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Friday, December 9, 2016
Never before seen John Lennon doodles

In 1976, a man hoping to meet John Lennon, sent a note into him at the Dakota through the doorman. A month later, James received an unexpected letter with a return address of 72nd Street and Central Park West. Enclosed were doodles that John had constructed as his response to this young man's very thoughtful lyrical "message."

Source: TGNR Review
John Lennon's brush with late-night television

Imagine John Lennon with his own Saturday night TV talk show. It almost happened in 1972. ABC wanted a Saturday night show, the producer was asked, "If there's anyone in the world I cold give you, who would it be?" He replied, "John Lennon." It looked like it was going to happen, that is, until Yoko said she wanted to be involved.

Source: NJ 101.5
Remembering John Lennon: Sean Lennon's touching song about his father

John Lennon was in the middle of a career renaissance after he had devoted years away from music to help raise his son, Sean Lennon. While Sean hasn't spoken too much publicly about his father over the years, he did pen a heart-breaking song about John called "Listen," and while it was never officially released, a version leaked.

Source: JamBase
Fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Fans of John Lennon gathered in Central Park to remember him on the 36th anniversary of his death. Dozens paid tribute by singing Beatles songs and leaving flowers at "Strawberry Fields," the section of the park dedicated to Lennon. "I grew up with him. I loved him, loved the Beatles since they came out in 1964," said one fan.

Fan Content Warning  Related Articles  Source: NY1
George Harrison's estate posts throwback tribute to John Lennon

To celebrate John Lennon's life, the estate for George Harrison posted a tribute photo of the two former Beatles from the group's early days. On Thursday, 36 years after Lennon was murdered, Harrison's estate-maintained Twitter account tweeted a black-and-white photo of the two men together as young lads.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL is up for auction

A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL belonging to John Lennon is set to go under the hammer at Worldwide's Scottsdale Auction. Specially ordered right hand drive and automatic transmission by John Lennon, the car was delivered to John in London in 1965. John's Mercedes will hit the auction ramp on January 18.

Source: Pursuitist

She has one job: Guard John Lennon's glasses Warning: Page opens with sound

The busload of tourists descends onto Havana's John Lennon Park. Aleeda Rodriguez Pedrasa scurries toward the bronze statue of the Beatles legend, and places a pair of spectacles on the bridge of Lennon's nose, seconds before the first of the tourists moves in for a picture. It's her job, Pedrasa is the keeper of John Lennon's glasses.

Source: CNN
Yoko Ono tweets anti-gun message on Lennon death anniversary

Today marks one of the most tragic days in rock history. Thirty-six years ago, John Lennon was murdered outside of The Dakota, the New York City apartment building in which Lennon lived with Yoko Ono. As she's done many times before, Yoko's using the anniversary of her husband's murder to call attention to gun violence in America.

Fan Content Warning  Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
John Lennon memorial to be held tomorrow in Hollywood

A John Lennon Public Memorial Remembrance will be held on Thursday, December 8 to honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. The event will include special guest speakers, including journalist Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me On Tour.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Liverpool John Lennon Airport enters final phase of face-lift

The 4m project to revamp the departure lounge of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has started in the final phase of upgrading its facilities. The airport has undergone work for the past 18 months and the renovation is the final step in its terminal upgrade to improve services for departing passengers.

Source: Liverpool John Moores University
Monday, December 5, 2016
John and Yoko releases package included in charity auction

Studio for Schools is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing music and film to schools that don't have the funding. A message that many can get behind, artists and labels have released various catalog to be auctioned of for this charity of the arts, including Yoko Ono. The auction launches on their website today.

Source: Groove Volt
Friday, December 2, 2016
Look Back: Beatles dominate top radio hits of 1970

The Top 40 radio hits of 1970 as featured on Miami's WQAM is one of the best annual lists we've seen. At #19 was John Lennon's great Instant Karma! the first single by a member of The Beatles to sell a million copies. George Harrison's My Sweet Lord chants was at #9. And 1970's #1 single? None other than The Beatles' Let It Be.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
New book to illustrate John Lennon's Imagine

Imagine, a picture book featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic song and illustrated by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, follows a young pigeon on a journey to spread a message of peace and tolerance. Published in partnership with Amnesty International, they will receive a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold.

