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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Price of John Lennon's island in Ireland slashed by 100k

An island that was once owned by John Lennon has had its asking price slashed. Dorinish Island, which is located off the west coast of Ireland, was first listed for sale in 2012 with an original price tag of 300,000. After two years on the market, the island's price has been cut to a bargain price of just 200,000.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Monday, September 15, 2014

Yoko Ono brings John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Harlem

"I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono said at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that lets kids learn about songwriting, recording, and music videos and lay down their own tracks.

Source: Billboard
Roxy Music bassist John Gustafson dies

John Gustafson, who collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the "second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool" for his work in the groundbreaking early '60s power trio the Big Three, which was recommended to sign with Brian Epstein by John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, September 12, 2014
Artist creates quirky illustrations depicting Beatles tunes

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, LA, will open a Beatles exhibition Saturday featuring illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter. The 14 prints interpret every song on the With the Beatles album. They're featured in the new John Lennon biography "She Loves You" by Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: WWNO, New Orleans
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Pictures: Sean Lennon plays in Liverpool city centre

Last night, Sean Lennon performed in front of a packed house at the Kazimier in Liverpool city centre, with his band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger. The band was formed by Sean and partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The couple have said they started the band as a way to spend more time together.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, September 5, 2014
John Lennon's island in Ireland still up for sale

John Lennon's "Beatle Island" is still up for sale. With panoramic views of Clew Bay, it's no wonder Lennon fell in love with it. Dorinish Island, which has a price tag of 300,000 ($388,700) is set in a stunning location with views out across Clare Island to the Atlantic. Lennon bought the island at auction in 1967 for 1,700 ($2,775).

Source: RTE Ten, Ireland
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Sean Lennon gets mixed reaction in Glasgow after urging Scotland no vote

Sean Lennon was met with a mixed reaction when he called for Scotland to stay with England at his latest gig. Playing with his band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger in Glasgow, they cheered and booed when he said, "Scotland is a beautiful country but is better sticking together. But I won't hold it against anyone wanting to vote."

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Record, Scotland
John Lennon leaves legacy in battle over illegal US immigration

Current US immigration policy goes back to 42 years ago with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Fighting Richard Nixon's government to stay in the country, Lennon's case is an integral part of the legal foundation the Obama administration relied on to defer the deportation of immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Rolling Stone boss gets John Lennon peace award

Rolling Stone magazine boss Jann Wenner is among the 2014 recipients of the LennonOno Grant For Peace awards. Wenner, who founded the influential rock bible in the 1960s, will be handed the honor at the annual ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9, what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, September 1, 2014
Producers defend controversial Lennon film

The producers of The Lennon Report, a film examining the aftermath of John Lennon's assassination and those who tried to save him, have defended their project from accusations of cashing in on the 35th anniversary of Lennon's death. The film will star Kevin Dillon as a motorcycle cop on the scene when Lennon was shot.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NME, UK
Friday, August 29, 2014
True tale of John Lennon's mum revealed in new book

Most Beatles fans know stories about John Lennon's mother Julia, whose early death in 1958 scarred him for life and inspired his music. On his 1970 song Mother, he sang "You had me but I never had you". But Kevin Roach says many don't know the true story, and hopes his new interactive book, Julia, will set the record straight.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Video: John Lennon murder film causing controversy

A new film has gone into pre-production in New York looking at the events that took place on the night John Lennon was shot and killed outside his Manhattan home in December 1980. The film will focus on the efforts of first responders at the site of the shooting, and at the hospital where Lennon was taken.

Source: BBC News
Audio: John Lennon's lost Tower Records commercial

John Lennon taped a promotional spot for the Tower Records store on Sunset Strip in 1974, reportedly while in studio at KHJ radio in Los Angeles. The clip surfaced in a post at Dangerous Minds on the history of Tower Records and in particular the Sunset Strip store, a focal point of local record culture for three decades-plus.

Source: LA Observed
Yoko Ono to visit new World War I memorial

Yoko Ono will visit a new war memorial in Folkestone in Kent, south-east England next month. Ono is among the artists showing work around the town for the Triennial arts festival, which opens on Saturday. The arch was opened by Prince Harry earlier this month to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Monday, August 25, 2014
John Lennon's killer denied parole for eighth time

Fearing he may commit more crimes, a three-person Parole Board panel announced Friday it has denied John Lennon's killer an eighth bid for release, and won't be eligible for parole again for another two years. He is serving a 20-year to life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in upstate NY after gunning down Lennon in 1980.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, August 21, 2014
John Lennon's first ever self portrait on sale for 3million

Before the Beatles even began, John Lennon studied at Liverpool College of Art along with the original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe. His first ever self-portrait is set to sell for 3million at a London auction house. Dating back to 1958, the painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly.

