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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Long Island students record love song aboard John Lennon bus

Select Herricks High School students spent last Thursday aboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, recording an original song written over the course of the day. The song written by the Herricks students has an "acoustic coffee shop, beach vibe, surreal feeling" but will "even include a horn section," said Lennon Bus engineer Steven Meloney.

Source: The Island Now
Rolling Stone magazine prints its first issue 50 years ago today

In the fall of 1967, Rolling Stone began operating out of a loft in San Francisco. Just a couple days before printing, co-founder Jann Wenner selected a photo for the cover, John Lennon from the film How I Won the War, which was hitting theaters the same time as the magazine. "It was the last piece of the puzzle for the issue," Wenner said.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Friday, October 13, 2017
Interview: Yoko made two films for me

Jonas Mekas first met Yoko Ono in New York in 1960. A few years later, she went to London and met John Lennon. "In December 1970...I organised a little film festival and Yoko made two films for me in 10 days...At the time I saw a lot of John and Yoko, and I always enjoyed our time together. He was open, relaxed, very spontaneous."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, October 12, 2017
New book from Yoko Ono to document history of Imagine

Yoko Ono will share the story of the making of John Lennon's album "Imagine" in a "landmark publication" with book publisher Thames & Hudson. The book is due for release in October 2018 and will contain "unseen photographs, artefacts and new interviews" with the people who were there when the album was conceived and recorded.

Source: The Bookseller
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Two letters from John Lennon explain why he meditated

In early 1968, The Beatles travelled to India to learn the value of transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. While staying in the Himalayas, John Lennon wrote several letters to fans, expressing the value of their newfound meditative practices. These letters were published in book, The John Lennon Letters.

Source: Happy
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Liam Gallagher believes John Lennon is looking out for him

Liam Gallagher says John Lennon is his spiritual guide and he believes the music legend is watching over him. "(He's my) spiritual guide. I do believe he's here. I do believe that he's looking out for me," ardent John Lennon fan Gallagher told Rolling Stone magazine, who also named his eldest son, Lennon, 18, after him.

Source: Business Standard
Monday, October 9, 2017
Beatles family remembers John Lennon on 77th birthday

Paul McCartney has remembered John Lennon on what would have been his 77th birthday. McCartney wrote he was "reaching out to Johnny on his birthday" in a post on Twitter alongside an old photograph of the pals. Ringo Starr also paid tribute with a photo of the pair in their Beatles days, and Yoko tweeted he was "still with us."

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
John Lennon quotes on what would've been the his 77th birthday

John Lennon might have been one of the most important musicians in British history, but he was also known for his inspirational insights into the world. Before his tragic and untimely death in 1980, Lennon became the voice of his generation thanks to his heartfelt lyrics and quotes on love, peace, religion and war.

Related Articles  Source: The London Evening Standard
6 stunning John Lennon songs to play on his birthday Warning: Page opens with sound

John Lennon's catalog extends far beyond Beatles classics like Strawberry Fields Forever and solo highlights like Imagine. Some of his greatest musical moments come via his deep cuts, tunes off the beaten path of FM radio that cement his status as one of rock's greatest songwriters. Here is a list of six songs, in honor of his 77th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Weekly
New comedy announced about John Lennon

In about six months, a new comedy play Lennon's Banjo will premiere in Liverpool, telling the fascinating and touching story behind the beginning of the singer's musical journey, influenced by his mother Julia. The show will open at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre on Tuesday April 24, 2018, for a two-week run.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

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Sean Lennon turns 42 today

Today is Sean Lennon's 42nd birthday. In 1998, in an interview in the Los Angeles Times, Sean said, "I feel very strongly about experimenting with different styles. That's what appeals so much to me about the Beastie Boys records and Beck's records today and the Beatles records before. That's what the future of music needs to be all about."

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, October 6, 2017
Beatles Day to be celebrated at the Workman's Club, Dublin this November

Beatles Day will be celebrated at the Workman's Club in Dublin on Saturday, November 4. '60s tribute band the Rockits, who perform at the legendary Liverpool venue, the Cavern Club every weekend, will appear at the celebration. There will also be a performance of the BBC Radio 2 play John Lennon's Last Day.

Source: Hot Press
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Nutopian Embassy now for rent

The Tribeca townhouse that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used as the address for their "Nutopian Embassy" in 1973 just hit the rental market. Lennon and Ono never actually lived in the townhouse at 1 White Street, but for years, mail addressed to "John Lennon and Yoko Ono, c/o Nutopian Embassy" was delivered there.

Source: Architectural Digest
Thursday, October 5, 2017
We spent a night at the newly renovated John and Yoko suite

John and Yoko's Bed-In for Peace is a major part of the Beatles story, and the hotel room high over downtown Montreal was where he recorded his first solo single, Give Peace A Chance, on the room's bed, has been a pilgrimage site for decades. The suite just reopened and I was one of the first invited to spend a night there.