Source: PR Newswire
Monday, November 28, 2016
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's piano heads to auction

John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's-era home piano, used by Lennon to compose Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life, among others, is set to hit the auction block on December 10, estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million. The handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind will also be auctioned.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Friday, November 25, 2016
John Lennon's letter to the Queen goes on show at the Beatles Story

A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen handing back his MBE will go on show at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool today. The draft version of the letter which Lennon penned as an act of protest in 1969 was valued at 60,000 (about $74,600) during a memorabilia day at The Beatles Story last month.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Today in Beatles History: White Album released, John returns MBE

On Nov. 25, 1968, The Beatles' White Album was released in the U.S. One year later, on Nov. 25, 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE medal to the queen to protest Britain's support for U.S. involvement to Vietnam, among other things. The other three Beatles kept their medals, which they received in 1965.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Lennon Junior, the hair apparent

It seems that singing/songwriting's not all Sean Lennon has inherited from the his late father John. The 41-year-old looked the spitting image of his father when he was pictured attending an exhibition in New York City last week, sporting long hair and a bushy beard, with glasses and a wide-brimmed hat similar to those regularly worn by his father.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Angry Beatles' break-up letter sells at auction

A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, has sold for 24,200 (nearly $30,000). The letter was sold at a US auction to an anonymous collector in Dallas. Auctioneers said it believed the letter was written around 1971, a year after McCartney publicly announced he was leaving the band.

Full Text of Letter  Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Liam Gallagher's solo LP tracks influenced by John Lennon

Liam Gallagher says his debut solo album is inspired by John Lennon and has several acoustic numbers and a couple of rock and roll tunes. He said, "It's a pretty Working Class Hero kinda thing, Lennony vibe, you know what I mean. It's like acoustic. Then there's a couple of rock and roll tunes on there, but it's not Oasis man."

Source: The List, UK
Andy Warhol once gave young Sean Lennon a dead cat for his birthday

Andy Warhol freaked out Sean Lennon by giving him a taxidermied pet cat for his eighth birthday. Lennon revealed that when he unwrapped the gift, his mother, Yoko Ono, was "kind of disturbed despite her love of cats" and that the family's (living) felines were "immediately enraged." The gift was never explained.

Source: Page Six
Liverpool John Lennon airport sees 12% passenger boost

More than 400,000 extra passengers have used Liverpool John Lennon airport so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, making it one of the UK's fastest growing airports. In total 4.2 million travellers passed through the airport in the first 10 months of 2016, following a number of new routes from the city.

Source: TTG Media
Friday, November 11, 2016

Iconic John Lennon hangout in NYC closed by Health Dept.

New York City's oldest continuously operating bar, McSorley's Old Ale House, has reportedly been ordered closed due to health code violations. The saloon has hosted such patrons as Abraham Lincoln and John Lennon, making it a tourist hotspot of the East Village. It's the first time the saloon has barred its doors in its 162-year history.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Donovan on the time he helped write a Beatles classic

On December 2, at Music Without Borders' annual John Lennon Tribute concert, folk-rock singer and hippy icon Donovan will be honored with the Real Love award, which recognizes significant bodies of work as well as social impact. In a new interview, he talks about the Beatles and the day John Lennon chased a Paparazzo into the jungle.

Source: Vulture
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Video: Luke Bell's forlorn cover of John Lennon's Jealous Guy

Luke Bell's rough-hewn debut album moves seamlessly through shuffling honky-tonk, Western ballads and high-steppin' bluegrass, but it takes perhaps their most unexpected turn as Bell takes Jealous Guy from John Lennon's 1971 LP Imagine, and turns a tear-jerking modern pop classic into a plaintive mountain ballad.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono join stars in refugee aid video

Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Brian Wilson, Sting, Iggy Pop and more than 175 other rock legends have united to declare "We Are Not Afraid" in a video promoting the titular global campaign, to raise funds for the refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus honored with human peace sign

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA, on Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday morning nearly 700 students, faculty, and staff gathered to create a human peace sign as part of the Imagine Peace Sign Project, a global initiative to promote peace.

Source: WFMZ TV, Allentown, PA
The life and music of John Lennon celebrated

Following its success Off-Broadway New York and in Liverpool, Lennon - Through a Glass Onion is a celebration of the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon. Part concert and part biography, the play reveals the true essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the world's most recognized voices and treasured icons.

Beatles Calendar  Source: Comox Valley Record
Monday, October 31, 2016
Video: Claypool Lennon Delirium covers Tomorrow Never Knows

At the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon as Claypool Lennon Delirium closed out their set with a Beatles classic, written by Sean's father John Lennon, Tomorrow Never Knows. The song is a regular in the band's repertoire. The performance is streaming now on the internet.

Source: Live For Music
Book Review: Lennon on Lennon

Beatles' fans know their Beatles' quotes. So it's great fun to pick up the new book "Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon" by Jeff Burger and dive deep into a wealth of material, some of which even the most ardent follower might not know and most of which had never been transcribed.

