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Latest news as of Sunday, December 21, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014
John Lennon to be honored in concert in Orlando

Joseph Martens and an assortment of Orlando's best musicians will honor John Lennon's music and humanitarian spirit on Tuesday in downtown Orlando.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Parents fight plan to expand Beatles' old school

Dovedale Junior School, off Penny Lane in Liverpool, has remained virtually unchanged since John Lennon and George Harrison were pupils there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But parents today launched a campaign to halt a plan that would see the present school, built in the 1930s, expanded to accommodate 840 pupils from 630.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Monday, December 15, 2014
John and Yoko launch War Is Over! campaign 45 years ago today

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global War Is Over! campaign, performing at UNICEF's "Peace for Christmas" concert in London. George Harrison also performed, it was he first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles' last show in 1966.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, December 12, 2014
Hong Kong protesters to rebuild Lennon Wall

Pro-democracy protesters have vowed to rebuild the famous "Lennon Wall" which sat at the heart of Hong Kong's main protest camp, after it was swept clear by police. The wall was inspired by the original in Prague, a focal point for dissidents in the 1980s, often using images and lyrics inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles.

Source: Sinchew, Malaysia
John Lennon book review: All you need is love of wordplay

When they were first published in 1964 and 1965, John Lennon's slim volumes of offbeat prose and poetry went straight to the top of the bestseller list. They may only be a footnote in the history of the Beatles, but there's still enough here to entertain anyone with a liking for John Lennon's off-the-wall humor.

Source: The Independent, UK
Yoko Ono to have MoMA solo show in 2015

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced it will mount a solo show of Yoko Ono's work in May 2015. The exhibition will survey the works from the tumultuous decade that led up to her 1971 performance art action, including objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films.

Source: Artnet News
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Rare and unseen photos of John Lennon go on display in Liverpool

An exhibition by legendary rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen opened last week in Liverpool, featuring many rare and unseen photos of John Lennon's time in New York, the first time the collection has been exhibited outside of London and New York. Guest of honor at the launch event was Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's sketches released though exclusive US exhibitions

Prints of three of John Lennon's rare sketches from the Bag One Arts program will be released through exclusive exhibitions across the US. Yoko Ono and Epic Rights have partnered to launch prints of Lennon's original artwork love and communication, in exclusive exhibitions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Source: Licensing.biz
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Controversial John Lennon artwork to be auctioned

An artwork by John Lennon depicting himself is going up for auction. "The Shroud" was created in the autumn of 1966 after Lennon commented that the Beatles were more popular. The piece is estimated to be sold for £75,000 in London on December 15.

Source: Liverpool Echo
New book claims John Lennon needed help

Liverpool writer Francis Kenny, author of the new painstakingly researched and detailed book The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story of The Rise and Fall of The Beatles, believes Lennon was all but emotionally destroyed by his Aunt Mimi. "All the evidence is already out there, but I'm looking at it in a Liverpool light," he says.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The John Lennon song by Bob Dylan

It's not the best song of 2012, not even the best song on Tempest, the Bob Dylan album it concludes. But "Roll on John" has staying power, similar to the spirit of its subject, John Lennon. Dylan pays tribute to the great man, taken from us in 1980, now gone twice as long as he and Lennon were friends.

Source: Like The Dew
Video: Beatles fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Beatles fans gathered Monday to remember John Lennon on the 34th anniversary of his death. Musicians played Beatles classics in Central Park's Strawberry Fields to celebrate Lennon's life. Fans said his legacy is still felt in today's music. "He's had an impact on anybody that's ever picked up a guitar, " said one Lennon fan.

Source: NY1
Monday, December 8, 2014
Liverpool Beatles appreciation society remembers John Lennon

Fans of late Beatle John Lennon paid respects to the legendary musician on the 34th anniversary of his death with prayers for peace. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society held a small ceremony at a statue of the band in Cavern Walks shopping centre on Mathew Street, where candles and memorabilia were laid.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon's death

In a recent interview, Paul McCartney recounted how he found out about the death of John Lennon. "It was just so horrific that you couldn't take it in. It was really difficult for everyone. For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again, and we weren't going to hang out," McCartney said.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon: 12/8/80

In 1980, critical reaction to Double Fantasy, John Lennon's first new album in more than 5 years, was mixed, perhaps due to the album's co-billing of Yoko Ono, but most fans were pleased. On December 8, the TV news said something about John Lennon being shot outside his home in New York. It was a real punch in the gut.

