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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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Thursday, May 26, 2016

John and Yoko started Montreal bed-in 47 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono had staged their first bed-in for peace in Amsterdam. The second week-long bed-in was planned for New York, but Lennon was barred from the US for a previous marijuana conviction. The Bahamas proved too hot and humid, and so on May 26, 1969 John and Yoko arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Source: Radio Canada International
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sean Lennon
Why Sean Lennon feels guilty about growing old

Sean Lennon says he felt guilty last year when he surpassed the age his father John Lennon had reached when he died at age 40. "It was really difficult turning 40," he tells Britain's MOJO magazine. "I felt kind of guilty or something. But there's also something freeing in being older than he ever was because I feel like I'm in new territory."

Source: Yahoo! News, Australia
John Lennon's Liverpool ancestry re-examined with new findings

It has long been written that John Lennon's grandfather, John Lennon, known as "Jack", was born in Ireland, and was in America for a time before moving to Liverpool. However, new research reveals the Lennons came to Liverpool a generation earlier than originally thought, and his grandfather was born in Liverpool, not Ireland.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tommy Chong says he smoked dope with John Lennon and George Harrison

During a 2015 interview, Tommy Chong, who turns 78 today, opened up about some of the stars he's gotten high with. Chong says that he ran into John Lennon at a house party after sneaking off into a bedroom to smoke a joint. And, George Harrison not only smoked with Chong but also collaborated with him and Cheech on a song.

Source: Civilized
Monday, May 23, 2016
John Lennon handwritten Mr. Kite lyrics sell for over $350,000

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite from the Sgt. Pepper's album has sold for $354,400 at an auction in New York. Also sold was a guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father, going for $334,000. Presley gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, May 20, 2016
Video: Famous rock photographer visits Folsum, CA

Ethan Russell didn't shoot the birth of rock and roll, but he was certainly there for its early childhood. He's photographed some of the most enduring names in rock, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles and the Doors. Russell will be at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA., on Friday night.

Source: KXTV TV, Sacramento
Why Kate Beckinsale confuses her father's death with John Lennon's

In a new interview, actress Kate Beckinsale revealed she often blends memories of her father's death with those of John Lennon. Kate was only 5-years-old when her dad, Richard Beckinsale, a famous British comedian, passed away. Beckinsale died in 1979 and Lennon in 1980, and both caused deep public sadness in the U.K.

Source: Ora TV
Rare black and white photos show John Lennon dressed as a woman

A remarkable set of family photos that show John Lennon larking around and dressing as a woman in 19th century costume have emerged for sale. The five original black and white pictures, taken in Massachusetts in 1977, show Lennon, his wife Yoko Ono and their baby son Sean having fun in costume while on holiday in America.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, May 16, 2016
House next door to John Lennon's Mendips goes on the market

The house next door to Mendips, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi, has gone on the market for nearly 370,000 (about $532,850). If walls could talk, the five-bedroom home would have plenty of tales to tell about John, who lived next door for 17 years. Estate agents say it would make a "wonderful family home."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, May 13, 2016
New Rock Hall exhibit on rock and politics includes John Lennon pieces

As the Republican National Convention in Cleveland nears, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will mount a new exhibit on the link between rock music and politics. Opening May 20th, the exhibit will include John Lennon's acoustic guitar from the 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam "Bed-ins for Peace", handwritten lyrics, and famous clothing.

Source: WJW TV, Cleveland
Friday, May 6, 2016

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolls up to Hollywood, Florida

Imagine every student, it's easy if you try, learning how to play, when John Lennon's Educational Tour Bus, rolls up on a school day. In its 19th year travelling the US and Canada, the bus arrived at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School of the Arts in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, as excited students and teachers formed a human peace sign on the campus field.

Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Video: John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday in Syracuse

Just a year after the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon was in Syracuse on Oct. 9, 1971. The visit included the opening of Yoko Ono's art exhibit, entitled "This is Not Here," which ran for three weeks and drew celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Dennis Hopper. A hoped-for Beatles reunion concert didn't happen.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Signed Beatles Apple headquarters papers included in huge music auction

A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon, the contract for the sale of The Beatles' Apple headquarters, signed by all four Beatles, is set to go up for auction in Boston with a guide price of $80,000. Other items going on sale at the auction is a signed Sgt Pepper album.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, April 25, 2016
John Lennon tribute show strikes a special chord in Liverpool

The John Lennon tribute "Lennon -- Through a Glass Onion" is not a chronological re-telling of John's life, but a series of memories told in monologue form by Daniel Taylor, who plays John, accompanied by bits of songs that highlight key moments or themes of John's life, with Taylor accompanied by Stewart D'Arrietta on piano.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, April 22, 2016
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sean Lennon mourn Prince