Source: NJ.com
John Lennon's Imagine among most hated songs of all time

John Lennon's Imagine has become a timeless staple of sentimentality, but now it's been given another crown, that of "the most hated song ever" in a poll conducted on Twitter. It could be on the list because in the song, John sings about poverty and misery, while he was actually hanging around in a palatial New York townhouse.

Source: Huffington Post
Friday, October 28, 2016
Yoko Ono's vintage sonic blasts still sound like the future

Yoko Ono's albums, which brought the worlds of rock music and avant-garde art together in an inventive head-on collision, are being reissued. With bonus tracks, expanded booklets and fastidiously recreated graphics from the original albums, this rerelease series constitutes their first reissue since 1997.

Source: NY Times
Youngsters cover ugly graffiti with giant painting of John Lennon

A drab underpass covered in graffiti has been given a colouful new lease of life thanks to a bunch of community-minded youngsters and some dedicated volunteers. Around 15 young people painted over graffiti in the underpass in Salisbury, England with giant paintings of musical icons such as John Lennon, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: Salisbury Journal, UK
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Yoko Ono's new art exhibit makes Simpsons joke a reality

Somewhere amid the resentment that she broke up the Beatles, the world lost sight of Yoko Ono's sense of humor. At an art exhibit curated by Ono, an artist has created a piece consisting of a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man's hat, something fans will recognize as Yoko joke from a Simpsons episode.

Source: A.V. Club
Indian actor takes inspiration from John Lennon

Indian actor Irrfan Khan will next be seen in the role of a rockstar in the musical film tentatively titled Takadum. For his role, Kahn has taken inspiration from popular music icons John Lennon and Mick Jagger. The actor, also known for his works in British films, and in Hollywood, will sport a bearded look for the film.

Source: Bollywood Hungama
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Lady Gaga pays respect at John Lennon memorial in New York City

Lady Gaga carried a bunch of pink and blue flowers with her on her way to honor Beatles legend John Lennon. Gaga paid her respects at Strawberry Fields, the special memorial for the late musician in Central Park. She even crouched down on her knees to kiss the tiles of the black and white Imagine mosaic.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, October 24, 2016
Johnny Marr says he felt like Yoko Ono

Johnny Marr thinks the only person to have had as much a "hard time" over a band splitting as he did is John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. He says he thinks Ono, who was widely blamed for splitting up The Beatles, is the only person to have reached the level of hatred over the end of a band as he did when he left The Smiths in 1987.

Source: The List, UK
NY teens produce songs and videos on John Lennon Educational Bus

A group of students in Rego Park spent their Friday writing songs and making music videos with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a nonprofit mobile recording studio, which arrived at the school as part of its Come Together: NYC tour. The bus has been traveling around the country for nearly 20 years.

Source: DNA Info
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Festival set to feature works by Yoko Ono

Works by Yoko Ono will go on display in Blackpool, England, as part of the inaugural Lightpool Festival. The new six-night festival will transform the Blackpool town centre, encouraging visitors to explore on foot. Ono will have two works, created 50 years apart, on display at the festival, which will run from October 28 to November 2.

Source: Blackpool Gazette, UK
Video: Krief covers John Lennon's Grow Old With Me

The Dears' guitarist Patrick Krief, who records and performs under his last name, has released his fourth solo album Automatic. It's 81 minutes long and even Krief says it's "not meant to be listened to in one sitting." He recently performed a cover of John Lennon's Grow Old With Me in an interview in Toronto.

Source: National Post, Toronto

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Interview: Todd Rundgren on John Lennon and Ringo Starr

Since his start with garage rockers The Nazz in 1968, Todd Rundgren has worked with a dazzling array of bands, and achieved recognition with a series of critically acclaimed solo albums. He shares some of his moments from more than 40 years in music, which include some spiky exchanges with John Lennon, and experiences with a drunk and sober Ringo Starr.

Source: Team Rock
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Yoko Ono unveils lotus petal sculpture in Chicago park

Artist and singer Yoko Ono has unveiled her first permanent public installation in the US. Ono has created a piece in Jackson Park in Chicago, which is to become home to President Barack Obama's library. The work is called Skylanding, and has 12 large steel lotus petals that emerge from the ground.

Source: AOL Entertainment, UK
Friday, October 14, 2016
Can song lyrics ever be poetry?

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize has reignited the debate about whether song lyrics can ever be considered literature. It's been going on since the early 1960s, John Lennon published a volume of nonsense verse In His Own Write. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, taking their cue from Dylan, began to tackle more serious subject matter.

Source: BBC News, UK

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