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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Rare John Lennon commemorative guitar sells for £9,000

An incredibly rare guitar, one of only 75 ever made, has just been sold off for £9,000 (about $11,600) in Truro city centre in Cornwall, England. The Martin D-28 John Lennon 75th anniversary edition, steel-strung guitar arrived at renowned rock and roll music shop Modern Music last week and was immediately snapped up by a "big fan."

Source: Cornwall Live, UK

Yoko Ono may launch John Lennon bus down-under

Whether or not John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono potentially visits Australia to launch the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus down-under will depend on her fitness at the time, but fingers are crossed she can make the long journey from New York. Australia politician Glenn Sterle discussed the topic when he met Yoko on a visit to New York last year.

Source: Walcha News, Australia
John Lennon's studio designer honored for audio industry contributions

Acoustician and studio designer Eddie Veale has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of West London. Veale introduced the Moog and ARP synthesisers to Europe, and built the UK's first professional home recording studio at Tittenhurst Park where John recorded his legendary Imagine album.

Source: Audio Media International
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Monday, August 21, 2017
Dick Gregory passes away at 84

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He was 84. He befriended John Lennon and was among the voices heard on Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," recorded in a Montreal hotel room at Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-in" for peace.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Paramore's Hayley Williams reimagines John Lennon's Imagine

The current onslaught of bad news swirling across America was apparently enough for Paramore singer Hayley Williams to revisit the John Lennon classic, Imagine, for a lighthearted cover version she shared on Twitter. "Remember to take a break from the news at some point so your head doesn't fall off your body," she tweeted.

Source: Anti-Music
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
On working with John Lennon Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas, the producer of John Lennon's final sessions and his Double Fantasy album, has produced new American act Silverplanes. "Jack really helped me to shape the songs," says Aaron Smart of Silverplanes. "What originally made me want to work with him was knowing that he recorded Imagine with John Lennon."

Source: Noise 11
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Car Seat Headrest invoke spirit of John Lennon on new single

American indie rock band Car Seat Headrest have released a new single, "War Is Coming (If You Want It)," which made it's debut on on Beats 1 on Apple Music today. It's impossible to escape the allusion to John Lennon's classic "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) from the title, the band says the song is about "not murdering people."

Source: Uproxx
Friday, August 11, 2017

Liam Gallagher
Video: Liam Gallagher channelling John Lennon on new track

Liam Gallagher's new song "For What Its Worth" is the most Lennonish song the former Oasis member has ever recorded. Oasis made their fame and fortune by using Beatles ingredients on their albums, from the first few seconds Liam's new song is 100% Lennon and it doesn't let up. Liam's new album "As Your Were" is due on October 6.

Source: Noise 11
Monday, August 7, 2017
Video: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon at intimate Chicago gig

Arcade Fire mashed up John Lennon, Radiohead and David Bowie during an intimate show in Chicago on Saturday night. In their second encore, they began by playing Lennon's "Mind Games" before adding in a section of Radiohead's "Karma Police", then plthe chorus of Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things" before circling back to "Mind Games."

Source: NME, UK
John Lennon letter to ex-wife Cynthia after marriage breakdown unearthed

An open letter John Lennon wrote to his ex-wife Cynthia slamming her for making details of their marriage breakdown public has been unearthed after 41 years. In the letter, Lennon says Cynthia had an "impaired" memory of their marriage, that their relationship was over long before Yoko Ono arrived on the scene. It will now go up for auction.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Friday, August 4, 2017
A quieter portrait of John Lennon during his Lost Weekend

In Beatles lore, it's known as John Lennon's "Lost Weekend," the 18-month period starting in 1973 where Lennon and Yoko Ono separated, and Lennon lived with May Pang, the couple's personal assistant and production coordinator. "There are a lot of myths about that time, and myths have become truths," says Pang.

Source: The Boston Globe
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Yoko Ono albums reissued and reevaluated

It wasn't long ago when the notion of Yoko Ono's discography getting the deluxe reissue treatment would have sounded like a pipe dream. But recent years have been kind to Ono, whose importance to contemporary conceptual art, feminism, and even popular music has finally outpaced her reputation as the Woman Who Broke Up the Beatles.

Source: Slant Magazine
Sean Lennon says Asians are never cast as normal human beings

American British Japanese Sean Lennon, the son John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has spoken up about the representation of Asians in movies, slamming the industry for their casting processes. He said, "If it's going to be an Asian male in a film, he's going to be a goofy tourist or a science nerd or an evil character or a Kung Fu guy."

