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Friday, March 24, 2017
Day John Lennon met Paul McCartney being recreated 60 years on Warning: Page opens with sound

When St Peter's Church in Woolton hosted a fete on the afternoon of July 6, 1957, a young Paul McCartney was introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon , who was there with his group The Quarrymen. To mark the diamond jubilee of the friendship which led to The Beatles being formed just a few years later, the fete is being staged again.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
How teenager's John Lennon interview became award-winning cartoon

In 1969, Jerry Levitan became known as the boy who interviewed John Lennon for a full 45 minutes, a recording that he sat on for another 40 years. It didn't occur to the busy lawyer and part-time actor to create something of Lennon's interview until he met filmmaker Josh Raskin. They called their short animated film "I Met The Walrus."

Source: Resource Magazine

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Legendary label Geffen Records relaunches after disappearing

Once it was one of the most influential record labels in the music industry. Then, through a series of buyouts and reshufflings, it disappeared. Now, after many years, Geffen Records is officially back in business. In 1980, Geffen released John Lennon's final album, Double Fantasy, which went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Source: Forbes
Monday, March 20, 2017
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Thursday, March 16, 2017
John Lennon's doodles for Walls and Bridges could sell for huge sum

A record sleeve covered in doodles by John Lennon as he brainstormed ideas for an album cover has emerged for sale for £15,000 (about $18,550). The black felt tip pen sketchings are believed to have been Lennon's initial ideas for the cover of his 1974 album Walls and Bridges and span both sides of an opened-out record sleeve.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Hunt for John Lennon holy grail begins in Liverpool next year Warning: Page opens with sound

A new play described as "The Beatles meets The Da Vinci Code" is set to premiere in Liverpool next year. "Lennon 's Banjo" is the intriguing tale of the very first instrument John learned to play and the ongoing search for it. The instrument belonged to Lennon's mum Julia, following her death in 1958, the banjo disappeared.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Opinion: In Retrospect, Yoko Ono is a genius

Yoko Ono is, according to revered music critic Robert Palmer, the bridge which connects the popular rock culture of The Beatles with the avant garde work of composers such as Philip Glass and John Cage. As a musician in her own right, Yoko's body of work consists of some of the most avant-garde, boundary pushing music of the 20th century.

Source: Highlander News, UC Riverside
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Video: Pentatonix's hauntingly beautiful spin on John Lennon's Imagine

Few songs have stood the test of time quite like John Lennon's 1971 hit Imagine. Last Friday, Pentatonix released their own version of Lennon's legendary song, putting their a cappella spin on the moving lyrics and giving the song a new angle, all the while respecting Lennon's original intention and vision.

Source: Rare
Beatles pervade March Madness in the Top 40 in 1970

In mid-March 1970, Badfinger had their first of four consecutive hits with Come and Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, The Plastic Ono Band's Instant Karma! was written, recorded and released within a matter of days, and the Beatles' Let it be was a #1 U.S. pop hit and to many it signals the end of the group.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Yoko Ono on John Lennon, David Bowie and spirituality

83-year old artist and musician, Yoko Ono, shares her Words of Wisdom with Rolling Stone Australia, including childhood fables, ephemeral success and why it's important to get outside. When asked, what's the best part of success? Yoko answered, "Well, I don't know, because I'm not successful yet. We're not getting world peace."

Source: Rolling Stone Australia
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Sean Lennon removes intrusive tree at his New York City home

Sean Lennon has removed the 60 foot tree that Marisa Tomei's parents claimed tore through the foundation of their Greenwich Village townhouse, they said Tuesday. The Tomeis filed suit in February 2015, a judge ruled in their favor last September, Sean appealed but then a settlement was finally reached.

Source: New York Daily News
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Sean Lennon shares a song he co-wrote with Carrie Fisher

Sean Lennon has shared a new track Bird Song. He said, "Carrie and I wrote this song years ago. When she died I just felt I had to record it. Carrie and I used to stay up til dawn chatting and pontificating about life...the lyrics she wrote with me I think are marvelous." He recorded the song with Willow Smith, daughter of Will and Jada.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

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You may not know: John Lennon co-wrote David Bowie's Fame

David Bowie said about John Lennon, "Whenever the two of us got together it started to resemble Beavis and Butthead on (CNN debate program) Crossfire." They were great pals, and occasional collaborators. It's Lennon who interjects "Fame!" as a backing vocal on the classic Bowie track, and he's credited as a co-writer on the song.

