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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Family selling John Lennon photograph to support Robert Freeman

The family of photographer Robert Freeman is re-releasing a 1965 photograph of John Lennon n a bid to raise funds to care for Freeman, 78, who is suffering the effects of a stroke, and to secure the preservation of his collection of work, spanning 60 years. Freeman also photographed Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali.

Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Julian Lennon photography exhibit opens in New York City

Julian Lennon was on the top of the charts 30 years ago and nominated for a Grammy as best new artist, he seemed to be following in John Lennon's footsteps. But in recent years, he has switched his focus. "I really have fallen in love with photography," he said. His work is now on exhibit at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in Chelsea.

Source: WABC TV, NY
Friday, March 13, 2015
The letter from John Lennon which became basis for new movie

In 1971, a British folk singer named Steve Tilston gave an interview to ZigZag, a small, underground-rock rag. John Lennon read Mr. Tilston's interview, and scribbled him a letter, but it was sent to Tilston care of ZigZag and lost for 34 years. Mr. Tilston's story is the loose inspiration for "Danny Collins," a film opening March 20.

Source: New York Times
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sean Lennon to appear in Minneapolis

The annual Rock the Garden music festival in Minneapolis, which this year takes place on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, has their 2015 lineup, and it includes Sean Lennon and his group (with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl) the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tyger. Tickets go on sale to the public next Tuesday.

Source: Minn Post
Teen from India wins John Lennon scholarship

An 18 year old from Mangaluru, India, has been selected for the John Lennon Scholarship, instituted in the name of John Lennon by Yoko Ono in collaboration with world-wide famous SAE institute of Australia. Nisthula Anatole Murphy, a student of AAT Media College, is pursuing his Diploma in Sound Engineering.

Source: Times of India
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
George Harrison guitar and John Lennon bathrobe up for auction

George Harrison's electric guitar and John Lennon's bathrobe are among the eclectic highlights going under the hammer at an upcoming memorabilia sale. Harrison's stage-played Mastersound guitar is expected to be the big money item at the sale, but Lennon's bathrobe is also expected to fascinate bidders.

Source: Contact Music
Monday, March 9, 2015
Colts owner buys John Lennon's Paperback Writer guitar

Last November, John Lennon's Gretsch guitar, used to record Paperback Writer, hit the auction block, but it was pulled after it failed to reach its $600,000 reserve. However, it has now been revealed that after it didn't sell at auction, Indianapolis Colts owner and collector Jim Irsay arranged to purchase it for $530,000.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon statue finds home in Tampa, Florida

Outside The Barrymore Hotel in downtown Tampa, John Lennon stands wearing a sport coat, long hair and his signature eyeglasses. Acquired about five months ago at auction, the statue was designed and made by Cuban sculptor José Villa Soberon, known for a sculpture of Lennon sitting on a park bench in a Havana.

Source: The Tampa Tribune
Friday, March 6, 2015
Book review: John Lennon: The Boy Who Became A Legend

In the book "John Lennon: The Boy Who Became A Legend", Michael Hill tells his story of boyhood friendship with John Lennon while growing up in Liverpool. First meeting at Dovedale School at the age of five in 1946, their lives were practically joined at the hip until they left Quarry Bank Grammar School in 1957.

Source: The Examiner
John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in images found in western Quebec

An Outaouais, Quebec, Canada man has stumbled upon negatives of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969. John Urban was searching for an old negative of a snow sculpture when he came across images of the famous week-long Montreal bed-in that he had never seen before.

Source: CBC, Canada
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
82 year old Yoko Ono slams ageist critics

Yoko Ono has a message for anyone who wants her to act age-appropriate, "Get my energy or shut up." She has grown frustrated with narrow-minded critics who insist she should "act her age," and makes her frustration very clear in an impassioned letter on her website to those who feel she isn't acting the way an octogenarian should.

Source: UT San Diego
Walls and Bridges worthy of re-evaluation

Walls and Bridges is unique in the Lennon canon as his only post-Beatles musical statement comprised of his own words and music crafted entirely without Yoko Ono at his side. It therefore merits special attention not only for the music contained within but also because of how it was received and his own regard for it.

Source: Beatlefan Blog
Beatles DJ celebrates Yoko Ono's birthday with special contest

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is celebrating Yoko Ono's recent 82nd birthday and her extraordinary life and career by giving away on his website, a combo package of two new releases, the photo book "See Hear Yoko" by famous photographer Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg, and the new tribute CD compilation "Cut Pieces."