Source: Resonate
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
John Lennon Songwriting Contest now accepting entries

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is now open for Session II of its 2017 competition. Judges include such notable writers/artists as Fergie, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, George Clinton, Bob Weir, Jim Steinman, Sheila E and Sean Paul. Contestants can enter online until December 15, winners will be announced on March 1, 2018.

Source: All Access Music
Friday, July 21, 2017
Yoko Ono's rare 16mm films will headline the Media City Film Festival

Artist and peace activist, Yoko Ono will be headlining the opening night of the The Media City Film Festival in August. The festival will feature six of Yoko Ono's 16mm film pieces that were all created between 1966 and 1971, including Fly and Freedom from 1971, and Apotheosis, made with John Lennon in 1970.

Source: Metro Times, Detroit
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
Monday, July 17, 2017
Double Fantasy album signed by John Lennon's killer up for sale again

The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his death is up for sale for the third time. A building superintendent found the album in a flower planter outside the Dakota after the murder, turned it into police, who used it as evidence against Lennon's killer. It is expected to sell for for $1.5 million.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
50 Year Flashback: Inside John Lennon's long history with Rolling Stone

The relationship between John Lennon and Rolling Stone magazine started with his appearing on their first cover in 1967, and ended with his nude picture with Yoko Ono on the cover in 1981. Over the years, Lennon explained the Beatles' breakup, Richard Nixon's attempts to deport him, and shared the stories behind his songs.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce returns to Britain

John Lennon's famous psychedelic Summer of Love Rolls-Royce Phantom V will be going on show along with seven other historic Phantoms in London. It marks the 50th anniversary of Beatle's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and coincides with the launch of the new eighth generation Phantom next week.

Source: This is Money, UK
Monday, July 10, 2017
Unseen photos show John Lennon and George Harrison together in 1971

Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer. The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked Lennon to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, July 6, 2017
July 6, 1957: The day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met

The gig may not have seemed auspicious for 16-year-old John Lennon. His skiffle group the Quarrymen were playing at the Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete. In the audience was Paul McCartney, who had just turned 15. Despite the raw and loose performance Lennon and his mates gave, Paul was duly impressed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, June 30, 2017
Lady Gaga says Yoko Ono and John Lennon inspired her charity work

Lady Gaga, who is often lauded for her philanthropic work, credits John Lennon and Yoko Ono for inspiring her to get involved with charities. She said, "I was actually always a very big fan of Yoko Ono and also her work with her late husband John Lennon, and when they made peace statements together, they were very simple."

Source: TV3, Ireland
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Townhouse entry rebuilt after Sean Lennon loses fight to keep tree

The parents of Marissa Tomei are putting back the pieces of their broken Greenwich Village home after winning their two-year court battle against neighbor Sean Lennon, who originally refused to cut down a tree who's roots, the Tomeis said, was damaging their townhouse. Sean finally had the tree cut down after a court order.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Big mural in South Carolina featuring John Lennon allowed to remain

A large outdoor mural at a Moe's restaurant in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, which launched a debate over public art after it was declared a violation of town zoning rules, won't have to be removed. The mural which features John Lennon, Al Capone and Marilyn Monroe, was allowed to stay because it does not promote the restaurant.

Source: The Post and Courier, SC
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Claypool Lennon Delirium covers the Who on new record

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, led by Primus frontman Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, have included versions of songs originally made famous by King Crimson, Pink Floyd and the Who on their upcoming four-song EP, which was originally released earlier this year for Record Store Day.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 23, 2017
Duplicate of John Lennon's last car on display in Missouri

A duplicate of former Beatle John Lennon's 1979 cream-colored Mercedes Benz station wagon is now on display at Dave Clark's Forever Endeavor Cycles in Pacific, MO, part of the 5th annual downtown Pacific Car Show which starts tomorrow. It was the last vehicle Lennon owned and specially equipped for the American market.

Source: Pacific Missourian
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Spirit of John Lennon lives on in Canadian clothing line

Fashion designer Kelly Pettit started with a simple question in crafting a clothing line inspired by John Lennon: Can she imagine the legendary singer-songwriter wearing it? Pettit, who premieres her vision in Toronto on Saturday, says her development process was driven by a deep reverence for Lennon's artistry.

Source: National Post, Canada
Friday, June 16, 2017

Sean Lennon
Sean says mom's Imagine credit proudest day of his life

Yoko Ono was one of the influences behind Imagine, and the National Music Publishers Association gave it the Centennial Song Award at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday, where it was revealed that Ono would be added to the song's writing credits. Sean Lennon attended the event with his mum, and said it was the "proudest day" of his life.

