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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
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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.

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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?"

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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
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
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

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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.

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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.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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