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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Musician pens novel on John Lennon's return

In his new book, "Saint John Lennon," Hartwell imagines Lennon is alive through a wrinkle in time and has returned to Earth on Dec. 8, 2020, exactly 40 years to the day that he was murdered.The fallen Beatle has no recollection of what happened, he's the age he was when he died, and he pops up in front of the Dakota in New York City.

Source: The Telegram, Worcester, MA
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John Lennon to be honored with US postage stamp in 2018

The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year. Among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon, which will be released with next installment of the USPS' Music Icons series of "Forever" stamps. No release date has been announced yet for the stamp.

Source: WEZX Rock 107, Scranton
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Drummer Alan White remembers playing with 2 Beatles before joining Yes

In a new interview, drummer Alan White talked about appearing on two albums with former Beatles before joining Yes, John Lennon's Imagine (1971) and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (1970) and Radha Krsna Temple (1971). He said, "I played with John, and I played with George. They were landmark albums."

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lennon and Ono's Bed-In for Peace remembered in Tokyo

Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo, has opened an exhibit remembering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's antiwar performance, "Bed-In for Peace," on the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. The exhibit features journalist Gerry Deiter's photos of the couple's peace-promoting response to the Vietnam War, in a hotel room in Montreal during their honeymoon in 1969.

Source: Kyodo News, Japan
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

Fan Content Warning  Source: South China Morning Post
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Cops and Surgeon remember trying to save John Lennon Warning: Page opens with sound

"You just threw your whole life away!" Those were the words roared by NYPD Officer Peter Cullen to the man who moments earlier had fatally shot John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. Cullen and his partner, Steve Spiro, were the first to arrive at the Dakota Building on Manhattan's Upper West Side that fateful Monday night in New York City.

Fan Content Warning  WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: Inside Edition
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
John Lennon to be celebrated Friday at Lake Worth music festival

The music and spirit of John Lennon will be celebrated at a festival in Lake Worth, Florida, on Friday, the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. Imaginefest will feature singalongs of classic Lennon and Beatles songs performed by more than 20 bands and prizes for a contest for costumes capturing the 1960s, '70s and Beatles lookalikes.

Source: Palm Beach Post
See Yoko Ono's public artwork at three places in New Orleans

A public artwork now on view in New Orleans is a reminder of Ono's monumentally important artistic practice, which, despite its six-decade span and worldwide influence, is still often overshadowed by her ties to the Beatles. It appears at three different locations, where Ono's work asks, "Have You Seen The Horizon Lately?"

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Jerry Garcia Foundation unites music and art at Lennon inspired benefit

In this "season of giving," the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual "Imagine There's No Hunger" holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert.

Source: PR Newswire
Emily Hackett covers John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Nashville-based country pop singer Emily Hackett has recorded a fantastic cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" just in time for the holidays. She said, "Recording this song has always been on my bucket list and the timing of it just seemed so appropriate with everything going on in the world this year."

Source: Grateful Web
Monday, December 4, 2017

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Pete Best to play himself in new John Lennon play

The original Beatles drummer is set to appear on stage playing himself in a new show. Pete Best, who was a member of the band until 1962, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr, will appear in the comedy production Lennon's Banjo, in Liverpool next year. The show tells of a quest to find the first instrument John Lennon learned to play.

Source: ITV, UK
Monday, November 27, 2017
The Beatles Story sales boosted by record visitors

Record visitor numbers have helped drive turnover past the 5m mark at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. During the year, The Beatles Story secured worldwide publicity when John Lennon's letter to the Queen handing back his MBE went on show at the Albert Dock tourist attraction after being valued at 60,000.

Source: Insider Media
Friday, November 24, 2017
Parsing the Beatles' most nonsensical song

My parents had John Lennon's In His Own Write on the shelf, and I recognized a kindred spirit. Lennon too must have grown up cherishing the surreal, imagistic language of Lear and Carroll. But his greatest work of nonsense was not on our bookshelves, it was over in the record cabinet, on the Magical Mystery Tour LP, I Am the Walrus.

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The day the BBC banned The Beatles for saying knickers

The Fab Four were not so fabulous in the eyes, or ears, of the BBC in 1967, as the band released I Am The Walrus, including the lyrics "Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess / Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your knickers down." The obvious reference to sex, as well as the word "knickers", was all too much for the BBC airwaves.

