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Thursday, May 15, 2014
John Lennon Pan Am flight bag sold at auction

A flight bag belonging to John Lennon has been auctioned for ?4,700 ($7,900). The Pan Am Airways bag was given to the musician during the Beatles' first trip to America in 1964. It was auctioned, along with a letter of verification from Lennon's uncle. Auctioneers had initially expected the bag to fetch up to ?8,000.

Source: BBC News

Tim Piper
Just Imagine returns to LA in August

For all Beatles fans and specifically John Lennon admirers there is one singular show unlike any other tribute act out there that you will not want to miss. A live stage rockumentary, Just Imagine starring Tim Piper as John Lennon imagines John Lennon coming back to us to tell his tale, his life story from his youth through his last album, Double Fantasy.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Beatles launch experimental Zapple Records 45 years ago

In 1968, the Beatles issued their first release on Apple Records. A few months later, a side label existing solely for the purpose of more experimental outings was proposed, called "Zapple." George Harrison's Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions were Zapple's first efforts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon baffled by plan to clone his father

Sean Lennon has branded plans to clone his father John Lennon from DNA extracted from the John's teeth as "bizarre, futuristic and dystopian". The dentist who purchased the tooth last year hopes experts will one day be able to clone John Lennon, but Sean is unsure of the project and hinted it could end up the subject of legal action.

Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger covers Syd Barrett

Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Sean Lennon's Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger guested on WNYC last month and played some songs from their Midnight Sun album, but perhaps revealed more of themselves with the cover they also performed, a reverb-drenched run at "Long Gone," Syd Barrett's acid pop number from The Madcap Laughs.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
John Lennon's coat sells for $31,250 in online auction

A coat previously owned by John Lennon has sold for $31,250 in an online auction. The blue coat, designed by Great Coat Fireman, is believed to have been worn on the back cover of Lennon and Yoko Ono 's 1969 album Life With The Lions. The size 3 garment fetched more than $6,000 over its reserve price.

Source: Liverpool Echo
New book shows softer side of John Lennon's Aunt Mimi

John Lennon's Aunt Mimi has been portrayed over the decades as both a saint and a villain, a saint for taking the little boy in when his mother Julia could not care for him, a villain for strong-arming a defenseless Julia into handing him over. Author Kathy Burns addresses this in her new book, "The Guitar's All Right as a Hobby, John."

Source: John Lennon Examiner

Neil Innes
Neil Innes on The Rutles song John Lennon didn't like

George Harrison loved the music for Beatles documentary spoof The Rutles, conceived by ex-Monty Python Eric Idle and music by Neil Innes, and a copy of the finished Rutles album also went to John Lennon. "He said he thought it was great, but to watch out for the track Get Up and Go, which he thought was a little too close," recalls Innes.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Freaky Good: Imagine John Lennon and Wings mashed together

First, you speed up a classic instrumental solo track by John Lennon. Then, you slow down an accapella version of another solo Paul McCartney smash. Result: Fresh Beatle-y goodness. Titled "Imagine The Band," this eerie mashup will have you hearing "Imagine" and "Band on the Run" in a whole new way.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sean Lennon not running from comparisons to legendary father

In latest press materials, a bearded Sean Lennon stands glowering behind circular wire-frame glasses, his scraggly long hair, pressed under a wide-brimmed, pointy black hat. Even if the photos weren't sepia-filtered and retro-styled, they would call to mind images of his late father, John, in the creatively bold final stages of his life.

Source: The Canadian Press
Friday, April 25, 2014
John Lennon's fireman coat up for auction

A fireman-style jacket once owned by John Lennon is to go on sale at auction. The blue coat is believed to be the same one Lennon wore on the back cover of Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions. No estimated sale price has been given for the item but previous jackets belonging to Lennon have fetched up to $200,000.

Source: Toronto Sun
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rocks through Pomona

The love of music reached hundreds of children Tuesday as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at Kingsley Elementary School in Pomona, Ca., to teach kids about music and the recording industry. Though music programs have suffered cuts throughout the state, tour officials say their work is turning the sentiment toward music education around.

Source: San Bernardino Sun
Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends including John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be closing in June after 47 years, although production will continue outside the U.S. One former factory worker called it "the end of an iconic American brand."

Source: Albany Times Union
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Listen: Sean Lennon's new album Midnight Sun

Recorded in the four-year gap following the release of their Acoustic Sessions LP, Midnight Sun finds the atmospheric duo of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl diving into an even deeper sonic territory, which takes listeners on "a guided tour of bold, shape-shifting sonic murals and evocative lyrical panoramas."

