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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Flaming Lips reunite with Yoko Ono to cover Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

A few weeks ago, The Flaming Lips released With a Little Help from My Fwends, a full-length tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and today, the psych-rockers have shared another tribute, a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Christmas classic Merry Xmas (War is Over), which is now online.

Related Articles  Source: Music Times
John Lennon telegram up for auction

A 1963 telegram in which John Lennon apologizes to legendary Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler for punching him during a Paul Mccartney birthday party is among the Beatles memorabilia up for auction next month. It reads, "Really sorry Bob terribly worried to realise what I had done stop what more can I say = John Lennon."

Source: Contact Music
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Lennon wall in Prague painted over but new graffiti starting to appear

Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, a tourist attraction since 1980, has been painted over. A group of art students have claimed responsibility for painting the wall white and leaving a single message: "Wall is over!" New messages, including "the wall is never over", immediately began to appear.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler creates new blog

Beginning this month, Beatles expert, author and radio show host Jude Southerland Kessler will be writing a bi-monthly blog for the Fest for Beatles Fans website, on the 1st and 15th of every month. Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series, a nine volume biography of the life and career of John Winston Lennon.

Source: PR Log
Friday, November 14, 2014
Ryan Adams to score new John Lennon-inspired film

Ryan Adams has been recruited by veteran film composer Theodore Shapiro to co-write the music to the film inspired by John Lennon, "Danny Collins," which follows an aging rock star, played by Al Pacino, who attempts to change his life and make amends with enemies after finding a personal letter written by Lennon.

Source: WNAX, SD
Stella McCartney tribute brings together Paul, Yoko, and Dhani Harrison

At Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center's second annual Corporate Fund gala, designer Stella McCartney was honored with a Q&A and dinner gala, which became a Beatles reunion of sorts that had Yoko Ono getting hugs and kisses from Paul and Nancy McCartney, Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, after which Dhani performed.

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Music exec threatens to pull artists including John Lennon from YouTube

Many works composed by popular musicians including John Lennon could soon be removed from YouTube. Just as Google announced the coming launch of KeyMusic, industry heavyweight Irving Azoff claimed YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new service and is prepared to take his clients off their system.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Yoko Ono secretly buys John Lennon's childhood home

Yoko Ono has secretly bought the former home of John Lennon, according to sources in Liverpool. Yoko is said to have bought the house as an anonymous "over the phone bidder" in an auction at the Cavern Club last year. Valued at just 150,000, it ended up selling for 480,000 as two bidders from the US fought it out.

Source: Breitbart
Rare Yoko Ono 45 sells for nearly $2,000

Found while looking through a record collection on the street outside a bodega on First Avenue in New York City, a Yoko Ono "Open Your Box" 45, of which only six copies are known to exist, has sold for $1,703.99. It was pressed at Ono's request either for her, someone in the Beatles, or someone at Apple.

Source: The Village Voice
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Yoko Ono advises it's easy to change the world

Tuesday night at New York's Paley Center, Yoko Ono participated in a lengthy discussion about her path as an avant-garde artist. A video montage highlighted the radicalness of Ono's experimental film projects, including "Cut Piece, 1965," featuring Ono sitting on a stage as individuals came and cut off her clothing little by little.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Director discusses controversial John Lennon play

A controversial new play about John Lennon is being staged next week. The play, directed by Paul Blinkhorn, sees a man in jail visited by John Lennon, the man he shot dead years earlier. Set in the cell of a New York maximum security prison, it has drawn criticism from fans who say the play is fulfilling the killer's bid for notoriety.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Bolton News, UK
Monday, November 10, 2014
John Lennon Paperback Writer guitar expected to fetch 630,000 at auction

A Gretsch guitar that John Lennon played for the recording of the Beatles' Paperback Writer and then gave to his cousin is expected to fetch up to 630,000 at auction in Britain this week. It is said the Gretsch 6120 is one of the most significant Lennon guitars to come on the market in the last 30 years.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Video: Tom Odell covers John Lennon's Real Love for Christmas ad

Tom Odell has covered John Lennon's track Real Love for this year's UK retailer John Lewis Christmas advert which tells the story of Monty the penguin. John Lewis's Christmas adverts have become well-known for their use of slow, stripped-down covers of older songs in recent years. The video of the ad is now online.

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Theatre Within's annual John Lennon tribute set for December 5 in NYC

Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit dedicated to furthering the performing arts as a positive social force, will stage its 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, December 5 in New York City. Rock icon Debbie Harry will top a stellar line-up including Ben E. King, who along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote "Stand By Me."

