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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
His musical collaborators remember John Lennon

John Lennon was just as intriguing to those who shared studio time with him as he was to those who simply purchased the music. Collaborators like guitarist Joey Molland, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Alan White were passengers on this amazing post-Beatles creative journey, and offer new insights in these new interviews.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, February 21, 2014
Author to speak on myths in Beatles history at symposium

This weekend's Beatles Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania will feature many top-notch authors and scholars. Jude Southerland Kessler, author of "She Loves You," will be there addressing the myths that have rewritten Beatles history over the years, and will explain her theories as to why this has occurred.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon on list of proposed new US postage stamps

The U.S. Postal Service will release several celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, honoring artists including Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. A John Lennon stamp is also proposed, but has become controversial among philatelists because it goes against guidelines for new stamps that the subject must be an American.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon 'nonsense list' up for sale

A unique "nonsense" list by former Beatle John Lennon is being sold by its owner in Wales. Michael Poynter Adams has the original, 1969 printer's proof of the list, which has 26 letters and nonsensical words alongside each one in Lennon's handwriting. It's expected to fetch at least 6,000 at auction on Wednesday.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, UK
Thursday, February 20, 2014
18-year-old Olivia Millerschin wins John Lennon Songwriting Contest

A teenager from Metro Detroit won this month the John Lennon Songwriting Contest's "Love, Love, Love" Valentine's Day competition, part of the annual contest named for The Beatles member and is considered a prestigious international competition. The John Lennon Songwriting Contest was launched in 1997.

Source: MLive.com
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Video Interview: Jude Kessler on her third John Lennon book

Author Jude Southerland Kessler has just released her latest book in the John Lennon Series, "She Loves You." Jude speaks at the very busy (and noisy!) Fest for Beatles Fans in New York City. Written in a "bio-novel" format, although they read as a novel, Jude's books are based on thoroughly researched historical events.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Yoko Ono exemplifies staying hip at any age

If you watched the Beatles' 50th anniversary special last week, you couldn't miss Yoko Ono, who turned 81 on Tuesday. She sat in the front row alongside her son, Sean, and she seemed to be enjoying the heck out of it, rising from her seat frequently to dance, showing off moves that a much younger woman might envy.

Source: Pocono Record
Monday, February 17, 2014
Theatre Within produces world's longest running annual John Lennon Tribute

Theatre Within, an experimental performance workshop started in 1962, which was originally located just a few blocks from the Dakota building where John Lennon lived, started their annual John Lennon tribute show back in 1981. It's one of just two Lennon Tribute shows in the world that Yoko Ono officially sanctions.

Source: Beatles News

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon slams Beatles tribute concert as karaoke

Julian Lennon says he was unimpressed by the celebration in Los Angeles marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's historic arrival in America. "The last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else, clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles' karaoke session. Give me the originals any day."

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Beatles tour guides recall magic of receiving Lennon's white feather

A mysterious white feather floated down to three Beatles tour guides in front of a notorious Beatles landmark during one of their tours in New York City on February 8. Most people wouldn't have noticed. But fans who know much about John Lennon understand the mystical significance of the white feather.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Artist challenges legitimacy of John Lennon exhibit

An exhibit and sale of reproductions of drawings by John Lennon is a $100 million scam perpetrated on unwitting buyers by his widow. That's the charge being made by Gary Arseneau of Fernandina Beach, Fla., an artist, scholar, art expert, author and creator of original lithographs, who called the tour "fraud on a massive level."

Source: Monterey Herald, CA
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Remembering the John Lennon who showed up for a fight

Having changed the world once with The Beatles, at the beginning of the 1970s John Lennon wanted to do it all over again. He escaped to America with Yoko Ono and plunged into his new world of activism and giving peace a chance. But if New York welcomed him with open arms, Washington didn't want him around.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
New York Hard Rock plays lost Lennon interviews at private Beatles event

The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York, hosted a private function Sunday night in honor of the exact 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. The Liverpool Beatles friends in attendance included the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Freda Kelly, Julia Baird and Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Interview: John Lennon historian Jude Southerland Kessler

The just-released book, She Loves You, by Jude Southerland Kessler, which begins in the spring of 1963 at the start of Beatlemania in the UK and ends with the conclusion of the Beatles' first visit to America in February 1964, is the third volume of her expanded biography of Lennon, ultimately to be nine books covering his whole life.

