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True tale of John Lennon's mum revealed in new book 

Most Beatles fans know stories about John Lennon's mother Julia, whose early death in 1958 scarred him for life and inspired his music. On his 1970 song Mother, he sang "You had me but I never had you". But Kevin Roach says many don't know the true story, and hopes his new interactive book, Julia, will set the record straight.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Video: John Lennon murder film causing controversy

A new film has gone into pre-production in New York looking at the events that took place on the night John Lennon was shot and killed outside his Manhattan home in December 1980. The film will focus on the efforts of first responders at the site of the shooting, and at the hospital where Lennon was taken.

Source: BBC News
Audio: John Lennon's lost Tower Records commercial

John Lennon taped a promotional spot for the Tower Records store on Sunset Strip in 1974, reportedly while in studio at KHJ radio in Los Angeles. The clip surfaced in a post at Dangerous Minds on the history of Tower Records and in particular the Sunset Strip store, a focal point of local record culture for three decades-plus.

Source: LA Observed
Yoko Ono to visit new World War I memorial

Yoko Ono will visit a new war memorial in Folkestone in Kent, south-east England next month. Ono is among the artists showing work around the town for the Triennial arts festival, which opens on Saturday. The arch was opened by Prince Harry earlier this month to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Monday, August 25, 2014
John Lennon's killer denied parole for eighth time

Fearing he may commit more crimes, a three-person Parole Board panel announced Friday it has denied John Lennon's killer an eighth bid for release, and won't be eligible for parole again for another two years. He is serving a 20-year to life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in upstate NY after gunning down Lennon in 1980.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, August 21, 2014
John Lennon's first ever self portrait on sale for 3million

Before the Beatles even began, John Lennon studied at Liverpool College of Art along with the original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe. His first ever self-portrait is set to sell for 3million at a London auction house. Dating back to 1958, the painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly.

Source: Metro, UK
Australian-based John Lennon show comes to New York

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, a theatrical tribute to John Lennon, will play in New York City beginning Oct. 3. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the show explores Lennon's life and talent through performances of 31 of his songs.

Source: Theatermania
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson join forces 40 years ago today

In 1974, Harry Nilsson's once-promising career seemed in danger. On top of stalling sales, his second marriage was falling apart and his self-destructive nature had started to affect his creative output. His bosses at RCA were unhappy, he and Richard Perry had parted ways, and Nilsson needed a producer. Enter John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
John Lennon to have a 40-year-old whisky named for him in 2020

Liverpool collectibles company Winston Elizabeth and Windsor will be bringing to market a limited edition of "John Lennon 40-year old whisky" in 2020 to mark the 40th anniversary. Only forty bottles will be made, at a Scotland distillery. Each will come in a black suede box, and inside will be an 18-carat gold guitar.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon's enormous musical legacy overshadows his drawing

When John Lennon met Yoko Ono in a London art gallery in 1966, it was a thunderclap moment in modern pop-culture history. Ono said, "When we first met, we talked about our favorite artists. I was really surprised that we liked the same artist." Lennon's visual art is the subject of a new three-day event in Santa Cruz.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Monday, August 11, 2014
Unseen photos of John Lennon ready to be presented to Yoko Ono

A documentary photographer from Faversham, England, is ready to present his photos of John Lennon to Yoko Ono. There are twelve pictures of Lennon, the negatives of which were left undiscovered in a loft for around 45 years. They went on display for the first time earlier this year at The Proud Gallery in Chelsea, London.

Source: Canterbury Times, UK
What happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas for John Lennon

Hush money kept the Beatles' groundbreaking U.S. tour in 1964 from being scuttled by a scandal in Las Vegas, according to a British journalist who traveled with them. A $10,000 payment went to the mother of two teenage American girls, said Ivor Davis, author of the new book "The Beatles and Me on Tour."

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Friday, August 8, 2014

Why Paul and John needed each other to create The Beatles

If you're looking for some creative inspiration, your best bet may be to brainstorm with a friend. Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, explains how John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Beatles partnership is a prime example of two brains being better than one for creative genius.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
John Lennon book republished as eBook

"Peace At Last," by author Jason M. Leen has been republished through the efforts of his partner Jan Klyce as an eBook with extra material. It is available on both Amazon U.S. and Amazon UK. It was the first book to communicate channeled conversations from the Beatle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
What John Lennon can teach us about workforce engagement

John Lennon, when performing with the Quarry Men, played in a band competition and was twice soundly trounced by Nicky Cuff and the Sunnnyside Skiffle Group, who put on a madcap show. Lennon recognized that his own band had more talent than Cuff's, and it finally dawned on him that excitement mattered.

