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Friday, February 17, 2017
John Lennon leather jacket sells for £10,400 at auction

A leather jacket worn by John Lennon sold for £10,400 (about $12,900) at an auction of pop memorabilia held in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. Other items sold at the auction included a pair of sunglasses once owned by Lennon which sold for £2,900, and a velvet smoking jacket once owned by Jimi Hendrix, for £8,000.

Source: BBC News, UK
Historic site of Strawberry Fields to be revived Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's Strawberry Field, inspiration for one of the Beatles' greatest hits, is to be revived. The former Salvation Army children's home, where John Lennon played as a child, is to open its gates under new plans to redevelop the historic site. Plans will include an exhibition on the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
John Lennon's sunglasses which he stamped on in rage to be auctioned

A pair of John Lennon 's sunglasses which he stamped on and threw in the bin have emerged at auction. His uncle Charlie Lennon saved them had them repaired and they are now estimated to sell for £3,500 (about $4,375). His uncle, who passed away in 2002, said, "The boy had a temper, but I thought it was a silly waste of money."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Yoko Ono mocked for bizarre tweet about the World Cup

Yoko Ono has been widely ridiculed for a bizarre social media post on Valentines day which read, "Who will win the World Cup? A child who believes in a peaceful world." The 83-year-old artist and musician was soon met with a string of hilarious tweets from other twitter users, including one who said, "More chance than England."

Source: The London Evening Standard
Museum in Vermont rocks out with Backstage Pass exhibit Warning: Page opens with sound

"Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography" at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, features work by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, from photo shoots in the 1970s and '80s. It includes the famous photo of John Lennon wearing a T-shirt reading "New York City" with arms-folded in front of the Big Apple skyline.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Video: John Lennon and Chuck Berry jam out 45 years ago today

45 years ago today, 2/16/72, John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, famously co-hosted the daytime talk show for a week in February 1972. One of Lennon's guests that week was his idol, rock pioneer Chuck Berry and the two had the rare opportunity to perform together.

Source: Glide Magazine
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono become TV hosts

In February 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted on The Mike Douglas Show. The idea, as Ono explained after their week-long stint ended, was to try and reach out to older viewers. "There's such a gap between the young generation and the old generation now," said Ono. But things didn't exactly go off without a hitch.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
John Lennon's Leather Jacket appears at memorabilia auction

Ryedale Auctioneers in York, UK, is having a Pop Memorabilia & Pop Art Sale on Friday, which will include some very original & iconic items from artists including John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix. A special preview of all the items is now open to the public, and includes John Lennon's leather motorcycle jacket.

Source: Yorkshire Coast Radio, UK
Friday, February 10, 2017
Yoko Ono Fast Facts

Yoko Ono turns 84 next week, and CNN has compiled an extensive list that details her life. As a child, Ono moved back and forth between Japan and the US. During World War II, she was in Tokyo during an air raid on the city in March 1945. She was the first woman ever admitted into the philosophy program at Gakushuin University.

Fan Content Warning  Source: CNN
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Yoko Ono is spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair

Yoko Ono has been spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair just weeks after she joined thousands of protesters marching the streets of NYC for women's rights. The 83-year-old wife of the late Beatle John Lennon arrived at New York's JFK airport on Monday where she was helped through the terminal by an assistant.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, February 6, 2017
Medium captures John Lennon and George Harrison's spirits in photo

A medium believes the spirits of John Lennon and George Harrison appeared to her in a ghostly photo. Christine Hamlett says she uses a method called I.T.C (Instrumental Transcommunication), the use of electronic equipment to make contact with spirits. She invites spirits to show themselves in silver paper, then takes a photograph.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yoko Ono producing John Lennon love story film Warning: Page opens with sound

Yoko Ono is producing a film that will explore her complex relationship with John Lennon, documenting their love story and anti-war causes. Anthony McCarten will write the as-yet-untitled movie. McCarten also wrote the upcoming Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, and Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-in-the-works Freddie Mercury biopic.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kids take magical music tour on Lennon bus

On Tuesday, eight students who are part of New West Symphony's Harmony Project, an after-school program for third- through 12th-graders in Ventura, Ca., had the opportunity to write, record and make a music video of their own song on the legendary John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which hit the road for the first time 20 years ago.

Source: Ventura County Star
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Cheers! It's Brandy Alexander Day in the U.S.

January 31 is Brandy Alexander Day in the U.S. It's a brandy based cocktail which has a mixture of cognac and crème de cacao and is said to have first appeared in London in 1922. The drink was reportedly John Lennon's favorite alcoholic beverage, so he would no doubt have raised a glass today.

