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Thursday, July 30, 2015
John Lennon honored with Yellow Submarine tapestry in NYC

Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and others to honor her late husband Wednesday at Ellis Island. Ono said the tapestry is "so special" and John would have loved it. Wednesday was also declared John Lennon Day.

Source: Billboard
Interview: Owner of John Lennon's long lost guitar

The Gibson J-160E guitar John Lennon used to write several Beatle hits on has been lost for over 40 years but now is found. In a new interview, fans can now hear the remarkable story of where it has been all these years and the man who has been a good steward of it even though he didn't know it was Lennon's guitar until recently.

Source: PRWeb
John Lennon tribute returns to Liverpool for International Beatle Week

Last year during International Beatle Week, Liverpool actor Mark McGann and Swedish band Pepperland rocked the Royal Court theatre in Liverpool with their In My Life show, telling Lennon's life story from his Menlove Avenue childhood to December 1980. They will reprise the show with two performances on Sunday, August 30.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Yoko Ono announces new all-star remix LP

Yoko Ono follows up her all-star 2007 covers and remixes LP Yes, I'm a Witch this January with a sequel titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too. Ono will collaborate with Death Cab for Cutie, Cibo Matto and her son Sean Lennon and many more artists who contributed either remixes or covers of tracks culled from Ono's catalog.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
British actor Tom Hughes cast as John Lennon in BBC radio drama

British actor Tom Hughes is to play John Lennon in a forthcoming radio drama. Hughes, known for several roles on BBC One, will portray the iconic singer-songwriter in BBC Radio 2's When Elvis Met The Beatles. Hughes said, "John Lennon is a hero of mine. I'll never have the chance to meet him, so playing him is the next best thing."

Source: NME, UK
Monday, July 27, 2015
Artist creates controversial comic strip on John Lennon's Imagine

Pablo Stanley has used his illustration skills to create a visual representation of John Lennon's 1971 song, "Imagine." The comic strip depicts lyrics from the song along with images of legendary activists for change such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: World Religion News
Letter about John Lennon's death from his aunt Mimi to be sold

An emotional letter from John Lennon's aunt Mimi Smith written on her personal letterhead less than two months after the Beatle was murdered in New York City will be sold in an online auction next month. Deadline for bidding in the auction is Aug. 12. Previously, a letter Mimi wrote to a fan in 1964 sold for 250 in 2013.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Book Review: John Lennon and the Bronte Connection

A new book published by Jewelle St. James, "John Lennon and the Bronte Connection," is about the author's journey in discovering a past life connection between former Beatle John Lennon and the tragic poet Branwell Bronte. St. James discovers she lived in 15th Century England and John Lennon had been her lover.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rare John Lennon letter up for auction

A hand-written note from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Beatles press officer Derek Taylor circa 1969, referencing instructions for an unspecified concert is currently up for auction at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction that ends today, its current bid is $1000. Also in the auction, Ringo's Help! jacket currently stands at over $14,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Help! single released 50 years ago today

Today marks 50 years since the release of Help! Recorded at Abbey Road in 12 takes on April 13, 1965, Help! was written by John Lennon in a moving attempt to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success, he later described it as one of his favorite ever songs and one of his first ever attempts at writing from the heart.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Yoko Ono to get new neighbor in the Dakota

Movie star Lauren Bacall's apartment at the Dakota has been bought by a mystery buyer, last priced at $23.5 million. Bacall lived in the 4,000-square-foot wood-paneled apartment for more than half a century up until last year. Meanwhile, Roberta Flack put her apartment in the building on the market for $9.5 million in May.

Source: NY Daily News
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
May Pang to speak at university music programs

May Pang, music executive, confidante and companion of John Lennon, will give lectures at music programs at universities around the U.S. beginning this fall. May is well known for her relationship with John Lennon during the infamous "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s, she worked him in the studio and was his personal assistant.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, July 20, 2015
1st volume of new books on John Lennon and Yoko Ono gets release date

Author Chip Madinger has announced that the first volume of his "Lennonology" series is near completion. Fifteen years in the making, "Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness" reflects John Lennon and Yoko Ono's partnership for the entire time period they were together, and is written in the form of a daily journal.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Record company promises to replace faulty disc in Lennon box

Copies of the Rock 'N' Roll' LP in the new Lennon box set have been found to be faulty, with "Sweet Little Sixteen" repeated on the disc and "You Can't Catch Me" missing. Universal Music has pledged to replace the defective copies, and has set up a webpage where consumers who bought the set can exchange the defective disc.

Source: Music Times
Friday, July 10, 2015
Yoko Ono calls on New York Governor to reject pipeline

Yoko Ono took out a full-page ad in the NY Times on Friday calling on Gov. Cuomo to reject state permits for a pipeline that would transport gas fracked in Pennsylvania into New York. "We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets," she wrote.