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Monday, August 4, 2014
Unheard George Harrison tape has Beatle doing tunes sung by John Lennon

Beatles author Dave Morrell has confirmed the existence of a rare George Harrison tape that was on auction in 2010 but not sold, featuring him singing Beatles songs he didn't do with the Beatles. The approximately 45 minute tape was described as an impromptu jam session with musicians at the Taj Holiday Village in Goa, India.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Broadway-hopeful new musical about John and Yoko seeking funding

The team behind a new rock musical about John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers, are seeking funding for a concept album, a bigger stage production and a film. The show includes groovy 60s sounds to rock ballads. A sold-out condensed version of the show ran at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Source: Classicalite
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mark McGann talks about his ongoing portrayal of John Lennon

The role set him on course for a three-decade acting career and gained him an Olivier Award nomination when he first appeared in the West End. Despite the plaudits from John Lennon's own family, including Julian Lennon, Mark McGann admits he has generally shied away from playing the legendary Beatle.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, July 25, 2014
Julian Lennon plays with Bono at green fundraiser

Julian Lennon rocked out with U2 frontman Bono at an exclusive fundraising gala at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's inaugural fundraising gala in Saint-Tropez this week. The duo performed a rendition of Stand By Me before playing a few riffs. Bono also donated one of his guitars to the charity auction.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Thursday, July 24, 2014
John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero in Phoenix

When producer Gordy Deems was working at Chaton Recording Studios in Phoenix, he noticed the studio's owner and engineer/producer Otto D'Agnolo bore a striking resemblance to John Lennon, and said he should be in a tribute show. "I told him I sounded even more like Lennon than I looked," said D'Agnolo.

Source: AZCentral, Arizona
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
All new John Lennon Hour debuts on BlogTalkRadio tomorrow

The all new John Lennon Hour, hosted by Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler, will be returning to the airwaves on BlogTalkRadio on July 24. The weekly show will discuss the life and career of John Lennon & the Beatles and will include interviews with guest authors, musicians, and experts from the Beatles world.

Source: PRLog
Monday, July 21, 2014
Video: Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's Imagine

Eddie Vedder expanded upon his pro-peace stance over the weekend with an emotional cover of John Lennon's 1971 favorite Imagine. Vedder introduced the song by saying, "I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it." Vedder drew criticism last week for anti-war comments during a show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, July 18, 2014
Audio: Homage to John Lennon heads to Australia

A homage to the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon is coming to the Wide Bay area of Australia next month. Looking Through The Glass Onion is part concert and part biography as John Waters captures the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. Waters talks about the show in this interview.

Source: ABC, Brisbane
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Photo exhibition uncovers John Lennon's lost weekend

May Pang was the special guest at the Hotel Zetta reception in San Francisco on Monday to kick off an exhibition of unusual photographs. A very relaxed and happy John Lennon can be seen in the photos, taken by May during the two years they spent together from 1973 to 1975 during the commonly misnamed "Lost Weekend."

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The book that inspired Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven. Easy, right? Now imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky. Then imagine the clouds dripping. Dig a hole in your garden to put them in. These "instructions," as Yoko Ono called them, spoke to John Lennon after she gave him a collection of more than a hundred of them not long after they met in 1966.

Source: The Slate
Friday, July 4, 2014
Sean Lennon to play Liverpool gig with Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl are set to play in Liverpool in Sept. Sean says they met at the Coachella Music Festival, but despite living together, Charlotte didn't tell him about her musical talents for more than a year. "She'd written a lot of stuff like screenplays and stories, but I never knew she played guitar and sang."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Fan's John Lennon tattoo turns out to look more like Harry Potter

A John Lennon fan has become an internet sensation after his tattoo of the singer looked more like Harry Potter than the Beatles star. Social media users began immediately sharing the image including their own acerbic comments on the artwork, and has been branded a "tattoo fail" by one who Tweeted, "Imagine all the wizards."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
How John Lennon's 1969 Toronto concert helped breakup Beatles

In September, 1969, John Lennon appeared with Yoko Ono at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival. He had not performed to a large audience in three years, and was frightened at the prospect. An awestruck crowd greeted the group just after midnight, but the performance was punctuated by Yoko's incessant high-pitched screeching.