Source: Beatles News
Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week

This Thursday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Julian Lennon exhibition to open in New York City

Next month, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York will host an exhibition of Julian Lennon's most recent collection of photographs. Julian said, "I have always felt that I have observed life in a different way to others. Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I am happy to add another one too, that being photography."

Source: Art Media Agency
Yoko Ono duets with Antony Hegarty for her 82nd birthday

For her 82nd birthday yesterday, Yoko Ono eleased a new duet of her 1985 song, "I Love You Earth," with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, one of two new 10-inch vinyl singles from Ono, the other a duet with John Zorn. "I Love You Earth" pays homage to our planet.

Source: Radio.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
John Lennon returns to his Rock 'N' Roll roots 40 years ago today

John Lennon's Rock 'N' Roll album is the back-to-basics record the Beatles' Let It Be was supposed to be. And like Let It Be, Phil Spector had a hand in it, and also, it sat around for a while before anyone got the chance to hear it. It managed to make it to No. 6, and was Lennon's last album before his five-year retirement.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 13, 2015
Documents reveal details of John Lennon's turbulent first marriage

Secret papers revealed by John Lennon's housekeeper detail his aggressive ­behavior with his first wife Cynthia, increasing drug use and mood swings during the latter days of their crumbling marriage nearly 50 years ago. The maid also told how she found Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono, who visited while Cynthia was away.

Source: The Irish Mirror
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Documents detailing breakdown of John Lennon's marriage up for auction

Documents detailing the breakdown of John Lennon's marriage to first wife Cynthia will go to auction in Warrington next month. The previously unseen and unpublished five page dossier drafted in 1968 by a solicitor dealing with the divorce of Lennon and Cynthia includes a draft statement made by Lennon's former housekeeper.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Julia Baird talks new doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek

A new documentary, titled Come Together, follows a handful of the world's estimated 8,000 Beatles tribute bands as they set out to pay homage to the most influential band of all time. In a new interview, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, who narrates the documentary, discusses her involvement with the project.

Source: Billboard
Monday, February 9, 2015
Recreation of John Lennon's Rolls Royce to tour UK auto shows

John Lennon's iconic customized Rolls Royce has been recreated for a fraction of the original's asking price. The original model is apparently held within a private collection somewhere in North America at a price of over £20 million. The car will be taken to a number of motoring shows and exhibitions in the UK.

Source: Source Wire
Friday, February 6, 2015
New book contains never before seen photos of John and Yoko

A little over 30 years ago, the Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama walked through Central Park with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He asked them to kiss, and he clicked the shutter. Shinoyama's photograph of John and Yoko's kiss at Central Park Pond appeared on the cover of their final studio album, "Double Fantasy."

Source: New York Times
John Lennon rushes out Instant Karma 45 years ago today

Written, recorded and released over just 10 days, John Lennon's Instant Karma! was a huge hit, boasted one of rock's most inventive drum fills, and had sweeping implications for the Beatles. It immediately shot to No. 5, two weeks later, it reached No. 3 in the U.S. The only problem? The Beatles were ostensibly still together.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Video: Dana Carvey impersonates John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While being interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter recently, Dana Carvey busted out an impression of John Lennon talking to Paul McCartney about his recent collaborations with Kanye West. Carvey's confused Lennon asks "Well, what does he do? Does he sort of just hum along?" and McCartney tries to explain auto-tuning to Lennon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
John Lennon and Yoko Ono make strangest donation 45 years ago today

On Feb. 4, 1970, to support the Black House, a youth home in London, having recently cut off their hair, John Lennon and Yoko Ono offered to exchange it for a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing shorts, with the hair auctioned to support the Black House and the shorts being sold to raise money for John and Yoko's peace campaign.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Sean Lennon sued over tree outside Greenwich Village apartment

Marisa Tomei's parents are suing Sean Lennon, demanding $10 million in damages because of his front yard "stink tree." The suit claims the 60-foot-high tree in Lennon's Greenwich Village front yard is growing into the concrete foundation of their townhouse and into their front stoop, breaking and displacing the railing.

Source: NY Daily News
Monday, February 2, 2015
John Lennon's sister Julia recalls former home, now up for auction

The last—and probably happiest--home that John Lennon's mother Julia Lennon lived in is up for sale. The news has come as a surprise to John's sister Julia Baird, who remembered John was a frequent visitor there, and John and his band mates practiced there. She identifies John's bedroom in recently published photos.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon MBE found gathering dust in a draw at Buckingham Palace

The MBE medal that Beatle legend John Lennon rejected in November 1969 as an anti-war protest has been unearthed in a royal vault, still in the presentation case bearing the name John Winston Lennon. And now, almost 50 years on from the protest, historians are calling for it to be dusted off and put on public display.

