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Monday, April 4, 2016

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon shares personal memories of David Bowie

Am impressive roster of musicians put on two tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall Thursday and Friday nights. Among those was Sean Lennon, whose father John was an idol of Bowie's. Sean recalled Bowie was an early personal and musical influence. "When I moved to Switzerland for boarding school, he would take me to museums and tell me about painters and books."

Source: Inquisitr
Friday, April 1, 2016
Recording academy sues collectibles shop over John Lennon Grammy award

John Lennon's Grammy award for "Michelle," for the 1966 Song of the Year, is now the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. They are suing Gotta Have It! Collectibles in Manhattan for "fraud, false advertising, unfair competition and tortious interference with contractual relations."

Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Acclaimed John Lennon play to be staged for first time in Liverpool

The life of John Lennon is being celebrated in the first Liverpool staging of Through a Glass Onion at the Epstein Theatre in April. The show, in which Blood Brothers' actor Danny Taylor plays John Lennon,was staged first in Australia, and has also been seen by audiences in Tokyo, New York and at the Edinburgh festival.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Zayn Malik on The Beatles' influence on upcoming solo album

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has discussed the influence that The Beatles had on his debut solo album, "Mind Of Mine", out this week. On his "Fool For You", a Beatles-esque pop ballad in the style of In My Life, Malik said, "I was listening to a lot of John Lennon," including, he said, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Heartbroken gathering in Brussels sings John Lennon's Imagine

Hours after Brussels was hit with a terrorist attack Tuesday morning, crowds began to gather at Place de la Bourse, a central square in the city, now serving as a memorial to the fallen, to honor the victims. The somber scene included crying, candle lighting, hand holding and a small group quietly singing and swaying to John Lennon's "Imagine."

Source: Mashable

Joe Garagiola
Baseball legend Joe Garagiola passes away at 90

Joe Garagiola, who had an eight-decade career as a baseball player and broadcaster, died Wednesday. He was 90. Best known as the voice of Major League Baseball's Game of the Week broadcasts, as guest host on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, one of his interviews was with two members of the Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: USA Today
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Imagine living inside a piece of Beatles history in Liverpool

A cottage once owned by John Lennon's family has been put on the market. The property in Woolton was lived in by many members of Lennon's family, including his Aunt Mimi and his sisters. John Lennon himself is also said to have stayed in the house, just around the corner from Mendips, a number of times during his childhood.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 21, 2016
Sean Lennon to play in concert in North Carolina

Sean Lennon, the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is teaming up with Les Claypool to form The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The pair will play the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, North Carolina, on June 9th. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Lennon and Claypool have a record coming out later this spring called "Monolith of Phobos."

Source: WSFX TV, Wilmington
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Unseen photos of John Lennon in 1966 set to fetch 30,000 at auction

A set of previously unseen photographs of John Lennon smiling and playing up to the camera on the set of the film How I Won The War are expected to sell for 30,000 (about $42,440) when they go up for auction. The set of 200 candid images, 190 of which have never been published, go under the hammer March 22.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, March 14, 2016

John and Yoko in Gibralter
John and Yoko's stolen wedding pics tracked down after 40 years

They are some of the most intimate images ever taken of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken at their secret wedding in Gibraltar in 1969, at the heart of a long-running mystery after vanishing in an apparent burglary in 1975. Now investigation has tracked down the negatives for the 118 missing pictures, estimated to be worth more than 100,000.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, March 11, 2016
The day John Lennon saw a UFO

Standing on the balcony of his 53rd street penthouse in 1974, John Lennon stood in complete shock at the sight of a strange metallic flying craft, hovering just feet above him, then sailed silently across the rooftops. During an interview, May Pang would later describe the moment in great detail, something that looked out of this world.

Source: Ghost Theory
Monday, March 7, 2016
John Lennon's earliest known letter set to auction for $42,800

The earliest known letter written by John Lennon is expected to fetch more than 30,000 (about $42,800) at auction next month. The 11-year-old Lennon put pen to a sweet fold-out note card shortly after Christmas 1951 to thank his Aunt Harriet for the presents she gave him, including a book about famous ships.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Yoko Ono
Recovering Yoko Ono delays trip to France for gallery opening

Yoko Ono will not attend the launch of a retrospective of her work in France next week as she is still recovering from a severe bout of flu, gallery managers said Saturday. The 83-year-old's doctor had "strongly advised her against any travel before she has completely recovered", said Thierry Raspail, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France.

