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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon says he'll never perform with Paul McCartney

Julian Lennon has ruled out a musical get together with Paul McCartney, because there would be too much pressure to come up with a Beatles sequel. "They did it well enough, I think it's easier left alone," he told Access Hollywood. Julian admits he and Paul are still close, but there's no chance they would ever get together in the studio or onstage.

Source: New Magazine

Strawberry Field
Help! Strawberry Field needs donations to open to public

The children's home that inspired the Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever is appealing for help so it can open to the public for the first time. Strawberry Field took in Liverpool's most vulnerable children from 1936 until 2005. Contributions will go to creating a visitors' centre complete with an exhibition about John Lennon's early life.

Source: Irish News
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Monday, April 24, 2017
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on SNL

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on Saturday Night Live. It was a joke, of course. But what he didn't know was that Paul McCartney had shown up unannounced at John Lennon's home in Manhattan that actual evening, were watching the show together, and actually briefly considered doing it.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Illinois High school students board the Lennon Bus

Students from Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Illinois, who share a passion for music spent two days aboard a mobile recording studio when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to Woodstock High last week. The hope of the Lennon bus is to give students who are passionate about music a better idea of how it is produced.

Source: Woodstock Independant, Il.
5 famous backwards messages on records

"Backmasking" started with The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. John Lennon said one night while smoking pot, he mistakenly played the tapes for the song "Rain" in reverse and liked the sound. So the band began recording messages that could only be deciphered when the record was played backwards, including in Revolution #9.

Source: College Times
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lana Del Rey has a new song with Sean Lennon

Lana Del Rey's fifth studio album, Lust for Life, will arrive sometime this spring. During an interview, the singer revealed she collaborated with Sean Lennon for one song, "Tomorrow Never Came," on the upcoming album. She said, "I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes."

Source: 92.3 Amp Radio, NY
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Last chance to see John Lennon sculptures on display in Liverpool

Eight sculptures showing different stages in the life of former Beatle John Lennon are on display in Liverpool, but you haven't got long to see them. Busts of the legendary musician can be seen at the View Two Gallery in Mathew Street before the exhibition closes on Sunday. The exhibition is free to attend.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Jimmy Webb on John Lennon's Lost Weekend

During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Jimmy Webb was arguably the most successful mainstream songwriter alive. Webb's new memoir, The Cake and the Rain, follows his rise from Oklahoma preacher's son to L.A. pop aristocrat. Rolling Stone spoke to the songwriter about his famous collaborators from Sinatra to John Lennon.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, April 14, 2017
Julian Lennon plans to write an autobiography

Julian Lennon says he wants to release an autobiography in the next few years "before it's too late". In an interview with the Associated Press, Lennon revealed he put aside plans to write a biography to work on this latest children's book project about the environment, but it is an idea he plans to revisit in the next few years.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Video: Julian Lennon on new kid's book and John Lennon's odd wisdom Warning: Page opens with sound

In a new interview, Julian Lennon addresses the critical urgency of pollution in his new children's book, Touch the Earth, out this week. He also talks about his White Feather foundation, and how its name was inspired by a "very odd" remark from his dad, John Lennon, during one of the rare occasion when they saw each other.

Source: Rolling Stone
Frail Yoko Ono visits Central Park in her first public outing in months

Yoko Ono was spotted for the first time in months as she enjoyed some fresh air in New York's Central Park on Thursday. She flashed a smile alongside a young man and two assistants, who pushed her around in a wheelchair. She was last seen in public in February, joining protesters marching the streets of NYC for women's rights.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Julian Lennon releasing children's books about the environment

Julian Lennon has teamed up with author Bart Davis and illustrator Smiljana Coh to write Touch the Earth, and he is planning to release two other books. The book was released on Tuesday, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Lennon's White Feather Foundation, which fights for environmental and humanitarian causes all over the world.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Friday, April 7, 2017

David Peel
Anti-establishment icon David Peel dies at 73

David Peel, the anti-establishment New York street singer and political activist known for his songs about marijuana and John Lennon, died Thursday, his longtime friend and former bandmate Jeff S. Levy, who knew him for more than 40 years, confirmed to Billboard. Peel was signed to Apple Records label for his album The Pope Smokes Dope in 1972. He was 73.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Long-running TV show ends with John Lennon song

After 12 seasons the hit TV series "Bones" has come to an end. John Lennon's 1973 Mind Games album track "Out The Blue' was officially the final song heard as the cast wrapped up 12 years of work. The was an interesting choice of last song as it was so personal to Lennon, written at the time he was separated from Yoko.