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Monday, March 6, 2017
Show impeccably imagines John Lennon

Imagine: The Music of John Lennon, on stage Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas, was a near-flawless interpretation of 18 well-known Lennon songs, embellished with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra along with the Jeans 'n Classics Band and vocalist Jean Meilleur. It's not a rock concert by any stretch of the imagination.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Friday, March 3, 2017

John Lennon Bus celebrates 20th anniversary at SXSW

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will arrive in Austin for SXSW in celebration of its twentieth anniversary, presenting a special showcase featuring Third Eye Blind on March 16th. Fans of the Lennon Bus, Third Eye Blind will also be subjects of the latest episode of "Perspective," the Lennon Bus' student-produced short film series.

Source: Broadway World, UK
Monday, February 27, 2017
Rumor: Fragile Yoko Ono hoping to see John Lennon in heaven

Yoko Ono is reportedly preparing for her end as she is confined to a wheelchair. Rumor has it, the 84-year-old Japanese multimedia artist is worrying that she only has a few months to live and hoping to see her late husband John Lennon in heaven. A representative for Yoko hasn't responded to a request for comment.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Friday, February 24, 2017
Santa Cruz high school students record inside John Lennon Bus

Students from Scotts Valley High in Santa Cruz, California, recorded in the mobile studio of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Wednesday. In its 20th year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus provides young people with tours of the studios and participation in free digital media production workshops.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
John Lennon's voice features on record with Yoko Ono's permission Warning: Page opens with sound

A musician has used a sample of John Lennon on his debut album after getting permission from Yoko Ono. It's something of a coup for Gizmo Varillas, the Lennon estate very rarely grants permission for Lennon's voice to be sampled, but he managed to persuade Ono to allow him to sample a Lennon interview on his song No War.

Source: Wales Online, UK

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Yoko Ono: A rare interview, from the Dakota in 2003

In the summer of 2003, music journalist Jeff Tamarkin was invited to interview Yoko Ono for a now-defunct world music magazine, to take place inside of her apartment at The Dakota. At the time this interview was conducted, Ono's own music and art were only just beginning to enjoy greater appreciation, after decades of being misunderstood and often ridiculed.

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Monday, February 20, 2017
Washington state Imagines a John Lennon-inspired license plate

Washington state has 27 specialty license plates celebrating law enforcement, snow sports, firefighters, rhododendrons and more. Some lawmakers think using John Lennon to fight hunger justifies issuing a 28th. The new license plates would feature a self-portrait of the former Beatle with the word "imagine" across the bottom.

Source: The Olympian, Washington
Friday, February 17, 2017
John Lennon leather jacket sells for £10,400 at auction

A leather jacket worn by John Lennon sold for £10,400 (about $12,900) at an auction of pop memorabilia held in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. Other items sold at the auction included a pair of sunglasses once owned by Lennon which sold for £2,900, and a velvet smoking jacket once owned by Jimi Hendrix, for £8,000.

Source: BBC News, UK
Historic site of Strawberry Fields to be revived Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's Strawberry Field, inspiration for one of the Beatles' greatest hits, is to be revived. The former Salvation Army children's home, where John Lennon played as a child, is to open its gates under new plans to redevelop the historic site. Plans will include an exhibition on the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 16, 2017
John Lennon's sunglasses which he stamped on in rage to be auctioned

A pair of John Lennon 's sunglasses which he stamped on and threw in the bin have emerged at auction. His uncle Charlie Lennon saved them had them repaired and they are now estimated to sell for £3,500 (about $4,375). His uncle, who passed away in 2002, said, "The boy had a temper, but I thought it was a silly waste of money."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Yoko Ono mocked for bizarre tweet about the World Cup

Yoko Ono has been widely ridiculed for a bizarre social media post on Valentines day which read, "Who will win the World Cup? A child who believes in a peaceful world." The 83-year-old artist and musician was soon met with a string of hilarious tweets from other twitter users, including one who said, "More chance than England."

Source: The London Evening Standard
Museum in Vermont rocks out with Backstage Pass exhibit Warning: Page opens with sound

"Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography" at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, features work by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, from photo shoots in the 1970s and '80s. It includes the famous photo of John Lennon wearing a T-shirt reading "New York City" with arms-folded in front of the Big Apple skyline.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Video: John Lennon and Chuck Berry jam out 45 years ago today

45 years ago today, 2/16/72, John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, famously co-hosted the daytime talk show for a week in February 1972. One of Lennon's guests that week was his idol, rock pioneer Chuck Berry and the two had the rare opportunity to perform together.

Source: Glide Magazine
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono become TV hosts

In February 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted on The Mike Douglas Show. The idea, as Ono explained after their week-long stint ended, was to try and reach out to older viewers. "There's such a gap between the young generation and the old generation now," said Ono. But things didn't exactly go off without a hitch.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
John Lennon's Leather Jacket appears at memorabilia auction

Ryedale Auctioneers in York, UK, is having a Pop Memorabilia & Pop Art Sale on Friday, which will include some very original & iconic items from artists including John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix. A special preview of all the items is now open to the public, and includes John Lennon's leather motorcycle jacket.