Source: National Post, Canada
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Video: Yoko Ono performs Don't Worry, Kyoko at Glastonbury

Yoko Ono performed "Don't Worry, Kyoko" with her band Plastic Ono Band at Glastonbury 2014. The video, which was posted to YouTube by the BBC, has received a lot of attention, but not quite the attention that the 81-year-old would like. One commenter on YouTube said, "If she went on xfactor she'd be laughed off."

Source: American Live Wire
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
John Lennon lives forever in two-man show

Back by popular demand John Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta are going back to basics with their two-man concert, Looking Through A Glass Onion. "We've gone back to an unplugged, two-man format with an acoustic piano, guitar and stomp box," says Waters, who started the show in 1992 on a small stage in Sydney.

Source: Southcoast Register
John Lennon in bad car crash 45 years ago today

John Lennon was a brilliant songwriter, but not much of a driver. He didn't get his license until he was 24, and ended his time behind the wheel with a scary mishap that ended with a trip to the hospital for himself, his son Julian, Yoko Ono, and her daughter Kyoko, after running his Austin Maxi hatchback into a ditch on July 1, 1969.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 30, 2014
Review: Yoko Ono at Glastonbury between ludicrous and lovable

Yoko Ono played Glastonbury with the Plastic Ono Band on Sunday. "I've been tap-dancing in the mud!" yells Yoko, launching into an opening speech. What followed was 40 minutes of experimental drum drone, bluesy riff rock, spoken word "affirmations" and singing that resembled primal scream therapy.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, June 27, 2014
John Lennon classic books to be republished in December

Facsimile editions of John Lennon's two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, will be published on Dec. 8. First published in 1964 and 1965, the books combine drawing, poetry, and stories. In His Own Write, one of the biggest books of the '60s, sold 600,000 copies in the UK alone.

Source: The Bookseller
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon shares his fears of being kidnapped

In some ways, growing up with John Lennon for a dad must have been pretty cool, but in others, it could be fairly nerve-wracking, as Sean Lennon has revealed he was afraid of being kidnapped in a recent interview. "I was terrified of that scenario when I was young. We lived under the threat of kidnap and I had the whole bodyguard thing."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Yoko Ono thinks she's crazy for agreeing to play Glastonbury

The annual Glastonbury music festival kicks off on Friday. Yoko Ono will be there to entertain the crowds, and it marks her first foray into the famous event. She said, "Sean, my son, said to me that I had to do it. So I thought, 'OK.' Once I'd said yes I started saying to myself, 'Are you crazy?' But I'm doing it."

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Author defends her style in books about John Lennon

In a new interview, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the John Lennon Series, explains her books are written in a factual genre, a legitimate biographical form, and that criticism she's received by people who believe she's writing "fiction" drivess her to work harder to document her sources diligently for the reader.

More Information  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics break Beatles record at auction

A handwritten manuscript for Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" sold Tuesday for just over $2 million at Sotheby's auction house in New York. This beats the previous record of $1.2 million paid in 2010 for John Lennon's lyrics to A Day in the Life from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The identity of the buyer was not released.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 23, 2014
Concert Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Sean Lennon, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his father both visually and vocally, is truly a charismatic force on stage, and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's voice is haunting but sweet. The band's debut album, Midnight Sun, is a surprisingly pleasant swirl of psychedelic folk rock. But it in no way prepares you for the strength and power of their live show.

Source: Lousiville.com
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon gears up to release first ever box set

Julian Lennon is gearing up to release his first ever box set to the public. Announced just yesterday, it will be made up of four discs with three selections of Lennon's most recent studio release Everything Changes, in the form of studio, acoustic and instrumental versions. Also included will be the documentary Through The Picture Window.

Source: Music Times
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Review: Lennon at the Royal Court in Liverpool

John Lennon, who somehow managed to be both the funniest and the saddest Beatle, was maddeningly complex. In My Life, which is returning to the Royal Court less than a year after its last run, portrays different eras in John's life, from the cheeky schoolboy through to the dad who begged the world to give peace a chance.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Yoko Ono signs new John Lennon licensing deal

Yoko Ono has signed a new worldwide licensing agreement with Epic Rights to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing Lennon's career. Epic will develop the John Lennon Classic brand for products featuring the artist's name, likeness and signature, and the Bag One Arts brand based on drawings by Lennon.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Monday, June 16, 2014
Candid photos taken at Bangladesh benefit to fetch thousands

A set of candid photos featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono ahead of the Concert for Bangladesh have emerged for sale and are expected to sell for thousands. In the photos, the former Beatles appear to be on good terms despite the Fab Four splitting up a year before the landmark benefit gig in 1971.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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