Source: Purple Revolver
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
John Lennon's mum's house to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mum, dubbed the "House of Sin" by his Aunt Mimi, is up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton's Springwood estate, was where Lennon's mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
John Lennon's Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

A still-resonant tune with biting introspection, John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Face It" begins with the smeared sound of a tape machine engaging, this powerful reminder that Milk and Honey includes the incomplete, posthumous recordings a murdered genius. Even so, you'll find that all of the parts are still there.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon writes and records Instant Karma 45 Years ago today

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's how John Lennon described the speedy creative process leading up to the release of his Instant Karma! single, and although it wasn't literally true, it came impressively close. Recorded on Jan. 27, 1970, it was a hit one month later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, January 23, 2015
Liverpool author finds new clue to Lennon's Strawberry Fields lyrics

"The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story Behind the Rise and Fall of The Beatles" is an investigative biography which explores Lennon's childhood and his life until the end of The Beatles. Among the revelations in it are facts he discovered concerning Strawberry Fields Forever, including the line, "No one I think is in my tree."

Source: Beatles Examiner
In Pictures: John Lennon's most moving sketches

"Lennon's art changed considerably over time," Scott Gutterman, of New York's Neue Galerie, writes in the introduction to "John Lennon: The Collected Artwork," "The freewheeling figures he drew in his twenties gave way to sophisticated line drawings depicting his newfound daily life, including his delight in becoming a father."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Book Review: John Lennon: The Collected Artwork

John Lennon's humor and comments always seemed to have more of an edge to them than the other Beatles. His public persona was his true face, what we saw in his appearances and heard in interviews was who he was. You only need to glance through a new book, John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, for proof.

Source: Blog Critics
John Lennon's final interview with Rolling Stone

On January 22, 1981, Rolling Stone published the last ever print interview with John Lennon, conducted on December 5, 1980, just 3 days before he was shot. The main focus was the upcoming Double Fantasy that he was working on with Yoko, and followed them into the studio as they remixed several songs for the album.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, January 16, 2015
Japanese fan to build replica of John Lennon's childhood home

A Japanese fan of The Beatles wants to create an identical replica of John Lennon's childhood home. Tatsuro Hara, local historian in the town of Yanagawa in southern Japan, has proposed that a plot of land that belonged to the grandfather of Yoko Ono be turned into a park with a replica of Lennon's home as a "memorial hall."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Yoko Ono to aid in revamp of Japanese Garden in Chicago

A plan to remake Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago is receiving help from Yoko Ono, who joined the project after being moved by the beauty of the park during a trip to Chicago several years ago. She also will help with work on the Phoenix pavilion, a structure destroyed by vandals 70 years ago during World War II.

Source: DNA Info
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
John Lennon slept here, but Yoko didn't

The bed in which John Lennon and May Pang stayed during Lennon's "Lost Weekend" in 1974 is for sale. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is offering the vintage brass bed from a room at Caribou Ranch in Colorado and it's expected to sell for $300 to $500. Elton John was recording at Caribou at the time.

Source: KWTX, Waco Texas
Audio: 40 years ago today Elton John takes Beatles song to No. 1

Elton John's version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart 40 years ago today. He was the second artist to have a No. 1 hit of a song by the Beatles, Joe Cocker did it first when With a Little Help From My Friends. John Lennon, credited as Dr. Winston O'Boogie, played guitar on this recording.

Source: MPR News
Monday, January 12, 2015
Video: Imagine inspires thousands to break into song at Paris rally

An uplifting video of attendees at the Paris unity march singing, cheering and clapping to John Lennon's Imagine, a song that rings particularly powerful after the days of violence and unrest in France, was posted today to the internet. Millions gathered in central Paris on Sunday for the march held in solidarity for the victims of the attacks.

Source: Mashable
Friday, January 9, 2015
Sean Lennon takes British band under his wing

Sean Lennon is playing mentor to fledgling British punk band Fat White Family by putting them up at his New York home, giving them free use of his recording studio, and allowing them to play instruments belonging to his famous father. Lennon met them at the SXSW festival in Texas last year and he invited them to join him in New York.

Source: Contact Music
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey actor fears John Lennon-style death

Jamie Dornan is scared to death of Fifty Shades of Grey fans. In a new interview, the movie star expressed concerns about the film's intense fandom, to the point he worries that someone will actually kill him. He said, "I fear I'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere."

Source: NY Daily News

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