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Friday, June 24, 2016
Dakota Building porter's shirt to be auctioned

A shirt stained on the night John Lennon was murdered has emerged for sale 36 years later. Concierge Jay Hastings was wearing the shirt as he rushed to help Lennon that night. Also included in the sale is a copy of the album Double Fantasy signed "To Jay, Love John Lennon Yoko Ono." The items are being sold in Beverley Hills tomorrow.

WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Beatles, Yoko Ono sign petition demanding Congress pass gun control laws

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono were among the almost 200 music industry celebrities who have signed an open letter to Congress demanding a solution to an epidemic of gun violence. McCartney and Yoko Ono also signed petitions earlier in the week to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Little boy sings Don't Let Me Down

Recently posted to the internet was this video of a father and son playing guitars and singing John Lennon's Don't Let Me Down, which was written as an expression of John Lennon's love for Yoko Ono. It's really touching the way the boy just never takes his eyes off his dad as he gets directed through the song.

Source: WTMM FM, Schenectady
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Imagine Peace: Yoko Ono's Wish Tree

If you should encounter a Wish Tree, Yoko Ono says, "Make a wish. Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. Ask your friends to do the same. Keep wishing until the branches are covered with wishes." Wishes are collected and stored in time capsules surrounding the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, June 13, 2016
Singer dedicates John Lennon's Imagine to Orlando victims

On Monday night, on the first night of The Voice Australia's live shows for season five, contestant Adam Ladell didn't leave a dry eye in the room. While taking to the stage for his first sing-off, the 16-year-old dedicated his performance of John Lennon's Imagine to the victims of the Orlando shooting in a touching tribute.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon to write earth-friendly children's books

Musician and environmentalist Julian Lennon is going to be a children's book author. The son of Beatles musician John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon has signed a deal to co-author three bedtime story books, the first to be released on Earth Day in April 2017. Titled "Touch The Earth," it is inspired by Lennon's 2007 documentary film, Whaledreamers.

Source: Samaritan Mag
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Video: Sean Lennon covers Tomorrow Never Knows

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon have teamed up to form the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and they're on the road with a set list that includes their own distinct takes on some rock 'n' roll classics. On June 4, the group's performance in Orlando included covers of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 6, 2016
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Frank Zappa jam at the Fillmore East

On June 6, 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention onstage at the Fillmore East. At the end of a radio interview, Howard Smith, who was off to talk to Zappa, asked Lennon if he would like to come along. Lennon, a Zappa fan, said yes. The audience was surprised to see Lennon and Ono take the stage.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 3, 2016
Yoko Ono's Non-Violence Project holding peace workshop in Arizona

This Saturday, the Mexican Committee of The Non-Violence Project, a non-profit organization founded by artist Yoko Ono, will visit Arizona. The visit is linked to the Copa America international soccer tournament. The non-volence project says their aim is helping to finding a solution to issues that concern Latinos in Arizona.

Source: KJZZ, Tempe
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
John Lennon's stamp album now on display in New York City

Before he toured the globe as a member of the Fab Four, John Lennon collected stamps from faraway places. On the inside cover of his stamp album, Lennon drew beards and mustaches on the likenesses of Queen Victoria and King George VI. It is currently on display at the World Stamp Show this week at the Javits Center.

Source: WFUV, NY
Review: The Claypool Lennon Delirium Monolith of Phobos

Fueled by psychedelics, the oddly matched musicians Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon, and Les Claypool, who together are The Claypool Lennon Delirium, produce a surprisingly successful record. It won't knock off the top spots from anyone's Best of 2016 lists, but like a nice piece of candy, it works well as an occasional treat.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Artist to paint John Lennon portrait in just six minutes at Liverpool event

Speed painter and performance artist Dave Sharp will wow delegates at Liverpool's International Festival for Business on Monday, June 20, by creating a a portrait of John Lennon in less than six minutes. Sharp said, "He's always been an inspiration to me and it will be a privilege to paint him in his home city."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, May 27, 2016
The story of John Lennon's lost Gibson J-160E acoustic guitar

The story belongs in a film script, a man buys a used acoustic for a few dollars and plays it for years. Then, one day, he discovers it is one of the most important "lost" guitars in rock history. This is how John Lennon's Gibson J-160E acoustic, used on some of The Beatles' early hits, resurfaced in California last year, solving a 50-year mystery.

Source: Music Radar
Thursday, May 26, 2016

John and Yoko started Montreal bed-in 47 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono had staged their first bed-in for peace in Amsterdam. The second week-long bed-in was planned for New York, but Lennon was barred from the US for a previous marijuana conviction. The Bahamas proved too hot and humid, and so on May 26, 1969 John and Yoko arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Source: Radio Canada International
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sean Lennon
Why Sean Lennon feels guilty about growing old

Sean Lennon says he felt guilty last year when he surpassed the age his father John Lennon had reached when he died at age 40. "It was really difficult turning 40," he tells Britain's MOJO magazine. "I felt kind of guilty or something. But there's also something freeing in being older than he ever was because I feel like I'm in new territory."