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and members of the Beatles family reacted today to the shocking news of the death of Prince. On Twitter, Paul recalled his personal friendship with the singer, Ringo also tweeted out some personal thoughts. But the person who appeared to be taking his death the hardest was Sean Ono Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, April 21, 2016
New book delves into the myths around The Beatles

The Beatles: Myths and Legends by Neil Nixon exams the wealth of strange stories and little known "facts" that have sprouted up around the pop legends. The book includes a list of records that are widely, if wrongly, believed to feature The Beatles, one of which even fooled Yoko Ono into believing she was listening to her dead husband.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Top 10 TripAdvisor attractions in Liverpool

Liverpool is full of amazing things to see and do, places to eat and landmarks to visit. You couldn't visit a more exciting city, bursting with arts, culture and history. Among the attractions voted the best in Liverpool are the Casbah Coffee Club, the early home of The Beatles, and Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Pictures: John Lennon's childhood home for sale at 325,000

John Lennon's childhood home in Woolton, Liverpool has come onto the market. The Dairy Cottage, once the original dairy of the village, was formerly owned by George Smith, husband of John Lennon's Aunt Mimi. Lennon stayed here as an infant with his mother and frequently visited his sisters who continued to live here thereafter.

Source: House to Home, UK
Monday, April 11, 2016

Canadian museum gets groovy with John Lennon's Rolls-Royce

John Lennon's psychedelically painted yellow Rolls-Royce now sits in the foyer of Victoria's Royal B.C. Museum. In the mid-1960s, this car was right in the heart of Beatlemania, it followed John and Yoko to New York in the 1970s, was donated to the Smithsonian museum in 1977, sold at auction eight years later, then sold again in 1985 for a staggering $2.3 million.

Source: Driving, Canada
Friday, April 8, 2016

Amnesty International announce Lennon inspired picture book

Human rights charity Amnesty International is pairing the lyrics of John Lennon with the work of award-winning illustrator and artist, Jean Jullien, to create an illustrated version of Lennon's iconic song, Imagine. The picture book aims to share more information about the work that Amnesty International do around the world, and to raise money for the charity.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Video: Sir Ben Kingsley says two Beatles urged him to be a rock star

The Talk on CBS TV, Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley revealed how John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles encouraged him to be a pop star in his early career. It seems the producer of a show he was in was Brian Epstein, who introduced him to Lennon and Starr on opening night, and music publisher Dick James.

Source: Broadway World
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The ballad of Fred and Yoko

The obituary of Little Rock Arkansas homeless man Fred Arnold has uncovered some interesting facts, including that he had known all the members of The Beatles, and had been particularly good friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and after Lennon's death, Arnold and Ono continued to correspond and remained close friends.

Source: Arkansas Times
Monday, April 4, 2016
John Lennon letter fails to sell at auction

The earliest known letter written by John Lennon, which was estimated to be worth between 30,000 and 40,000, has failed to sell at the Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Memorabilia Auction. The fold-out note, penned by Lennon when he was 11 years old, thanks his Aunt Harriet for presents she sent him, including a book about ships.

Source: BBC News, UK
John Lennon's 1966 Grammy award pulled from auction

A Grammy Award for Song of the Year that John Lennon won in 1966 for co-writing the Beatles hit Michelle that had been put up for bid via an online auction site has been pulled from the sale, after the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences moved to block the sale. The Grammy was previously sold at auction in 2004.

Source: KWBE TV, Nebraska
Sean Lennon shares personal memories of David Bowie

Am impressive roster of musicians put on two tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall Thursday and Friday nights. Among those was Sean Lennon, whose father John was an idol of Bowie's. Sean recalled Bowie was an early personal and musical influence. "When I moved to Switzerland for boarding school, he would take me to museums and tell me about painters and books."

Source: Inquisitr
Friday, April 1, 2016
Recording academy sues collectibles shop over John Lennon Grammy award

John Lennon's Grammy award for "Michelle," for the 1966 Song of the Year, is now the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. They are suing Gotta Have It! Collectibles in Manhattan for "fraud, false advertising, unfair competition and tortious interference with contractual relations."

Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Acclaimed John Lennon play to be staged for first time in Liverpool

The life of John Lennon is being celebrated in the first Liverpool staging of Through a Glass Onion at the Epstein Theatre in April. The show, in which Blood Brothers' actor Danny Taylor plays John Lennon,was staged first in Australia, and has also been seen by audiences in Tokyo, New York and at the Edinburgh festival.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 28, 2016
Stay in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's honeymoon suite in Amsterdam

In the Netherlands in 1969, John and Yoko literally spent their honeymoon, a whole week, in bed, without privacy, with the press in the room. The bed-in took place from March 25-31, 1969 in suite 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton. Now the same room called the "John and Yoko Suite" is available for the public to stay in.