Related Articles  Source: Artist Direct
Monday, November 3, 2014
For Don Henley, John Lennon remains his primary influence

Asked about his primary influence in music, Don Henley answered, "John Lennon is still a great influence on my life, and my career. He was my biggest hero, even bigger than Elvis. I admired John Lennon more than anybody in the music industry. I loved what he stood for, what he believed in, everything about him, really."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Yoko Ono on art, New York and John Lennon

For the past 60 years, Yoko Ono has channeled her experiences and encounters into conceptual art, first with the avant-garde movement in New York, and later, with John Lennon, with their "Bed-in for Peace" protests in 1969. Her body of work has now been compiled in a lavish, limited-edition book, "Infinite Universe at Dawn."

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 27, 2014
John Lennon's iconic specs on sale for $40,000

A pair of John Lennon's iconic glasses, which he lent to a flirty girl who had pinched his bottom during a conga, will go on sale for 25,000 (about $40,300). Wendy Baker, now 75, used his "granny" specs to read the menu in a Soho, London, club in 1966, and he left without them. The specs will be sold in Los Angeles on November 7.

Source: The Express, UK
John Lennon letter praising Yoko Ono sells for 28,171 at auction

A letter written by John Lennon to the radio and TV host Joe Franklin to endorse Yoko Ono's music sold for $28,171, flying past its presale estimate of $15,000-20,000, at the Marvels of Modern Music sale last Thursday. The letter was written on official Apple Records letterhead and dated December 13, 1971.

Source: Artnet News
Join campaign to get John Lennon on a stamp in 2015

There is now a call for John Lennon's face to be put on a British stamp in 2015, the year the Beatles icon would have turned 75, and the campaign is endorsed by Yoko Ono. Lennon has appeared as the main image on postage stamps all over the world, but he has never been granted the same honor in his home country.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The man who broke the news of John Lennon

Former TV producer Alan Weiss was among the first to learn about John Lennon. A dramatic sequence of events put Weiss at the scene, watching doctors unsuccessfully try to bring Lennon back to life. Weiss went on to break the news to the world and win an Emmy for his next-day coverage of the story.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
John Lennon leather jacket expected to fetch more than $32,000

A leather jacket owned and worn by John Lennon is expected to fetch between 20,000 and 30,000 (between $32,100 and $48,200) when it is auctioned next Thursday. The unbranded, lined black leather jacket was purchased by Lennon when he and Paul McCartney were in New York opening the new Apple Offices in 1968.

Source: Newbury Today, UK
Monday, October 20, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home sells for 156k at Liverpool auction

The former childhood home of George Harrison has sold for 156,000 at auction, to a bidder who tried to buy John Lennon's home last year. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Researchers name new tarantula species after John Lennon

Researchers who discovered a new species of tarantula in Western Amazonia, Brazil, named it Bumba lennoni after one of their musical heroes: John Lennon. The researchers explain, "The name is patronymic in honor of John Winston Lennon, the legendary creator of The Beatles, who contributed to make this world a gentler place."

Source: NBC News
Thursday, October 16, 2014
John and Cynthia's wedding reception venue to be luxury apartments

A former ballroom where Beatle John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia held their wedding reception is being redeveloped into luxury apartments. The Reeces Ballroom, one of the city's landmark Beatles locations, hosted the iconic reception in 1962. It remained a popular dance and music venue up until the 1980s.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Photos: Inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Millions of tourists flock to Liverpool each year, eager to take in the birthplace of the Fab Four and see where it all began. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the history of the Beatles than with a tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon, Mendips on Menlove Avenue, and Paul McCartney, 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Review: Lennon's spirit shines through in Glass Onion

In "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion," John R. Waters effectively channels John Lennon's spirit, imagining that Lennon had survived and is now 74 and performing solo acoustic shows in intimate venues. Waters began performing a version of the show in Sydney 22 years ago, and he's clearly comfortable in his subject's skin.

Source: NY Post

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Julian Lennon joins the family business 30 years ago today

With his debut album, "Valotte," John Lennon's eldest son Julian proved he was more than just a famous surname. but vocally and melodically, he can't help but sound a lot like his dad. "It's not a conscious effort to sing like that. When you sing, you sing. It was just what came natural," he said in an interview with Creem magazine in 1986.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, October 13, 2014
Letter reveals John Lennon's efforts to boost Yoko's music career

John Lennon tried in vain to boost the popularity of Yoko Ono and revive her failing music career by getting her onto TV, a newly-surfaced letter has revealed. Lennon wrote to popular talk show host Joe Franklin in 1971 to try to help promote Ono's album, Fly, which he described as "free form music," despite critics hating it.