Source: Yahoo! News, Australia
John Lennon's Liverpool ancestry re-examined with new findings

It has long been written that John Lennon's grandfather, John Lennon, known as "Jack", was born in Ireland, and was in America for a time before moving to Liverpool. However, new research reveals the Lennons came to Liverpool a generation earlier than originally thought, and his grandfather was born in Liverpool, not Ireland.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tommy Chong says he smoked dope with John Lennon and George Harrison

During a 2015 interview, Tommy Chong, who turns 78 today, opened up about some of the stars he's gotten high with. Chong says that he ran into John Lennon at a house party after sneaking off into a bedroom to smoke a joint. And, George Harrison not only smoked with Chong but also collaborated with him and Cheech on a song.

Source: Civilized
Monday, May 23, 2016
John Lennon handwritten Mr. Kite lyrics sell for over $350,000

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite from the Sgt. Pepper's album has sold for $354,400 at an auction in New York. Also sold was a guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father, going for $334,000. Presley gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, May 20, 2016
Video: Famous rock photographer visits Folsum, CA

Ethan Russell didn't shoot the birth of rock and roll, but he was certainly there for its early childhood. He's photographed some of the most enduring names in rock, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles and the Doors. Russell will be at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA., on Friday night.

Source: KXTV TV, Sacramento
Why Kate Beckinsale confuses her father's death with John Lennon's

In a new interview, actress Kate Beckinsale revealed she often blends memories of her father's death with those of John Lennon. Kate was only 5-years-old when her dad, Richard Beckinsale, a famous British comedian, passed away. Beckinsale died in 1979 and Lennon in 1980, and both caused deep public sadness in the U.K.

Source: Ora TV
Rare black and white photos show John Lennon dressed as a woman

A remarkable set of family photos that show John Lennon larking around and dressing as a woman in 19th century costume have emerged for sale. The five original black and white pictures, taken in Massachusetts in 1977, show Lennon, his wife Yoko Ono and their baby son Sean having fun in costume while on holiday in America.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, May 16, 2016
House next door to John Lennon's Mendips goes on the market

The house next door to Mendips, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi, has gone on the market for nearly 370,000 (about $532,850). If walls could talk, the five-bedroom home would have plenty of tales to tell about John, who lived next door for 17 years. Estate agents say it would make a "wonderful family home."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, May 13, 2016
New Rock Hall exhibit on rock and politics includes John Lennon pieces

As the Republican National Convention in Cleveland nears, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will mount a new exhibit on the link between rock music and politics. Opening May 20th, the exhibit will include John Lennon's acoustic guitar from the 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam "Bed-ins for Peace", handwritten lyrics, and famous clothing.

Source: WJW TV, Cleveland
Friday, May 6, 2016

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolls up to Hollywood, Florida

Imagine every student, it's easy if you try, learning how to play, when John Lennon's Educational Tour Bus, rolls up on a school day. In its 19th year travelling the US and Canada, the bus arrived at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School of the Arts in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, as excited students and teachers formed a human peace sign on the campus field.

Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Video: John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday in Syracuse

Just a year after the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon was in Syracuse on Oct. 9, 1971. The visit included the opening of Yoko Ono's art exhibit, entitled "This is Not Here," which ran for three weeks and drew celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Dennis Hopper. A hoped-for Beatles reunion concert didn't happen.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Signed Beatles Apple headquarters papers included in huge music auction

A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon, the contract for the sale of The Beatles' Apple headquarters, signed by all four Beatles, is set to go up for auction in Boston with a guide price of $80,000. Other items going on sale at the auction is a signed Sgt Pepper album.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, April 25, 2016
John Lennon tribute show strikes a special chord in Liverpool

The John Lennon tribute "Lennon -- Through a Glass Onion" is not a chronological re-telling of John's life, but a series of memories told in monologue form by Daniel Taylor, who plays John, accompanied by bits of songs that highlight key moments or themes of John's life, with Taylor accompanied by Stewart D'Arrietta on piano.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, April 22, 2016
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sean Lennon mourn Prince

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and members of the Beatles family reacted today to the shocking news of the death of Prince. On Twitter, Paul recalled his personal friendship with the singer, Ringo also tweeted out some personal thoughts. But the person who appeared to be taking his death the hardest was Sean Ono Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, April 21, 2016
New book delves into the myths around The Beatles