Source: Global Post
Friday, March 4, 2016
50 years on, we forget how shocking the rest of John's Jesus interview was

Fifty years ago today, the London Evening Standard published an interview with John Lennon that became an enduring part of the Beatles' legacy. Largely forgotten, however, is the rest of that sprawling, intimate interview. Read five decades later, it's a fascinating, and sometimes uncomfortable, time capsule.

Source: The Slate
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
John Lennon's personal stamp collection to go on display in New York City

John Lennon's boyhood stamp collection will go on display at the World Stamp Show in New York City. Lennon's personal collection of stamps started when a relative reportedly handed down a half filled book of collectors stamps, sparking the young Beatles' interest in philately. The World Stamp Show runs in Manhattan from May 28 to June 4.

Source: NME, UK

Vladimir Lenin
Lenin becomes Lennon: Ukraine renames street after late Beatle

Large swathes of Ukraine have been erasing remnants of their totalitarian past since the February 2014 ouster of the ex-Soviet republic's Russian-backed president. It was only a minor tweak in the spelling but a historic change when a Ukrainian village on Wednesday renamed a street, which honored Soviet founder Lenin, after The Beatles' John Lennon.

Source: Tengrinews, Kazakhstan

Julia Baird
Video: Julia Baird speaks in Florida

The sister of John Lennon spoke in Panama City Beach Public, FL, yesterday afternoon. Julia Baird, who is Lennon's half sister and shares the same mother, wrote the book "Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon." She said it took her two years to write, and she wrote it to set the record straight about her brother and their family.

Source: WJHG TV, Panama City Beach, FL
Monday, February 29, 2016
Yoko Ono home and recovering after being in hospital over weekend

Yoko Ono is back home after being hospitalised last Friday. Ono had been admitted to a New York hospital on the advice of her doctor after suffering with "flu-like symptoms". It had initially been reported that the 83-year-old Ono had suffered a stroke, but these claims were later denied by Sean Lennon.

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Plastic Fauxno All Star Band brings songs of John Lennon to Lake Tahoe

A two-night stand by the Plastic Fauxno All Star Band at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe this weekend will envision what 1980 shows by John Lennon could have been. The band's show includes a "nostalgic and historically contextual video backdrop," as well as performances of John Lennon and Beatles songs.

Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Nasty Rumors: Yoko Ono denies she broke up the Beatles

Since The Beatles' infamous breakup in 1969, fans have long speculated that the late John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was the main reason behind the iconic band's split. Now, in promotion for her new album, "Yes, I'm A Witch Too," in her "25 Things You Didn't Know About Me" column, Ono insists, "I had nothing to do with breaking up the Beatles."

Source: HNGN
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
John Lennon's former Palm Beach home sells for $23M

The former Palm Beach home of late Beatles legend John Lennon quietly sold for $23.1 million in an off-market deal, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. The Mediterranean estate has five bedrooms, a tennis court, cabana building on the beach, and a second-floor bridge connecting the home to its former guest house.

Source: Curbed, Miami
Monday, February 22, 2016
Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $34,000

A lock of John Lennon's hair has sold for 24,000 (about $34,000) at auction. The four-inch piece of hair was sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas to a Beatles collector in the UK. The lock has been in the hands of German hairdresser, Klaus Baruck, for nearly 50 years, and it is the largest section of Lennon's hair ever sold.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Yoko Ono: I thought my music was beautiful all along

For years, Yoko Ono's music was, at best, viewed as a mammoth indulgence on the part of her husband, John Lennon, and subjected to decades of vilification. Now everyone from Gaga to Sparks are lining up to pay tribute. How does the 83-year-old artist feel about the world catching up to the Yoko Ono sound?

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, February 18, 2016
12-year-old painter's art show features John Lennon portrait

12-year-old Ontario boy Evan Sharma, who has already received critical acclaim for his impressionist creations, began sketching when he was three, but became inspired during a trip to the Louvre in Paris. Sharma's colourful portfolio includes a striking portrait of John Lennon. He will showcase some of his work this weekend in Toronto.

