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John Lennon's killer denied parole for ninth time 

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time, more than 35 years after John's murder. He will be held for at least another two years when he will be next eligible for parole. Two years ago they said they feared he would reoffend again if released, and Yoko says she fears for her and Lennon's two sons, Julian and Sean, lives.

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Claypool Lennon Delirium delivers one of best shows of Canalside season

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, that's Les Claypool of Primus and Sean Lennon of John and Yoko, delivered an immensely satisfying show Thursday at Canalside in Buffalo, capping the venue's season with what well may have been its strongest show. It was funky, it was freaky, and it offered an emporium of psychedelic sonic delights.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
How LSD opened the door to the Beatles' Revolver

It was spring 1965. John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, and George Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd, were attending a dinner at the London home of dentist John Riley. Before they left, Riley asked them to stay for coffee, then urged them to finish their cups. Shortly after, he told Lennon he had placed sugar cubes containing LSD in the coffee.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

John Lennon UFO Doodle
John Lennon spots UFO over New York City 42 years ago

42 years ago, John Lennon spotted a UFO hovering across the skies of Manhattan. On August 23, 1974, John Lennon went out to the balcony for some fresh air together with May Pang, his assistant back then. Unexpectedly, the two saw a flying saucer flying over the East river. There were also seven other reports claiming to have seen the UFO that day.

Source: iTech Post
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Paris Jackson loves the Beatles, just like her late dad

Paris Jackson has inherited her dad's love of the Beatles. During a visit to NYC, the King of Pop's s daughter paid a visit to the John Lennon memorial, Strawberry Fields, in Central Park. She shared a photo of herself and her drummer boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, placing flowers atop the "Imagine" mosaic on Sunday.

Source: Yahoo! Celebrity News
Claypool Lennon Delirium to do live, free show in Buffalo

On Thursday, the Claypool Lennon Delirium will be performing beneath the Buffalo Skyway this Thursday. The Claypool Lennon Delirium is Les Claypool, progenitor of Primus, bass wunderkind, funk-rock freak, and Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko Ono Lennon. Admission is free, although VIP tickets are available at $55.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Lennon tribute show is starting over on UK tour

After receiving rave reviews earlier this year in Liverpool, a stage production about Beatles legend John Lennon will set out on an extensive 36-date tour. Part-concert and part-biography, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion showcases 31 hits of Lennon and the Beatles in a kaleidoscope collage of song, word and emotion.

Source: Derbyshire Times, UK
Spirit of John Lennon lives on in Canadian clothing line

Fashion designer Kelly Pettit has created a clothing line inspired by John Lennon. Drawing cues from Lennon's solo years, Pettit calls the collection "vintage with a little modern twist." It draws on Lennon's minimalist jeans-and-t-shirt style, while steering clear of more dated garb that could be seen as passe instead of nostalgic.

Source: CTV News
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Are the Beatles still more misunderstood than Jesus?

John Lennon's "Jesus" controversy is often considered a watershed Beatles moment. In the aftermath, they abandoned live shows and, according to biographer Jon Weiner, Lennon took his "first steps towards radical politics". And yet the controversy remains largely misunderstood and misrepresented in the vast literature on the band.

Related Articles  Source: The News Minute
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Yoko announces winners of Lennon Ono peace prize

Yoko Ono has announced that British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor is among the recipients of this year's Lennon Ono Grant For Peace. Also to be honored are Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, Hungarian poet and performance artist Katalin Ladik. The awards will be presented in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 9.

Source: Irish Examiner
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Paul McCartney says Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison part of the Beatles now

Paul McCartney says he now considers the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon to be part of The Beatles now and they both help agree every decision about the band. About his relationship with Yoko, McCartney said, "My big awakening was, if John loves this woman, that's gotta be right."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, August 12, 2016
Paul McCartney shares touching John Lennon memory

Paul McCartney has recalled an unusually tender encounter with John Lennon a few years after the band split. Remembering their meeting following the break-up, McCartney said, "He hugged me. It was great, because we didn't normally do that...It's irreplaceable, that time, friendship and bonding."

Source: Team Rock
Video: John lennon says 'the world is run by insane people'

Always a bit of a rebel, John Lennon helped millions to think differently about their world. His song "Give Peace a Chance" is an anthem for the anti-war movement and is still heard today at peace marches. Foremost a Beatle, he always had strong views about politics and today might be equally as known for his activism and wisdom.

Source: Collective Evolution
Monday, August 8, 2016
Sir Ivan releases new version of Imagine to help victims of PTSD

Singer, songwriter and philanthropist Sir Ivan has released a new electronic dance music version of John Lennon's Imagine to help victims of PTSD. This release commemorates the passing of John Lennon 35 years ago. Imagine is the first single released off Sir Ivan's new 10-song album called "Peaceman Shines."

