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Friday, July 21, 2017
Yoko Ono's rare 16mm films will headline the Media City Film Festival

Artist and peace activist, Yoko Ono will be headlining the opening night of the The Media City Film Festival in August. The festival will feature six of Yoko Ono's 16mm film pieces that were all created between 1966 and 1971, including Fly and Freedom from 1971, and Apotheosis, made with John Lennon in 1970.

Source: Metro Times, Detroit
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Double Fantasy album signed by John Lennon's killer up for sale again

The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his death is up for sale for the third time. A building superintendent found the album in a flower planter outside the Dakota after the murder, turned it into police, who used it as evidence against Lennon's killer. It is expected to sell for for $1.5 million.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
50 Year Flashback: Inside John Lennon's long history with Rolling Stone

The relationship between John Lennon and Rolling Stone magazine started with his appearing on their first cover in 1967, and ended with his nude picture with Yoko Ono on the cover in 1981. Over the years, Lennon explained the Beatles' breakup, Richard Nixon's attempts to deport him, and shared the stories behind his songs.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce returns to Britain

John Lennon's famous psychedelic Summer of Love Rolls-Royce Phantom V will be going on show along with seven other historic Phantoms in London. It marks the 50th anniversary of Beatle's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and coincides with the launch of the new eighth generation Phantom next week.

Source: This is Money, UK
Monday, July 10, 2017
Unseen photos show John Lennon and George Harrison together in 1971

Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer. The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked Lennon to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, July 6, 2017
July 6, 1957: The day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met

The gig may not have seemed auspicious for 16-year-old John Lennon. His skiffle group the Quarrymen were playing at the Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete. In the audience was Paul McCartney, who had just turned 15. Despite the raw and loose performance Lennon and his mates gave, Paul was duly impressed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, June 30, 2017
Lady Gaga says Yoko Ono and John Lennon inspired her charity work

Lady Gaga, who is often lauded for her philanthropic work, credits John Lennon and Yoko Ono for inspiring her to get involved with charities. She said, "I was actually always a very big fan of Yoko Ono and also her work with her late husband John Lennon, and when they made peace statements together, they were very simple."

Source: TV3, Ireland
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Townhouse entry rebuilt after Sean Lennon loses fight to keep tree

The parents of Marissa Tomei are putting back the pieces of their broken Greenwich Village home after winning their two-year court battle against neighbor Sean Lennon, who originally refused to cut down a tree who's roots, the Tomeis said, was damaging their townhouse. Sean finally had the tree cut down after a court order.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Big mural in South Carolina featuring John Lennon allowed to remain

A large outdoor mural at a Moe's restaurant in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, which launched a debate over public art after it was declared a violation of town zoning rules, won't have to be removed. The mural which features John Lennon, Al Capone and Marilyn Monroe, was allowed to stay because it does not promote the restaurant.

Source: The Post and Courier, SC
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Claypool Lennon Delirium covers the Who on new record

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, led by Primus frontman Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, have included versions of songs originally made famous by King Crimson, Pink Floyd and the Who on their upcoming four-song EP, which was originally released earlier this year for Record Store Day.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 23, 2017
Duplicate of John Lennon's last car on display in Missouri

A duplicate of former Beatle John Lennon's 1979 cream-colored Mercedes Benz station wagon is now on display at Dave Clark's Forever Endeavor Cycles in Pacific, MO, part of the 5th annual downtown Pacific Car Show which starts tomorrow. It was the last vehicle Lennon owned and specially equipped for the American market.

Source: Pacific Missourian
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Spirit of John Lennon lives on in Canadian clothing line

Fashion designer Kelly Pettit started with a simple question in crafting a clothing line inspired by John Lennon: Can she imagine the legendary singer-songwriter wearing it? Pettit, who premieres her vision in Toronto on Saturday, says her development process was driven by a deep reverence for Lennon's artistry.

Source: National Post, Canada
Friday, June 16, 2017

Sean Lennon
Sean says mom's Imagine credit proudest day of his life

Yoko Ono was one of the influences behind Imagine, and the National Music Publishers Association gave it the Centennial Song Award at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday, where it was revealed that Ono would be added to the song's writing credits. Sean Lennon attended the event with his mum, and said it was the "proudest day" of his life.