Source: Yorkshire Coast Radio, UK
Friday, February 10, 2017
Yoko Ono Fast Facts

Yoko Ono turns 84 next week, and CNN has compiled an extensive list that details her life. As a child, Ono moved back and forth between Japan and the US. During World War II, she was in Tokyo during an air raid on the city in March 1945. She was the first woman ever admitted into the philosophy program at Gakushuin University.

Fan Content Warning  Source: CNN
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Yoko Ono is spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair

Yoko Ono has been spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair just weeks after she joined thousands of protesters marching the streets of NYC for women's rights. The 83-year-old wife of the late Beatle John Lennon arrived at New York's JFK airport on Monday where she was helped through the terminal by an assistant.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, February 6, 2017
Medium captures John Lennon and George Harrison's spirits in photo

A medium believes the spirits of John Lennon and George Harrison appeared to her in a ghostly photo. Christine Hamlett says she uses a method called I.T.C (Instrumental Transcommunication), the use of electronic equipment to make contact with spirits. She invites spirits to show themselves in silver paper, then takes a photograph.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yoko Ono producing John Lennon love story film Warning: Page opens with sound

Yoko Ono is producing a film that will explore her complex relationship with John Lennon, documenting their love story and anti-war causes. Anthony McCarten will write the as-yet-untitled movie. McCarten also wrote the upcoming Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, and Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-in-the-works Freddie Mercury biopic.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Kids take magical music tour on Lennon bus

On Tuesday, eight students who are part of New West Symphony's Harmony Project, an after-school program for third- through 12th-graders in Ventura, Ca., had the opportunity to write, record and make a music video of their own song on the legendary John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which hit the road for the first time 20 years ago.

Source: Ventura County Star
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Cheers! It's Brandy Alexander Day in the U.S.

January 31 is Brandy Alexander Day in the U.S. It's a brandy based cocktail which has a mixture of cognac and crème de cacao and is said to have first appeared in London in 1922. The drink was reportedly John Lennon's favorite alcoholic beverage, so he would no doubt have raised a glass today.

Source: IOL
Monday, January 30, 2017
The naked truth about John and Yoko

John and Yoko's 1968 night of sonic passion, Two Virgins, complete with the couple in their birthday suits on the cover, has just been re-issued. In April 2001, reporter Barry Egan was in the seventh-floor New York apartment Lennon shared with Yoko, perhaps the most famous 19th century apartment in New York, the Dakota Building.

Source: The Independent, Dublin
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Public given first look at apartments in former Reece's Ballroom

The public have been given a glimpse of how Liverpool's former Reece's Ballroom will look inside following its transformation, via computer generated images of the new apartments. The upper floors of the building once provided the venue for the wedding reception when John Lennon married Cynthia in August, 1962.

Source: Your Move Magazine, UK
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lennon/McCartney relationship turned into classical work by computer

The charged relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be translated into a classical work composed using a computer analysis of their lyrics. Come Together: The Sonification of McCartney and Lennon will chart the relationship, from the tight bond of the Beatles' early years to the bitterness following their 1970 split.

Source: iNews, UK
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
John Lennon car sells at auction

A 1956 Austin Princess formerly owned by John Lennon has sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $159,500. The sale included the car's original, registration signed by John Lennon. Purchased by Lennon in 1971, the car was seen extensively in his 1972 made-for-TV documentary "Imagine" with Yoko Ono.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Scholars and Rogues honors John Lennon

Despite every attempt to marginalize and discredit him, John Lennon still matters and always will. With his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Paul McCartney, he is arguably the premiere composer of the 20th century. As a solo artist he left a body of work that is alternately brilliant, haunting, and petulant. Lennon was a great man.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes set to sell for up to £2.4million

John Lennon 's vintage Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster could fetch up to £2.4 million as it goes to auction. The custom-made vehicle was bought by Lennon in 1965, the same year The Beatles released their hit Drive My Car. Auctioneers say the vehicle is especially rare as John Lennon owned very few cars because he disliked driving.

Source: The Mirror, UK
New book offers fresh insights about John Lennon

A newly published book Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon anthologizes some of his most illuminating interviews. The majority of these conversations have not been previously available in print, and several of the most important, comprising more than a third of this volume, have not been widely available in any format.

Source: Business Jet Traveler
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rock act from member of Sean Lennon's band to play in Ohio

Brooklyn-based experimental rock act Tongues Unknown will play with local psych rock band Water Witches Wednesday at The Union in Athens, Ohio. Tongues Unknown is the musical project of singer-songwriter Connor Grant. Grant plays with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Source: Athens News, Ohio

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