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Friday, September 23, 2016
Sean Lennon fights back against order to chop down his tree

John Lennon's son has headed back to court in his $10 million dollar legal battle over a 70-year-old tree in his yard. Sean Lennon was ordered to remove the tree by a New York judge earlier this month, but in court documents filed Monday, Lennon is not giving up and is now demanding that the appeals court overturn the decision.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Internet data reveals most famous Beatle

Data from Google has shown who the most searched for Beatles is in England. The data from Google trends looks at the number of times people have searched for a particular celebrity since September 2011 and the results are illuminating. According to the internet, Paul McCartney is 10% more popular than John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
John Lennon birthday celebration in Hollywood starts at new, later time

Music, poetry, birthday cake and the decorating of John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star will all be taking place as Lennon and Beatles fans of all ages are invited to come together on Sunday, October 9 starting 6:00pm, until 8pm, to remember and honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and peace advocate on his 76th birthday.

Source: Beatles News
Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace

A Guinness World Record holder is marking the International Day of Peace with a 2,500 square foot painting of John Lennon. Eric Waugh earned the record in 2001 for creating the "world's largest painting on canvas by a single artist. His Lennon tribute, "Imagine Again," is to be displayed in Central Park, according to his Facebook page.

Source: USA Today
John Lennon's custom-made Suit to be featured in upcoming live auction

John Lennon's suit is to be auctioned in Boston. The custom-made, grey and black tweed houndstooth two-piece suit was created by Beatles tailor Douglas Millings. Lennon gave the suit to Madame Tussauds in London for use in the museum. The suit is estimated to be sold at auction for 50,000 (about $65,000).

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon called overpopulation a joke during vintage interview

A vintage interview with John Lennon which has been posted on YouTube reveals he did not believe in overpopulation, and referred to it as a "joke." The book "The Population Bomb" was in the news, Lennon said, "I don't really believe it, you know. I think whatever happens will balance itself out and work itself out and work itself out."

Source: Live Action News
Monday, September 19, 2016

Paris Jackson honors John Lennon with new tattoo

18-year-old Paris Jackson, the daughter of late King of Pop Michael Jackson, had John Lennon's image inked onto her arm. Paris, who recently opened up about being a victim of cyber bullying, had words from Lennon's song Imagine, "Imagine all the people living life in peace," inked under the image of his face. She showed off the new tattoo on social media.

Source: Irish Examiner
Thursday, September 15, 2016
John Lennon's missing Rolls-Royce rides again

John Lennon's white 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V is back on the road this summer for the first time in more than 30 years. It was made custom for Lennon, who wanted everything white, the interior, upholstery, the carpets and even the steering wheel. It was seen recently at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club annual rally in England.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Judge quotes Beatles in ruling against John Lennon's son

The judge said, "No one I think is in my tree," as a long, drawn-out lawsuit between Sean Lennon and his New York City neighbors over an intrusive tree came to an end on Tuesday. Sean was ordered to remove a 60-foot tree in front of his Greenwich Village townhouse after his neighbors said it was damaging their front stoop.

Related Articles  Source: Patch, New York
Friday, September 9, 2016
No Beatles in Yoko Ono's upcoming memoirs

Much has been written about Yoko Ono and The Beatles, she was even dubbed the woman who broke up the group, but she says somewhat disappointingly that her forthcoming memoirs won't mention the band at all. She says, "they're my very best friends still and I just don't want to invade their privacy."

Source: The Daily Express, UK
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
45 Years Ago: John Lennon reclaims his legacy with Imagine

Imagine, which was released on Sept. 9, 1971, in the U.S., a month later in the U.K., became John Lennon's first No. 1 album as a solo artist. But more important, it allowed him to reclaim his legacy with a record that, by toning down Plastic Ono Band's abrasiveness, sounded more like the Lennon fans fell in love with in the '60s.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 8, 2016
George Harrison's I Me Mine book to be released in expanded edition

George Harrison's I Me Mine, a collection of the late Beatles guitarist's handwritten lyric sheets and written commentaries and memories first published in a limited edition in 1980, is getting re-release in an expanded edition. I Me Mine - The Extended Edition will be available in the U.S. October 18 with a retail price of $55.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Sean Lennon stands up for his mom's meeting with Kim Kardashian

John Lennon's son Sean defended Yoko Ono in a lengthy Facebook rant after haters took over his page on Tuesday, slamming his mother for meeting and taking a photo with Kim Kardashian. It quickly ignited hate from social media users who felt Ono should not associate herself with "attention seeker" Kim and "shameless" Kanye.

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Hearse owned by John Lennon is up for sale for $250,000

The hearse owned by John Lennon will be auctioned off on Wednesday in London by RM Sotheby's and is expected to fetch more than $250,000. Lennon purchased the 1956 Austin Princess for his personal use from a mortuary in Manchester in 1971. The classic car was also featured in Lennon's 1972 film "Imagine."