Source: Metro, UK
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Yoko Ono to get co-writing credit for John Lennon's Imagine

Although John Lennon has always received sole authorship credit for the song Imagine, it turns out he didn't believe that he wrote it himself. In a 1980 interview, Lennon claimed that Yoko Ono deserved co-credit for the song. According to Variety, the process is now underway for Ono to be awarded half of the writing credit for the song.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Yoko Ono announces second batch of album reissues

Yoko Ono's massive reissue project continues this July with the arrival of three more LPs, 1971's Fly and a pair of 1973 albums, Approximately Infinite Universe and Feeling The Space. Like the initial wave of reissues, each album reconstructs the original vinyl packaging alongside remastered audio, and are available to pre-order now.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, June 12, 2017
45 Years Ago: Lennon goes off the deep end on Some Time in New York City

John Lennon's move to New York City coincided with a political shift leftward and, perhaps not coincidentally, lingering issues with immigration. The result was one of his most determinedly topical, most critically reviled and most often ignored solo albums, Some Time in New York City, a double album released on June 12, 1972.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Yoko Ono project at new art centre in Vietnam

Hundreds of art lovers attended the opening of an exhibition showcasing works by 18 Vietnamese and foreign artists in Hanoi on June 6. The exhibition includes the Wish Tree by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the installations are invited to write their wishes on small pieces of paper, known as "wish-tags," and hang them onto the tree branches.

Source: Vietnam Plus
Monday, June 5, 2017
Lana Del Rey's perfect praise for Sean Lennon track

Sean Lennon nearly cried with joy after Lana Del Rey declared their collaboration was "perfect". The Born to Die singer teamed up with Sean on track Tomorrow Never Came, which is about John and Yoko, from her new album Lust for Life. "She has exceptional taste," Sean commented of her approach to making music.

Source: Music News, UK
Friday, June 2, 2017
Beatles fan spots John Lennon's face in Arctic mountain ice

A Beatles fan has spotted John Lennon's face in a snowy Arctic mountain in far off Svalbard known for glaciers and polar bears. Paul Murphy was on holiday with his family when he looked out the window and spotted the bizarre snow patterns on the mountain face, and took pictures. He says, "Once you've seen it, you can't not see it."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Preview of Lennon: The New York Years

In 1975 John Lennon moved to New York City. Just five years later he was killed. "Lennon: The New York Years" adapts David Foenkinos' legendary novel about Lennon into graphic album form, reliving the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music's–and popular culture's–most influential voice.

Source: Flickering Myth
How a Corn Flakes ad inspired Sgt. Pepper song

"I often sit at the piano, working at songs, with the telly on low in the background," John Lennon explained to Beatles biographer Hunter Davies. "If I'm a bit low and not getting much done, then the words on the telly come through. That's when I heard 'Good morning, good morning.' It was a Corn Flakes advertisement."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Sean Lennon remembers Andy Warhol like a dad

At a private cocktail party commemorating the 40th anniversary of Studio 54 and 30 years since Andy Warhol's death, Sean Lennon said of Warhol, "He was one of the parental figures in my life actually. Having grown up without a father, I had Andy...He always encouraged me to draw and would tell me to sign my drawings, which I found to be very odd."

Source: WWD
Friday, May 19, 2017
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Remembering the real Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

"I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD," John Lennon insisted to Rolling Stone in 1970. Until the end of his life, Lennon maintained that Lucy in the Sky WIth Diamonds was actually inspired by a painting that his three-year-old son Julian had made of Lucy O'Donnell, his classmate at nursery school.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 11, 2017
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus brings music into NYC public schools

June 9 will mark the culmination of a 15-week after school songwriting program created by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The special day will take place at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea, where students will premiere an original song they created by performing it live in front of the high school.

Source: Global Newswire
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Angry John Lennon letter up for auction

An angry letter that Lennon wrote concerning the distribution of his and Yoko Ono's experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" is being sold at auction. In the handwritten letter, addressed to Martin George of Rock Ink & Roll Ink, Lennon expresses frustration with difficulty in getting the 1968 record out to the masses.

Source: Page Six
Audio: Legendary Rolling Stone John Lennon interview

In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon in New York City as the ex-Beatle prepared to release his solo debut. It became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, thanks to Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' then-recent breakup and much, much more.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Is $30K in cash hidden in John Lennon's Dakota apartment?

