Bob Dylan’s iron gates on show in London

LONDON — Bob Dylan is highlighting the iron in his soul in an art exhibition in London.

The show at the Halcyon Gallery features iron gates and sculptures by the musician, who has said that his early years in Minnesota’s “iron-ore country” sparked a lifelong fascination with metal.

The “Mood Swings” show includes seven iron gates welded by Dylan from scrap iron and other metal parts, including a wrench, a roller skate, a meat grinder and lawn tools.

Gallery president Paul Green said that Dylan had “taken objects from an industrial past and resurrected them, making them live again.”

The exhibition runs until Jan. 25

British Library obtains Lennon lyrics, letters

LONDON — The British Library has been given letters and lyrics by John Lennon under a program that accepts donations of art and cultural artifacts in place of tax.

The Arts Council said that the papers include a letter adorned with sketches and verses written by Lennon to his friend and bandmate Stuart Sutcliffe.

Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage at age 21 in 1962, before The Beatles achieved global fame.

Also donated were Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to Beatles songs, including “In My Life” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

The items were donated by Beatles biographer Hunter Davies in place of $190,000 in taxes. Davies said he was happy to see the Beatles’ papers in the library “next to the Magna Carta and works by Shakespeare and Beethoven, because that’s where I honestly think they belong.”

CBS to air special on Beatles’ appearance

NEW YORK — CBS is planning a two-hour special to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

The Feb. 9 special will be billed as a Grammy Awards salute to the Beatles. It will be recorded the day after the Grammys are held two weeks earlier. Top contemporary artists will cover songs the Beatles performed on Sullivan, a historic night in music that launched Beatlemania in the United States.

The special will be aired 50 years to the day the Beatles appeared on Sullivan, in the same time slot and on the same network.

Associated Press