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Friday, May 19, 2017
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper's. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Remembering the real Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

"I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD," John Lennon insisted to Rolling Stone in 1970. Until the end of his life, Lennon maintained that Lucy in the Sky WIth Diamonds was actually inspired by a painting that his three-year-old son Julian had made of Lucy O'Donnell, his classmate at nursery school.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 11, 2017
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus brings music into NYC public schools

June 9 will mark the culmination of a 15-week after school songwriting program created by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The special day will take place at New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea, where students will premiere an original song they created by performing it live in front of the high school.

Source: Global Newswire
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Angry John Lennon letter up for auction

An angry letter that Lennon wrote concerning the distribution of his and Yoko Ono's experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" is being sold at auction. In the handwritten letter, addressed to Martin George of Rock Ink & Roll Ink, Lennon expresses frustration with difficulty in getting the 1968 record out to the masses.

Source: Page Six
Audio: Legendary Rolling Stone John Lennon interview

In December 1970, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner sat down with John Lennon in New York City as the ex-Beatle prepared to release his solo debut. It became one of the most legendary rock interviews ever, thanks to Lennon's brutally honest thoughts on the Beatles' then-recent breakup and much, much more.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Is $30K in cash hidden in John Lennon's Dakota apartment?

Secrets of the Dakota, the building where John Lennon lived, have been revealed by real estate heirs and philanthropists Toby and Larry Milstein. They claim that $30,000 in cash was allegedly hidden under the floors of John and Yoko's apartment by a former owner, but the co-op board refused to destroy the historic parquet to find it.

Source: Page Six
Friday, May 5, 2017
Black Lips on recording with Yoko Ono

Atlanta, Georgia garage rock band Black Lips' forthcoming eighth LP was produced and recorded by Sean Lennon at his compound in upstate New York, and Yoko Ono guests on one track. Lead singer Cole Alexander said Yoko is "just very Zen, she'd say real esoteric things, but things that kind of made sense."

Source: Noisey
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Trailer: Graphic novel recounting John Lennon's New York years

Much of John Lennon's story has been told from the outside looking in by critics and historians. Now, in a new graphic novel from writer Eric Cobeyran and French artist Horne, "Lennon: The New York Years", described as a "true biographical fiction," Lennon will tell the story of his life from his own point of view.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
New toy company releases John Lennon collectable figure

Brand new collectables firm Molecule8 is making its debut in the toy industry, with the help of its first figure in the range, inspired by John Lennon. Overseen by Yoko Ono and the Lennon estate, the 1/6 scale recreation boasts intricate detailing, which has been molded individually and painted prior to production.

Source: Toy News
Thursday, April 27, 2017
John Lennon's original Sgt. Pepper sketch headed to auction

John Lennon's original album art sketch for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be up for on May 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The drawing was found in a sketchbook uncovered at Lennon's former home in Surrey, England, where he lived in 1964, and is estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $60,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
New John Lennon documentary premieres in Liverpool tonight

The childhood of John Lennon is explored in a new documentary showing in Liverpool this evening. Looking for Lennon, directed by Roger Appleton, catches up with Lennon's closest childhood friends, schoolmates and fellow musicians to find out more about the young man who had no idea such worldwide fame was around the corner.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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

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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
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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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

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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

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