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The story of the man who saved John and Yoko from being deported

In early 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hired immigration lawyer Leon Wildes as the Nixon Administration was trying to deport them. The case is fully detailed in Wildes' new book, John Lennon vs. The USA: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon's hijinks during his time in Spain

John Lennon arrived in Almer?, in southern Spain, on September 19, 1966, to act in anti-war movie How I Won the War, but rather than escaping his recent scandal of claiming the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, he brought more with him, as he parodied the Shroud of Turin with a scrap of cloth while on the set of the film.

Source: El Pais, Spain
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Claypool Lennon Delirium keep weirdness alive in Santa Ana

A cult phenomenon occurred in Santa Ana, CA., last night when the hybrid of psychedelic indie pop songwriter Sean Lennon and funk metal legend Les Claypool performed with their band Claypool Lennon Delirium. The audience ranged from young hippies to middle-aged rockers who came to pay homage to John Lennon's son.

Source: OC Weekly
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
John Lennon's country home hits the market for ?9 million

The former country home of John Lennon has come to market, priced at ?9 million. In 1964, as the Beatles were riding high in the pop charts, John Lennon bought Kenwood on the grand estate in St George's Hill, Surrey for ?20,000. He lived there with Cynthia and Julian, but sold it after they divorced in 1968 for ?40,000.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sean Lennon
Interview: Sean Lennon diving headfirst into creative projects

Despite being the son of the late John Lennon, and activist/artist Yoko Ono, the 40-year-old musician has continuously carved a path his own. His latest has the artist combining forces with Primus frontman Les Claypool as the psychedelic duo The Claypool Lennon Delirium, which he talks about, plus his art's inextricable ties to his father.

Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono's album delayed by flu

Yoko Ono says she won't be returning to work on her new upcoming 10-track album until she feels "a little more normal" after being hospitalized with flu earlier this year. She told Billboard magazine, "That derailed the whole situation. Everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking." She also recently insisted she won't ever retire.

Source: The List, UK
Monday, July 25, 2016

Classic car owned by John Lennon is set to be auctioned

A classic 1956 Austin Princess owned by John Lennon will be included in a forthcoming sale. Lennon purchased the vehicle in August 1971 and went on to use it the following year in a promotional film for his album Imagine. The auction will take place in London on September 7, estimates say the car could end up selling for ?265,000 (about $348,150).

Source: NME, UK
Friday, July 22, 2016
New John Lennon film scheduled for October release

Emerging Pictures has set an October 7 launch for "The Lennon Report," which re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon. The film will open in 10 markets, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Tampa, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Cleveland, and then expand nationwide on October 14.

Source: Variety
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Judge urges Sean Lennon to settle tree dispute

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon lives next door to Actress Marisa Tomei's dad Gary Tomei in Greenwich Village. The Tomeis are asking the court to order the celebrity scion to chop down his tree because the roots have cracked their stoop and their basement walls. A judge has urged the two sides to settle the dispute.

Source: NY Post
Monday, July 18, 2016
Rumors: Yoko Ono suffering from mystery illness

Yoko Ono has apparently been battling with her health as of late. Despite attending the tenth anniversary of The Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show Love it seems that her health is deteriorating. Earlier in the year, Ono spent some time in the hospital with flu-like symptoms and hasn't made many public appearances since.

Source: Starts At 60

Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas opens up about working with John Lennon

Deeply influenced by The Beatles as a kid, record producer Jack Douglas ended up having a long friendship and working relationship with Lennon, co-producing several of his solo albums. He was also one of the last people to see Lennon the night he was killed. In this interview, Douglas discusses meeting Lennon for the first time while working on Imagine.

Source: Gothamist
Friday, July 15, 2016
Paul, Ringo and friends celebrate revamped LOVE show in Vegas

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell and Yoko Ono were among the all-star guests at Thursday's 10th-anniversary celebration for the Beatles' LOVE show in Las Vegas. "I can see this going on for another century or something," said Yoko with a smile. "The Beatles' music is growing, which is really nice."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Yoko Ono donates peace art to Dallas museum to help city heal

The Dallas Museum of Art has a temporary but meaningful exhibit from artist Yoko Ono, in response to the recent police shootings in downtown Dallas. Yoko's Imagine Peace Forever, an original work of art displayed in both Spanish and English, has been installed on the museum's Ross Avenue Plaza, now through August 22.

Source: Culture Map, Dallas
Monday, July 11, 2016
Video: Pianist plays Imagine for a grieving Dallas

A man who attended the Dallas memorial for the fallen officers last night at police headquarters rode in on a bike and brought along a grand piano. He played John Lennon's "Imagine," and then rode off. It was part of Davide Martello's mission "to promote peace." Martello also played in France after terrorist attacks there last year.

