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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
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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
Hunter Davies credits John Lennon letters for securing his OBE

The Beatles' John Lennon famously sent his MBE back to Her Majesty in a protest against the establishment having been recognized alongside his band members in the 1965 Queen's birthday honors. But ironically it is Lennon's handwritten work which Hunter Davies believes helped to secure his OBE for services to literature.

Related Articles  Source: Ham & High, UK
Yoko Ono on the making of the Beatles' avant-garde Revolution 9

There have long been theories on what it meant, and whether it was constructed in such a way as to convey a larger narrative. In the end, however, Revolution 9 remains as big a mystery today as it was the moment it appeared on the Beatles White Album in 1968. "It was like cooking up a great meal," Yoko says. "We just did it."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, June 13, 2014
How the Beatles and Yoko made me a better dad

I got an early Father's Day present when Yoko Ono answered a question I posted on her Facebook page, what is the best way to introduce children to music? She replied, "All children had music in their heart and soul before they were pushed out of their mothers' womb. The best thing you can do is not to discourage them."

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New Julian Lennon single has fans hearing the Beatles

The new single "The High Road" from Brent Bourgeois and Julian Lennon is fooling listeners into believing there is a newly unearthed gem from the Beatles. Bourgeois' former band Bourgeois Tagg was best known for their Beatle-esque hit, "I Don't Mind At All." Now, teamed up with the son of the former Beatle, he's at it again.

Source: Digital Journal

Doyle Jeter
John Lennon artist receives honor from University of Louisiana

Doyle Jeter as been named the Artist-in-Residence within the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts for 2014. Jeter is currently touring the country exhibiting his collection of lithographs featured within Jude Southerland Kessler's novel "She Loves You," the third book of a nine volume series on the life of John Lennon.

Source: MyArklaMiss.com
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Microphone used by Beatles at 1964 concert in Hull to be auctioned

A microphone used by The Beatles when they played live in Hull in 1964 is set to fetch ?6,000 at auction. It was owned and used by The Beatles in the early 1960s, and was given by John Lennon to a fan after the show on October 16, 1964. A tape recording of an interview with John Lennon in Hull is also up for auction.

Source: Hull Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
John Lennon's books and manuscripts fetch high price at auction

Original manuscripts and drawings by John Lennon, produced for two books he wrote in the mid-1960s, sold for $2.9m (?1.73m) on Wednesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate. All of the 89 lots in the sale, from Lennon's 1964 book In His Own Write and 1965's A Spaniard in the Works, were snapped up by buyers.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Yoko Ono to pay designer over fashion rip-off

Yoko Ono has agreed to​ pay a designer who accused her of stealing her raunchy fashion designs, according to papers filed in Brooklyn federal court. Despite initially seeking to toss the court case as frivolous, Ono has now agreed to pay Haleh Nematzadeh an undisclosed sum of money to make the copycat case vanish.

Source: NY Post
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Julia Baird
John Lennon's sister Julia Baird to star in Northwich LitFest

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird is among the guests taking part in Northwich LitFest throughout June. The film Nowhere Boy was partially based on Julia's book. Baird will appear on June 11, tickets are ?5 and copies of her book, a CD of her interview with Paul McCartney, as well as a Cavern Club poster will all be available for purchase at the end of the evening.

Source: Norwich Guardian, UK
Monday, June 2, 2014
Interview: Author recounts memories with John Lennon's Aunt Mimi

"The Guitar's All Right as a Hobby, John" by Kathy Burns tells the story of the author's friendship with John's Aunt Mimi Smith. In this interview, she talks about how she started her friendship with Mimi, and about some of the controversies that cropped up over the years, including why Mimi ended up raising John and not his mother.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Newly discovered 40-Year-old George Harrison interview is released

Recently unearthed and just released is a historic interview with George Harrison by legendary radio personality Levi Booker. The first released part of this interview covers George Harrison's and John Lennon's troubles with the law, and how George believes he and John were set up by corrupt cops.

Source: Bus Byway
Couple recreates iconic John Lennon and Yoko Ono protest

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green recreated the iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in a bid to raise money for charity. The husband and wife mirrored the legendary pair's famous statement in the classic "Bed-In" image of John and Yoko in the presidential suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Saturday, May 31, 2014
John Lennon's song Imagine now in a comic strip

Pablo Stanley's comic strip, Imagine, pays tribute to John Lennon's iconic song. He said, "I've been a Beatles and John Lennon fan since I was a kid. The biggest challenge was to put big ideas in small doodles. How can you simplify something so complex and break it down in a way anyone can read?"

Source: Mid-day, Mubai
Thursday, May 29, 2014
John Lennon poems and doodles set to fetch $800,000 at auction

The largest private collection of doodles, comic drawings and nonsensical poems by John Lennon will be sold next week. Ranging from gibberish descriptions of Liverpool, to a drawing of a "National Health Cow" in an apparent jab at Britain's National Health Service, the collection reveals a lesser known side of Lennon.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko Ono honoured in Bilbao, Spain

Conceptual artist Yoko Ono's 60-year career is being honored in a major Spanish art exhibition at a retrospective at the Guggenheim Bilbao. An immersive experience, visitors enter through a beaded curtain sculpture and then see her Painting To Be Stepped On, which featured in Ono's first solo show in New York in 1961.

Source: The Olive Press, Spain
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl emerge as formidable songsmiths

Sean Lennon hasn't exactly shied away from associations with his famous parents. He works with his mother, Yoko Ono, in her Plastic Ono Band. With his own band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, he courts comparisons with his late father, John Lennon, by creating psychedelic music reminiscent of late-period Beatles.

Source: Isthmus
Monday, May 26, 2014
Yoko Ono sells penthouse and drops lawsuit

Yoko Ono withdrew her $6.7 million lawsuit against a West Village co-op board last month, a day after she sold her apartment there for $8.3 million. "Everybody is happy and we're getting along," said Ono's lawyer. Ono sued last year, charging they'd been making it impossible for her to sell the long-vacant penthouse.

Source: NY Daily News

Yamaha teams up with John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus paid a visit to Yamaha in Buena Park to celebrate a rekindled partnership between the two organizations. "It is one of the most innovative ventures ever created to get students hands on with musical instruments and the songwriting process," said Dave Jewell, Yamaha marketing communications manager.

Source: Broadway World
Friday, May 23, 2014
Sean Leannon's band's van vandalized in San Francsisco

A smash-and-grab burglary occurred this week involving Sean Lennon. He posted a picture on Instagram showing the broken window of a van parked in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood. He says the van belongs to his band and that a laptop was taken, and promises a big reward if the computer is returned.

Source: KGO TV, San Francisco

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