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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Lauren Bacall's Dakota apartment sells for less than originally expected

Lauren Bacall's apartment in the Dakota Building in New York City, the same building where John Lennon lived and Yoko Ono still does, first listed for $26 million, then slashed to $23.5 million, was recently sold for a mere $21 million. The apartment still has much of its original details, including the original fireplace.

Source: The Observer
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Bob Gruen
Q&A: John Lennon's photographer Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen, John Lennon's personal photographer and close friend when he was living in New York City in the 1970s, is known for his iconic portraits capturing rock stars in relaxed, casual moments. Gruen has photographed everyone from the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Madonna to Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: NJ.com
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Doctor's story of night he tried to save John Lennon inspires movie

For 30 years, Doctor David Halleran did not talk about his work in the ER on the night John Lennon died. Just a few years ago he learned another doctor gave interviews saying he was the one who tried to save Lennon's life, not Halleran. A new film titled "The Lennon Report" will be based on the true events of that night.

Source: WSTM, Syracuse
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Why do we always turn to John Lennon's Imagine after a violent tragedy?

It's not surprising musicians turn to John Lennon's Imagine in the aftershocks of tragedy. The writer John Blaney called Imagine a "humanistic paean for the people," a kind of secular prayer, Rolling Stone described it as "22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself."

Source: The Slate
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tickets broker slashes prices for John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert tickets for the show at Madison Square Garden on December 5th are now available. Ticket provider CapitalCityTickets.com is providing fans with a promo code CITY5 to save an additional 5% on all orders and vast selection of John Lennon 75th Birthday concert tickets at affordable prices.

Related Articles  Source: Digital Journal
John Lennon spotted at Capitol Records tower in Hollywood

About a week ago, on of one Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles, Gillian and her tour guests were surprised with something special outside of the Capitol Records tower, a chalk-drawing of John Lennon holding up a peace sign on a psychedelic background on the sidewalk, drawn by an anonymous fan.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Location where Magical Mystery Tour was filmed commemorates Beatles

Rain Grill in West Malling may be the first kebab shop in England to commemorate the Fab Four with a special blue plaque. It was as a tea room, and before that it was the Town Newsagency. Ringo Starr went into the newsagent during the 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour to buy a ticket from John Lennon for him and his Aunt Jessie.

Source: Seven Oaks Chronicle, UK
35 Years Ago: Lennon launches tentative comeback with Double Fantasy

When John Lennon's Double Fantasy album arrived on Nov. 17, 1980, he had just weeks to live. His awful murder on Dec. 8 changed everything about the way the album is received. However, it was a potentially exciting, yet still determinedly tentative, step back toward music by an artist who retired a half-decade earlier.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, November 16, 2015
Video: Coldplay covers John Lennon's Imagine in concert

Last night in Los Angeles, Coldplay opened their concert with a cover of Imagine, in tribute to those who lost their lives in the recent Paris terrorist attack. A video of the performance was posted to a tweet in French saying "Coldplay qui chante Imagine de Lennon en hommage au victimes c'est wow j'ai pas les mots #PrayForParis."

Source: 411 Mania
Video: Pianist performs Imagine outside Bataclan concert hall

The day after music fans were massacred during a gig by the Eagles of Death Metal, a soloist played a touching rendition of the John Lennon classic outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris. The pianist attracted huge media attention as he performed a jazzy version of the late Beatle's classic ballad which was posted on Twitter.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Video: Crowd sings Beatles Hey Jude in tribute to Paris attack victims

Crowds have gathered to sing The Beatles Hey Jude in tribute to the victims of Friday's Paris terror attacks. The crowd sang at Place de la République, where flowers, candles and letters have been left in tribute to the 129 victims of the attacks. The crowd chanted the chorus of the hit song before erupting in applause.

Source: ITV News, UK
Friday, November 13, 2015
John Lennon tribute show to feature Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson

An impressive collection of John Lennon's fans and peers including Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler will gather to celebrate what would have been the singer-songwriter's 75th birthday this year with a star-studded tribute concert at Madison Square Garden on December 5th. The show will be broadcast on AMC on December 19.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, November 12, 2015
John Lennon book wins Goldsmiths Prize

A fictional book about John Lennon has won the Goldsmiths Prize, celebrating the novel at its most innovative. Kevin Barry's "Beatlebone" is described as a novel "that takes its reader to the edge - of the Western world, of sanity, of fame, of words". Barry, who beat five other contenders, was awarded a £10,000 prize.

