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Friday, April 11, 2014
New Gospel album includes Beatles and John Lennon covers

"Hey Jude," a collection of new gospel versions of classic pop songs, will be available on iTunes beginning April 29. It includes covers of three Beatles songs, Hey Jude, Let It Be and All You Need Is Love, plus John Lennon's Imagine. It also includes Stand By Me, which John Lennon himself covered on his Rock 'n' Roll album.

Source: Broadway World
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Video: Animals from Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

In 1973, director Alejandro Jodorowsky made a psychedelic film called The Holy Mountain that became an underground sensation, partly because John Lennon and Yoko Ono put their stamp of approval on it by underwriting its costs. Somewhere along the way, their son Sean must have spent a few nights drinking in its bizarre delights.

Source: Something Else Reviews
The true and forgotten story of Havana's John Lennon Park

In December 1990, a John Lennon tribute concert was held in a park in Havana, and years later, a statue of Lennon was unveiled there. But the concert almost never happened. It was to be held in the lower terraced roof of the Habana Libre Hotel, without any previous announcement, to surprise the city and passersby.

Source: Havana Times
Friday, April 4, 2014

Tim Piper
Interview: John Lennon tribute artist Tim Piper

Musician, actor and songwriter Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by the Beatles, distinguishing himself as the preeminent John Lennon tribute performer. In this new interview, he talks about performing for over 25 years around the world, remembers his first performance, and describes the best day of his life.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Thursday, April 3, 2014
John Lennon's infamous 'Lost Weekend' revisited

By the summer of 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's marriage was on the rocks. As an unusual remedy, Ono suggested that Lennon embark on an affair with their assistant, May Pang. That led to Lennon's "Lost Weekend," the 18 months he lived with Pang in her New York apartment and a rented home in Los Angeles.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lennon's visit to Bermuda remembered in Chelsea Flower Show

John Lennon's visit to Bermuda in 1980 will be a feature of this year's famous Chelsea Flower Show in London by way of a "Bermuda Double Fantasy Garden" exhibit. Double Fantasy was the name of Lennon's last album, inspired by the native Bermuda flowers Lennon saw during his walk through the Botanical Gardens.

Source: Royal Gazette, Bermuda
Monday, March 31, 2014

Lennon UFO drawing sells for 10 times expectation

John Lennon says he saw a UFO above the Manhattan skyline in 1974, while sober, and it put it all down on paper. A drawing of that 1974 sighting, sketched for his "Walls and Bridges" album, was auctioned in London on March 21st. The drawing was originally expected to bring in between $1600 to $2500, but ended up selling for just over $16,600.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post

Photos: Bob Gruen's Iconic Rock 'n' Roll Portraits

Even the most casual consumers of rock 'n' roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen's iconic images. He's shot album covers and portraits that have come to be so associated with superstar musicians, including John Lennon's New York City T-shirt photo. New York's Pop International Galleries will host Gruen's photos in a show opening April 4.

Source: Flavorwire
Friday, March 28, 2014
John Lennon letter about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson fetches $88,200

A letter written by John Lennon complaining about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson's bad conduct at a recording studio has sold almost 53,000. Lennon was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behaviour in the studio they all shared in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The note had a pre-sale estimate of 4,000 to 6,000.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
John Lennon and Paul Mccartney reunite 40 years ago today

After the breakup of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon only collaborated once, on March 28, 1974 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles. Lennon was producing his drinking buddy Harry Nilsson's forthcoming release "Pussy Cats" when Paul and Linda McCartney unexpectedly stopped by. Also on hand was Stevie Wonder.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Video: covers John Lennon's Mind Games

There are lots of good reasons to go see live on their current tour, their great new album Lost In The Dream chief among them. But here's another one, the band recently added a gorgeous cover of John Lennon's Mind Games, the title track of Lennon's 1973 album, to their live repertoire.

Source: Stereogum
Rock star paintings go on display in Liverpool

Paul McCartney and John Lennon are among 40 paintings of rock heroes by graphic designer Paul Terence Madden going on display in Liverpool on Friday. He said, "This endless exhibition is a true homage, a reflection of my life connected to the world of music. The paintings are of people I love and admire."