Source: Like The Dew
Imagine Peace Tower 40 years in the making

It all started with Yoko Ono's 1964 book, Grapefruit, where she talked about her artistic concept of creating a lighthouse. Forty years later on October 9, 2007, the Imagine Peace Tower was launched by Yoko Ono in collaboration with the city of Reykjavík, Iceland. It shines every year between October 9 and December 8.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion to close Off-Broadway

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, will play its final performance at The Union Square Theater Jan. 11, 2015. The production, officially opened Oct. 15, was originally scheduled for a 20-week limited engagement. A national tour is scheduled for fall, 2015.

Related Articles  Source: Playbill
Couple keeping Lennon's sailing spirit alive

The sailing boat on which John Lennon voyaged to Bermuda in 1980 is still in immaculate condition 34 years later. Every summer Stephen Fuller and his wife Susan sail it between Washington, DC and Maine. A plaque on board commemorates the journey Lennon took from Newport, Rhode Island to St George's in June 1980.

Source: The Royal Gazette
Curtiss A reflects on his Twin Cities John Lennon tribute

"They're still Beatles songs. They still make you feel good. They're still what I'd want to listen to if I get sent to the moon by myself," said Curt Almsted, better known as Curtiss A, who returns to First Avenue in The Twin Cities on Monday for his 35th annual John Lennon tribute concert. "I'm still happy to play any of these songs."

Source: Vita.mn
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
John Lennon candlelight remembrance in Hollywood announced

The John Lennon Annual Public Memorial Candlelight Remembrance will take place Monday, December 8, at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Lennon and Beatles fans are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around the star. Fans are also invited to perform music and poetry and share remembrances.

Source: The Examiner
Rolling Stones sax legend Keys dead at 70

Bobby Keys, the saxophonist who played on some of the Rolling Stones' biggest and best songs, has died. He was 70 years old. He first met the Stones in 1964, Keys played the tenor sax on hits like "Brown Sugar"and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." Keys joined John Lennon, both in music and in drug use, during his "Lost Weekend."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 28, 2014
John Lennon makes his last concert appearance 40 years ago today

Dual legends surround John Lennon's Nov. 28, 1974 appearance on stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, that he only appeared after losing a bet, and that a backstage moment marked Lennon's reunion with Yoko Ono, after his "Lost Weekend." One turns out to be true, while the other most certainly is not.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Julian Lennon announces Christmas single

Julian Lennon is releasing a version of Stephen Emmer and Neil Crossley's Sleep For England in time for Christmas. The song was inspired by Christmas songs such as Jona Lewie's Stop The Cavalry and Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon. All proceeds from the single go to Julian's charity The White Feather Foundation.

Source: Entertainment Focus
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
John Lennon returns his MBE to The Queen 45 years ago today

Along with the rest of the Beatles, John Lennon was made a Member of the Most Honorable Order of the British Empire on Oct. 26, 1965. According to Lennon, he had to be talked into accepting it by Brian Epstein. By the late '60s, he'd become increasingly savvy about how to leverage his celebrity to further his favorite causes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, November 24, 2014
John Lennon guitar misses out on £400,000 reserve at auction

A classic guitar used by John Lennon, during the recording for Paperback Writer, in 1966, failed to sell at auction when it did not reach its £400,000 reserve (about $628,000). Bids for the Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville model hollow body guitar reached £380,000 at Le Méridien Hotel, in Piccadilly, London.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon performer takes a look at himself in new music

Tim Piper has spent the last 30 years as John Lennon, in Beatles tribute bands and his iconic portrayal of Lennon in the stage show "Just Imagine." His latest new release "Ordinary Life" points the spotlight at himself, a melodic understated ballad with a simple piano based arrangement with a soulfully written lyric.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Flaming Lips reunite with Yoko Ono to cover Merry Xmas (War Is Over)

A few weeks ago, The Flaming Lips released With a Little Help from My Fwends, a full-length tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and today, the psych-rockers have shared another tribute, a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Christmas classic Merry Xmas (War is Over), which is now online.

Related Articles  Source: Music Times
John Lennon telegram up for auction

A 1963 telegram in which John Lennon apologizes to legendary Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler for punching him during a Paul Mccartney birthday party is among the Beatles memorabilia up for auction next month. It reads, "Really sorry Bob terribly worried to realise what I had done stop what more can I say = John Lennon."

Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Lennon wall in Prague painted over but new graffiti starting to appear

Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, a tourist attraction since 1980, has been painted over. A group of art students have claimed responsibility for painting the wall white and leaving a single message: "Wall is over!" New messages, including "the wall is never over", immediately began to appear.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler creates new blog

Beginning this month, Beatles expert, author and radio show host Jude Southerland Kessler will be writing a bi-monthly blog for the Fest for Beatles Fans website, on the 1st and 15th of every month. Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series, a nine volume biography of the life and career of John Winston Lennon.

Source: PR Log
Friday, November 14, 2014
Ryan Adams to score new John Lennon-inspired film

Ryan Adams has been recruited by veteran film composer Theodore Shapiro to co-write the music to the film inspired by John Lennon, "Danny Collins," which follows an aging rock star, played by Al Pacino, who attempts to change his life and make amends with enemies after finding a personal letter written by Lennon.

Source: WNAX, SD
Stella McCartney tribute brings together Paul, Yoko, and Dhani Harrison

At Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center's second annual Corporate Fund gala, designer Stella McCartney was honored with a Q&A and dinner gala, which became a Beatles reunion of sorts that had Yoko Ono getting hugs and kisses from Paul and Nancy McCartney, Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, after which Dhani performed.

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Music exec threatens to pull artists including John Lennon from YouTube

Many works composed by popular musicians including John Lennon could soon be removed from YouTube. Just as Google announced the coming launch of KeyMusic, industry heavyweight Irving Azoff claimed YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new service and is prepared to take his clients off their system.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Yoko Ono secretly buys John Lennon's childhood home

Yoko Ono has secretly bought the former home of John Lennon, according to sources in Liverpool. Yoko is said to have bought the house as an anonymous "over the phone bidder" in an auction at the Cavern Club last year. Valued at just £150,000, it ended up selling for £480,000 as two bidders from the US fought it out.

Source: Breitbart
Rare Yoko Ono 45 sells for nearly $2,000

Found while looking through a record collection on the street outside a bodega on First Avenue in New York City, a Yoko Ono "Open Your Box" 45, of which only six copies are known to exist, has sold for $1,703.99. It was pressed at Ono's request either for her, someone in the Beatles, or someone at Apple.

Source: The Village Voice
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Yoko Ono advises it's easy to change the world

Tuesday night at New York's Paley Center, Yoko Ono participated in a lengthy discussion about her path as an avant-garde artist. A video montage highlighted the radicalness of Ono's experimental film projects, including "Cut Piece, 1965," featuring Ono sitting on a stage as individuals came and cut off her clothing little by little.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Director discusses controversial John Lennon play

A controversial new play about John Lennon is being staged next week. The play, directed by Paul Blinkhorn, sees a man in jail visited by John Lennon, the man he shot dead years earlier. Set in the cell of a New York maximum security prison, it has drawn criticism from fans who say the play is fulfilling the killer's bid for notoriety.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Bolton News, UK
Monday, November 10, 2014
John Lennon Paperback Writer guitar expected to fetch £630,000 at auction

A Gretsch guitar that John Lennon played for the recording of the Beatles' Paperback Writer and then gave to his cousin is expected to fetch up to £630,000 at auction in Britain this week. It is said the Gretsch 6120 is one of the most significant Lennon guitars to come on the market in the last 30 years.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Video: Tom Odell covers John Lennon's Real Love for Christmas ad

Tom Odell has covered John Lennon's track Real Love for this year's UK retailer John Lewis Christmas advert which tells the story of Monty the penguin. John Lewis's Christmas adverts have become well-known for their use of slow, stripped-down covers of older songs in recent years. The video of the ad is now online.

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Theatre Within's annual John Lennon tribute set for December 5 in NYC

Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit dedicated to furthering the performing arts as a positive social force, will stage its 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, December 5 in New York City. Rock icon Debbie Harry will top a stellar line-up including Ben E. King, who along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote "Stand By Me."

Related Articles  Source: Artist Direct
Monday, November 3, 2014
For Don Henley, John Lennon remains his primary influence

Asked about his primary influence in music, Don Henley answered, "John Lennon is still a great influence on my life, and my career. He was my biggest hero, even bigger than Elvis. I admired John Lennon more than anybody in the music industry. I loved what he stood for, what he believed in, everything about him, really."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Yoko Ono on art, New York and John Lennon

For the past 60 years, Yoko Ono has channeled her experiences and encounters into conceptual art, first with the avant-garde movement in New York, and later, with John Lennon, with their "Bed-in for Peace" protests in 1969. Her body of work has now been compiled in a lavish, limited-edition book, "Infinite Universe at Dawn."

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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