Source: Exclaim, Canada
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yoko Ono's NY horse stable-turned-home sells for $8.3M

About six months ago the former horse stable Yoko Ono bought for son Sean Lennon, who only briefly occupied the joint, appeared on the market for $6.5 million. After entering contract in November, the sale to an anonymous buyer has hit public record, listing the final price as $8.3 million. Ono purchased the co-op in 1995.

Source: Curbed NY
Friday, April 11, 2014
New Gospel album includes Beatles and John Lennon covers

"Hey Jude," a collection of new gospel versions of classic pop songs, will be available on iTunes beginning April 29. It includes covers of three Beatles songs, Hey Jude, Let It Be and All You Need Is Love, plus John Lennon's Imagine. It also includes Stand By Me, which John Lennon himself covered on his Rock 'n' Roll album.

Source: Broadway World
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Video: Animals from Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

In 1973, director Alejandro Jodorowsky made a psychedelic film called The Holy Mountain that became an underground sensation, partly because John Lennon and Yoko Ono put their stamp of approval on it by underwriting its costs. Somewhere along the way, their son Sean must have spent a few nights drinking in its bizarre delights.

Source: Something Else Reviews
The true and forgotten story of Havana's John Lennon Park

In December 1990, a John Lennon tribute concert was held in a park in Havana, and years later, a statue of Lennon was unveiled there. But the concert almost never happened. It was to be held in the lower terraced roof of the Habana Libre Hotel, without any previous announcement, to surprise the city and passersby.

Source: Havana Times
Friday, April 4, 2014
Interview: John Lennon tribute artist Tim Piper

Musician, actor and songwriter Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by the Beatles, distinguishing himself as the preeminent John Lennon tribute performer. In this new interview, he talks about performing for over 25 years around the world, remembers his first performance, and describes the best day of his life.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Thursday, April 3, 2014
John Lennon's infamous 'Lost Weekend' revisited

By the summer of 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's marriage was on the rocks. As an unusual remedy, Ono suggested that Lennon embark on an affair with their assistant, May Pang. That led to Lennon's "Lost Weekend," the 18 months he lived with Pang in her New York apartment and a rented home in Los Angeles.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lennon's visit to Bermuda remembered in Chelsea Flower Show

John Lennon's visit to Bermuda in 1980 will be a feature of this year's famous Chelsea Flower Show in London by way of a "Bermuda Double Fantasy Garden" exhibit. Double Fantasy was the name of Lennon's last album, inspired by the native Bermuda flowers Lennon saw during his walk through the Botanical Gardens.

Source: Royal Gazette, Bermuda
Monday, March 31, 2014

Lennon UFO drawing sells for 10 times expectation

John Lennon says he saw a UFO above the Manhattan skyline in 1974, while sober, and it put it all down on paper. A drawing of that 1974 sighting, sketched for his "Walls and Bridges" album, was auctioned in London on March 21st. The drawing was originally expected to bring in between $1600 to $2500, but ended up selling for just over $16,600.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post

Photos: Bob Gruen's Iconic Rock 'n' Roll Portraits

Even the most casual consumers of rock 'n' roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen's iconic images. He's shot album covers and portraits that have come to be so associated with superstar musicians, including John Lennon's New York City T-shirt photo. New York's Pop International Galleries will host Gruen's photos in a show opening April 4.

Source: Flavorwire
Friday, March 28, 2014
John Lennon letter about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson fetches $88,200

A letter written by John Lennon complaining about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson's bad conduct at a recording studio has sold almost ?53,000. Lennon was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behaviour in the studio they all shared in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The note had a pre-sale estimate of ?4,000 to ?6,000.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
John Lennon and Paul Mccartney reunite 40 years ago today

After the breakup of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon only collaborated once, on March 28, 1974 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles. Lennon was producing his drinking buddy Harry Nilsson's forthcoming release "Pussy Cats" when Paul and Linda McCartney unexpectedly stopped by. Also on hand was Stevie Wonder.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Video: covers John Lennon's Mind Games

There are lots of good reasons to go see live on their current tour, their great new album Lost In The Dream chief among them. But here's another one, the band recently added a gorgeous cover of John Lennon's Mind Games, the title track of Lennon's 1973 album, to their live repertoire.

Source: Stereogum
Rock star paintings go on display in Liverpool

Paul McCartney and John Lennon are among 40 paintings of rock heroes by graphic designer Paul Terence Madden going on display in Liverpool on Friday. He said, "This endless exhibition is a true homage, a reflection of my life connected to the world of music. The paintings are of people I love and admire."