Source: Liverpool Echo

In His Own Write
John Lennon's In His Own Write published 50 years ago

In his book In His Own Write, John Lennon weaved whimsical line drawings and sharp satire into a collection of 31 poems and short stories. He told the BBC, "I used to make the lads laugh...talking like that, and writing poetry. I used to write them and just give them to friends to laugh at, and that was the end of it...It's just my style of humor."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, March 24, 2014
Photos: Collection of Lennon drawings to fetch more than $800,000

The largest private collection of poems, doodles and drawings by John Lennon is expected to fetch more than $800,000 when it goes under the hammer. Artworks titled "You Might Well Arsk" will go on sale in New York in June. They were previously published in Lennon's two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon drawing recalls frightening Palm Springs tram ride

A rare drawing by John Lennon which sold Friday in a celebrity auction in London brings to mind a hair-raising story of when Lennon took a ride on the famous Palm Springs aerial tramway in California. The drawing shows Lennon, girlfriend May Pang and Harry Nilsson sitting on a tramcar thousands of feet off the ground in midair.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Yoko Ono joins campaign to save 'bombed out church'

More than 18,000 people, including Yoko Ono, are backing a campaign to save the "bombed out church" from being sold. St Luke's Church in Liverpool is owned by the council, which says it can't afford to maintain it. Campaigners say, "It is not a simple a shell, it is a living, working monument to the people of Liverpool."

Source: Liverpool Echo

May Pang
May Pang questions story about Lennon letter sold at auction

Former John Lennon girlfriend May Pang has problems with the story in the media surrounding the letter said to have been written by John Lennon that was auctioned Friday, because she says it didn't happen that way. "They were not at the studio visiting during the Rock 'n' Roll album at A&M studios. John would not write to Phil, we would call him," said Pang.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, March 20, 2014
John Lennon's UFO drawing and other sketches up for auction

In 1974, John Lennon claimed to have seen a UFO in New York City, and mentioned it on the sleeve of his "Walls and Bridges" album. He also drew a picture of a UFO when sketching ideas for the cover of "Walls and Bridges." This rare drawing will be auctioned off along with several other John Lennon sketches from the 1970s.

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
John Lennon marries Yoko Ono 45 years ago today

On Thursday, March 20, 1969, John Winston Lennon married Yoko Ono. The two met in November 1966 as she was preparing to open an art exhibit called "Unfinished Paintings And Objects" at the Indica Gallery in London. At the time, John was still married to his first wife, Cynthia, who filed for divorce in August 1968.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's old-fashioned romance

About eight years ago, model Charlotte Kemp Muhl was at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. She was dressed, as the festival's unofficial dress code requires, in HotPants and cowboy boots. There, she met Sean Lennon, and who knows if it was the HotPants or the cowboy boots, but Lennon was smitten.

Source: Women's Wear Daily
Unseen John Lennon letter complains about Keith Moon's rock'n'roll behavior

A letter written by John Lennon complaining about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson is up for sale. Lennon was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behavior in the studio they all shared at Capitol Records in Los Angeles in the early 70s, and warned he was about to join rival recording studios Record Plant because of the aggravation.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Interview: New John Lennon movie tells story of Beatle's interviews

A new film called "Rubber Soul," which recreates a pair of interviews done by John Lennon and Yoko Ono with actors saying the original words, received its world premiere at this year's SXSW. In this new interview, producer Jon Lefkovitz talks about the development of the movie and what viewers can expect.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, March 17, 2014
John Lennon's drawings and manuscripts for books to be auctioned

An important collection of Beatle John Lennon's autograph drawings and manuscripts produced by the artist for his critically acclaimed books: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works will be held at Sotheby's in New York on June 4. An exhibition of the drawings will tour Austin Texas and London before finishing in NYC.

Source: Artlyst

John and Yoko Bed-In commemorated at Kentucky museum

John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their two "bed-ins" for peace 45 years ago, starting this month. Also this month, the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Kentucky will host an exhibit remembering John and Yoko as they attempted to use global media interest in anything Beatle-related to get out their message of protest against the Vietnam War.

Source: Inquisitr
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Yoko Ono show in Spain shines light on pioneering conceptual artist

"The ladder John had to climb up was very high," recalls Yoko Ono about one of her most famous works, called Ceiling Painting or Yes Painting, one of the classics of conceptual art that fill her retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in Spain. It consists of a stepladder leading up to a steel-framed panel and a dangling magnifying glass.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
John Lennon, Harry Nilsson tossed from Troubadour 40 years ago

The evening Harry Nilsson introduced John Lennon to the brandy Alexander cocktail wouldn't end well. On March 12, 1974, the rock stars would ultimately be escorted out of LA's iconic Troubadour nightclub, ejected for relentlessly heckling the Smothers Brothers and, according to a member of the staff, assaulting a waitress.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Yoko Ono to exhibit at Folkestone Triennial 2014

Yoko Ono is among the artists set to display work at this year's Folkestone Triennial in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England. Avant-garde visual artist Ono will exhibit work at the Quarterhouse as part of the festival, which will be held across the town between August 30 and November 2.