Source: IBTimes, UK
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
More Info: German police recover stolen John Lennon diaries

German police on Tuesday presented diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to John Lennon that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin. Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono's former driver and then taken to Turkey, and were discovered by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
Monday, November 20, 2017
German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police today arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including his diaries. The items were stolen from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006. A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time," according to the police.

Related Articles  Source: Expatica Germany
First casting announced for Lennon's Banjo in Liverpool

The new play, Lennon's Banjo, will premiere at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre next spring. Today producers revealed the first four cast members who will appear in this fascinating romp through Beatledom to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia, the first instrument John Lennon learnt to play, missing for 60 years and now worth millions.

Source: Broadway World
Friday, November 17, 2017
Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the "Yoko Mono" bar. The operator may no longer call his pub "Yoko Mono". It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar. (Page translated into English.)

Original Page in German  Source: NDR, Germany
Painting from collection of Yoko Ono sells for nearly $11 million

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Yoko Ono has sold for $10.9 million. Sotheby's says the work, titled "Cabra", was sold Thursday night in New York to an unidentified buyer. The pre-sale estimate was $9 million to $12 million. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Ono and John Lennon.

Source: Voice of America
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
John Lennon's former Surrey mansion hits the market for 8.9m

The Surrey home where John Lennon penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for 8.9m (about $11.7m). Purchased by Lennon and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George's Hill estate in Weybridge. John wrote I Am the Walrus in the home's attic.

Source: The Spaces
Monday, November 13, 2017
John Lennon music bus challenges local teens to imagine peace

When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled up at Hialeah Gardens High School, many students didn't know much about the famous late Beatle. But when the educators who drive the bus-turned-recording-studio-on-wheels played the 1971 song Imagine and other Beatles tunes, the kids understood the peace messages.

Source: WLRN, Miami
Friday, November 10, 2017
Touching video of 10-Year-Old boy with autism singing Imagine Warning: Page opens with sound

10-year-old Calum Cull from Essex, England has high functioning autism, so he doesn't need extreme care, but he struggles socially and academically. Calum has been singing since the age of four, his singing has been getting progressively better over the last few years. His powerful performance of John Lennon's Imagine is now online.

Source: 92.3 Amp FM, Los Angeles
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Review: John Lennon is alive in the new novel Saint John Lennon

In the newly released novel "Saint John Lennon" by Daniel Hartwell, on December 8, 2020, 40-year-old John Lennon mysteriously appears in front of the Dakota in New York City to begin an intriguing adventure. Lennon re-establishes his relationships with Yoko, the Beatles Paul and Ringo, and most poignantly, with Sean and Julian.

Source: Broadway World
Monday, November 6, 2017
Yoko Ono says she is part of the younger generation

Yoko Ono considers herself part of the "young generation". The 84-year-old artist said, "It excites me that the young generation is very wise. And I include myself in that." And Yoko is an avid user of social media because, she says, she finds it an effective and efficient way to communicate to many people at once.

Source: Brampton Guardian
Friday, November 3, 2017
X Factor stars The Cutkelvins are related to Beatles legend John Lennon

It has been revealed that Scots siblings The Cutkelvins, finalists on the X Factor UK TV show, are descendants of ex-Beatle John Lennon, via their grandmother, Barbra Lennon, who was John's second cousin. Sources say they have tried to keep their family link to Lennon quiet, adding, "Sadly, they're too young to have met him."

Source: The Sun, UK
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Create art with Yoko Ono at Cape Town's cool new gallery

Among the artworks currently on view at A4 Arts Foundation, a new arts space in Cape Town, South Africa, is a so-called "instructional piece" by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to mend broken pieces of crockery laid out on a table.Mend Piece dates from 1966, the same year Ono met John Lennon at her exhibition in London.

Source: The Sunday Times, South Africa
Tom Petty joins John Lennon and David Bowie on top-earning dead celebs list

Tom Petty passed away less than a month ago, but the beloved rocker already has made it onto Forbes' annual list of top-earning deceased celebrities. Petty landed at #6 on the list, with earnings of $20 million. Michael Jackson is the #1 top-earning celeb for the fifth year in a row, John Lennon came in at the appropriate #9 with $12 million.

Source: Rock 107, Scranton
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
John Lennon's murderer boasts he has been forgiven by Jesus

John Lennon's killer has boasted that he has been forgiven by Jesus for assassinating the former Beatle. The murderer, in jail since shooting Lennon in New York City in 1980, admits in a letter to a US pen pal, that he had committed a "heinous crime," but he says, "[Jesus] chose to die so that our sins, even mine, could be forgiven."