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Why Julian Lennon stayed away from Beatles anniversary blitz

As the long period of celebrations in honor of the Beatles' stateside arrival 50 years ago wrapped on this week, we'd seen Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Olivia and Dhani Harrison. But where was Julian Lennon? As far away as he could be, in Kenya and rural Ethiopia, working to help restore clean water to the region.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl to release new album in april

Sean Lennon and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl have announced their new album, called "Midnight Sun," is set to be released on April 29. Lennon and Kemp Muhl make up The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, have performed at the Hollywood Bowl and released a vinyl EP titled "La Carotte Bleue" for Record Store Day.

Source: Jobs & Hire
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Julian Lennon reflects on big Beatles anniversary

Fifty years ago, Julian Lennon's father, John, and the rest of the Beatles boarded a plane for the U.S. "Anyone must remember that dad left when I was 3 years old. Mom and I lived out of the limelight. We lived a totally different life. People seem to forget that. In many respects, as much as I'm tied in [with Beatles history] I am also quite distant from it."

Source: Fox News
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Audio: Lost John Lennon interview from 1968

In 1968, Maurice Hindle sent an ambitious letter to a Beatles fanzine requesting an interview with John Lennon. Surprisingly, he received a reply from Lennon himself in December, inviting him and his friends to Lennon's home in Surrey. Lennon spoke to them for six hours, on everything from politics to social change.

Source: Paste Magazine
Friday, February 7, 2014
Video: Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon perform Beatles song on Letterman

The Flaming Lips, with a little help from their friend Sean Lennon, covered the Sixties' most popular psychedelic song, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," as part of The Late Show With David Letterman's Beatles Week last night. Lennon wore the same hat and beard his dad wore on the album sleeve for Hey Jude.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Video: Julian Lennon on his father, Beatles' impact

Julian Lennon says he can't help but be inspired by the music of his father, John Lennon, and the Beatles. "I'd have to look at him and the Beatles as probably my music teachers, really, along with the likes of the Beach Boys, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin." Julian was born just a year before the Beatles would make their mark on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: CBS News
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Video: Sting covers The Beatles on Letterman

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS TV is scheduling musicians to perform Beatles songs all week. Last night, Sting stopped by to play Drive My Car. Tonight, the Flaming Lips will perform Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds with Sean Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, February 3, 2014
This week's musical tributes to the Beatles on Letterman

The Late Show with David Letterman will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America with a week of programming dedicated to the group. Artists include Sting, singing Drive My Car on Tuesday and the Flaming Lips with special guest Sean Lennon on Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds on Wednesday.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Photographer starts Kickstarter campaign for Lennon Bed-in book

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were staging a Bed-In for Peace, and on May 26, 1969, aspiring teenage photographer Roy Kerwood bluffed his way into the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal as "press." He ended up spending the week with Ono and Lennon, taking dozens of photos that would become iconic treasures of that incredible event.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, January 31, 2014
Audio interviews box set with John and Yoko due out in April

A new eight-CD box set gathering together five lengthy conversations John Lennon and Yoko Ono had with Village Voice journalist Howard Smith will be released on April 14. The interviews feature Jonn and Yoko discussing a wide variety of topics, including the couple's political activism and the breakup of The Beatles.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5, NC
Monday, January 27, 2014

Julia Baird
John Lennon's sister leads U.K. business delegation to U.S.

Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's appearance on Ed Sullivan in February, 1964, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, who is now the director of The Cavern, is leading a delegation of businessmen and politicians to the Big Apple for a great British sales drive. The delegation will also be joined by tribute group The Cavern Club Beatles.

Source: The Express, UK
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Milk and Honey released 30 years ago

When John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, he was in the midst of recording the follow-up to the recently released Double Fantasy. Those songs, combined with some outtakes from the Double Fantasy sessions, were compiled by his widow, Yoko Ono on their album Milk and Honey, which came out on Jan. 27, 1984.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney embraces Yoko Ono before performing with Ringo Starr

It seems Paul McCartney and Yoko One have put their feud behind them. Before reuniting on stage with his Beatles band mate, Ringo Starr, Paul approached Yoko in the star-studded crowd and held her hand as they exchanged a few words. They embraced each other, and the gesture didn't appear to have been forced.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Photos: Ringo and Yoko at Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

She was once blamed for the break-up of The Beatles and it was said that Yoko Ono was resented by her former husband John Lennon's bandmates. But nowadays, Yoko is rather chummy with the likes of Ringo Starr, and the pair showed what good friends they are at the 2014 Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award event on Saturday.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
John Lennon sound engineer Roy Cicala

Roy Cicala, whose career as an audio engineer included work on numerous John Lennon albums. Jack Douglas, producer of John Lennon's "Double Fantasy" album, paid tribute to Cicala on Facebook today, saying, "Lost my mentor, good friend and brilliant engineer Roy Cicala today."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Yoko Ono speaks out against Japan's dolphin hunting

Yoko Ono has added her name to the growing list of high-profile opposition to Japan's annual dolphin cull in the rural town of Taiji. She said, "Please consider the safety of the future of Japan, surrounded by many powerful countries. At this very politically sensitive time, the hunt will make the children of the world hate the Japanese."