Source: Folkestone Herald, UK
Monday, March 10, 2014
New film based on John Lennon interviews to premiere at SXSW Festival

A new film based on two famous John Lennon interviews will world premiere this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Rubber Soul examines Lennon's dynamic personality and changing beliefs by contrasting conversations he and Yoko had with Rolling Stone magazine in 1970 and with Playboy in 1980.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Friday, March 7, 2014
Updated British all time hits list includes 7 Beatles songs

On the updated list of the biggest selling singles in British recording history, Beatles or Beatles-solo records make up seven of the top 50, five Beatles songs including She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand, plus Mull of Kintyre by Wings and Imagine by John Lennon. Elton John's Candle in the Wind tops the list.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon's The GOASTT premieres new music video

Sean Lennon's The GOASTT, a.k.a The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, just released an incredible new video for their rock-symphony of a song, "Moth to a Flame." The video is now available online. The GOASTT, formed in 2008 by Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp, is set to release their new album, Midnight Sun, in April of this year.

Source: mxdwn.com

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono responds to mention in new song lyrics

Yoko Ono has sent an open letter to Elbow after they mentioned her in their new song "New York Morning," which includes the lyrics, "It's the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko." She said, "New York has been kind to me as your song says. For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover."

Source: Complete Music Update
Nutopians celebrate music of John Lennon Beatles 50th anniversary

On April 4, The Nutopians will celebrate the artistry and genius of John Lennon with a performance at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore. The band will feature songs from their newest CD "Lennon Re-Imagined," 16 originally-performed Lennon-composed masterpieces from his Beatles and solo careers.

Source: Long Island Exchange
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jude Southerland Kessler
Interview: Author devoted to telling John Lennon's story

The third volume in Jude Southerland Kessler's John Lennon biography series, "She Loves You," debuted in early February and she's already at work on the next volume, "Shoulda Known Better," due out in March of 2017. She says she'll be putting in 10-hour work days to get the fourth book finished, and it will be probably the most explosive in the series.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Interview: Lennon's involvement in politics and antiwar movement

James A. Mitchell's "The Walrus & the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution" goes into an area of John Lennon's life that usually gets little discussion. When John Lennon and Yoko Ono became involved with radicals such as Jerry Rubin, it opened a new avenue for the Beatle to be opened in controversy.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, March 3, 2014
John Lennon's Last Day headed to Berlin stage this summer

Irish playwright Stephen Kennedy's play "John Lennon's Last Day" is headed to Berlin's ACUD Theater in July. The play illustrates through different mediums how John spent December 8, 1980, along with sad ironies. The playwright said, "This piece is the most complete account of John Lennon's last day that has ever been presented."

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, February 28, 2014
John Lennon 'nonsense lyrics' fail to sell at auction

A "nonsense" list written by Lennon failed to raise even 6,000 at auction. The original 1969 printer's proof of the list which has 26 letters and nonsensical phrases in the former Beatle's handwriting was expected to fetch at least 6,000 at the auction in Wales but bids failed to reach the 5,000 reserve price.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Macca, Ringo and Julian Lennon wanted for new animated flick

Harvey Weinstein has revealed plans to turn the remaining Beatles into aliens in a sequel to his hit animation movie, "Escape from Planet Earth." Weinstein says he wants Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Julian Lennon to appear as The Greys. He said, "The characters already speak like The Beatles and it would be really fun."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Photos put visitors in room with John and Yoko

At the new 12 Pine Street Gallery in Glens Falls, NY, 52 photos transport viewers to May 1969, when newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their "Bed-in for Peace" in Montreal. "They basically spent a week in their pajamas, talking to anyone who would listen to them. To me, it's very powerful," said the curator of the exhibit.

Source: The Daily Gazette, Schenectady
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Interview: John Lennon says Beatles would be bigger than Elvis

Jude Southerland Kessler has just released She Loves You, the third volume of her biography of John Lennon. Jude is committed to six more Lennon books over the next twenty years. In this interview, she talks about Lennon's goal to be "bigger than Elvis" and his concern Brian Epstein might want to change their image.

Related Articles  Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Lennon Bermuda nominated for music app award

John Lennon: the Bermuda Tapes app has been shortlisted for an SXSW Interactive Award, nominated in the Music category. Fans can also vote for the app in the People's Choice category. The app launched late last year chronicles John Lennon's trip to Bermuda, where he was inspired to write the Double Fantasy album.

Source: Bermuda Sun
More than 100 John Lennon manuscripts heading to auction

More than 100 John Lennon manuscripts, including short stories, poems and line drawings, most of them produced for the two books "In His Own Write and "A Spaniard in the Works," will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on June 4. To be sold in 89 lots, one of the rarest manuscripts is exepected to fetch $70,000.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
His musical collaborators remember John Lennon

John Lennon was just as intriguing to those who shared studio time with him as he was to those who simply purchased the music. Collaborators like guitarist Joey Molland, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Alan White were passengers on this amazing post-Beatles creative journey, and offer new insights in these new interviews.

Source: Something Else Reviews

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