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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Festival set to feature works by Yoko Ono

Works by Yoko Ono will go on display in Blackpool, England, as part of the inaugural Lightpool Festival. The new six-night festival will transform the Blackpool town centre, encouraging visitors to explore on foot. Ono will have two works, created 50 years apart, on display at the festival, which will run from October 28 to November 2.

Source: Blackpool Gazette, UK
Video: Krief covers John Lennon's Grow Old With Me

The Dears' guitarist Patrick Krief, who records and performs under his last name, has released his fourth solo album Automatic. It's 81 minutes long and even Krief says it's "not meant to be listened to in one sitting." He recently performed a cover of John Lennon's Grow Old With Me in an interview in Toronto.

Source: National Post, Toronto

Todd Rundgren
Interview: Todd Rundgren on John Lennon and Ringo Starr

Since his start with garage rockers The Nazz in 1968, Todd Rundgren has worked with a dazzling array of bands, and achieved recognition with a series of critically acclaimed solo albums. He shares some of his moments from more than 40 years in music, which include some spiky exchanges with John Lennon, and experiences with a drunk and sober Ringo Starr.

Source: Team Rock
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Yoko Ono unveils lotus petal sculpture in Chicago park

Artist and singer Yoko Ono has unveiled her first permanent public installation in the US. Ono has created a piece in Jackson Park in Chicago, which is to become home to President Barack Obama's library. The work is called Skylanding, and has 12 large steel lotus petals that emerge from the ground.

Source: AOL Entertainment, UK
Friday, October 14, 2016
Can song lyrics ever be poetry?

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize has reignited the debate about whether song lyrics can ever be considered literature. It's been going on since the early 1960s, John Lennon published a volume of nonsense verse In His Own Write. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, taking their cue from Dylan, began to tackle more serious subject matter.

Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Claypool Lennon Delirium talk and play on NPR

The Claypool Lennon Delirium is a new psychedelic collaboration that features the minds and musical expertise of Les Claypool, renowned for his work with Primus, and Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Lennon and Claypool play all the instruments on their album Monolith Of Phobos, which came out in June.

Source: NPR
Monday, October 10, 2016
John Lennon is getting a comic book biography

On Sunday, at 2016's New York Comic Con, a new graphic novel was unveiled that will be a biography based on John Lennon's life, to be called Lennon. The new book adapts the 2010 novel by French author and screenwriter David Foenkinos, which tells Lennon's story through sessions between Lennon and an imaginary therapist.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
John Lennon 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 Reykjavik, Iceland. Ono believes John Lennon would have been pleased with the tower.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Friday, October 7, 2016
Filmmakers say The Lennon Report will set record straight on his death

It may not be a subject that fans of the Beatles and John Lennon want to recall again, but the producers of new film, The Lennon Report, which opens Oct. 7, two days before what would have been the former Beatle's 76th birthday, say the movie will finally tell the real story about what really happened the night Lennon was killed.

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John Lennon: He doesn't believe in magic or the Beatles

A decade after the Beatles separated, John Lennon spoke of his solo music, falling into a depression after separating from Yoko Ono, public and personal pressure, and a Beatles reunion. The article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 16, 1980, weeks before Lennon's death on Dec. 8, 1980.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Lennon-Bowie tribute offers a Slick finish

"Heroes and Lennon's 76th Birthday" will celebrate the music of John Lennon, whose birthday is Oct. 9, and David Bowie, who died last January. The concert will feature Earl Slick, known for his work on albums from both megastars, including Bowie's Young Americans and Lennon's final LP Double Fantasy in 1980.

Source: Syracuse Newtimes
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
John Lennon expert to host presale party for next book

Jude Southerland Kessler, foremost expert on John Lennon and the author of The John Lennon Series, will be hosting an online presale party for her fourth book, Should Have Known Better, on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. CT. The event will take place on her Facebook author page.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono on her way to Iceland to relight the Imagine Peace Tower

Yoko Ono is on her way to Iceland to relight the Imagine Peace Tower, which is located on the island of Videy in Reykjavik, Iceland, in memory of her late husband John Lennon, on the occasion of his 76th birthday on October 9. On the same day Yoko will present The Lennon Ono Grant For Peace Award in Reykjavik.

Source: Iceland Magazine
Friday, September 30, 2016
Yoko Ono makes donation to charity in honor of late Beatles engineer

Yoko Ono has made a substantial donation to disability charity White Lodge in Chertsey, Surrey, England, in memory of music engineer Allan Rouse who used the centre's facilities before his passing this year. They became friends after working closely together at Abbey Road Studios when The Beatles back catalogue was remastered.