Source: CTV News, Canada
Yoko Ono says David Bowie's death has left a big empty space

Yoko Ono says she and John Lennon were good friends with Bowie and Yoko remained very close Bowier after Lennon's death in 1980. She said, "We understood each other, he was great. David was such a happy person." Yoko previously described Bowie as being "like family" to her and John and acted as a father figure to Sean.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Yoko Ono wins NME Inspiration award at 2016 NME Awards

Yoko Ono has won NME Inspiration at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas. The multimedia artist and activist was presented with the award by former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, who said, "She is an activist for peace. Her and her husband expressed peace. To say her name is to express happiness."

Source: NME, UK

John Lennon's car on display at the Royal BC Museum

A psychedelic Rolls Royce that once belonged to Beatle John Lennon is once again in the Royal BC Museum's lobby, until April 28th. The museum has owned the car since Expo 86 and periodically puts it on display. The museum says they've put up plexiglas screens around the car this time, as the colorful paint job is fragile after 50 years.

Source: CFAX 107, Victoria, BC
Monday, February 15, 2016
Wikipedia Beatles searches show Fab Four are still chart toppers

More than four decades after they split, the Beatles are looked up by someone every second on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, with a staggering 50,920 average daily page views. John Lennon is searched every six seconds and Paul McCartney ranks second, with his name being hit every 10 seconds on average.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, February 12, 2016
Vintage Video: John Lennon sings Instant Karma in 1970

On February 11, 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought their band, Klaus Voorman, Mal Evans, Alan White and BP Fallon, to the British television show Top of the Pops, the first of the four Beatles to appear on the program. Four takes of the song Instant Kharma were done in the studio with take three shown the next night, February 12.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The sweet meaning behind Hey Jude

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. Paul McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

Source: .Mic
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Yoko Ono brings anti-violence art exhibit to Mexico

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope." The 82-year-old Ono told a crowd Tuesday Feb. 2 at the city's Museum of Memory and Tolerance that "I have come here to bring world peace."

Source: The Yucatan Times, Mexico
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Yoko Ono to receive NME Inspiration Award

Yoko Ono will collect the Inspiration Award at the upcoming NME Awards, which take place on February 17 in London, the day before she turns 83. The publication chose Yoko to receive the award for her ''revolutionary ideas and concepts'' and influence on modern culture, and says, ''Yoko Ono's influence on modern culture is undeniable."

Source: TV3, Dublin
Monday, February 1, 2016

John Lennon Bus hits San Diego

A touring music recording studio named in memory of John Lennon will make a stop Monday at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will stay for two days, during which the school kids will be able to write, record and produce an original song and music video.

Source: Times of San Diego
Monday, November 30, 2015
John Lennon to be remembered in Hollywood

John Lennon will be remembered and honored 35 years after his tragic death at a "John Lennon 35th Annual Public Tribute and Memorial Remembrance" to be held at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on December 8. The featured speaker at the event will be Suzanne Verge of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
John Lennon spotted at Capitol Records tower in Hollywood

About a week ago, on of one Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles, Gillian and her tour guests were surprised with something special outside of the Capitol Records tower, a chalk-drawing of John Lennon holding up a peace sign on a psychedelic background on the sidewalk, drawn by an anonymous fan.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Longest-running Lennon celebration joins with Hollywood Walk of Fame

Enoch's Irish Pub & Cafe in Monroe, LA has been hosting Lennon birthday celebrations for the last 35 years, and with this year being a milestone birthday for both John and his son, Sean Lennon, who is turning 40, there will be a special simulcast song this Friday with the celebration at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Artist to unveil Beatles mixed media sculptures at Ridge Festival

Louisiana artist Rande Monroe Kessler will unveil the first 3 in a series of 8 mixed media sculptures depicting all of The Beatles at Beatles at the Ridge, this weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. These one-of-a-kind sculptures will depict elements of each Beatle's song-writing career and personal life and will contain hidden clues for true fans.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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
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
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
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Liverpool legend to write foreword for 3rd book in John Lennon Series

She Loves You, the third book in the nine book John Lennon Series by Jude Southerland Kessler, will include Beatles authority and the creator of MerseyBeat magazine, Bill Harry, who has agreed to again write the foreword for this third book, along with making himself available for consulting and contributing rare photos.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News Blog

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