Source: Capital New York
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono send birthday wishes to Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. Uploading a photo of herself and Starr to Twitter, Yoko Ono wrote, "Happy Birthday, Ringo! And Many, Many more. Let us count the ways how we love you... From an old acquaintance, yoko". Meanwhile, Paul McCartney sent three birthday wishes to Starr in total.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Monday, July 6, 2015
Yoko says she loves the other Beatles like brothers

Yoko Ono says she loves the remaining Beatles "like my brothers" despite claims she split the band up through her relationship with the late John Lennon. "From my side there's an incredible love towards them because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young," she explained.

Source: The Sun Daily
Friday, July 3, 2015
John Lennon Songbook returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The John Lennon Songbook is returning to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in a new staging as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Summer Pops and the Liverpool Phil's 175th anniversary. First performed in Liverpool to sell-out audiences in 2008, Liverpool actor and vocalist Mark McGann reprises his role as Lennon in the concert.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Pictures: Nobody wants to live in Yoko's building

Apartment 46 in The Dakota in New York City has been on and off the market for over eight years. It's on again for $14.5 million. But, even if you have the cash, you might not have to be Yoko Ono's neighbor. The Dakota co-op board is famously picky, it has denied everyone from Billy Joel to Judd Apatow to Madonna.

Source: SF Gate
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
They say it's your birthday, John Lennon Airport

On this day in 1933, Liverpool Airport officially opened making July 1, 2015, the airport's 82nd birthday. Almost closed in 1974 and privatised in 1990, originally simply called Liverpool Airport, it was renamed in honor of John Lennon in 2002, a 7ft bronze statue of Lennon stands overlooking the check-in hall.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, June 29, 2015
John Lennon's nonsense poetry to be performed at Edinburgh Festival

John Lennon's nonsense poetry will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival after more than 5,000 was raised through crowdfunding. Actor Jonathan Glew was granted the rights to Lennon's poetry collection In His Own Write by his widow Yoko Ono. The book, including short stories, poems and drawings, was first published in 1964.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Statement says John Lennon's great uncle not prolific Victorian criminal

A statement has been released denying recent reports claiming that the great uncle of John Lennon was a prolific criminal living in Victorian Liverpool. Website Find My Past now says "the William Lennon in our records, who was also born in Liverpool in the same year, was not related to John Lennon."

Original Article  Source: NME, UK
Friday, June 26, 2015
Sean Lennon talks about Yoko, Kanye and his favorite Beatles songs

Sean Lennon recently gave an interview where discussed his musical inspirations, his favorite Beatles songs, and what he thinks about Kanye West working alongside his father's former collaborator, Paul McCartney. He said, "I think at first my inspiration came from just wanting to find some connection to my dad."

Source: Billboard
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hearing Yoko Ono all over again

A small but vocal fan club has rediscovered Yoko Ono's records from the 1970s and found in "Fly" or "Sisters O Sisters" forgotten feminist anthems or anticipations of punk. However, curators Christophe Cherix and Klaus Biesenbach affirm in "One Woman Show" that Ono was a musician and composer from the start of her career in 1962.

Source: NY Times
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney plays John Lennon medley in 1990

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt tour hit in Liverpool on June 28th, 1990. The year marked the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's birth, and McCartney wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion, performing a long medley that incorporated Strawberry Fields Forever, Help! and Give Peace a Chance.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
May Pang says John Lennon UFO drawing is fake

May Pang, the former girlfriend of John Lennon, is reported to have claimed a rare drawing of a UFO by the Beatles legend, acquired by an expert on one of North Wales' greatest mysteries, is a fake, and is not anything close to Lennon's drawing style. Pang was with Lennon at the time of their alleged UFO sighting in New York.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, North Wales
John Lennon publishes A Spaniard in the Works 50 years ago

Following the surprising commercial and critical reaction to his first book, In His Own Write, John Lennon was given the opportunity to produce a sequel. A Spaniard in the Works was published on June 24, 1965. As with In His Own Write, Works was a slim collection of short stories and poems, 18 in total, punctuated by Lennon's drawings.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Paul McCartney gives his regards to Philly's Broad Street

Paul McCartney returned to Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center June 21 and fans say the show was outstanding. "The place was packed, and the crowd was stoked! And Paul was energetic and engaged with the crowd," "Another fantastic and lengthy show, with several surprises and firsts," "Paul was in good voice," fans said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson tribute in NYC in July

The new free At the Inn concert series at Manhattan Inn continues with on July 13 as legendary songwriters John Lennon and Harry Nilsson will be paid tribute to by an impressive cast of musicians, including Nicole Atkins and Invisible Familiars, the project of Jared Samuel, who's worked with Sean Lennon.

