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Friday, March 27, 2015
How Danny Collins movie secured nine John Lennon songs

Securing rights to Beatles and their solo recordings is notoriously difficult. Director Dan Fogelman cut a version of his film that used Lennon songs in the ways he wanted, then sent it to Yoko Ono and hoped for the best. Ono approved, granting permission for Lennon songs including Imagine, Working Class Hero, and Beautiful Boy.

Source: Wall Street Journal
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The last photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono revealed

Moments in the months before December 8, 1980, during the creation of what would be John Lennon and Yoko Ono's last album together, are captured in a collection of never-before-seen photographs of the couple, published for the first time in the book, "Double Fantasy." The photographs were taken by Kishin Shinoyama.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John and Yoko tage first Bed-In for peace 46 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono attracted the attention of the international press in the cause of world peace on this day in 1969, as they began a publicity campaign they called a "Bed-in" in Amsterdam. They took interviews throughout the week, explaining their intention of using their fame to generate headlines about peace instead of war.

Source: BT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Moscow discusses plans for John Lennon monument

Moscow city council is currently discussing a proposal to commission a statue of John Lennon in the Russian capital, according to notes for an upcoming council meeting. Alexey Bogaevsky, the founder of Russia's 30,000-strong Beatles fan community, says Lennon was very influential in Russia during the Cold War.

Source: Newsweek
Monday, March 23, 2015
Smash-hit Beatles musical to relaunch Liverpool's Royal Court theatre

The Beatles musical Let It Be is to open in the band's home city later this year. Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, which recently underwent a £2.8 million refurbishment, will host the show for five-and-a-half weeks starting October 8, coinciding with John Lennon's 75th birthday on October 9. Tickets go on sale next Monday.

Source: Digital Spy
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes a stop at SXSW

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit mobile studio which provides students with the technology to produce songs and music videos, spending 10 months out of the year visiting schools across the country, took a three-day travel break, giving tours of the bus at the SXSW Music Gear Expo in Austin, Texas.

Source: The Daily Texan
Friday, March 20, 2015
Yoko Ono talks about John, art and peace

"When John passed away, I thought that one of the things I better do is make sure that his artwork is known in the world," Yoko Ono says. "He would like that. I didn't know that it would bring so much happiness to people. It just keeps on going. I think he would be very pleased by how much people enjoy and respect his art now."

Source: Houston Chronicle
Pacino is a total rock star in Danny Collins

In 1971, singer/songwriter Danny Collins is asked who inspired him. John Lennon, he says. He becomes a big star, but 40 years later, he's the caricature of a sellout. Then, Collins receives a letter from Lennon, written four decades earlier, and he wonders how his career might have been different if he had connected with Lennon.

Source: USA Today
Spanish film recounts '60s meeting with John Lennon

The film "Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed" builds its story around a 1966 meeting between teacher Juan Carrion and John Lennon in the Spanish coastal village of Almeria. There, Lennon took a break from filming "How I Won the War" to discuss Beatles lyrics that Carrion used to teach English to his students.

Source: SF Gate
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Kristin Scott Thomas receives damehood

Kristin Scott Thomas has been made a dame by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient and Gosford Park, she was nominated for a Bafta for playing John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in 2009's Nowhere Boy. She will next play the Queen on stage in London next month.

Source: BBC News
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Family selling John Lennon photograph to support Robert Freeman

The family of photographer Robert Freeman is re-releasing a 1965 photograph of John Lennon n a bid to raise funds to care for Freeman, 78, who is suffering the effects of a stroke, and to secure the preservation of his collection of work, spanning 60 years. Freeman also photographed Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali.

Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Julian Lennon photography exhibit opens in New York City

Julian Lennon was on the top of the charts 30 years ago and nominated for a Grammy as best new artist, he seemed to be following in John Lennon's footsteps. But in recent years, he has switched his focus. "I really have fallen in love with photography," he said. His work is now on exhibit at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in Chelsea.

Source: WABC TV, NY
Friday, March 13, 2015
The letter from John Lennon which became basis for new movie

In 1971, a British folk singer named Steve Tilston gave an interview to ZigZag, a small, underground-rock rag. John Lennon read Mr. Tilston's interview, and scribbled him a letter, but it was sent to Tilston care of ZigZag and lost for 34 years. Mr. Tilston's story is the loose inspiration for "Danny Collins," a film opening March 20.

Source: New York Times
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sean Lennon to appear in Minneapolis

The annual Rock the Garden music festival in Minneapolis, which this year takes place on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, has their 2015 lineup, and it includes Sean Lennon and his group (with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl) the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tyger. Tickets go on sale to the public next Tuesday.

