that Miss Ono was expecting a child. Under English law there is usually a three-month interval between the granting of a decree and its absolute enforceability. Yoko too has a divorce action pending with her husband, American filmmaker Anthony Cox.

While John and Yoko have been in the courts for possession of cannabis and adultery, the other Beatles have been vacationing after the five months of labor they put into their new album. George Harrison has been in Los Angeles recording Jackie Lomax and reportedly negotiating with Tetragrammaton for John’s and Yoko’s LP. Ringo of course, has been spending his time quietly at home.

Paul has been around the world, spending ten days in the US. While in this country he was invited by a Black Power leader to speak at a rally. According to Apple press officer, Derek Taylor, “He wanted Paul to state the case for white people. But Paul replied that he was not responsible for, and did not represent, all whites.”

Also, according to Derek Taylor, Paul has been wandering around New York, unrecognized — because he has his hair swept back.

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