Source: Get Surrey, UK
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
A tribute to Lennon to benefit community art studio and gallery

"Imagine Lennon," a benefit for Aurora Studio & Gallery, will take place Friday, Oct. 7 at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. The concert will feature over 20 local musicians. Aurora Studio & Gallery is a supportive art studio for artists in recovery from behavioral health needs, addiction and/or homelessness.

Source: Mountain Express, NC
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
John Lennon play returns to Sydney for 25th anniversary

Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon - Through A Glass Onion features 31 iconic John Lennon hits. Part concert and part biography, the exploration of music icon John Lennon has been entertaining audiences around the world for the past 25 years.

Source: The AU Review
Monday, September 26, 2016
John Lennon Los Angeles birthday bash to benefit pancreatic cancer

Celebrate the birthday of John Lennon at "John Lennon: Working Class Hero," a unique performance taking place October 9, at 1:30 pm at the legendary Crest Theatre in Westwood on the day John would have turned 76. Proceeds from the one-time only concert will go to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research.

Source: Beatles News Blog
UNICEF releases world music version of John Lennon's Imagine

UNICEF has released an all-star world version of John Lennon's classic song Imagine today with the support of Yoko Ono, David Guetta and people from over 140 countries around the world. This world version of Imagine shines a spotlight on the 28 million children around the world who have been driven from their homes due to conflict.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Julian Lennon shares insight on his latest photo exhibition

Earlier this month, Julian Lennon's latest photography exhibition opened at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Titled "Cycle," it explores the cycle of life along the South China Seas. He said, "I find that color sometimes is more distracting. I find black & white draws you in with a more empathetic view to the world... it's more emotive to me."

Source: Glide Magazine
Friday, September 23, 2016
Sean Lennon fights back against order to chop down his tree

John Lennon's son has headed back to court in his $10 million dollar legal battle over a 70-year-old tree in his yard. Sean Lennon was ordered to remove the tree by a New York judge earlier this month, but in court documents filed Monday, Lennon is not giving up and is now demanding that the appeals court overturn the decision.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Internet data reveals most famous Beatle

Data from Google has shown who the most searched for Beatles is in England. The data from Google trends looks at the number of times people have searched for a particular celebrity since September 2011 and the results are illuminating. According to the internet, Paul McCartney is 10% more popular than John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
John Lennon birthday celebration in Hollywood starts at new, later time

Music, poetry, birthday cake and the decorating of John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star will all be taking place as Lennon and Beatles fans of all ages are invited to come together on Sunday, October 9 starting 6:00pm, until 8pm, to remember and honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and peace advocate on his 76th birthday.

Source: Beatles News
Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace

A Guinness World Record holder is marking the International Day of Peace with a 2,500 square foot painting of John Lennon. Eric Waugh earned the record in 2001 for creating the "world's largest painting on canvas by a single artist. His Lennon tribute, "Imagine Again," is to be displayed in Central Park, according to his Facebook page.

Source: USA Today
John Lennon's custom-made Suit to be featured in upcoming live auction

John Lennon's suit is to be auctioned in Boston. The custom-made, grey and black tweed houndstooth two-piece suit was created by Beatles tailor Douglas Millings. Lennon gave the suit to Madame Tussauds in London for use in the museum. The suit is estimated to be sold at auction for 50,000 (about $65,000).

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon called overpopulation a joke during vintage interview

A vintage interview with John Lennon which has been posted on YouTube reveals he did not believe in overpopulation, and referred to it as a "joke." The book "The Population Bomb" was in the news, Lennon said, "I don't really believe it, you know. I think whatever happens will balance itself out and work itself out and work itself out."

Source: Live Action News
Monday, September 19, 2016

Paris Jackson honors John Lennon with new tattoo

18-year-old Paris Jackson, the daughter of late King of Pop Michael Jackson, had John Lennon's image inked onto her arm. Paris, who recently opened up about being a victim of cyber bullying, had words from Lennon's song Imagine, "Imagine all the people living life in peace," inked under the image of his face. She showed off the new tattoo on social media.

Source: Irish Examiner
Thursday, September 15, 2016
John Lennon's missing Rolls-Royce rides again

John Lennon's white 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V is back on the road this summer for the first time in more than 30 years. It was made custom for Lennon, who wanted everything white, the interior, upholstery, the carpets and even the steering wheel. It was seen recently at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club annual rally in England.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Judge quotes Beatles in ruling against John Lennon's son

The judge said, "No one I think is in my tree," as a long, drawn-out lawsuit between Sean Lennon and his New York City neighbors over an intrusive tree came to an end on Tuesday. Sean was ordered to remove a 60-foot tree in front of his Greenwich Village townhouse after his neighbors said it was damaging their front stoop.