Source: BBC News, UK

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono celebrates book launch at childhood home

Yoko Ono was among those this week celebrating the launch of a book featuring the Philippine ambassador's official residence in Tokyo, a historic building where Ono herself lived for a while during her childhood. The book contains valuable photos, including some from Ono's childhood. "I remember when I was a little girl. My uncle was living here," Yoko said.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lennon/McCartney Monterey Pop poster sells for $175,000

Joint Lennon/McCartney is extremely rare. An anonymous collector recently paid $175,000 for a poster Lennon and McCartney created to help promote the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The "Peace to Monterey" poster was sold by Rockaway Records, the used-record shop in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles that specializes in Beatles recordings and collectables.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Audio: Death Cab For Cutie remix Yoko Ono's Forgive Me My Love

Death Cab For Cutie have remixed Yoko Ono's Forgive Me My Love. The band are one of a number of collaborators who will feature on Ono's forthcoming album, Yes, I'm a Witch Too. The album is set for release on February 19 and features covers and remixes of material from throughout her career by other artists.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, November 9, 2015
New Beatles video sheds light on John Lennon's Revolution

With the context-less and wide-ranging lyrics such as, "But if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother, you have to wait," John Lennon's intentions with the song Revolution were not explicitly clear. But in an interview with Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Lennon provides a new insight for the song.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Details from night of John Lennon's death at hospital called into question

Dr. David Halleran told Fox News yesterday that he was actually the primary physician who worked on John Lennon the night he died. Saying he has decided to come forward with his story now, he refutes the claims of other doctors who have been interviewed many times over the years about their roles that night.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon's long-lost guitar auctions for record-breaking $2.41 million

John Lennon's acoustic Gibson J-160E guitar, which he used to record hits such as "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me," sold for a whopping $2.41 million at an auction of rock relics on Saturday, more than tripling the estimated winning bid of $800,000. Also, The Beatles drum head used on The Ed Sullivan Show went for $2.1 million.

Source: NY Daily News
Friday, November 6, 2015
Interview: Author reveals details behind Scrapbook of Madness

The first volume in the "Lennonology" series by Chip Madinger and Scott Raile has just been published, "Strange Days Indeed – A Scrapbook of Madness." Fifteen years in the making, the book chronicles John Lennon and Yoko Ono's artistic journey in diary format, from 1966-1980, including many pictures, documents and news articles.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Eww: John Lennon's hair up for auction

John Lennon's hair is one item of 350 to hit the auction block via website Julien's Live. The lock of hair comes with a card signed by Lennon, reading "Love from 'Bald' John Lennon xxx." Bidding for the item starts at $10,000. Other items up for grabs include a drumhead from the Beatles' 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: RTT News
Monday, November 2, 2015
John Lennon's She Loves You guitar to be auctioned next weekend

John Lennon's over-sized acoustic Gibson J-160E went missing following a December 1963 Christmas performance at Finsbury Park, and the musician "replaced it with a 1964 model" (the one seen on "The Ed Sullivan Show" the following February). It will be auctioned at the Icons & Idols Rock N Roll event in Beverly Hills on Friday, Nov. 6.

Source: KNBC TV, Los Angeles
Yoko Ono teams up with Hard Rock to 'Imagine' future free from hunger

Hard Rock is kicking off the season of giving by helping to nourish children worldwide with Imagine There's No Hunger. Inspired by John Lennon, the global campaign strives to turn his dream of a world with no hunger into a reality. For the eighth year, Yoko Ono joins Hard Rock International and WhyHunger in support of that mission.

Source: PR Newswire
Thursday, October 29, 2015
John Lennon's iconic beatles suit for sale after being lost 40 years

A suit belonging to John Lennon is to be sold at auction this week, having previously been lost for 40 years. The beige, collarless mohair suits were worn by The Beatles during the early 60s and were made by London tailor Dougie Millings. It will be sold on Friday by online auction, its value is estimated at £150,000 (about $229,700).

Source: NME, UK
John Lennon to be major focus of upcoming show

John Lennon is not an artist naturally associated with the genre of jazz, but his tunes will form a major part of Finnish musician Iiro Rantala's upcoming set at the Tanks Arts Centre in Queensland, Australia. "My latest album My Working Class Hero is tribute to John Lennon, who would be 75 years now if he lived," Rantala says.

Source: Cairns Post

Did John Lennon chant 'Let's Go Mets' on a 1972 song?

Beatles radio host Tom Frangione is a big Mets fan, so much so that he wants to believe with all his heart that John Lennon contributed to the "Let's Go Mets" chant that can be heard at the end of David Peel's "The Ballad of New York City," a track from Peel's 1972 album, The Pope Smokes Dope, produced by Lennon and Yoko Ono produced on Apple Records.

Source: Billboard

Montreal hotel to preserve John Lennon room in renovation

Montreal's largest hotel, the 982-room Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth downtown, built in 1958, will close next June for a year in order to undergo a $140-million modernization upgrade. However, management assures that suite 1742, where John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono held their famous week-long "bed-in" in 1969, will be preserved.

Source: Montreal Gazette
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The US vs. John Lennon film shows political value in artwork

The 2006 film, "The U.S. vs John Lennon," focuses on Lennon's anti-war activism after his time with the Beatles, and the opposition from both the U.S. government and the Nixon administration. Lennon, as an activist for the anti-war movement, used his fame to spread a message of peace, eventually the U.S. government took notice.