Source: Metro, UK
Australian-based John Lennon show comes to New York

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, a theatrical tribute to John Lennon, will play in New York City beginning Oct. 3. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the show explores Lennon's life and talent through performances of 31 of his songs.

Source: Theatermania
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson join forces 40 years ago today

In 1974, Harry Nilsson's once-promising career seemed in danger. On top of stalling sales, his second marriage was falling apart and his self-destructive nature had started to affect his creative output. His bosses at RCA were unhappy, he and Richard Perry had parted ways, and Nilsson needed a producer. Enter John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
John Lennon to have a 40-year-old whisky named for him in 2020

Liverpool collectibles company Winston Elizabeth and Windsor will be bringing to market a limited edition of "John Lennon 40-year old whisky" in 2020 to mark the 40th anniversary. Only forty bottles will be made, at a Scotland distillery. Each will come in a black suede box, and inside will be an 18-carat gold guitar.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon's enormous musical legacy overshadows his drawing

When John Lennon met Yoko Ono in a London art gallery in 1966, it was a thunderclap moment in modern pop-culture history. Ono said, "When we first met, we talked about our favorite artists. I was really surprised that we liked the same artist." Lennon's visual art is the subject of a new three-day event in Santa Cruz.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Monday, August 11, 2014
Unseen photos of John Lennon ready to be presented to Yoko Ono

A documentary photographer from Faversham, England, is ready to present his photos of John Lennon to Yoko Ono. There are twelve pictures of Lennon, the negatives of which were left undiscovered in a loft for around 45 years. They went on display for the first time earlier this year at The Proud Gallery in Chelsea, London.

Source: Canterbury Times, UK
What happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas for John Lennon

Hush money kept the Beatles' groundbreaking U.S. tour in 1964 from being scuttled by a scandal in Las Vegas, according to a British journalist who traveled with them. A $10,000 payment went to the mother of two teenage American girls, said Ivor Davis, author of the new book "The Beatles and Me on Tour."

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Friday, August 8, 2014

Why Paul and John needed each other to create The Beatles

If you're looking for some creative inspiration, your best bet may be to brainstorm with a friend. Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, explains how John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Beatles partnership is a prime example of two brains being better than one for creative genius.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
John Lennon book republished as eBook

"Peace At Last," by author Jason M. Leen has been republished through the efforts of his partner Jan Klyce as an eBook with extra material. It is available on both Amazon U.S. and Amazon UK. It was the first book to communicate channeled conversations from the Beatle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
What John Lennon can teach us about workforce engagement

John Lennon, when performing with the Quarry Men, played in a band competition and was twice soundly trounced by Nicky Cuff and the Sunnnyside Skiffle Group, who put on a madcap show. Lennon recognized that his own band had more talent than Cuff's, and it finally dawned on him that excitement mattered.

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Monday, August 4, 2014
Unheard George Harrison tape has Beatle doing tunes sung by John Lennon

Beatles author Dave Morrell has confirmed the existence of a rare George Harrison tape that was on auction in 2010 but not sold, featuring him singing Beatles songs he didn't do with the Beatles. The approximately 45 minute tape was described as an impromptu jam session with musicians at the Taj Holiday Village in Goa, India.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Broadway-hopeful new musical about John and Yoko seeking funding

The team behind a new rock musical about John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers, are seeking funding for a concept album, a bigger stage production and a film. The show includes groovy 60s sounds to rock ballads. A sold-out condensed version of the show ran at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Source: Classicalite
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mark McGann talks about his ongoing portrayal of John Lennon

The role set him on course for a three-decade acting career and gained him an Olivier Award nomination when he first appeared in the West End. Despite the plaudits from John Lennon's own family, including Julian Lennon, Mark McGann admits he has generally shied away from playing the legendary Beatle.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, July 25, 2014
Julian Lennon plays with Bono at green fundraiser

Julian Lennon rocked out with U2 frontman Bono at an exclusive fundraising gala at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's inaugural fundraising gala in Saint-Tropez this week. The duo performed a rendition of Stand By Me before playing a few riffs. Bono also donated one of his guitars to the charity auction.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Thursday, July 24, 2014
John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero in Phoenix

When producer Gordy Deems was working at Chaton Recording Studios in Phoenix, he noticed the studio's owner and engineer/producer Otto D'Agnolo bore a striking resemblance to John Lennon, and said he should be in a tribute show. "I told him I sounded even more like Lennon than I looked," said D'Agnolo.