Source: Business Insider
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The truth about how John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever

On September 19, 1966, John Lennon arrived in Almeria, Spain, for six weeks to be in the film, "How I Won The War." Beatles fan and researcher J. Adolfo Iglesias gave a fascinating presentation about the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's visit to Almeria, and how John came to write Strawberry Fields Forever during his stay.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono announces reissue project

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music have announced they are partnering to reissue Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 through 1985. The Yoko Ono Reissue Project will span 11 studio albums, remastered and in recreations of their original packaging, complete with unseen photos and content from the album's recording sessions.

Source: Pitchfork
Video: The Lennon Report unlocks new info on John's final moments

A new feature film is taking a deep dive into the tragedy on Dec. 8, 1980 that took the lives of one of the world's most iconic songwriters. The Lennon Report, in theaters Oct. 7, trailer online now, gives a dramatic look at what transpired behind the scenes when John Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

Source: Billboard
Richard Neville And The John Lennon Connection

Richard Neville, the rebel journalist who inspired two songs by John Lennon, died on Sunday in Sydney at age 74. Neville started Oz magazine in 1963, a radical publication popular with university students. He championed legalised usage of marijuana in the U.K. and John Lennon and Yoko became huge fans and supporters.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Monday, September 5, 2016

Carm Castiglione
Rocker helps Beatles fans Imagine John

Singer Carm Castiglione says, "I just started doing John Lennon a year ago. I think everything happens for a reason and I think the time is right to do this now. It doesn't hurt the fact that I look like him and I really love his songs. John Lennon's music really resonated with me." He will perform as John at the first London Beatles Festival September 23 through 25.

Source: Our London, Canada
Friday, September 2, 2016
Andy Peebles discloses his last dinner with John Lennon after BBC interview

Former BBC radio host Andy Peebles recently shared new unpublished information from his time spent with John Lennon over dinner on December 6th, 1980, with Beatles fans at last Sunday's Liverpool International BeatleWeek. Andy revealed some new information about the story leading up to the historic interview.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Lennon: Through A Glass Onion to be performed in Canada

Even today, 36 years after his death, John Lennon's pioneering spirit lives on, and that sentiment is expertly captured in writer John Waters's New York Off-Broadway smash Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. The show comes to Canada for the first time in October and November, in the cities of West Vancouver and White Rock.

Source: The Georgia Straight
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Imagine cover ranks in worldwide Top 10

Music history was made this month as pop star and philanthropist Sir Ivan went Top 10 with an all new uptempo version of John Lennon's Imagine, on three significant industry charts, 45 years after the original release in 1971. In the U.S., Imagine by Sir Ivan coincidentally also ranks # 9 on the DJ Times National Dance/Crossover Top 40 Chart.

Source: PR Newswire
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Les Claypool on why Sean Lennon is worth leaving his favorite taco stand for

Les Claypool, half of the Claypool Lennon Delirium with Sean Lennon, says, "Obviously, he's got his father's DNA but equally obvious is his mother's DNA, with an abstract view of music, to be sure. Sean and I have a strong chemistry and are enjoying each other on stage." They perform at the Fillmore Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirier
How a Brazilian 16-year-old shared a mic with John Lennon

By 1966, The Beatles stopped touring, for the despair of millions of international fans, including Lizzie Bravo, a Brazilian who was only 14 at the time. She and a friend asked their parents for a trip to London so they could try to meet their idols. Upon their arrival in February 1967, they went straight to the Beatles' Abbey Road studio.

Source: Plus 55, Brazil
Monday, August 29, 2016
John Lennon's killer denied parole for ninth time

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time, more than 35 years after John's murder. He will be held for at least another two years when he will be next eligible for parole. Two years ago they said they feared he would reoffend again if released, and Yoko says she fears for her and Lennon's two sons, Julian and Sean, lives.

Fan Content Warning  Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, August 26, 2016
Claypool Lennon Delirium delivers one of best shows of Canalside season

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, that's Les Claypool of Primus and Sean Lennon of John and Yoko, delivered an immensely satisfying show Thursday at Canalside in Buffalo, capping the venue's season with what well may have been its strongest show. It was funky, it was freaky, and it offered an emporium of psychedelic sonic delights.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
How LSD opened the door to the Beatles' Revolver

It was spring 1965. John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, and George Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd, were attending a dinner at the London home of dentist John Riley. Before they left, Riley asked them to stay for coffee, then urged them to finish their cups. Shortly after, he told Lennon he had placed sugar cubes containing LSD in the coffee.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

John Lennon UFO Doodle
John Lennon spots UFO over New York City 42 years ago

42 years ago, John Lennon spotted a UFO hovering across the skies of Manhattan. On August 23, 1974, John Lennon went out to the balcony for some fresh air together with May Pang, his assistant back then. Unexpectedly, the two saw a flying saucer flying over the East river. There were also seven other reports claiming to have seen the UFO that day.