Source: Brooklyn Vegan
Monday, June 22, 2015
Toronto gallery to present Bob Gruen exhibit

Whether hanging out on a roof with John Lennon, on a runway with Led Zeppelin, or on a subway car with the Ramones, rock photographer Bob Gruen has always had a knack for capturing the moment. Toronto's Liss Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his most-famous work beginning Tuesday and running to July 11.

Source: Metro News, Canada
Friday, June 19, 2015
John Lennon UFO link to North Wales extraterrestrial mystery

A leading expert on one of North Wales's greatest UFO mysteries claims to own a rare sketch John Lennon created to record an alien encounter he allegedly experienced in America. Russ Kellett is known for investigating the 1974 UFO Berwyn Mountains incident involving theories of an extraterrestrial craft crashing in the area.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, North Wales
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Roberta Flack selling her apartment in the Dakota

Legendary singer Roberta Flack has put her apartment at the famed Dakota building on the Upper West Side of New York City on the market for $9.5 million. Flack has lived at the building for nearly 40 years and once counted John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein and Lauren Bacall among her neighbors.

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Review: Lennon Box Set

John Lennon never wrote an autobiography, but given that he said of his songwriting "I like to write about me, 'cause I know me," the new Lennon vinyl box neatly serves as a memoir of his last decade. Aside from Imagine and Rock 'n' Roll, the other albums are out of print on vinyl. Now they're back, using the remastered 2010 CD mixes.

Source: Paste Magazine
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Video: Lady Gaga performs John Lennon's Imagine in Azerbaijan

Lady Gaga helped open the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan last Friday, as she walked out into the Olympic Stadium in a flowing white dress to perform John Lennon's classic ballad Imagine. The performance was a stripped-down affair, with Gaga simply singing the track over her piano, which was covered in flowers.

Source: Digital Spy
Plan to sing Imagine in Arabic raises furor at French school

John Lennon's song of peace, Imagine, which contains the lyrics "Imagine all the people living life in peace", has provoked a storm of controversy at a French primary school. Pupils were set to sing the song in five different languages at a school fair on June 26th, but some parents complained because one of the languages would be Arabic.

Source: The Local, France
Sean Lennon wants neighbors lawsuit tossed

Sean Lennon issued a blanket denial in response to legal claims by his neighbors, the parents of actress Marisa Tomei, that a 24-inch-diameter, 60-foot-tall, rotting ailanthus tree on his property is invading their Greenwich Village townhouse. It's the Tomeis' own fault because it's invading their property, not his, claims Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: NY Post
Students touch important piece of Beatles history

A fourth-grade class in Carmel Valley, CA., recently ended a unit of study inspired by John Lennon's "Imagine" by singing the song as it was played on a guitar he once owned. Each of the students was then photographed holding the instrument, which had been missing for more than 50 years. "I touched a piece of history," a student said.

Source: The Coast News, CA
Friday, June 12, 2015
Plans for first staging of In His Own Write gets support from Yoko

A effort in Scotland to present the first ever complete stage version of John Lennon's first book, "John Lennon: In His Own Write" has received the full support of Yoko Ono. The play will include rare film footage of Lennon, and it is the first time "In His Own Write" will be presented on stage in its entirety.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Yoko Ono to design permanent art piece for Chicago park

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appear with Yoko Ono today to announce a public art installation titled "Sky Landing," to be installed next year in Jackson Park. The installation will be Ono's first permanent public art installation in the Americas. Emanuel said he hopes it to become "a place of congregation and contemplation."

Source: Chicago Tribune
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Julian Lennon foundation donates $100K for Nepal earthquake victims

White Feather Foundation, the charity Julian Lennon founded to aid environmental and humanitarian causes, has donated $100,000 to Music for Relief organization's efforts to aid victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Julian raised money for the cause via a funding campaign through his foundation and matched each donation.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
John Lennon loved rock 'n' roll thanks to my record collection

John Lennon's boyhood friend whose record collection triggered his passion for rock 'n' roll recalls the moment in a new book. Michael Hill clearly remembers John's reaction to first hearing Little Richard singing Long Tall Sally, it struck him dumb. John later credited this record for setting him on the road to becoming a musician.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Famous John Lennon Long Island hangout to reopen

Beloved Montauk bar and restaurant Shagwong has changed hands and will reopen on Friday. The legendary hangout for locals and stars including John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol was run for 46 years under Jimmy Hewitt, but has just been purchased by a developer. The new owners will add live music and a new jukebox.

Source: NY Post

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