Source: AZCentral, Arizona
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
All new John Lennon Hour debuts on BlogTalkRadio tomorrow

The all new John Lennon Hour, hosted by Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler, will be returning to the airwaves on BlogTalkRadio on July 24. The weekly show will discuss the life and career of John Lennon & the Beatles and will include interviews with guest authors, musicians, and experts from the Beatles world.

Source: PRLog
Monday, July 21, 2014
Video: Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's Imagine

Eddie Vedder expanded upon his pro-peace stance over the weekend with an emotional cover of John Lennon's 1971 favorite Imagine. Vedder introduced the song by saying, "I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it." Vedder drew criticism last week for anti-war comments during a show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, July 18, 2014
Audio: Homage to John Lennon heads to Australia

A homage to the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon is coming to the Wide Bay area of Australia next month. Looking Through The Glass Onion is part concert and part biography as John Waters captures the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. Waters talks about the show in this interview.

Source: ABC, Brisbane
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Photo exhibition uncovers John Lennon's lost weekend

May Pang was the special guest at the Hotel Zetta reception in San Francisco on Monday to kick off an exhibition of unusual photographs. A very relaxed and happy John Lennon can be seen in the photos, taken by May during the two years they spent together from 1973 to 1975 during the commonly misnamed "Lost Weekend."

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The book that inspired Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven. Easy, right? Now imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky. Then imagine the clouds dripping. Dig a hole in your garden to put them in. These "instructions," as Yoko Ono called them, spoke to John Lennon after she gave him a collection of more than a hundred of them not long after they met in 1966.

Source: The Slate
Friday, July 4, 2014
Sean Lennon to play Liverpool gig with Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl are set to play in Liverpool in Sept. Sean says they met at the Coachella Music Festival, but despite living together, Charlotte didn't tell him about her musical talents for more than a year. "She'd written a lot of stuff like screenplays and stories, but I never knew she played guitar and sang."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Fan's John Lennon tattoo turns out to look more like Harry Potter

A John Lennon fan has become an internet sensation after his tattoo of the singer looked more like Harry Potter than the Beatles star. Social media users began immediately sharing the image including their own acerbic comments on the artwork, and has been branded a "tattoo fail" by one who Tweeted, "Imagine all the wizards."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
How John Lennon's 1969 Toronto concert helped breakup Beatles

In September, 1969, John Lennon appeared with Yoko Ono at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival. He had not performed to a large audience in three years, and was frightened at the prospect. An awestruck crowd greeted the group just after midnight, but the performance was punctuated by Yoko's incessant high-pitched screeching.

Source: National Post, Canada
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Video: Yoko Ono performs Don't Worry, Kyoko at Glastonbury

Yoko Ono performed "Don't Worry, Kyoko" with her band Plastic Ono Band at Glastonbury 2014. The video, which was posted to YouTube by the BBC, has received a lot of attention, but not quite the attention that the 81-year-old would like. One commenter on YouTube said, "If she went on xfactor she'd be laughed off."

Source: American Live Wire
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
John Lennon lives forever in two-man show

Back by popular demand John Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta are going back to basics with their two-man concert, Looking Through A Glass Onion. "We've gone back to an unplugged, two-man format with an acoustic piano, guitar and stomp box," says Waters, who started the show in 1992 on a small stage in Sydney.

Source: Southcoast Register
John Lennon in bad car crash 45 years ago today

John Lennon was a brilliant songwriter, but not much of a driver. He didn't get his license until he was 24, and ended his time behind the wheel with a scary mishap that ended with a trip to the hospital for himself, his son Julian, Yoko Ono, and her daughter Kyoko, after running his Austin Maxi hatchback into a ditch on July 1, 1969.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 30, 2014
Review: Yoko Ono at Glastonbury between ludicrous and lovable

Yoko Ono played Glastonbury with the Plastic Ono Band on Sunday. "I've been tap-dancing in the mud!" yells Yoko, launching into an opening speech. What followed was 40 minutes of experimental drum drone, bluesy riff rock, spoken word "affirmations" and singing that resembled primal scream therapy.

Source: The Guardian, UK

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