Source: Liverpool Echo

In His Own Write
John Lennon's In His Own Write published 50 years ago

In his book In His Own Write, John Lennon weaved whimsical line drawings and sharp satire into a collection of 31 poems and short stories. He told the BBC, "I used to make the lads laugh...talking like that, and writing poetry. I used to write them and just give them to friends to laugh at, and that was the end of it...It's just my style of humor."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, March 24, 2014
Photos: Collection of Lennon drawings to fetch more than $800,000

The largest private collection of poems, doodles and drawings by John Lennon is expected to fetch more than $800,000 when it goes under the hammer. Artworks titled "You Might Well Arsk" will go on sale in New York in June. They were previously published in Lennon's two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon drawing recalls frightening Palm Springs tram ride

A rare drawing by John Lennon which sold Friday in a celebrity auction in London brings to mind a hair-raising story of when Lennon took a ride on the famous Palm Springs aerial tramway in California. The drawing shows Lennon, girlfriend May Pang and Harry Nilsson sitting on a tramcar thousands of feet off the ground in midair.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Yoko Ono joins campaign to save 'bombed out church'

More than 18,000 people, including Yoko Ono, are backing a campaign to save the "bombed out church" from being sold. St Luke's Church in Liverpool is owned by the council, which says it can't afford to maintain it. Campaigners say, "It is not a simple a shell, it is a living, working monument to the people of Liverpool."

Source: Liverpool Echo

May Pang
May Pang questions story about Lennon letter sold at auction

Former John Lennon girlfriend May Pang has problems with the story in the media surrounding the letter said to have been written by John Lennon that was auctioned Friday, because she says it didn't happen that way. "They were not at the studio visiting during the Rock 'n' Roll album at A&M studios. John would not write to Phil, we would call him," said Pang.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, March 20, 2014
John Lennon's UFO drawing and other sketches up for auction

In 1974, John Lennon claimed to have seen a UFO in New York City, and mentioned it on the sleeve of his "Walls and Bridges" album. He also drew a picture of a UFO when sketching ideas for the cover of "Walls and Bridges." This rare drawing will be auctioned off along with several other John Lennon sketches from the 1970s.

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
John Lennon marries Yoko Ono 45 years ago today

On Thursday, March 20, 1969, John Winston Lennon married Yoko Ono. The two met in November 1966 as she was preparing to open an art exhibit called "Unfinished Paintings And Objects" at the Indica Gallery in London. At the time, John was still married to his first wife, Cynthia, who filed for divorce in August 1968.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's old-fashioned romance

About eight years ago, model Charlotte Kemp Muhl was at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. She was dressed, as the festival's unofficial dress code requires, in HotPants and cowboy boots. There, she met Sean Lennon, and who knows if it was the HotPants or the cowboy boots, but Lennon was smitten.

Source: Women's Wear Daily
Unseen John Lennon letter complains about Keith Moon's rock'n'roll behavior

A letter written by John Lennon complaining about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson is up for sale. Lennon was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behavior in the studio they all shared at Capitol Records in Los Angeles in the early 70s, and warned he was about to join rival recording studios Record Plant because of the aggravation.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Interview: New John Lennon movie tells story of Beatle's interviews

A new film called "Rubber Soul," which recreates a pair of interviews done by John Lennon and Yoko Ono with actors saying the original words, received its world premiere at this year's SXSW. In this new interview, producer Jon Lefkovitz talks about the development of the movie and what viewers can expect.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, March 17, 2014
John Lennon's drawings and manuscripts for books to be auctioned

An important collection of Beatle John Lennon's autograph drawings and manuscripts produced by the artist for his critically acclaimed books: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works will be held at Sotheby's in New York on June 4. An exhibition of the drawings will tour Austin Texas and London before finishing in NYC.

Source: Artlyst

John and Yoko Bed-In commemorated at Kentucky museum

John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their two "bed-ins" for peace 45 years ago, starting this month. Also this month, the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Kentucky will host an exhibit remembering John and Yoko as they attempted to use global media interest in anything Beatle-related to get out their message of protest against the Vietnam War.

Source: Inquisitr
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Yoko Ono show in Spain shines light on pioneering conceptual artist

"The ladder John had to climb up was very high," recalls Yoko Ono about one of her most famous works, called Ceiling Painting or Yes Painting, one of the classics of conceptual art that fill her retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in Spain. It consists of a stepladder leading up to a steel-framed panel and a dangling magnifying glass.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
John Lennon, Harry Nilsson tossed from Troubadour 40 years ago

The evening Harry Nilsson introduced John Lennon to the brandy Alexander cocktail wouldn't end well. On March 12, 1974, the rock stars would ultimately be escorted out of LA's iconic Troubadour nightclub, ejected for relentlessly heckling the Smothers Brothers and, according to a member of the staff, assaulting a waitress.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Yoko Ono to exhibit at Folkestone Triennial 2014

Yoko Ono is among the artists set to display work at this year's Folkestone Triennial in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England. Avant-garde visual artist Ono will exhibit work at the Quarterhouse as part of the festival, which will be held across the town between August 30 and November 2.

Source: Folkestone Herald, UK

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