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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.

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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

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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

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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
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Newly released John Lennon interviews explore many topics

Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon is packed with interviews that have either never been in actual print before, from radio and TV appearances, or have been recently discovered, including a transcription of a lengthy conversation with Timothy Leary which sat in an unmarked brown envelope for four decades.

Source: Houston Press

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Gospel singer updates John Lennon Christmas song

Jamaican gospel singer Carlene Davis has covered John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) as This Is Christmas. Davis has recorded a number of Christmas songs including Santa Claus Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto, a Yuletide favorite. Davis is performing in a special Christmas show in Kingston, Jamaica, this month.

Source: Jamaica Observer
John Lennon warned he'd be 'shot on an island'

John Lennon was told he'd be "shot on an island" over a decade before he was gunned down outside his apartment building on New York's Manhattan Island. Lennon was given the warning by a local astrologer while holidaying in Greece with Yoko Ono in 1969, 11 years before he was murdered in December, 1980.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Sun, UK
Monday, December 12, 2016
John Lennon's Irish roots and fierce support of Irish independence

Although three-quarters of The Beatles line up had Irish roots, throughout the years of Beatlemania, John Lennon knew little of his connection to Ireland. It was in the post-Beatles days, however, that Lennon became one of the most famous voices calling for a United Ireland and for an end to English presence in Northern Ireland.

Source: Irish Central
Friday, December 9, 2016
Never before seen John Lennon doodles

In 1976, a man hoping to meet John Lennon, sent a note into him at the Dakota through the doorman. A month later, James received an unexpected letter with a return address of 72nd Street and Central Park West. Enclosed were doodles that John had constructed as his response to this young man's very thoughtful lyrical "message."

Source: TGNR Review
John Lennon's brush with late-night television

Imagine John Lennon with his own Saturday night TV talk show. It almost happened in 1972. ABC wanted a Saturday night show, the producer was asked, "If there's anyone in the world I cold give you, who would it be?" He replied, "John Lennon." It looked like it was going to happen, that is, until Yoko said she wanted to be involved.

Source: NJ 101.5
Remembering John Lennon: Sean Lennon's touching song about his father

John Lennon was in the middle of a career renaissance after he had devoted years away from music to help raise his son, Sean Lennon. While Sean hasn't spoken too much publicly about his father over the years, he did pen a heart-breaking song about John called "Listen," and while it was never officially released, a version leaked.

Source: JamBase
Fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Fans of John Lennon gathered in Central Park to remember him on the 36th anniversary of his death. Dozens paid tribute by singing Beatles songs and leaving flowers at "Strawberry Fields," the section of the park dedicated to Lennon. "I grew up with him. I loved him, loved the Beatles since they came out in 1964," said one fan.

Fan Content Warning  Related Articles  Source: NY1
George Harrison's estate posts throwback tribute to John Lennon

To celebrate John Lennon's life, the estate for George Harrison posted a tribute photo of the two former Beatles from the group's early days. On Thursday, 36 years after Lennon was murdered, Harrison's estate-maintained Twitter account tweeted a black-and-white photo of the two men together as young lads.

Related Articles  Source: Entetainment Weekly
Thursday, December 8, 2016
John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL is up for auction

A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL belonging to John Lennon is set to go under the hammer at Worldwide's Scottsdale Auction. Specially ordered right hand drive and automatic transmission by John Lennon, the car was delivered to John in London in 1965. John's Mercedes will hit the auction ramp on January 18.

Source: Pursuitist

She has one job: Guard John Lennon's glasses Warning: Page opens with sound

The busload of tourists descends onto Havana's John Lennon Park. Aleeda Rodriguez Pedrasa scurries toward the bronze statue of the Beatles legend, and places a pair of spectacles on the bridge of Lennon's nose, seconds before the first of the tourists moves in for a picture. It's her job, Pedrasa is the keeper of John Lennon's glasses.

Source: CNN
Yoko Ono tweets anti-gun message on Lennon death anniversary

Today marks one of the most tragic days in rock history. Thirty-six years ago, John Lennon was murdered outside of The Dakota, the New York City apartment building in which Lennon lived with Yoko Ono. As she's done many times before, Yoko's using the anniversary of her husband's murder to call attention to gun violence in America.

Fan Content Warning  Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
John Lennon memorial to be held tomorrow in Hollywood

A John Lennon Public Memorial Remembrance will be held on Thursday, December 8 to honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. The event will include special guest speakers, including journalist Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me On Tour.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Liverpool John Lennon Airport enters final phase of face-lift

The 4m project to revamp the departure lounge of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has started in the final phase of upgrading its facilities. The airport has undergone work for the past 18 months and the renovation is the final step in its terminal upgrade to improve services for departing passengers.

Source: Liverpool John Moores University
Monday, December 5, 2016
John and Yoko releases package included in charity auction

Studio for Schools is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing music and film to schools that don't have the funding. A message that many can get behind, artists and labels have released various catalog to be auctioned of for this charity of the arts, including Yoko Ono. The auction launches on their website today.

Source: Groove Volt
Friday, December 2, 2016
Look Back: Beatles dominate top radio hits of 1970

The Top 40 radio hits of 1970 as featured on Miami's WQAM is one of the best annual lists we've seen. At #19 was John Lennon's great Instant Karma! the first single by a member of The Beatles to sell a million copies. George Harrison's My Sweet Lord chants was at #9. And 1970's #1 single? None other than The Beatles' Let It Be.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
New book to illustrate John Lennon's Imagine

Imagine, a picture book featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic song and illustrated by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, follows a young pigeon on a journey to spread a message of peace and tolerance. Published in partnership with Amnesty International, they will receive a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold.

Source: PR Newswire
Monday, November 28, 2016
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's piano heads to auction

John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's-era home piano, used by Lennon to compose Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life, among others, is set to hit the auction block on December 10, estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million. The handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind will also be auctioned.

Source: Yahoo! Music

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