Source: Noise 11
Monday, April 3, 2017
John Lennon's former home in Surrey listed for 9 million

A family home which belonged to John Lennon in the Sixties has gone up for sale. The late ex-Beatle paid 20,000. Now the six-bedroom property in Weybridge, Surrey, is for sale at 8.95 million (about $11.2 million). The house is set in one-and-a-half acres of exquisite gardens within the prestigious private St George's Hill estate.

Source: Homes & Property, UK
Apple recording artist David Peel suffers heart attack

Anti-establishment rock 'n' roller David Peel, who was close friends with John Lennon, suffered a massive heart attack on Friday and is in critical condition, a friend told The New York Post. He was discovered by Lennon and signed by Apple Music to record the album "The Pope Smokes Dope" with his band, David Peel & the Lower East Side in 1972.

Source: New York Post
John Lennon favorite, singer Rosie Hamlin dies at 71

John Lennon's cover of Rosie and the Originals' "Angel Baby" didn't make it onto his 1975 Rock 'n' Roll album, but was added as a bonus track in 2004. John added this tribute: "This here is one of my all-time favorite songs. Send my love to Rosie, wherever she may be." Rosie Hamlin, who wrote and sang the song, died on March 30 at 71.

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Petula Clark on the song and John Lennon

Now 84, Petula Clark on another world tour with a new album dding to her phenomenal 70 million record sales. Upset after performing Downtown to unfriendly bilingual crowds in Montreal, she went to see John Lennon who was in town for a Bed-In. "He was very sweet, very kind, very funny and gave me a piece of advice I can't repeat."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
John Lennon may have never started The Quarrymen without best friend

John Lennon insisted on Pete Shotton's participation as a member of his first band, The Quarrymen skiffle group. Pete was assigned the washboard. It wasn't so much Shotton's musical ability, but more having the support of his friend in the band. In fact, without Pete, John may have never pursued starting the group.

Related Articles  Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1964 John Lennon suit up for auction

A suit that was custom made for John Lennon is set to go under the hammer this week. Featuring a gray houndstooth pattern, the woollen suit was worn by the music icon in 1964 while performing with The Beatles. It was designed by the band's tailor Douglas Millings and features two handwritten labels marked "John" on the breast pocket interior and on the trousers.

Source: Yahoo! News
Monday, March 27, 2017
The Beatles, Pete Shotton and Me

Beatles journalist Bill King looks back fondly on an evening of Beatles stories and more with the late Pete Shotton. He said, "Although Pete and John's relationship grew more distant after the arrival of Yoko Ono on the scene, Shotton particularly disagreed with portrayals of Lennon as being dominated by his wife...he totally adored her."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Fan Magazine
A few words about Pete Shotton

It wasn't easy being John Lennon's friend, and Yoko didn't make things any easier. The late Pete Shotton, John's childhood and closest friend, said, "He always made me feel special, made it clear he was desperate for my company, especially when he was depressed and fed up, which he was for many years."

Related Articles  Source: Scholars and Rogues
Tributes paid after Pete Shotton passes away

On the passing of Pete Shotton, his step son, Phillip Gouldbourn, said, One thing he was really proud of was that he was at times the only person...who was allowed in the studio with the band when they were recording." Mersey Beat newspaper founder Bill Harry said, "Pete was the closest friend John ever had, apart from The Beatles."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's best friend Pete Shotton dies at 75

Pete Shotton, John Lennon's best friend during their childhood days in Liverpool and a member of Quarrymen, has passed away. He was 75. Shotton met Lennon at Dovedale Primary School when they were six. In 1956, Lennon decided to form a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, and Shotton joined on percussion, playing a washboard.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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
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

Double Fantasy
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.

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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

David Bowie Fame
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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