The Beatles Give Permission for Use of Four Songs

Freda and Paul

Getting approval to use any Beatles’ track for something is a mission on its own (when Tomorrow Never Knows was used in Mad Men, AMC spent a reported $250,000) but somehow director Ryan White was able to do the impossible and got approval to use four tracks in his upcoming South By Southwest documentary.

The documentary, Good Ol’ Freda, tells thee story of Freda Kelly who was the iconic band’s secretary for 11 years. She was the one who took care of The Beatles’ fan club and everything else that they needed to get done. This isn’t the first time though that Kelly had been asked to be the subject of a documentary, but she kindly declined.

White says that the reason that she finally agreed to do the film with him was because she wanted to do it for her young grandson; she believes that it would be somewhat of a home video for him. He adds that the fact that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the estates of both John Lennon and George Harrison allowed him to use four of their track in the documentary shows how much of an important asset Kelly was to the band.

White documentary will premiere on March 9 at SXSW.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Added to SXSW Line-Up

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs may have been taking a break from the band since the release of It’s Blitz, but that didn’t mean they weren’t up to doing solo events such as singer Karen O’s contribution to Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie Soundtrack. In late 2011, O hinted that she had been working on new music and that there might even be a new album for the band in the future. Almost a year after that statement had been made, the band went on to announce via their Instagram page that their new album will be released in sometime in 2013.

Earlier this year, the band followed that up by announcing that Mosquito, the new album would be released on April 16. Now in support of the new album, YYYs have been added to the NPR Music Showcase at South by Southwest which will also feature  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The event will take place at famed Stubb’s on March 13.

In the meantime, you can check out two of the band’s teasers for Mosquito down below: