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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
John Lennon's mum's house to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mum, dubbed the "House of Sin" by his Aunt Mimi, is up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton's Springwood estate, was where Lennon's mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
John Lennon's Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

A still-resonant tune with biting introspection, John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Face It" begins with the smeared sound of a tape machine engaging, this powerful reminder that Milk and Honey includes the incomplete, posthumous recordings a murdered genius. Even so, you'll find that all of the parts are still there.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon writes and records Instant Karma 45 Years ago today

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's how John Lennon described the speedy creative process leading up to the release of his Instant Karma! single, and although it wasn't literally true, it came impressively close. Recorded on Jan. 27, 1970, it was a hit one month later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, January 23, 2015
Liverpool author finds new clue to Lennon's Strawberry Fields lyrics

"The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story Behind the Rise and Fall of The Beatles" is an investigative biography which explores Lennon's childhood and his life until the end of The Beatles. Among the revelations in it are facts he discovered concerning Strawberry Fields Forever, including the line, "No one I think is in my tree."

Source: Beatles Examiner
In Pictures: John Lennon's most moving sketches

"Lennon's art changed considerably over time," Scott Gutterman, of New York's Neue Galerie, writes in the introduction to "John Lennon: The Collected Artwork," "The freewheeling figures he drew in his twenties gave way to sophisticated line drawings depicting his newfound daily life, including his delight in becoming a father."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Book Review: John Lennon: The Collected Artwork

John Lennon's humor and comments always seemed to have more of an edge to them than the other Beatles. His public persona was his true face, what we saw in his appearances and heard in interviews was who he was. You only need to glance through a new book, John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, for proof.

Source: Blog Critics
John Lennon's final interview with Rolling Stone

On January 22, 1981, Rolling Stone published the last ever print interview with John Lennon, conducted on December 5, 1980, just 3 days before he was shot. The main focus was the upcoming Double Fantasy that he was working on with Yoko, and followed them into the studio as they remixed several songs for the album.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, January 16, 2015
Japanese fan to build replica of John Lennon's childhood home

A Japanese fan of The Beatles wants to create an identical replica of John Lennon's childhood home. Tatsuro Hara, local historian in the town of Yanagawa in southern Japan, has proposed that a plot of land that belonged to the grandfather of Yoko Ono be turned into a park with a replica of Lennon's home as a "memorial hall."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Yoko Ono to aid in revamp of Japanese Garden in Chicago

A plan to remake Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago is receiving help from Yoko Ono, who joined the project after being moved by the beauty of the park during a trip to Chicago several years ago. She also will help with work on the Phoenix pavilion, a structure destroyed by vandals 70 years ago during World War II.

Source: DNA Info
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
John Lennon slept here, but Yoko didn't

The bed in which John Lennon and May Pang stayed during Lennon's "Lost Weekend" in 1974 is for sale. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is offering the vintage brass bed from a room at Caribou Ranch in Colorado and it's expected to sell for $300 to $500. Elton John was recording at Caribou at the time.

Source: KWTX, Waco Texas
Audio: 40 years ago today Elton John takes Beatles song to No. 1

Elton John's version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart 40 years ago today. He was the second artist to have a No. 1 hit of a song by the Beatles, Joe Cocker did it first when With a Little Help From My Friends. John Lennon, credited as Dr. Winston O'Boogie, played guitar on this recording.

Source: MPR News
Monday, January 12, 2015
Video: Imagine inspires thousands to break into song at Paris rally

An uplifting video of attendees at the Paris unity march singing, cheering and clapping to John Lennon's Imagine, a song that rings particularly powerful after the days of violence and unrest in France, was posted today to the internet. Millions gathered in central Paris on Sunday for the march held in solidarity for the victims of the attacks.

Source: Mashable
Friday, January 9, 2015
Sean Lennon takes British band under his wing

Sean Lennon is playing mentor to fledgling British punk band Fat White Family by putting them up at his New York home, giving them free use of his recording studio, and allowing them to play instruments belonging to his famous father. Lennon met them at the SXSW festival in Texas last year and he invited them to join him in New York.

Source: Contact Music
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey actor fears John Lennon-style death

Jamie Dornan is scared to death of Fifty Shades of Grey fans. In a new interview, the movie star expressed concerns about the film's intense fandom, to the point he worries that someone will actually kill him. He said, "I fear I'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere."

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Yoko Ono tribute album to be released this month

There is arguably no artist as misunderstood as Yoko Ono. Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko Ono deconstructs and reimagines an essential collection of skillfully constructed pop/rock songs. Presented in their own context and in their own terms, the tribute soars free from the superficial sensationalism that still seems to follow her.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Audio: Beatles first to intentionally use feedback

50 years ago, during the recording session for I Feel Fine, John Lennon leaned his electrified acoustic guitar against an amplifier, which caused audio feedback. They liked the sound and asked George Martin to use it in the song. Lennon proudly proclaimed it the first intentional use of feedback in a studio recording.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Monday, January 5, 2015
Madonna uses John Lennon to promote her latest album

Pop princess Madonna sent fans on social media into a frenzy after posting pictures of celebrities such as John Lennon to promote her new album. The 56-year-old took to Instagram and Twitter to share snaps of celebrities who she considers to be "great heroes," with Liverpool legend John Lennon included.

Also See...  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Auction to include John Lennon's last interview tapes

An auction being held by The Memorabilia Vault in New York on February 7th, 2015, will include Beatles memorabilia including a set of original cassette tapes which contain the last interview John Lennon gave to the radio station 610 KFRC. Also up for auction will be over 75 items from the life and career of Michael Jackson.

Source: Digital Journal
Monday, December 29, 2014
John Lennon's signature dissolves the Beatles 40 years ago today

With George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr having already signed off on the band's demise, the Beatles ended with a stroke of John Lennon's pen on Dec. 29, 1974. Fans knew it was a mere formality, the Beatles had ceased to exist in 1969 when Lennon infamously walked out of a meeting saying, "I want a divorce."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
American Songwriter Lyric of the Week: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

While "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is generally regarded as an innocent, celebratory yuletide song with a children's chorus, it was also intended to be a war protest song, but to what degree has been a subject of conjecture for decades. Whichever, John and Ono still seemed to think that they could make a difference with songs like this one.

Source: American Songwriter
Bishop condemns John Lennon's Imagine in Christmas homily

The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Bishop Mark Davies, will say in a homily on Christmas Day, that John Lennon's lyrics in the song Imagine are "a heart-chilling vision in which Lennon imagines a world with no hope of heaven and no fear of hell. And he adds, 'no religion too'. Only then, he suggests will 'all the people' be 'living life in peace.'"

Source: Catholic Herald, UK
Monday, December 22, 2014
Hundreds of celebrites chime in: John or Paul?

The question of "Are you a John Lennon person or a Paul McCartney person" has been asked ever since the Beatles first became famous. A new video seeks to get a definitive answer with the help of 550 celebrities. Among the classic rockers asked were Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith and members of Black Sabbath.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
John and Yoko's Happy Xmas a cause for celebration

In October 1971, John Lennon recorded "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a vigorous and engaging protest song calling for an end to the war in Vietnam, all the while wishing the world happy holidays. Although not a Top 40 hit in the United States, it quickly became prominent on the airwaves during the 1971 Christmas season.

Source: Like The Dew
Friday, December 19, 2014
John Lennon to be honored in concert in Orlando

Joseph Martens and an assortment of Orlando's best musicians will honor John Lennon's music and humanitarian spirit on Tuesday in downtown Orlando.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Parents fight plan to expand Beatles' old school

Dovedale Junior School, off Penny Lane in Liverpool, has remained virtually unchanged since John Lennon and George Harrison were pupils there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But parents today launched a campaign to halt a plan that would see the present school, built in the 1930s, expanded to accommodate 840 pupils from 630.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Monday, December 15, 2014
John and Yoko launch War Is Over! campaign 45 years ago today

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global War Is Over! campaign, performing at UNICEF's "Peace for Christmas" concert in London. George Harrison also performed, it was he first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles' last show in 1966.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, December 12, 2014
Hong Kong protesters to rebuild Lennon Wall

Pro-democracy protesters have vowed to rebuild the famous "Lennon Wall" which sat at the heart of Hong Kong's main protest camp, after it was swept clear by police. The wall was inspired by the original in Prague, a focal point for dissidents in the 1980s, often using images and lyrics inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles.

Source: Sinchew, Malaysia
John Lennon book review: All you need is love of wordplay

When they were first published in 1964 and 1965, John Lennon's slim volumes of offbeat prose and poetry went straight to the top of the bestseller list. They may only be a footnote in the history of the Beatles, but there's still enough here to entertain anyone with a liking for John Lennon's off-the-wall humor.