Source: Metro, UK
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Yoko Ono to get co-writing credit for John Lennon's Imagine

Although John Lennon has always received sole authorship credit for the song Imagine, it turns out he didn't believe that he wrote it himself. In a 1980 interview, Lennon claimed that Yoko Ono deserved co-credit for the song. According to Variety, the process is now underway for Ono to be awarded half of the writing credit for the song.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Yoko Ono announces second batch of album reissues

Yoko Ono's massive reissue project continues this July with the arrival of three more LPs, 1971's Fly and a pair of 1973 albums, Approximately Infinite Universe and Feeling The Space. Like the initial wave of reissues, each album reconstructs the original vinyl packaging alongside remastered audio, and are available to pre-order now.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, June 12, 2017
45 Years Ago: Lennon goes off the deep end on Some Time in New York City

John Lennon's move to New York City coincided with a political shift leftward and, perhaps not coincidentally, lingering issues with immigration. The result was one of his most determinedly topical, most critically reviled and most often ignored solo albums, Some Time in New York City, a double album released on June 12, 1972.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Yoko Ono project at new art centre in Vietnam

Hundreds of art lovers attended the opening of an exhibition showcasing works by 18 Vietnamese and foreign artists in Hanoi on June 6. The exhibition includes the Wish Tree by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the installations are invited to write their wishes on small pieces of paper, known as "wish-tags," and hang them onto the tree branches.

Source: Vietnam Plus
Monday, June 5, 2017
Lana Del Rey's perfect praise for Sean Lennon track

Sean Lennon nearly cried with joy after Lana Del Rey declared their collaboration was "perfect". The Born to Die singer teamed up with Sean on track Tomorrow Never Came, which is about John and Yoko, from her new album Lust for Life. "She has exceptional taste," Sean commented of her approach to making music.

Source: Music News, UK
Friday, June 2, 2017
Beatles fan spots John Lennon's face in Arctic mountain ice

A Beatles fan has spotted John Lennon's face in a snowy Arctic mountain in far off Svalbard known for glaciers and polar bears. Paul Murphy was on holiday with his family when he looked out the window and spotted the bizarre snow patterns on the mountain face, and took pictures. He says, "Once you've seen it, you can't not see it."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Preview of Lennon: The New York Years

In 1975 John Lennon moved to New York City. Just five years later he was killed. "Lennon: The New York Years" adapts David Foenkinos' legendary novel about Lennon into graphic album form, reliving the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music's–and popular culture's–most influential voice.

Source: Flickering Myth
How a Corn Flakes ad inspired Sgt. Pepper song

"I often sit at the piano, working at songs, with the telly on low in the background," John Lennon explained to Beatles biographer Hunter Davies. "If I'm a bit low and not getting much done, then the words on the telly come through. That's when I heard 'Good morning, good morning.' It was a Corn Flakes advertisement."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Sean Lennon remembers Andy Warhol like a dad

At a private cocktail party commemorating the 40th anniversary of Studio 54 and 30 years since Andy Warhol's death, Sean Lennon said of Warhol, "He was one of the parental figures in my life actually. Having grown up without a father, I had Andy...He always encouraged me to draw and would tell me to sign my drawings, which I found to be very odd."

Source: WWD
Friday, May 19, 2017
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Remembering the real Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

"I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD," John Lennon insisted to Rolling Stone in 1970. Until the end of his life, Lennon maintained that Lucy in the Sky WIth Diamonds was actually inspired by a painting that his three-year-old son Julian had made of Lucy O'Donnell, his classmate at nursery school.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 11, 2017
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus brings music into NYC public schools

June 9 will mark the culmination of a 15-week after school songwriting program created by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The special day will take place at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea, where students will premiere an original song they created by performing it live in front of the high school.

Source: Global Newswire
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Angry John Lennon letter up for auction

An angry letter that Lennon wrote concerning the distribution of his and Yoko Ono's experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" is being sold at auction. In the handwritten letter, addressed to Martin George of Rock Ink & Roll Ink, Lennon expresses frustration with difficulty in getting the 1968 record out to the masses.

Source: Page Six
Audio: Legendary Rolling Stone John Lennon interview

In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon in New York City as the ex-Beatle prepared to release his solo debut. It became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, thanks to Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' then-recent breakup and much, much more.

Source: Rolling Stone

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