Related Articles  Source: Patch, New York
Friday, September 9, 2016
No Beatles in Yoko Ono's upcoming memoirs

Much has been written about Yoko Ono and The Beatles, she was even dubbed the woman who broke up the group, but she says somewhat disappointingly that her forthcoming memoirs won't mention the band at all. She says, "they're my very best friends still and I just don't want to invade their privacy."

Source: The Daily Express, UK
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
45 Years Ago: John Lennon reclaims his legacy with Imagine

Imagine, which was released on Sept. 9, 1971, in the U.S., a month later in the U.K., became John Lennon's first No. 1 album as a solo artist. But more important, it allowed him to reclaim his legacy with a record that, by toning down Plastic Ono Band's abrasiveness, sounded more like the Lennon fans fell in love with in the '60s.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 8, 2016
George Harrison's I Me Mine book to be released in expanded edition

George Harrison's I Me Mine, a collection of the late Beatles guitarist's handwritten lyric sheets and written commentaries and memories first published in a limited edition in 1980, is getting re-release in an expanded edition. I Me Mine - The Extended Edition will be available in the U.S. October 18 with a retail price of $55.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Sean Lennon stands up for his mom's meeting with Kim Kardashian

John Lennon's son Sean defended Yoko Ono in a lengthy Facebook rant after haters took over his page on Tuesday, slamming his mother for meeting and taking a photo with Kim Kardashian. It quickly ignited hate from social media users who felt Ono should not associate herself with "attention seeker" Kim and "shameless" Kanye.

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Hearse owned by John Lennon is up for sale for $250,000

The hearse owned by John Lennon will be auctioned off on Wednesday in London by RM Sotheby's and is expected to fetch more than $250,000. Lennon purchased the 1956 Austin Princess for his personal use from a mortuary in Manchester in 1971. The classic car was also featured in Lennon's 1972 film "Imagine."

Source: Business Insider
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The truth about how John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever

On September 19, 1966, John Lennon arrived in Almeria, Spain, for six weeks to be in the film, "How I Won The War." Beatles fan and researcher J. Adolfo Iglesias gave a fascinating presentation about the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's visit to Almeria, and how John came to write Strawberry Fields Forever during his stay.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono announces reissue project

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music have announced they are partnering to reissue Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 through 1985. The Yoko Ono Reissue Project will span 11 studio albums, remastered and in recreations of their original packaging, complete with unseen photos and content from the album's recording sessions.

Source: Pitchfork
Video: The Lennon Report unlocks new info on John's final moments

A new feature film is taking a deep dive into the tragedy on Dec. 8, 1980 that took the lives of one of the world's most iconic songwriters. The Lennon Report, in theaters Oct. 7, trailer online now, gives a dramatic look at what transpired behind the scenes when John Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Richard Neville And The John Lennon Connection

Richard Neville, the rebel journalist who inspired two songs by John Lennon, died on Sunday in Sydney at age 74. Neville started Oz magazine in 1963, a radical publication popular with university students. He championed legalised usage of marijuana in the U.K. and John Lennon and Yoko became huge fans and supporters.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Monday, September 5, 2016

Carm Castiglione
Rocker helps Beatles fans Imagine John

Singer Carm Castiglione says, "I just started doing John Lennon a year ago. I think everything happens for a reason and I think the time is right to do this now. It doesn't hurt the fact that I look like him and I really love his songs. John Lennon's music really resonated with me." He will perform as John at the first London Beatles Festival September 23 through 25.

Source: Our London, Canada
Friday, September 2, 2016
Andy Peebles discloses his last dinner with John Lennon after BBC interview

Former BBC radio host Andy Peebles recently shared new unpublished information from his time spent with John Lennon over dinner on December 6th, 1980, with Beatles fans at last Sunday's Liverpool International BeatleWeek. Andy revealed some new information about the story leading up to the historic interview.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Lennon: Through A Glass Onion to be performed in Canada

Even today, 36 years after his death, John Lennon's pioneering spirit lives on, and that sentiment is expertly captured in writer John Waters's New York Off-Broadway smash Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. The show comes to Canada for the first time in October and November, in the cities of West Vancouver and White Rock.

Source: The Georgia Straight
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Imagine cover ranks in worldwide Top 10

Music history was made this month as pop star and philanthropist Sir Ivan went Top 10 with an all new uptempo version of John Lennon's Imagine, on three significant industry charts, 45 years after the original release in 1971. In the U.S., Imagine by Sir Ivan coincidentally also ranks # 9 on the DJ Times National Dance/Crossover Top 40 Chart.

Source: PR Newswire

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