Source: The Star, Toronto

Imagine Peace Tower
Yoko Ono will attend illumination of Imagine Peace Tower

Yoko Ono will be paying her annual visit to Iceland this October, to signal the illumination of Imagine Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon on Monday 9th October, his birthday. The illumination will be at 9 pm. Located on the Icelandic island of Videy, Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko, dedicated to John by Yoko in 2007.

Source: Iceland Monitor
University screens John Lennon-inspired film

The film "Living is Easy with Eyes Closed" by David Trueba premiered last Friday on the campus of St. John's University in Queens, NY. John Lennon and the Beatles were the motivation behind this film, based on the song, Strawberry Fields Forever, in addition to Lennon's movie role in How I Won the War in 1966.

Source: The Torch
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Free evaluations for Beatle collectors in Liverpool this month

Memorabilia Day returns to Liverpool on Wednesday, October 25 for Beatle fans to have their collection appraised by experts from Julien's Auctions. It takes place at The Beatles Story's Fab4 Cafe, Albert Dock on Wednesday, October 25. At last year's Liverpool event a letter written by John Lennon addressed to the Queen was uncovered.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Concert for John Lennon's 77th birthday this Saturday in Geneva, NY

Had he lived, John Lennon would have turned 77 this Monday, October 9, and in honor of the late Beatles legend's birthday, a special concert featuring a variety of musicians will be held on Saturday, October 7, in Geneva, New York. Performances include Lennon session guitarist Earl Slick and one-time Ringo Starr producer Mark Hudson.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher explains how Yoko Ono inspired a new song

It's been revealed a new Liam Gallagher track was inspired by Yoko Ono. At a meeting in New York, he inquired about the meaning of a massive banner that was hanging up. She said, "It says, 'While I've been hibernating I've been gathering my wings.'" Gallagher wrote it down and now, those lyrics have finally worked their way into a song called "I've All I Need."

Source: Exclaim! Canada
Primal Scream therapist Arthur Janov dies at 93

Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist whose "primal therapy" had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book in the 1970s, has died. His 1970 book "The Primal Scream," made him an international celebrity. His patients included John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was 93.

Source: CBS News
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Yoko Ono Mural
Yoko Ono's latest large-scale mural unveiled in Washington, DC

Yoko Ono has exhibited her artwork at museums around the world, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. Now her artwork graces the side of Union Market in Washington, DC. The large-scale, public-art mural, Relax, Your Heart is Stronger Than What You Think! can be seen on the Union Market's 1000 sq ft exterior western wall.

Source: Lonely Planet
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Montreal hotel turns Lennon/Ono bed-in suite into memorial exhibit

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel has opened their redesign of the suite 1742, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent eight days during their now-famous "bed-in for peace." The rooms now feature virtual reality exhibits, archival TV and radio footage, and furnishings and artwork inspired by the landmark moment in time.

Source: Toronto Sun
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Listen: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon's Mind Games

Arcade Fire has recorded a new cover of John Lennon's Mind Games. They previously covered the song on a number of occasions, including at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this summer. In this new cover, Arcade Fire have stuck to the violin riff and strong bass-line and Win Butler's Lennon-like vocals really shine through.

Source: Live Arena, UK
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Patti Smith named 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award honoree

Patti Smith will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the Theatre Within's 37th Annual John Lennon Tribute, taking place December 1st at Symphony Space in New York City. During the show, Smith will perform a set comprising her favorite Lennon and Beatles tunes, and Sgt. Pepper will be covered in its entirety.

Source: Rolling Stone
Liverpool schools to celebrate John Lennon Imagine picture book

Children from a Liverpool school choir will sing John Lennon's Imagine at Liverpool One on the International Day Of Peace on Thursday. John lennon's iconic Imagine lyrics will be published for the first time as a picture book on the same day by Amnesty International, Yoko Ono and renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Yoko Ono sues John Lemon lemonade

A tiny start-up company from east London has become embroiled in a legal fight with Yoko Ono over the sale of a lemonade called John Lemon, who says it infringes on the John Lennon EU trademark and his legacy. The company that distributes John Lemon in the UK says its name is not connected with John Lennon, but cannot afford to fight the lawsuit.

Source: East London Advertiser
How police solved mystery of stolen rare John Lennon artwork

When Detective Constable Steve Crilley received a call from a member of the public claiming a painting stolen from him had now been put up for auction he knew he was onto something. What he cannot have imagined is that his inquiries would lead him to uncover a haul of rare prints, including several by John Lennon.