The Beatles: Myths and Legends by Neil Nixon exams the wealth of strange stories and little known "facts" that have sprouted up around the pop legends. The book includes a list of records that are widely, if wrongly, believed to feature The Beatles, one of which even fooled Yoko Ono into believing she was listening to her dead husband.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Top 10 TripAdvisor attractions in Liverpool

Liverpool is full of amazing things to see and do, places to eat and landmarks to visit. You couldn't visit a more exciting city, bursting with arts, culture and history. Among the attractions voted the best in Liverpool are the Casbah Coffee Club, the early home of The Beatles, and Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Pictures: John Lennon's childhood home for sale at 325,000

John Lennon's childhood home in Woolton, Liverpool has come onto the market. The Dairy Cottage, once the original dairy of the village, was formerly owned by George Smith, husband of John Lennon's Aunt Mimi. Lennon stayed here as an infant with his mother and frequently visited his sisters who continued to live here thereafter.

Source: House to Home, UK
Monday, April 11, 2016

Canadian museum gets groovy with John Lennon's Rolls-Royce

John Lennon's psychedelically painted yellow Rolls-Royce now sits in the foyer of Victoria's Royal B.C. Museum. In the mid-1960s, this car was right in the heart of Beatlemania, it followed John and Yoko to New York in the 1970s, was donated to the Smithsonian museum in 1977, sold at auction eight years later, then sold again in 1985 for a staggering $2.3 million.

Source: Driving, Canada
Friday, April 8, 2016

Amnesty International announce Lennon inspired picture book

Human rights charity Amnesty International is pairing the lyrics of John Lennon with the work of award-winning illustrator and artist, Jean Jullien, to create an illustrated version of Lennon's iconic song, Imagine. The picture book aims to share more information about the work that Amnesty International do around the world, and to raise money for the charity.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Video: Sir Ben Kingsley says two Beatles urged him to be a rock star

The Talk on CBS TV, Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley revealed how John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles encouraged him to be a pop star in his early career. It seems the producer of a show he was in was Brian Epstein, who introduced him to Lennon and Starr on opening night, and music publisher Dick James.

Source: Broadway World
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The ballad of Fred and Yoko

The obituary of Little Rock Arkansas homeless man Fred Arnold has uncovered some interesting facts, including that he had known all the members of The Beatles, and had been particularly good friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and after Lennon's death, Arnold and Ono continued to correspond and remained close friends.

Source: Arkansas Times
Monday, April 4, 2016
John Lennon letter fails to sell at auction

The earliest known letter written by John Lennon, which was estimated to be worth between 30,000 and 40,000, has failed to sell at the Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Memorabilia Auction. The fold-out note, penned by Lennon when he was 11 years old, thanks his Aunt Harriet for presents she sent him, including a book about ships.

Source: BBC News, UK
John Lennon's 1966 Grammy award pulled from auction

A Grammy Award for Song of the Year that John Lennon won in 1966 for co-writing the Beatles hit Michelle that had been put up for bid via an online auction site has been pulled from the sale, after the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences moved to block the sale. The Grammy was previously sold at auction in 2004.

Source: KWBE TV, Nebraska
Sean Lennon shares personal memories of David Bowie

Am impressive roster of musicians put on two tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall Thursday and Friday nights. Among those was Sean Lennon, whose father John was an idol of Bowie's. Sean recalled Bowie was an early personal and musical influence. "When I moved to Switzerland for boarding school, he would take me to museums and tell me about painters and books."

Source: Inquisitr
Friday, April 1, 2016
Recording academy sues collectibles shop over John Lennon Grammy award

John Lennon's Grammy award for "Michelle," for the 1966 Song of the Year, is now the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. They are suing Gotta Have It! Collectibles in Manhattan for "fraud, false advertising, unfair competition and tortious interference with contractual relations."

Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Acclaimed John Lennon play to be staged for first time in Liverpool

The life of John Lennon is being celebrated in the first Liverpool staging of Through a Glass Onion at the Epstein Theatre in April. The show, in which Blood Brothers' actor Danny Taylor plays John Lennon,was staged first in Australia, and has also been seen by audiences in Tokyo, New York and at the Edinburgh festival.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 28, 2016
Stay in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's honeymoon suite in Amsterdam

In the Netherlands in 1969, John and Yoko literally spent their honeymoon, a whole week, in bed, without privacy, with the press in the room. The bed-in took place from March 25-31, 1969 in suite 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton. Now the same room called the "John and Yoko Suite" is available for the public to stay in.

Source: Celebrity Travel Examiner
Film that claims new details of John Lennon's death to hit film festivals

A new film, "The Lennon Report," will be featured in three U.S. film festivals that begin in April. The film looks at the situation faced by medical personnel who had to attend to the mortally wounded John Lennon the night he was shot, including some who didn't know Lennon who was their patient, and how they tried to keep it quiet.

Source: Beatles Examiner

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