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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Microphone used by Beatles at 1964 concert in Hull to be auctioned

A microphone used by The Beatles when they played live in Hull in 1964 is set to fetch ?6,000 at auction. It was owned and used by The Beatles in the early 1960s, and was given by John Lennon to a fan after the show on October 16, 1964. A tape recording of an interview with John Lennon in Hull is also up for auction.

Source: Hull Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
John Lennon's books and manuscripts fetch high price at auction

Original manuscripts and drawings by John Lennon, produced for two books he wrote in the mid-1960s, sold for $2.9m (?1.73m) on Wednesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate. All of the 89 lots in the sale, from Lennon's 1964 book In His Own Write and 1965's A Spaniard in the Works, were snapped up by buyers.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Yoko Ono to pay designer over fashion rip-off

Yoko Ono has agreed to​ pay a designer who accused her of stealing her raunchy fashion designs, according to papers filed in Brooklyn federal court. Despite initially seeking to toss the court case as frivolous, Ono has now agreed to pay Haleh Nematzadeh an undisclosed sum of money to make the copycat case vanish.

Source: NY Post
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Julia Baird
John Lennon's sister Julia Baird to star in Northwich LitFest

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird is among the guests taking part in Northwich LitFest throughout June. The film Nowhere Boy was partially based on Julia's book. Baird will appear on June 11, tickets are ?5 and copies of her book, a CD of her interview with Paul McCartney, as well as a Cavern Club poster will all be available for purchase at the end of the evening.

Source: Norwich Guardian, UK
Monday, June 2, 2014
Interview: Author recounts memories with John Lennon's Aunt Mimi

"The Guitar's All Right as a Hobby, John" by Kathy Burns tells the story of the author's friendship with John's Aunt Mimi Smith. In this interview, she talks about how she started her friendship with Mimi, and about some of the controversies that cropped up over the years, including why Mimi ended up raising John and not his mother.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Newly discovered 40-Year-old George Harrison interview is released

Recently unearthed and just released is a historic interview with George Harrison by legendary radio personality Levi Booker. The first released part of this interview covers George Harrison's and John Lennon's troubles with the law, and how George believes he and John were set up by corrupt cops.

Source: Bus Byway
Couple recreates iconic John Lennon and Yoko Ono protest

Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green recreated the iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in a bid to raise money for charity. The husband and wife mirrored the legendary pair's famous statement in the classic "Bed-In" image of John and Yoko in the presidential suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Saturday, May 31, 2014
John Lennon's song Imagine now in a comic strip

Pablo Stanley's comic strip, Imagine, pays tribute to John Lennon's iconic song. He said, "I've been a Beatles and John Lennon fan since I was a kid. The biggest challenge was to put big ideas in small doodles. How can you simplify something so complex and break it down in a way anyone can read?"

Source: Mid-day, Mubai
Thursday, May 29, 2014
John Lennon poems and doodles set to fetch $800,000 at auction

The largest private collection of doodles, comic drawings and nonsensical poems by John Lennon will be sold next week. Ranging from gibberish descriptions of Liverpool, to a drawing of a "National Health Cow" in an apparent jab at Britain's National Health Service, the collection reveals a lesser known side of Lennon.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko Ono honoured in Bilbao, Spain

Conceptual artist Yoko Ono's 60-year career is being honored in a major Spanish art exhibition at a retrospective at the Guggenheim Bilbao. An immersive experience, visitors enter through a beaded curtain sculpture and then see her Painting To Be Stepped On, which featured in Ono's first solo show in New York in 1961.

Source: The Olive Press, Spain
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl emerge as formidable songsmiths

Sean Lennon hasn't exactly shied away from associations with his famous parents. He works with his mother, Yoko Ono, in her Plastic Ono Band. With his own band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, he courts comparisons with his late father, John Lennon, by creating psychedelic music reminiscent of late-period Beatles.

Source: Isthmus
Monday, May 26, 2014
Yoko Ono sells penthouse and drops lawsuit

Yoko Ono withdrew her $6.7 million lawsuit against a West Village co-op board last month, a day after she sold her apartment there for $8.3 million. "Everybody is happy and we're getting along," said Ono's lawyer. Ono sued last year, charging they'd been making it impossible for her to sell the long-vacant penthouse.

Source: NY Daily News

Yamaha teams up with John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus paid a visit to Yamaha in Buena Park to celebrate a rekindled partnership between the two organizations. "It is one of the most innovative ventures ever created to get students hands on with musical instruments and the songwriting process," said Dave Jewell, Yamaha marketing communications manager.

Source: Broadway World
Friday, May 23, 2014
Sean Leannon's band's van vandalized in San Francsisco

A smash-and-grab burglary occurred this week involving Sean Lennon. He posted a picture on Instagram showing the broken window of a van parked in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood. He says the van belongs to his band and that a laptop was taken, and promises a big reward if the computer is returned.

Source: KGO TV, San Francisco
Friday, May 16, 2014
Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl share 'an invisible problem'

Sean Lennon's current band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, was supposed to be a side project with his girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, until inspiration took over. "We have a very strong shared aesthetic," says Lennon of the musical partnership. "It has to do with spooky notes, wordplay, and a lot of records that we like."

Source: Los Angeles Times
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

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