Source: Financial Review, Australia
Monday, September 18, 2017
Liam Gallagher's son Lennon looks the spitting image of his dad

Lennon Gallagher, Liam Gallagher's oldest son, is the spitting image of his dad. And it's not just like he has a few similar features, he could play his dad in a film about Oasis in 90s and people would question if a time machine has been used to film it. Lennon was born in 1999, and was named after John Lennon, a tribute to Liam's favorite musician.

Source: LAD Bible
Gisele Bundchen tears up as she sings John Lennon's Imagine Warning: Page opens with sound

Gisele Bundchen made an appearance with Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo at the Rock in Rio music festival on Friday, where she took to the stage to give a passionate speech and sing John Lennon's "Imagine." Bundchen was nearly brought to tears as she spoke to the crowd at the Rio de Janeiro-based festival.

Source: In Style
Friday, September 15, 2017
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus returns to New York City

Yoko Ono has announced the return to New York City of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the mobile music and video production studio, for a month-long tour starting this weekend. Entitled Come Together: NYC, this year's tour visits schools and public events across the city where students will create original music, videos, poetry, photos, and art.

Source: Globe Newswire
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Original Lennon stars to reunite in concert

Members of the original Broadway company of Lennon, which opened on Broadway in 2005, will reunite for a concert presentation of the musical in New York City in October. The musical show Lennon follows the life of John Lennon and features actors of different sexes, ages, and skin colors, taking on the title character.

Source: Broadway World
Yoko Ono honored with Hirshhorn concert and Union Market mural

This weekend, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. will pay tribute with a special Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and the World. Also, after the Hirshhorn exhibits close, Ono's legacy will remain with a new mural at Union Market titled "Relax. Your Heart is Stronger Than What You Think."

Source: WTOP, Washington
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
John Lennon merchandise to be available on Amazon

Global retail branding and merchandising company Epic Rights has teamed up with Merch by Amazon program to sell official apparel and cellphone accessories on Amazon. This deal includes products featuring John Lennon. Other artists also to be on sale will include KISS, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Wham! and Def Leppard.

Source: Billboard
Beatles Fan's memorable meeting with John Lennon

Before Dave Morrell became a successful record label promotion man, he was a music fan, like all of us, and he has a one-of-a-kind story to tell. After finding out about Beatles bootlegs in 1971, he arranged to meet John Lennon at the Record Plant in New York City to talk about bootlegs and his new song, The Ballad of John and Yoko.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Celebrity art dealer jailed for stealing works worth 500,000

Jonathan Poole, an art dealer who worked and socialised with rock stars, Hollywood A-listers, supermodels and wealthy investors has been jailed for stealing paintings and sculptures over three decades. Included in the art was four pieces by John Lennon, including one called Peace and Love. Some of the artwork involved is still missing.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
When John and Yoko helped Jerry Lewis

On Sept. 4, 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. With the backing of Elephant's Memory, they performed "Imagine" and Yoko's political song "Now or Never," with the sadly prescient lyric, "Are we gonna keep shooting the ones that try to change?"

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Triple reissue offers a chance to review Yoko Ono's output from the 1970s

The ongoing project to rerelease Yoko Ono's full catalog of 11 albums, which began in late 2016, has now reached its second stage with the release of a trilogy of early-1970s albums. The main recurring musical impression of this triptych of albums is of an artist reaching for the future using the musical building blocks of the past.

Source: Japan Times
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Jean Jullien illustrates John Lennon's Imagine in book about peace Warning: Page opens with sound

French illustrator Jean Jullien, creator of the Peace for Paris symbol, continues to spread ideas of love and harmony by working with with one of most important messengers of peace in contemporary history, John Lennon. Jullien has illustrated a picture book titled Imagine, a story set alongside lyrics from lennon's powerful 1971 hit single.

Source: Design Boom
Friday, August 25, 2017
How to add a Beatles-style Leslie speaker effect to your vocals

Recording with the Beatles, John Lennon would regularly request studio alterations to his voice. On Tomorrow Never Knows, he wanted to sound like "the Dalai Lama singing from the highest mountain top", so they routed John's vocals through the rotating Leslie speaker cabinet that gives a Hammond organ its distinctive swirling sound.

Source: Music Radar
Grammy-winning Art Director Chris Whorf passes away

Grammy Award-winning art director Chris Whorf has passed away at age 76. He created artwork for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, Yoko's Season of Glass album, and was Art Director for The John Lennon Collection in 1982. He worked with music companies including Warner Bros., A&M, RCA, Capitol, EMI and Geffen.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Beatles Day takes place in Dublin on November 4th

The annual celebration of the Beatles' only gig in Dublin is taking place on November 4th. Liverpool band The Rockits, who play at the Cavern Club, will play two sets that night, there will also be a performance of the the play "John Lennon's Last Day, " and a competition to find the person in Ireland who knows the most about The Beatles.

Source: Music News, Ireland
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

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