Source: IOL
Monday, January 30, 2017
The naked truth about John and Yoko

John and Yoko's 1968 night of sonic passion, Two Virgins, complete with the couple in their birthday suits on the cover, has just been re-issued. In April 2001, reporter Barry Egan was in the seventh-floor New York apartment Lennon shared with Yoko, perhaps the most famous 19th century apartment in New York, the Dakota Building.

Source: The Independent, Dublin
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Public given first look at apartments in former Reece's Ballroom

The public have been given a glimpse of how Liverpool's former Reece's Ballroom will look inside following its transformation, via computer generated images of the new apartments. The upper floors of the building once provided the venue for the wedding reception when John Lennon married Cynthia in August, 1962.

Source: Your Move Magazine, UK
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lennon/McCartney relationship turned into classical work by computer

The charged relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be translated into a classical work composed using a computer analysis of their lyrics. Come Together: The Sonification of McCartney and Lennon will chart the relationship, from the tight bond of the Beatles' early years to the bitterness following their 1970 split.

Source: iNews, UK
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
John Lennon car sells at auction

A 1956 Austin Princess formerly owned by John Lennon has sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $159,500. The sale included the car's original, registration signed by John Lennon. Purchased by Lennon in 1971, the car was seen extensively in his 1972 made-for-TV documentary "Imagine" with Yoko Ono.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Scholars and Rogues honors John Lennon

Despite every attempt to marginalize and discredit him, John Lennon still matters and always will. With his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Paul McCartney, he is arguably the premiere composer of the 20th century. As a solo artist he left a body of work that is alternately brilliant, haunting, and petulant. Lennon was a great man.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes set to sell for up to £2.4million

John Lennon 's vintage Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster could fetch up to £2.4 million as it goes to auction. The custom-made vehicle was bought by Lennon in 1965, the same year The Beatles released their hit Drive My Car. Auctioneers say the vehicle is especially rare as John Lennon owned very few cars because he disliked driving.

Source: The Mirror, UK
New book offers fresh insights about John Lennon

A newly published book Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon anthologizes some of his most illuminating interviews. The majority of these conversations have not been previously available in print, and several of the most important, comprising more than a third of this volume, have not been widely available in any format.

Source: Business Jet Traveler
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rock act from member of Sean Lennon's band to play in Ohio

Brooklyn-based experimental rock act Tongues Unknown will play with local psych rock band Water Witches Wednesday at The Union in Athens, Ohio. Tongues Unknown is the musical project of singer-songwriter Connor Grant. Grant plays with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Source: Athens News, Ohio
Friday, January 13, 2017
Exhibit in Washington DC includes John Lennon guitar Warning: Page opens with sound

John Lennon's electric guitar is included in the Newseum's latest exhibit, "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics." Patty Rhule, museum senior manager, said, "In the late-1960's the Beatles decided they needed to make a statement. So with their album, Revolution, they started making a statement about the Vietnam War."

Source: WUSA TV, Washington, DC
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sean Lennon appears at Stella McCartney fashion show

Their fathers were one of the most iconic song-writing duos in the history of music. And it seems that Beatles friendship has been passed down a generation, as Sean Lennon supported Stella McCartney and posed for pictures with her at the launch of Stella's new clothing line at New York's Cotton Club on Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Apartments in former John Lennon wedding venue swept off market

The upper floors and rooftop of Reece's Ballroom in Liverpool, known as the venue of John Lennon's first wedding, are being converted into modern city centre apartments, and after being announced, all units quickly sold out. Once complete, the Parker Street scheme will deliver 91 studio and one-bedroom apartments.

More Information  Source: Bdaily, UK
Monday, January 9, 2017
How to totally misread John and Yoko's War is Over (If You Want It)

At the start of every new year, Yoko Ono takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times bearing the words "War is Over (If You Want It)." If you think "War is Over" refers only to military war or Vietnam, then you're misreading it. There's a deeper message of "War is Over," one that presents a more personal challenge.

Source: Workshop TSL
Friday, January 6, 2017

How John Lennon became first cover of Rolling Stone

For the first cover of Rolling Stone in 1967, Jann Wenner sorted through publicity stills until he came across John Lennon in his World War II outfit for How I Won the War. He said, "It was the best thing we had. But it's defining, since it encompasses music, movies and politics. That was a fortuitous accident. But it began our lifelong association with John."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lennon's forged Beatles newspaper autographs sell at auction

An old newspaper with autographs of the Beatles that were forged by John Lennon has sold at auction for £2,000 (about $2,460). The photographer of the photo on the front page of the newspaper sent it off to the Beatles to be autographed, but John Lennon signed it on behalf of all four band members.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Newspaper with John Lennon-forged Beatles signatures to be auctioned

An old newspaper that John Lennon used to forge the autographs of the rest of the Beatles is expected to sell for £1,500 (about $1,850). Originally believed to all be genuine signatures, auctioneers uncovered the truth. But because they were faked by Lennon they are still worth about the same as if all four had signed them.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Yamaha celebrates John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 20th anniversary

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, and founding sponsor Yamaha Corporation of America has reaffirmed its longstanding support with sponsorships and an expanded participation in the Lennon Bus' music education efforts, including new acoustic and electric guitars and amplifiers.