Source: The Winonan, MN
Monday, October 26, 2015
Apple Jam's John Lennon tribute to include rare track Now and Then

World-renowned Beatles tribute band Apple Jam will perform "Now and Then," one of John Lennon's rarest unfinished tracks at their show on December 8 in Seattle, Washington, paying homage to Lennon on the 35th anniversary of his death. The concert will showcase the music of John Lennon and include some rarely performed songs.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Mersey Beatles bring legends back to the stage

The Mersey Beatles, is making its own British Invasion in the United States. Performing together as a Beatles tribute band since 1999, they making their way through the U.S. with special guest and author Julia Baird, sister of John Lennon, who spoke about the Lennon she knew before Beatlemania at a meet-and-greet before the show.

Source: Indiana Daily Student
Friday, October 23, 2015
Newly published book contains unheard 1964 John Lennon interviews

Caught on a recording that has sat in a garage for 50 years is a chat with John Lennon that is a bit different than most. The two interviews, by New Zealand academic Dr. Tony Taylor, have come to light in a newly published book. Dr. Taylor's questions were different from what was the norm for reporters at the time.

Source: Stuff, NZ
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
John Lennon's half-sister talks book on brother in Ft. Wayne

John Lennon's half-sister was at the Allen County Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Monday sharing stories from their childhood and giving away autographed copies of her new book. Julia Baird's book "Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon" gives insight into the complex family circumstances in which John was raised.

Source: WANE TV, Ft. Wayne

Shaved Fish
40 Years Ago: John Lennon fills a void with Shaved Fish

In 1974, John Lennon's Walls and Bridges and its single, "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," both shot to the top of the charts. The following year, his Rock 'n' Roll album reached the Top 10, but it contained no new Lennon songs. Later in 1975, Capitol Records decided to fill this void with Shaved Fish, a retrospective of his solo material up to that point.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, October 19, 2015
Stay where the song Give Peace a Chance was written

John Lennon fans can stage their personal Bed-In at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, Quebec, where John Lennon wrote Give Peace a Chance. The hotel's Bed-in for Peace package includes one night accommodation in the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite, breakfast in bed, and souvenir white pajamas and nightgown and special CD.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, October 16, 2015

Brian Epstein
New Beatles biopic in the planning stages

According to Entertainment website Deadline, a new film, currently titled "A Life in the Day," which will revolve around the relationship between Epstein and Lennon, is now in the planning stages, although no deals are set. It will star "Unbroken's" Jack O'Connel as John Lennon opposite Nicholas Hoult, who starred in "Mad Max: Fury Road", as Brian Epstein.

Source: The Chicago Sun Times
Full award-winning John Lennon documentary now online

The 2010 documentary "LennoNYC," an episode of the PBS TV series "American Masters," is now available to view online. The doc focus on Lennon's post-Beatles life, and features miles of archive footage of Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Elton John, as well as loads of interviews with many of the key players on Double Fantasy, Lennon's final album.

Source: Indiewire
Photos: Step inside former childhood haunt of John Lennon

Woolton Library in Liverpool was closed down in 2013 and is now up for auction. Beatles historian and author David Bedford has revealed that John Lennon frequently visited Woolton Library in his childhood. "John was a very prevalent reader. It was his local library and so when he was 9-10 he would have been in there all the time."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, October 15, 2015
John Lennon's long-lost 1962 Gibson guitar to be auctioned

John McCaw, who's had possession since 1969 of one of the most sought-after guitars John Lennon ever owned, will split the proceeds with Yoko Ono of what could be a million-dollar windfall when the Gibson J-160E goes to auction in Los Angeles November 7. Ono will donate the entirety of her proceeds to her Spirit Foundation.

Source: Guitar World

Tim Piper
Just Imagine comes to North Hollywood in November

Just Imagine, the life and music of John Lennon starring look-and-sing-alike artist Tim Piper will come to the historic El Portal Mainstage Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. for a special 3 show only engagement on November 7 and 8. The show intertwines John Lennon's songs with the stories behind them for an electrifying multimedia concert experience.

More Information  Source: Broadway World

The Dakota: New York's first mega-luxury apartment

The Dakota is a high point of antiquated luxury in New York City's cultural lore. The building with cast-iron dragons and a sentry has many macabre associations, In Rosemary's Baby, Mia Farrow was assailed there by a Satanic cult, John Lennon was shot outside on December 8th, 1980, and Boris Karloff, who played Frankenstein, lived there in the 1930s.

Source: The New Republic
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Signed Lennon and McCartney solo albums to be sold

Signed and framed copies of John Lennon's Mind Games and Paul McCartney's London Town are being auctioned. The cover of London Town is also signed by Linda McCartney. Bidding for both ends on October 27.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Yoko Ono fears John Lennon's killer is still dangerous

The man who killed John Lennon in 1980 was last year denied parole for the eighth time, he and his wife reportedly wrote to Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, asking for forgiveness. But, in a new candid interview, Ono says he should never be free. "He did it once, he could do it again, to somebody else...It could be me, it be Sean."

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Beast

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