Source: Minn Post
Teen from India wins John Lennon scholarship

An 18 year old from Mangaluru, India, has been selected for the John Lennon Scholarship, instituted in the name of John Lennon by Yoko Ono in collaboration with world-wide famous SAE institute of Australia. Nisthula Anatole Murphy, a student of AAT Media College, is pursuing his Diploma in Sound Engineering.

Source: Times of India
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
George Harrison guitar and John Lennon bathrobe up for auction

George Harrison's electric guitar and John Lennon's bathrobe are among the eclectic highlights going under the hammer at an upcoming memorabilia sale. Harrison's stage-played Mastersound guitar is expected to be the big money item at the sale, but Lennon's bathrobe is also expected to fascinate bidders.

Source: Contact Music
Monday, March 9, 2015
Colts owner buys John Lennon's Paperback Writer guitar

Last November, John Lennon's Gretsch guitar, used to record Paperback Writer, hit the auction block, but it was pulled after it failed to reach its $600,000 reserve. However, it has now been revealed that after it didn't sell at auction, Indianapolis Colts owner and collector Jim Irsay arranged to purchase it for $530,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon statue finds home in Tampa, Florida

Outside The Barrymore Hotel in downtown Tampa, John Lennon stands wearing a sport coat, long hair and his signature eyeglasses. Acquired about five months ago at auction, the statue was designed and made by Cuban sculptor José Villa Soberon, known for a sculpture of Lennon sitting on a park bench in a Havana.

Source: The Tampa Tribune
Friday, March 6, 2015
Book review: John Lennon: The Boy Who Became A Legend

In the book "John Lennon: The Boy Who Became A Legend", Michael Hill tells his story of boyhood friendship with John Lennon while growing up in Liverpool. First meeting at Dovedale School at the age of five in 1946, their lives were practically joined at the hip until they left Quarry Bank Grammar School in 1957.

Source: The Examiner
John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in images found in western Quebec

An Outaouais, Quebec, Canada man has stumbled upon negatives of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969. John Urban was searching for an old negative of a snow sculpture when he came across images of the famous week-long Montreal bed-in that he had never seen before.

Source: CBC, Canada
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
82 year old Yoko Ono slams ageist critics

Yoko Ono has a message for anyone who wants her to act age-appropriate, "Get my energy or shut up." She has grown frustrated with narrow-minded critics who insist she should "act her age," and makes her frustration very clear in an impassioned letter on her website to those who feel she isn't acting the way an octogenarian should.

Source: UT San Diego
Walls and Bridges worthy of re-evaluation

Walls and Bridges is unique in the Lennon canon as his only post-Beatles musical statement comprised of his own words and music crafted entirely without Yoko Ono at his side. It therefore merits special attention not only for the music contained within but also because of how it was received and his own regard for it.

Source: Beatlefan Blog
Beatles DJ celebrates Yoko Ono's birthday with special contest

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is celebrating Yoko Ono's recent 82nd birthday and her extraordinary life and career by giving away on his website, a combo package of two new releases, the photo book "See Hear Yoko" by famous photographer Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg, and the new tribute CD compilation "Cut Pieces."

Source: Beatles News
Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week

This Thursday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Julian Lennon exhibition to open in New York City

Next month, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York will host an exhibition of Julian Lennon's most recent collection of photographs. Julian said, "I have always felt that I have observed life in a different way to others. Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I am happy to add another one too, that being photography."

Source: Art Media Agency
Yoko Ono duets with Antony Hegarty for her 82nd birthday

For her 82nd birthday yesterday, Yoko Ono eleased a new duet of her 1985 song, "I Love You Earth," with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, one of two new 10-inch vinyl singles from Ono, the other a duet with John Zorn. "I Love You Earth" pays homage to our planet.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
John Lennon returns to his Rock 'N' Roll roots 40 years ago today

John Lennon's Rock 'N' Roll album is the back-to-basics record the Beatles' Let It Be was supposed to be. And like Let It Be, Phil Spector had a hand in it, and also, it sat around for a while before anyone got the chance to hear it. It managed to make it to No. 6, and was Lennon's last album before his five-year retirement.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 13, 2015
Documents reveal details of John Lennon's turbulent first marriage

Secret papers revealed by John Lennon's housekeeper detail his aggressive ­behavior with his first wife Cynthia, increasing drug use and mood swings during the latter days of their crumbling marriage nearly 50 years ago. The maid also told how she found Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono, who visited while Cynthia was away.