Source: The Express, UK
Video: Pearl Jam covers two John Lennon songs for his birthday

Last Thursday night, veteran rockers Pearl Jam treated fans in Lincoln, NE to two John Lennon covers in honor of Lennon's birthday. The show included Eddie Vedder going solo on The Beatles tune You've Got to Hide Your Love Away and Lennon's hit Imagine. In July, Vedder performed Imagine during a solo show in Portugal.

Related Articles  Source: Music Times
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Audio: His friends sing Happy Birthday to John Lennon

In audio from "John Lennon Unbootlegged 08 Get That Fly" from Lennon's 31st birthday party on October 9th, 1971, Ringo and Maureen Starr, Yoko Ono, Jim Keltner, Allan Ginsburg, Phil Spector, and Klaus Voorman sing Happy Birthday to John. In another clip, Janis Joplin recorded her own birthday message for John in 1970.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Image: Fans remember John Lennon at Strawberry Fields

In a photo by Andrew Burton thanks to Getty Images, fans of John Lennon sing songs performed by Lennon and The Beatles around the "Imagine" tile mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park to honor his birthday on October 9, 2014 in New York City. Today would have been lennon's 74th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Getty Images
Lennon's lyrics more important than ever as fans celebrate his 74th birthday

John Lennon's lyrics were more important now than ever before, said a fan on what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. John James Chambers, laying flowers at Lennon's statue in Liverpool, said, "We want Liverpool to lead the way and show the rest of the world that we can learn from John Lennon's song Imagine."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon stars in new comic book

Bluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling legendary musician and songwriter, John Lennon. Writer Marc Shapiro said, "We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles. But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post Beatles' life and career."

Source: Galleycat
Lennon and Nixon: Imagine that

Few people who embraced Lennon's "Imagine" as an anthem of sorts. Still, Lennon managed to rile the most defensive conservatives. The line declaring there be nothing to kill or die for was a case in point. It seemed an appealing vision to the many thousands headed to fight it out in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Source: Like The Dew
Theatre Within gives free concert for John Lennon's birthday

In celebration of John Lennon's 74th birthday, Theatre Within will give a free concert of Lennon and Beatles songs this afternoon at the Children's Hospital in the Bronx, New York. The concert for children and their families is part of the John Lennon Real Love Project, celebrating Lennon and furthering his vision for a better world.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Deborah Harry to headline John Lennon tribute concert

It has been announced that Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. Other performers include Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, Marshall Crenshaw and Ben E. King. The event will be held Dec. 5 at Symphony Space in New York City.

Source: NY Daily News
Very special John Lennon show Just Imagine back in LA

Musician/actor Tim Piper brings his stage show Just Imagine back to the Los Angeles area on October 9th, the anniversary of John Lennon's birthday. The show tells the "what if" story of Lennon coming back to speak about his life and its failures and successes in a loving tribute by Tim and his band Working Class Hero.

Source: Mid Valley News
Renowned John Lennon author appearing at Beatlefest this weekend

After a 14 year absence, the Fest for Beatles Fans is returning to Los Angeles this weekend, and Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler will be there, her first appearance in California with the first three books in her John Lennon Series, a nine volume narrative biography of the life of John Lennon.

Source: PR Log
Fun facts: 9 things you didn't know about John Lennon's glasses

Do you know the actual term for the small round sunglasses John Lennon wore? Do you know what other celebrities wore similar glasses? Did you know you can see the glasses he wore when he composed "Imagine" in person? Or that there's a statue of John from which the glasses are constantly being stolen?

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
John Lennon's full catalog now on Spotify

All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Mind Games, are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon 2010 compilations. Also, a collection of Lennon's singles includes non-album cuts like Give Peace a Chance and Cold Turkey.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon childhood photo to be auctioned next month

A a typical family album snap of its era, a 1952 picture of John Lennon in blazer and cap, with his aunt Harriet and cousin David Birch, is one of several being auctioned next month. Another shows a young Lennon pulling a funny face while on a holiday with cousin David and relatives in Edinburgh in 1952.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, October 6, 2014
John Lennon's Paperback Writer guitar heading to auction

The guitar John Lennon used on the recording of Paperback Writer is going up for auction. The Gretsch 6120 has been in the possession of Lennon's cousin David Birch since he received it as a gift from John in 1967. It's expected to bring in somewhere between $640,000 to $960,000 at auction later this month.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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