Source: Celebrity Travel Examiner
Film that claims new details of John Lennon's death to hit film festivals

A new film, "The Lennon Report," will be featured in three U.S. film festivals that begin in April. The film looks at the situation faced by medical personnel who had to attend to the mortally wounded John Lennon the night he was shot, including some who didn't know Lennon who was their patient, and how they tried to keep it quiet.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Zayn Malik on The Beatles' influence on upcoming solo album

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has discussed the influence that The Beatles had on his debut solo album, "Mind Of Mine", out this week. On his "Fool For You", a Beatles-esque pop ballad in the style of In My Life, Malik said, "I was listening to a lot of John Lennon," including, he said, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Heartbroken gathering in Brussels sings John Lennon's Imagine

Hours after Brussels was hit with a terrorist attack Tuesday morning, crowds began to gather at Place de la Bourse, a central square in the city, now serving as a memorial to the fallen, to honor the victims. The somber scene included crying, candle lighting, hand holding and a small group quietly singing and swaying to John Lennon's "Imagine."

Source: Mashable

Joe Garagiola
Baseball legend Joe Garagiola passes away at 90

Joe Garagiola, who had an eight-decade career as a baseball player and broadcaster, died Wednesday. He was 90. Best known as the voice of Major League Baseball's Game of the Week broadcasts, as guest host on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, one of his interviews was with two members of the Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: USA Today
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Imagine living inside a piece of Beatles history in Liverpool

A cottage once owned by John Lennon's family has been put on the market. The property in Woolton was lived in by many members of Lennon's family, including his Aunt Mimi and his sisters. John Lennon himself is also said to have stayed in the house, just around the corner from Mendips, a number of times during his childhood.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 21, 2016
Sean Lennon to play in concert in North Carolina

Sean Lennon, the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is teaming up with Les Claypool to form The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The pair will play the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, North Carolina, on June 9th. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Lennon and Claypool have a record coming out later this spring called "Monolith of Phobos."

Source: WSFX TV, Wilmington
New John Lennon commemorative guitar to be released by C.F. Martin & Co.

Guitar makers C. F. Martin and Co. announced Monday it will be releasing a second guitar in honor John Lennon. The back of the new D-28 model John Lennon guitar is inlaid with a peace sign and the East Indian rosewood head plate includes John Lennon's self-portrait illustration. The guitar is will sell for $5,499.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Unseen photos of John Lennon in 1966 set to fetch 30,000 at auction

A set of previously unseen photographs of John Lennon smiling and playing up to the camera on the set of the film How I Won The War are expected to sell for 30,000 (about $42,440) when they go up for auction. The set of 200 candid images, 190 of which have never been published, go under the hammer March 22.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, March 14, 2016

John and Yoko in Gibralter
John and Yoko's stolen wedding pics tracked down after 40 years

They are some of the most intimate images ever taken of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken at their secret wedding in Gibraltar in 1969, at the heart of a long-running mystery after vanishing in an apparent burglary in 1975. Now investigation has tracked down the negatives for the 118 missing pictures, estimated to be worth more than 100,000.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, March 11, 2016
The day John Lennon saw a UFO

Standing on the balcony of his 53rd street penthouse in 1974, John Lennon stood in complete shock at the sight of a strange metallic flying craft, hovering just feet above him, then sailed silently across the rooftops. During an interview, May Pang would later describe the moment in great detail, something that looked out of this world.

Source: Ghost Theory
Monday, March 7, 2016
John Lennon's earliest known letter set to auction for $42,800

The earliest known letter written by John Lennon is expected to fetch more than 30,000 (about $42,800) at auction next month. The 11-year-old Lennon put pen to a sweet fold-out note card shortly after Christmas 1951 to thank his Aunt Harriet for the presents she gave him, including a book about famous ships.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Yoko Ono
Recovering Yoko Ono delays trip to France for gallery opening

Yoko Ono will not attend the launch of a retrospective of her work in France next week as she is still recovering from a severe bout of flu, gallery managers said Saturday. The 83-year-old's doctor had "strongly advised her against any travel before she has completely recovered", said Thierry Raspail, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France.

Source: Global Post
Friday, March 4, 2016
50 years on, we forget how shocking the rest of John's Jesus interview was

Fifty years ago today, the London Evening Standard published an interview with John Lennon that became an enduring part of the Beatles' legacy. Largely forgotten, however, is the rest of that sprawling, intimate interview. Read five decades later, it's a fascinating, and sometimes uncomfortable, time capsule.

Source: The Slate

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