Source: The Irish Mirror
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Documents detailing breakdown of John Lennon's marriage up for auction

Documents detailing the breakdown of John Lennon's marriage to first wife Cynthia will go to auction in Warrington next month. The previously unseen and unpublished five page dossier drafted in 1968 by a solicitor dealing with the divorce of Lennon and Cynthia includes a draft statement made by Lennon's former housekeeper.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Julia Baird talks new doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek

A new documentary, titled Come Together, follows a handful of the world's estimated 8,000 Beatles tribute bands as they set out to pay homage to the most influential band of all time. In a new interview, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, who narrates the documentary, discusses her involvement with the project.

Source: Billboard
Monday, February 9, 2015
Recreation of John Lennon's Rolls Royce to tour UK auto shows

John Lennon's iconic customized Rolls Royce has been recreated for a fraction of the original's asking price. The original model is apparently held within a private collection somewhere in North America at a price of over £20 million. The car will be taken to a number of motoring shows and exhibitions in the UK.

Source: Source Wire
Friday, February 6, 2015
New book contains never before seen photos of John and Yoko

A little over 30 years ago, the Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama walked through Central Park with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He asked them to kiss, and he clicked the shutter. Shinoyama's photograph of John and Yoko's kiss at Central Park Pond appeared on the cover of their final studio album, "Double Fantasy."

Source: New York Times
John Lennon rushes out Instant Karma 45 years ago today

Written, recorded and released over just 10 days, John Lennon's Instant Karma! was a huge hit, boasted one of rock's most inventive drum fills, and had sweeping implications for the Beatles. It immediately shot to No. 5, two weeks later, it reached No. 3 in the U.S. The only problem? The Beatles were ostensibly still together.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Video: Dana Carvey impersonates John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While being interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter recently, Dana Carvey busted out an impression of John Lennon talking to Paul McCartney about his recent collaborations with Kanye West. Carvey's confused Lennon asks "Well, what does he do? Does he sort of just hum along?" and McCartney tries to explain auto-tuning to Lennon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
John Lennon and Yoko Ono make strangest donation 45 years ago today

On Feb. 4, 1970, to support the Black House, a youth home in London, having recently cut off their hair, John Lennon and Yoko Ono offered to exchange it for a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing shorts, with the hair auctioned to support the Black House and the shorts being sold to raise money for John and Yoko's peace campaign.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Sean Lennon sued over tree outside Greenwich Village apartment

Marisa Tomei's parents are suing Sean Lennon, demanding $10 million in damages because of his front yard "stink tree." The suit claims the 60-foot-high tree in Lennon's Greenwich Village front yard is growing into the concrete foundation of their townhouse and into their front stoop, breaking and displacing the railing.

Source: NY Daily News
Monday, February 2, 2015
John Lennon's sister Julia recalls former home, now up for auction

The last—and probably happiest--home that John Lennon's mother Julia Lennon lived in is up for sale. The news has come as a surprise to John's sister Julia Baird, who remembered John was a frequent visitor there, and John and his band mates practiced there. She identifies John's bedroom in recently published photos.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon MBE found gathering dust in a draw at Buckingham Palace

The MBE medal that Beatle legend John Lennon rejected in November 1969 as an anti-war protest has been unearthed in a royal vault, still in the presentation case bearing the name John Winston Lennon. And now, almost 50 years on from the protest, historians are calling for it to be dusted off and put on public display.

Source: Purple Revolver
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
John Lennon's mum's house to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mum, dubbed the "House of Sin" by his Aunt Mimi, is up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton's Springwood estate, was where Lennon's mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
John Lennon's Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

A still-resonant tune with biting introspection, John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Face It" begins with the smeared sound of a tape machine engaging, this powerful reminder that Milk and Honey includes the incomplete, posthumous recordings a murdered genius. Even so, you'll find that all of the parts are still there.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon writes and records Instant Karma 45 Years ago today

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's how John Lennon described the speedy creative process leading up to the release of his Instant Karma! single, and although it wasn't literally true, it came impressively close. Recorded on Jan. 27, 1970, it was a hit one month later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, January 23, 2015
Liverpool author finds new clue to Lennon's Strawberry Fields lyrics

"The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story Behind the Rise and Fall of The Beatles" is an investigative biography which explores Lennon's childhood and his life until the end of The Beatles. Among the revelations in it are facts he discovered concerning Strawberry Fields Forever, including the line, "No one I think is in my tree."

Source: Beatles Examiner

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