Secrets of the Dakota, the building where John Lennon lived, have been revealed by real estate heirs and philanthropists Toby and Larry Milstein. They claim that $30,000 in cash was allegedly hidden under the floors of John and Yoko's apartment by a former owner, but the co-op board refused to destroy the historic parquet to find it.

Source: Page Six
Friday, May 5, 2017
Black Lips on recording with Yoko Ono

Atlanta, Georgia garage rock band Black Lips' forthcoming eighth LP was produced and recorded by Sean Lennon at his compound in upstate New York, and Yoko Ono guests on one track. Lead singer Cole Alexander said Yoko is "just very Zen, she'd say real esoteric things, but things that kind of made sense."

Source: Noisey
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Trailer: Graphic novel recounting John Lennon's New York years

Much of John Lennon's story has been told from the outside looking in by critics and historians. Now, in a new graphic novel from writer Eric Cobeyran and French artist Horne, "Lennon: The New York Years", described as a "true biographical fiction," Lennon will tell the story of his life from his own point of view.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
New toy company releases John Lennon collectable figure

Brand new collectables firm Molecule8 is making its debut in the toy industry, with the help of its first figure in the range, inspired by John Lennon. Overseen by Yoko Ono and the Lennon estate, the 1/6 scale recreation boasts intricate detailing, which has been molded individually and painted prior to production.

Source: Toy News
Thursday, April 27, 2017
John Lennon's original Sgt. Pepper sketch headed to auction

John Lennon's original album art sketch for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be up for on May 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The drawing was found in a sketchbook uncovered at Lennon's former home in Surrey, England, where he lived in 1964, and is estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $60,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
New John Lennon documentary premieres in Liverpool tonight

The childhood of John Lennon is explored in a new documentary showing in Liverpool this evening. Looking for Lennon, directed by Roger Appleton, catches up with Lennon's closest childhood friends, schoolmates and fellow musicians to find out more about the young man who had no idea such worldwide fame was around the corner.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon says he'll never perform with Paul McCartney

Julian Lennon has ruled out a musical get together with Paul McCartney, because there would be too much pressure to come up with a Beatles sequel. "They did it well enough, I think it's easier left alone," he told Access Hollywood. Julian admits he and Paul are still close, but there's no chance they would ever get together in the studio or onstage.

Source: New Magazine

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Help! Strawberry Field needs donations to open to public

The children's home that inspired the Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever is appealing for help so it can open to the public for the first time. Strawberry Field took in Liverpool's most vulnerable children from 1936 until 2005. Contributions will go to creating a visitors' centre complete with an exhibition about John Lennon's early life.

Source: Irish News
Monday, April 24, 2017
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on SNL

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on Saturday Night Live. It was a joke, of course. But what he didn't know was that Paul McCartney had shown up unannounced at John Lennon's home in Manhattan that actual evening, were watching the show together, and actually briefly considered doing it.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, April 21, 2017

Illinois High school students board the Lennon Bus

Students from Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Illinois, who share a passion for music spent two days aboard a mobile recording studio when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to Woodstock High last week. The hope of the Lennon bus is to give students who are passionate about music a better idea of how it is produced.

Source: Woodstock Independant, Il.
5 famous backwards messages on records

"Backmasking" started with The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. John Lennon said one night while smoking pot, he mistakenly played the tapes for the song "Rain" in reverse and liked the sound. So the band began recording messages that could only be deciphered when the record was played backwards, including in Revolution #9.

Source: College Times
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lana Del Rey has a new song with Sean Lennon

Lana Del Rey's fifth studio album, Lust for Life, will arrive sometime this spring. During an interview, the singer revealed she collaborated with Sean Lennon for one song, "Tomorrow Never Came," on the upcoming album. She said, "I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes."

Source: 92.3 Amp Radio, NY
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Last chance to see John Lennon sculptures on display in Liverpool

Eight sculptures showing different stages in the life of former Beatle John Lennon are on display in Liverpool, but you haven't got long to see them. Busts of the legendary musician can be seen at the View Two Gallery in Mathew Street before the exhibition closes on Sunday. The exhibition is free to attend.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Jimmy Webb on John Lennon's Lost Weekend

During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Jimmy Webb was arguably the most successful mainstream songwriter alive. Webb's new memoir, The Cake and the Rain, follows his rise from Oklahoma preacher's son to L.A. pop aristocrat. Rolling Stone spoke to the songwriter about his famous collaborators from Sinatra to John Lennon.

Source: Rolling Stone

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