Source: Nature World News
Monday, January 20, 2014
George Harrison's Wonderwall to be released on blu-ray

Shout Factory has announced the upcoming Blu-ray release of Joe Massot's 1968 film Wonderwall, out of print since 2002. This release will be the first Hi-def edition of the movie. George Harrison provided the soundtrack, which fused electric and traditional Indian instruments in a kaleidoscope of sound.

Source: SpyVibe
How John Lennon buried his mother in song

Few events in John Lennon's brief life were as traumatic and painful than his mother, Julia, when he was 17. Both his gentle ballad to his absent mother on the White Album, to his anguished recollection of her on his first solo album, help understand the pain that lies just beneath the surface of a Lennon song.

Source: Newsweek
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson's 13 works of genius on film

The life of Harry Nilsson is one of rock's tallest tales. In the late sixties he became America's one-man answer to the Beatles, before spiralling out of control and eventually squandering his talent with the help of his similarly self-hating booze buddy, John Lennon. But he never played live and was hardly ever in the media, his music had to speak for itself.

Source: Mojo Magazine
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sean Lennon says singer sounds like his dad

Australian group Tame Impala gets lots of Beatles comparisons, but one was special. "I was speaking to Sean Lennon and he told me I sound like his dad," says Kevin Parker, Tame Impala's leader. "So I guess if anyone's going to tell me I sound like John Lennon I guess he's the one with some sort of authority on it."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono's Sydney exhibition draws crowds

"Yoko is the world's most famous unknown artist: Everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does," John Lennon once said of Yoko Ono. A major retrospective in Sydney seeks to rectify this. "War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono" showcases Ms. Ono's careers as a conceptual artist, band member, filmmaker, celebrity and peace activist.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 13, 2014
John Power set to return to Liverpool stage as John Lennon

John Power, won acclaim for his portrayal of the late Beatle when he made his acting debut in Lennon at the Royal Court last summer, is to return to the stage as John Lennon. John Power said, "It was a great challenge last time. If the performances are anything like last year's then the audiences will love it."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Yoko Ono Fort Myers art exhibit invites collaboration

Everyone who passes through the Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Meyers, Florida, on January 24 to see Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace will be magically converted into an active collaborator the instant they are handed an Onochord. The museum's curator said, "Yoko's participatory pieces induce an exchange between the audience and the artist."

Source: Island Sun News, Fort Meyers
Monday, January 6, 2014
All You Need is $23 million to buy John Lennon's Kenwood

The Surrey mansion where John Lennon wrote Sergeant Pepper's is for sale. John Lennon lived in "Kenwood" with his wife Cynthia between 1964 and 1968, and is thought to have written several Beatles songs there. He also filmed home movies at the house, some of which are featured in the film Imagine: John Lennon.

Source: AOL Money
New film to feature young Beatles' adventures in North Wales

The story of a "daytripper" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to North Wales is set to be turned into a film this year. Based on a true story, "Men of Harlech" tells the story of a teenage Lennon and McCartney running away from Liverpool in a coming-of-age roadtrip to the North Wales town after hearing the famous Welsh song.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Listen: Beck covers John Lennon for new Starbucks compilation

Starbucks will release its Sweetheart 2014 compilation for Valentine's Day. "Loser" singer Beck's contribution to the album is an acoustic cover of John Lennon's "Love." Beginning with a somber piano and seguing into a heavy-handed guitar, Beck highlights the best of "Love" with soft vocals that wind around the song's signature riffs.

Source: Music Times
Monday, December 30, 2013
Ukrainian protesters play John Lennon's Imagine to riot police

Earlier this month, Sean Lennon shared a photo on his Facebook wall depicting a pianist playing John Lennon's famous song Imagine to the rows of Ukrainian riot police. In a week, the photo has gathered over 16,900 likes and has been shared over 6,100 times. The artistic action took place in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Source: Global Voices Online
Monday, December 23, 2013
Julian Lennon's SXSW appearance could spark 2014 U.S. tour

Next year could bring a U.S. tour for Julian Lennon. Lennon earlier said his appearance at South by Southwest in Austin could include an exhibit, a screening of his new documentary Through the Picture Window, a theater-based acoustic show with a Q&A session, and then a concluding performance featuring an orchestra.

Source: Something Else Reviews

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