Source: KRTK TV, Houston
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Studio where John Lennon recorded Imagine now on the market

40,000 square feet in The Plant on West 44th Street in New York City is currently up for rent. A destination for creative tenants looking to be in the heart of the Theatre District, The Plant is renowned for the many iconic artists who recorded there, including John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

Source: Real Estate Weekly
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Video: South Korean artists collaborate on UNICEF #IMAGINE Project

SM Entertainment in South Korea has collaborated with UNICEF on their 2016 #IMAGINE Project, a campaign that supports equal opportunities for children all over the world. The project has released a stunning cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" featuring vocals from South Korean artists, Katy Perry and

Source: K Music
Kasabian say new album is inspired by John Lennon's chair

English rock band Kasabian say their new album has been inspired by a concept of John Lennon's, based on the idea of a chair. Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno said in an interview, "Lennon said The Beatles version of rock & roll was their chair. So I thought, Wow, I want to make my version of that chair."

Source: NME, UK
Friday, June 24, 2016
Dakota Building porter's shirt to be auctioned

A shirt stained on the night John Lennon was murdered has emerged for sale 36 years later. Concierge Jay Hastings was wearing the shirt as he rushed to help Lennon that night. Also included in the sale is a copy of the album Double Fantasy signed "To Jay, Love John Lennon Yoko Ono." The items are being sold in Beverley Hills tomorrow.

WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Video: Little boy sings Don't Let Me Down

Recently posted to the internet was this video of a father and son playing guitars and singing John Lennon's Don't Let Me Down, which was written as an expression of John Lennon's love for Yoko Ono. It's really touching the way the boy just never takes his eyes off his dad as he gets directed through the song.

Source: WTMM FM, Schenectady
Monday, June 13, 2016
Singer dedicates John Lennon's Imagine to Orlando victims

On Monday night, on the first night of The Voice Australia's live shows for season five, contestant Adam Ladell didn't leave a dry eye in the room. While taking to the stage for his first sing-off, the 16-year-old dedicated his performance of John Lennon's Imagine to the victims of the Orlando shooting in a touching tribute.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon to write earth-friendly children's books

Musician and environmentalist Julian Lennon is going to be a children's book author. The son of Beatles musician John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon has signed a deal to co-author three bedtime story books, the first to be released on Earth Day in April 2017. Titled "Touch The Earth," it is inspired by Lennon's 2007 documentary film, Whaledreamers.

Source: Samaritan Mag
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Video: Sean Lennon covers Tomorrow Never Knows

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon have teamed up to form the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and they're on the road with a set list that includes their own distinct takes on some rock 'n' roll classics. On June 4, the group's performance in Orlando included covers of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 6, 2016
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Frank Zappa jam at the Fillmore East

On June 6, 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention onstage at the Fillmore East. At the end of a radio interview, Howard Smith, who was off to talk to Zappa, asked Lennon if he would like to come along. Lennon, a Zappa fan, said yes. The audience was surprised to see Lennon and Ono take the stage.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 3, 2016
Yoko Ono's Non-Violence Project holding peace workshop in Arizona

This Saturday, the Mexican Committee of The Non-Violence Project, a non-profit organization founded by artist Yoko Ono, will visit Arizona. The visit is linked to the Copa America international soccer tournament. The non-volence project says their aim is helping to finding a solution to issues that concern Latinos in Arizona.

Source: KJZZ, Tempe
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
John Lennon's stamp album now on display in New York City

Before he toured the globe as a member of the Fab Four, John Lennon collected stamps from faraway places. On the inside cover of his stamp album, Lennon drew beards and mustaches on the likenesses of Queen Victoria and King George VI. It is currently on display at the World Stamp Show this week at the Javits Center.

Source: WFUV, NY
Review: The Claypool Lennon Delirium ? Monolith of Phobos

Fueled by psychedelics, the oddly matched musicians Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon, and Les Claypool, who together are The Claypool Lennon Delirium, produce a surprisingly successful record. It won't knock off the top spots from anyone's Best of 2016 lists, but like a nice piece of candy, it works well as an occasional treat.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Artist to paint John Lennon portrait in just six minutes at Liverpool event

Speed painter and performance artist Dave Sharp will wow delegates at Liverpool's International Festival for Business on Monday, June 20, by creating a a portrait of John Lennon in less than six minutes. Sharp said, "He's always been an inspiration to me and it will be a privilege to paint him in his home city."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, May 27, 2016
The story of John Lennon's lost Gibson J-160E acoustic guitar

The story belongs in a film script, a man buys a used acoustic for a few dollars and plays it for years. Then, one day, he discovers it is one of the most important "lost" guitars in rock history. This is how John Lennon's Gibson J-160E acoustic, used on some of The Beatles' early hits, resurfaced in California last year, solving a 50-year mystery.

Source: Music Radar

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