Source: iTech Post
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Paris Jackson loves the Beatles, just like her late dad

Paris Jackson has inherited her dad's love of the Beatles. During a visit to NYC, the King of Pop's s daughter paid a visit to the John Lennon memorial, Strawberry Fields, in Central Park. She shared a photo of herself and her drummer boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, placing flowers atop the "Imagine" mosaic on Sunday.

Source: Yahoo! Celebrity News
Claypool Lennon Delirium to do live, free show in Buffalo

On Thursday, the Claypool Lennon Delirium will be performing beneath the Buffalo Skyway this Thursday. The Claypool Lennon Delirium is Les Claypool, progenitor of Primus, bass wunderkind, funk-rock freak, and Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko Ono Lennon. Admission is free, although VIP tickets are available at $55.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Lennon tribute show is starting over on UK tour

After receiving rave reviews earlier this year in Liverpool, a stage production about Beatles legend John Lennon will set out on an extensive 36-date tour. Part-concert and part-biography, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion showcases 31 hits of Lennon and the Beatles in a kaleidoscope collage of song, word and emotion.

Source: Derbyshire Times, UK
Spirit of John Lennon lives on in Canadian clothing line

Fashion designer Kelly Pettit has created a clothing line inspired by John Lennon. Drawing cues from Lennon's solo years, Pettit calls the collection "vintage with a little modern twist." It draws on Lennon's minimalist jeans-and-t-shirt style, while steering clear of more dated garb that could be seen as passe instead of nostalgic.

Source: CTV News
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Are the Beatles still more misunderstood than Jesus?

John Lennon's "Jesus" controversy is often considered a watershed Beatles moment. In the aftermath, they abandoned live shows and, according to biographer Jon Weiner, Lennon took his "first steps towards radical politics". And yet the controversy remains largely misunderstood and misrepresented in the vast literature on the band.

Related Articles  Source: The News Minute
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Yoko announces winners of Lennon Ono peace prize

Yoko Ono has announced that British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor is among the recipients of this year's Lennon Ono Grant For Peace. Also to be honored are Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, Hungarian poet and performance artist Katalin Ladik. The awards will be presented in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 9.

Source: Irish Examiner
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Paul McCartney says Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison part of the Beatles now

Paul McCartney says he now considers the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon to be part of The Beatles now and they both help agree every decision about the band. About his relationship with Yoko, McCartney said, "My big awakening was, if John loves this woman, that's gotta be right."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, August 12, 2016
Paul McCartney shares touching John Lennon memory

Paul McCartney has recalled an unusually tender encounter with John Lennon a few years after the band split. Remembering their meeting following the break-up, McCartney said, "He hugged me. It was great, because we didn't normally do that...It's irreplaceable, that time, friendship and bonding."

Source: Team Rock
Video: John lennon says 'the world is run by insane people'

Always a bit of a rebel, John Lennon helped millions to think differently about their world. His song "Give Peace a Chance" is an anthem for the anti-war movement and is still heard today at peace marches. Foremost a Beatle, he always had strong views about politics and today might be equally as known for his activism and wisdom.

Source: Collective Evolution
Monday, August 8, 2016
Sir Ivan releases new version of Imagine to help victims of PTSD

Singer, songwriter and philanthropist Sir Ivan has released a new electronic dance music version of John Lennon's Imagine to help victims of PTSD. This release commemorates the passing of John Lennon 35 years ago. Imagine is the first single released off Sir Ivan's new 10-song album called "Peaceman Shines."

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The story of the man who saved John and Yoko from being deported

In early 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hired immigration lawyer Leon Wildes as the Nixon Administration was trying to deport them. The case is fully detailed in Wildes' new book, John Lennon vs. The USA: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon's hijinks during his time in Spain

John Lennon arrived in Almeria, in southern Spain, on September 19, 1966, to act in anti-war movie How I Won the War, but rather than escaping his recent scandal of claiming the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, he brought more with him, as he parodied the Shroud of Turin with a scrap of cloth while on the set of the film.

Source: El Pais, Spain
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Claypool Lennon Delirium keep weirdness alive in Santa Ana

A cult phenomenon occurred in Santa Ana, CA., last night when the hybrid of psychedelic indie pop songwriter Sean Lennon and funk metal legend Les Claypool performed with their band Claypool Lennon Delirium. The audience ranged from young hippies to middle-aged rockers who came to pay homage to John Lennon's son.

Source: OC Weekly

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