Pop culture roundup: Beatles blog! Super marching band! War of the Worlds!

The long-running 'zine Beatlefan has launched a blog called Something New. A warm welcome to the 21st century, guys! Look forward to visiting this regularly!


Watch as the Ohio State University Marching Band creates the Superman logo, pays tribute to Harry Potter and forms a huge dinosaur in this spectacular half-time show.


Comics great Neal Adams has created "Lego-ized" versions of some of his most famous comics illustrations. Check out his Facebook page for regular updates.


That big panic in 1938 caused by Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast? Never happened, according to a pair of researchers.
How did the story of panicked listeners begin? Blame America’s newspapers. Radio had siphoned off advertising revenue from print during the Depression, badly damaging the newspaper industry. So the papers seized the opportunity presented by Welles’ program to discredit radio as a source of news. The newspaper industry sensationalized the panic to prove to advertisers, and regulators, that radio management was irresponsible and not to be trusted. In an editorial titled “Terror by Radio,” the New York Times reproached “radio officials” for approving the interweaving of “blood-curdling fiction” with news flashes “offered in exactly the manner that real news would have been given.”

Ringo Starr's new collection, "Photograph," has been getting a lot of attention here recently. Here's another selection of the Beatle's personal photograps.


More Beatles: A Liverpool house John Lennon lived in off-and-on during his first five years has sold for $771,000.
The house was sold on Tuesday in an auction at the Cavern Club, where the Beatles performed regularly in the early 1960s. The buyer is an American, who has chosen to remain anonymous.

The late Lou Reed famously said, according to Brian Eno, that the first Velvet Underground LP only sold 30,000 copies, but seemingly everyone who bought it started a band. But who many copies die the "banana" album really sell?



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