Source: PR Web
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon pays a touching tribute to Carrie Fisher

On his Facebook page, Sean Lennon said yesterday, "I can honestly say that Carrie was one of the best and closest friends I've ever had in my life. She was the smartest, funniest, kindest, and most generous person I have ever known. My heart is completely and permanently broken. This is the kind of loss that you never recover from."

Source: Daily O
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
John Lennon's Austin Princess to be auctioned in January

John Lennon's 1956 Austin Princess will go up for auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 14. The car, used in the Imagine documentary, includes John Lennon's original, signed registration, and was personally selected by Lennon because the doors opened to a wider angle, allowing for a quick escape from throngs of adoring fans.

Source: Yahoo! Finance
Monday, December 26, 2016
George Michael saved John Lennon piano so it would stay in Liverpool Warning: Page opens with sound

Fans of George Michael have paid tribute by publicizing his secret acts of extraordinary kindness on Twitter. One generous act being discussed is the time he bought John Lennon's piano from a private collector for a whopping £1.45m, so that it would stay in the UK. He then donated it to the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, December 23, 2016
List of songs that changed the world includes John Lennon and the Beatles

Resurgence, the UK's longest-running magazine for the environmental movement has turned 50 with 300 issues, and has compiled a list of 20 songs it says changed the world. Topping the list is John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Give Peace a Chance. Revolution by the Beatles is listed at number four.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The Dead Daisies stream cover of John Lennon Christmas classic

Hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies have given their fans a Christmas gift in the form of a stream of their rendition of the John Lennon classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". On their YouTube post, they wrote, "This is a gift for you, the best fans in the world. Happy XMas & Happy Holidays from The Dead Daisies!"

Source: Anti-Music
Which Beatle has the worse Christmas Song?

Put on any radio station and within one hour you'll hear both "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney and "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon. They are not good songs. It's okay, you can admit it. But the real question here isn't even so much "Are the songs bad?" as it is "They are bad but which one is worse?"

Related Articles  Source: Uproxx
Yoko Ono joins cast of Wes Anderson's next animated film

Last night, legendary director Wes Anderson announced that he has cast Yoko Ono in his next film called Isle of Dogs. Anderson is currently in London working on the animated film, which will be set in Japan. It follows a boy's journey to find his lost dog. Other celebs in the film include F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.

Source: Laredo Morning Times
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Yoko Ono posts classic John Lennon videos to YouTube for Christmas

20 classic John Lennon videos have been added to YouTube in time for Christmas. The videos for iconic solo songs include Imagine, Jealous Guy, Woman, Working Class Hero and Happy Xmas (War Is Over), taken from the 2003 DVD, Lennon Legend. "Happy Holidays! love, yoko," wrote Yoko as she shared the news on Twitter.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, December 19, 2016

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon gets surprise serenade to Hey Jude

Julian Lennon got a surprise serenade at a party at the Sunset Marquis in LA. Julian walked into 1200 Bar, the piano player was playing Hey Jude, the song Paul McCartney wrote for him when his parents split. A guest said, "The whole restaurant joined in and was singing to Julian. He was just standing there with this look on his face. It was such a beautiful moment."

Source: New York Post
Friday, December 16, 2016
John Lennon believed he was abducted by aliens as a kid

John Lennon believed that UFOs exist after having encounters with extraterrestrials since he was a child. This was revealed by Lennon's former lover, May Pang, who siad that John had told her several times about his experiences with aliens back in Liverpool. Lennon also shared these beliefs with famous illusionist Uri Geller.

Source: Science World Report
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Artists and musicians Come Together for John Lennon-inspired concert

The Jerry Garcia Foundation will host a Holiday Concert at the Harmonia Yoga Arts Studio in San Francisoco tomorrow to benefit WhyHunger. Inspired by John Lennon and his song, Imagine, the "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign endeavors to turn the dream of a world without hunger into a reality.

Source: SATPR News
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
John Lennon's piano hitting right notes in Northern Ireland town

A new wave of Beatlemania is breaking out in the small Northern Ireland town of Portrush, with a piano reputed to have links to John Lennon causing a stir among locals. The piano has a plaque stating that it was presented to Lennon by Capitol Records in 1969, and fans loved nothing more than to have photos taken with it.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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