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The Lennon Bus: Bringing Music to Students

With the support of Yoko Ono Lennon and a host of generous sponsors, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is dedicated to offering students access to technology for creating music, video and audio productions and broadcasting. Working with local partners, the non-profit organization arranges free events for middle school, high school and college students during which they have the opportunity to tour the bus and participate in music, video and photography projects.

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2014 Americana Music Awards

Operating as a not-for-profit trade organization, the Americana Music Association (AMA) promoted authentic American Roots Music all over the world. In addition to collaborating with Americana artists, record labels and publishers, the AMA carries out market research projects, publishes newsletters, and distributes information to the Americana community. The AMA also produces a number of events and festivals each year, the most recent being the Americana Music Honors and Awards that took place this week (September 17), kicking off the four day annual Americana Music Festival and Conference.

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Spotlight On: Chuck Berry

Widely considered to be one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Chuck Berry was recently honored with Sweden's 2014 Polar Music Prize at a ceremony in the city of Stockholm's Concert Hall. Unable to attend the ceremony due to ill health, Berry's acceptance speech, in which he thanked the King and the Royal Family of Sweden for the honor, was delivered by Dave Edmunds. Berry joins the ranks of Polar Music Prize recipients which include Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Ravi Shankar, Joni Mitchel, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and Miriam Makeba.

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Mega-Party at Reading & Leeds Festivals

Crowds of music lovers are flocking to the Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend, many camping out for the entire three-day bank holiday weekend event. Running simultaneously at Little John's Farm in central Reading and two hundred miles away at Bramham Park near Wetherby, the venues have multiple stages and feature the same lineup. Started in 1961, the Reading Festival is the older of the two events, and is considered to be the world's longest running music festival, even though it has changed its format from time to time over the years. Weather forecasters are predicting sunshine for the weekend, although rain has never been known to dampen the party atmosphere and many festival-goers are well prepared for all weather, with shorts, t-shirts and wellington boots being a common sight.

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Spotlight On: The Beatles

Widely considered to be one of the best bands of all time, The Beatles took the world by storm in the 1960s, stirring up emotions among fans in a phenomenon that came to be known as 'Beatlemania'. This fan-frenzy is well documented in film footage of The Beatles arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and when the 'Fab Four' from Liverpool performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, with (mainly female) fans screaming, crying and fainting. Their music started out mainly as rock 'n roll, with later albums experimenting with a variety of genres, such as pop ballad, hard rock and psychedelic, with elements of classical music skillfully blended in.

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