Source: The Independent, UK
Yoko Ono to have MoMA solo show in 2015

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced it will mount a solo show of Yoko Ono's work in May 2015. The exhibition will survey the works from the tumultuous decade that led up to her 1971 performance art action, including objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films.

Source: Artnet News
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Rare and unseen photos of John Lennon go on display in Liverpool

An exhibition by legendary rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen opened last week in Liverpool, featuring many rare and unseen photos of John Lennon's time in New York, the first time the collection has been exhibited outside of London and New York. Guest of honor at the launch event was Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's sketches released though exclusive US exhibitions

Prints of three of John Lennon's rare sketches from the Bag One Arts program will be released through exclusive exhibitions across the US. Yoko Ono and Epic Rights have partnered to launch prints of Lennon's original artwork love and communication, in exclusive exhibitions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Source: Licensing.biz
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Controversial John Lennon artwork to be auctioned

An artwork by John Lennon depicting himself is going up for auction. "The Shroud" was created in the autumn of 1966 after Lennon commented that the Beatles were more popular. The piece is estimated to be sold for 75,000 in London on December 15.

Source: Liverpool Echo
New book claims John Lennon needed help

Liverpool writer Francis Kenny, author of the new painstakingly researched and detailed book The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story of The Rise and Fall of The Beatles, believes Lennon was all but emotionally destroyed by his Aunt Mimi. "All the evidence is already out there, but I'm looking at it in a Liverpool light," he says.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The John Lennon song by Bob Dylan

It's not the best song of 2012, not even the best song on Tempest, the Bob Dylan album it concludes. But "Roll on John" has staying power, similar to the spirit of its subject, John Lennon. Dylan pays tribute to the great man, taken from us in 1980, now gone twice as long as he and Lennon were friends.

Source: Like The Dew
Video: Beatles fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Beatles fans gathered Monday to remember John Lennon on the 34th anniversary of his death. Musicians played Beatles classics in Central Park's Strawberry Fields to celebrate Lennon's life. Fans said his legacy is still felt in today's music. "He's had an impact on anybody that's ever picked up a guitar, " said one Lennon fan.

Source: NY1
Monday, December 8, 2014
Liverpool Beatles appreciation society remembers John Lennon

Fans of late Beatle John Lennon paid respects to the legendary musician on the 34th anniversary of his death with prayers for peace. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society held a small ceremony at a statue of the band in Cavern Walks shopping centre on Mathew Street, where candles and memorabilia were laid.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon's death

In a recent interview, Paul McCartney recounted how he found out about the death of John Lennon. "It was just so horrific that you couldn't take it in. It was really difficult for everyone. For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again, and we weren't going to hang out," McCartney said.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon: 12/8/80

In 1980, critical reaction to Double Fantasy, John Lennon's first new album in more than 5 years, was mixed, perhaps due to the album's co-billing of Yoko Ono, but most fans were pleased. On December 8, the TV news said something about John Lennon being shot outside his home in New York. It was a real punch in the gut.

Source: Like The Dew
Imagine Peace Tower 40 years in the making

It all started with Yoko Ono's 1964 book, Grapefruit, where she talked about her artistic concept of creating a lighthouse. Forty years later on October 9, 2007, the Imagine Peace Tower was launched by Yoko Ono in collaboration with the city of Reykjavk, Iceland. It shines every year between October 9 and December 8.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion to close Off-Broadway

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, will play its final performance at The Union Square Theater Jan. 11, 2015. The production, officially opened Oct. 15, was originally scheduled for a 20-week limited engagement. A national tour is scheduled for fall, 2015.

Related Articles  Source: Playbill
Couple keeping Lennon's sailing spirit alive

The sailing boat on which John Lennon voyaged to Bermuda in 1980 is still in immaculate condition 34 years later. Every summer Stephen Fuller and his wife Susan sail it between Washington, DC and Maine. A plaque on board commemorates the journey Lennon took from Newport, Rhode Island to St George's in June 1980.

Source: The Royal Gazette
Curtiss A reflects on his Twin Cities John Lennon tribute

"They're still Beatles songs. They still make you feel good. They're still what I'd want to listen to if I get sent to the moon by myself," said Curt Almsted, better known as Curtiss A, who returns to First Avenue in The Twin Cities on Monday for his 35th annual John Lennon tribute concert. "I'm still happy to play any of these songs."

Source: Vita.mn

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