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Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono's album delayed by flu 

Yoko Ono says she won't be returning to work on her new upcoming 10-track album until she feels "a little more normal" after being hospitalized with flu earlier this year. She told Billboard magazine, "That derailed the whole situation. Everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking." She also recently insisted she won't ever retire.

Source: The List, UK
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Classic car owned by John Lennon is set to be auctioned

A classic 1956 Austin Princess owned by John Lennon will be included in a forthcoming sale. Lennon purchased the vehicle in August 1971 and went on to use it the following year in a promotional film for his album Imagine. The auction will take place in London on September 7, estimates say the car could end up selling for 265,000 (about $348,150).

Source: NME, UK
Friday, July 22, 2016
New John Lennon film scheduled for October release

Emerging Pictures has set an October 7 launch for "The Lennon Report," which re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon. The film will open in 10 markets, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Tampa, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Cleveland, and then expand nationwide on October 14.

Source: Variety
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Judge urges Sean Lennon to settle tree dispute

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon lives next door to Actress Marisa Tomei's dad Gary Tomei in Greenwich Village. The Tomeis are asking the court to order the celebrity scion to chop down his tree because the roots have cracked their stoop and their basement walls. A judge has urged the two sides to settle the dispute.

Source: NY Post
Monday, July 18, 2016
Rumors: Yoko Ono suffering from mystery illness

Yoko Ono has apparently been battling with her health as of late. Despite attending the tenth anniversary of The Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show Love it seems that her health is deteriorating. Earlier in the year, Ono spent some time in the hospital with flu-like symptoms and hasn't made many public appearances since.

Source: Starts At 60

Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas opens up about working with John Lennon

Deeply influenced by The Beatles as a kid, record producer Jack Douglas ended up having a long friendship and working relationship with Lennon, co-producing several of his solo albums. He was also one of the last people to see Lennon the night he was killed. In this interview, Douglas discusses meeting Lennon for the first time while working on Imagine.

Source: Gothamist
Friday, July 15, 2016
Paul, Ringo and friends celebrate revamped LOVE show in Vegas

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell and Yoko Ono were among the all-star guests at Thursday's 10th-anniversary celebration for the Beatles' LOVE show in Las Vegas. "I can see this going on for another century or something," said Yoko with a smile. "The Beatles' music is growing, which is really nice."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Yoko Ono donates peace art to Dallas museum to help city heal

The Dallas Museum of Art has a temporary but meaningful exhibit from artist Yoko Ono, in response to the recent police shootings in downtown Dallas. Yoko's Imagine Peace Forever, an original work of art displayed in both Spanish and English, has been installed on the museum's Ross Avenue Plaza, now through August 22.

Source: Culture Map, Dallas
Monday, July 11, 2016
Video: Pianist plays Imagine for a grieving Dallas

A man who attended the Dallas memorial for the fallen officers last night at police headquarters rode in on a bike and brought along a grand piano. He played John Lennon's "Imagine," and then rode off. It was part of Davide Martello's mission "to promote peace." Martello also played in France after terrorist attacks there last year.

Source: KRTK TV, Houston
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Studio where John Lennon recorded Imagine now on the market

40,000 square feet in The Plant on West 44th Street in New York City is currently up for rent. A destination for creative tenants looking to be in the heart of the Theatre District, The Plant is renowned for the many iconic artists who recorded there, including John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

Source: Real Estate Weekly
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Video: South Korean artists collaborate on UNICEF #IMAGINE Project

SM Entertainment in South Korea has collaborated with UNICEF on their 2016 #IMAGINE Project, a campaign that supports equal opportunities for children all over the world. The project has released a stunning cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" featuring vocals from South Korean artists, Katy Perry and

Source: K Music
Kasabian say new album is inspired by John Lennon's chair

English rock band Kasabian say their new album has been inspired by a concept of John Lennon's, based on the idea of a chair. Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno said in an interview, "Lennon said The Beatles version of rock & roll was their chair. So I thought, Wow, I want to make my version of that chair."

Source: NME, UK
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
Thursday, June 23, 2016
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
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
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
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

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