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Mirror, UK
Monday, October 30, 2017
John Lennon Christmas card could sell for $15k at auction

A Christmas card written by John Lennon is on sale for $15,000. The festive note from 1968 was for his wife Yoko Ono's ex, music producer Tony Cox, and the former couple's daughter, Kyoko Cox. In one of the notes on the card, John asks Tony where the mastertapes of a 1968 concert Yoko performed are, and two of her short films.

Source: Brampton Guardian
Friday, October 27, 2017
Yoko Ono to exhibit at TULCA Festival in Ireland

Work by Yoko Ono will be displayed as part of the 2017 TULCA Festival of Visual Art. The festival, now in its 15th year, runs from November 3 to 19 at various locations around Galway, this year the visual arts festival is inspired by The Screamers and primal scream therapy, which has connections to both Ono and the west of Ireland.

Source: Galway Advertiser, Ireland
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes stop in Jacksonville

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida, and some lucky students got to experience music and film in an incredible way. Fifth-grade students were on the John Lennon bus Thursday learning how to write, record and produce original songs, music video, documentaries and more.

Source: WJXT TV, Jacksonville
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Unseen John Lennon images revealed in Liverpool

A set of unseen images of John Lennon, which were in a "junk drawer" for over 30 years because they were thought to have no value, have been unveiled. The 26 negatives from 1970 were brought to a valuation day at Liverpool's Beatles Story museum. The intimate portraits are a rare find and could be worth 10,000 (about $13,150).

Source: BBC News, UK
How Paul McCartney was lied to by Jann Wenner over his Rock Hall induction

There are many great stories in "Sticky Fingers," the biography of Rolling Stone and Rock Hall founder Jann Wenner. The book details Wenner's sucking up to the memory of John Lennon, and his Velcro-ing to Yoko Ono to win her favor. In the process, however, Wenner made an enemy of Paul McCartney by lying to him about the Rock Hall.

Source: Showbiz 411
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Long Island students record love song aboard John Lennon bus

Select Herricks High School students spent last Thursday aboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, recording an original song written over the course of the day. The song written by the Herricks students has an "acoustic coffee shop, beach vibe, surreal feeling" but will "even include a horn section," said Lennon Bus engineer Steven Meloney.

Source: The Island Now
Rolling Stone magazine prints its first issue 50 years ago today

In the fall of 1967, Rolling Stone began operating out of a loft in San Francisco. Just a couple days before printing, co-founder Jann Wenner selected a photo for the cover, John Lennon from the film How I Won the War, which was hitting theaters the same time as the magazine. "It was the last piece of the puzzle for the issue," Wenner said.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, October 13, 2017
Interview: Yoko made two films for me

Jonas Mekas first met Yoko Ono in New York in 1960. A few years later, she went to London and met John Lennon. "In December 1970...I organised a little film festival and Yoko made two films for me in 10 days...At the time I saw a lot of John and Yoko, and I always enjoyed our time together. He was open, relaxed, very spontaneous."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, October 12, 2017
New book from Yoko Ono to document history of Imagine

Yoko Ono will share the story of the making of John Lennon's album "Imagine" in a "landmark publication" with book publisher Thames & Hudson. The book is due for release in October 2018 and will contain "unseen photographs, artefacts and new interviews" with the people who were there when the album was conceived and recorded.

Source: The Bookseller
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Two letters from John Lennon explain why he meditated

In early 1968, The Beatles travelled to India to learn the value of transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. While staying in the Himalayas, John Lennon wrote several letters to fans, expressing the value of their newfound meditative practices. These letters were published in book, The John Lennon Letters.

Source: Happy
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Liam Gallagher believes John Lennon is looking out for him

Liam Gallagher says John Lennon is his spiritual guide and he believes the music legend is watching over him. "(He's my) spiritual guide. I do believe he's here. I do believe that he's looking out for me," ardent John Lennon fan Gallagher told Rolling Stone magazine, who also named his eldest son, Lennon, 18, after him.

Source: Business Standard
Monday, October 9, 2017
Beatles family remembers John Lennon on 77th birthday

Paul McCartney has remembered John Lennon on what would have been his 77th birthday. McCartney wrote he was "reaching out to Johnny on his birthday" in a post on Twitter alongside an old photograph of the pals. Ringo Starr also paid tribute with a photo of the pair in their Beatles days, and Yoko tweeted he was "still with us."

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland

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