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Monday, May 11, 2015
May Pang and artist Tim Bruckner at private Lennon exhibit in Seattle

A private gathering was hosted by Krab Jab Studios in Seattle, Washington on Friday to welcome May Pang and artist Tim Bruckner to Seattle for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. Attendees also included Alan White of Yes (former Plastic Ono Band member) and Apple Jam member Johnny Jones.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Yoko Ono's cups will make your coffee sad

Yoko Ono has created "Yoko Ono: Mended Cups," to be released in conjunction with her upcoming show at the Museum of Modern Art. The cups are inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi, where cracked pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with gold, and each one bears a message reminding of you some tragic historical event.

Source: A.V. Club
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
John Lennon's glasses and divorce papers to fetch 20,000 at auction

John Lennon's iconic round glasses are expected to fetch up to 20,000 (about $30,450) at auction alongside revealing divorce papers which detail the his acrimonious split from his first wife Cynthia. Lennon loaned the glasses, said to be his favorites, to his housekeeper so that her brother could wear them to a fancy dress party.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Hot Chocolate singer and Apple artist Errol Brown dead at 71

Singer Errol Brown, who fronted the pop and disco group Hot Chocolate from the late Sixties through the early Eighties, has died. He co-wrote and sang the 1975 hit "You Sexy Thing" and was signed to the Beatles' Apple label in 1969 after he sent John Lennon a reggae version of "Give Peace a Chance."

More Info: Pictures  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, May 4, 2015
May Pang to appear at opening of Lennon exhibit in Seattle

May Pang will appear in Seattle on May 9 for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. The exhibit features nine of May's photographic prints of John, taken during John's "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s. Pang will also be appearing at the International Beatles' week in Liverpool in August.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, May 1, 2015
Julian Lennon speaks out against closure of remote aboriginal communities

Following in the footsteps of his humanitarian father, Julian Lennon has taken to Facebook to show solidarity against the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Protests have been planned all across the country today, and Julian has urged his over one million followers to support the movement against the closures.

Source: Triple M Radio, Australia
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Yoko Ono charts dance hit with remix of '70s track

Yoko Ono is shooting up the dance charts with a reworking of her 1973 song, "Woman Power." Remixed by DJ/Producer Alyson Calagna, the track is currently #13 position on the Billboard Dance Club Songs charts. The original version, featuring John Lennon on guitar, appeared on Ono's fourth record "Feeling the Space."

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
John Lennon albums to come Out as vinyl box set

Eight of John Lennon's solo albums will comprise a new, nine-LP vinyl box set called Lennon. Each record has been remastered from its original analog master and has been cut to 180-gram vinyl from an ultra-high-res digital file and packaged in artwork that faithfully replicates its original U.K. release.

Source: Rolling Stone
Why every fan should visit Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road

Liverpool is known all over the world as the birthplace of The Beatles. The National Trust operates tours inside Mendips, Lennon's home, and 20 Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney's home, other tours can only see them from the street. The homes are remarkably preserved, the folks who lived in the houses after hardly changed much.

Source: Jaunted
7 facts that will change the way you see Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono was showing her conceptual work at a gallery in London in 1966 when she met John Lennon. This year, Ono will have a survey at MoMA, "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971," a look back at the early years, gathering roughly 125 performances, films, works on paper, installations, and archival materials.

Source: Artnet
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
All-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band makes U.S. debut

The Mersey Beatles, the world's only all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for 10 years at the Cavern Club will perform in the Chicago area next week. John Lennon's sister Julia Baird will also be in attendance, she will be signing copies of her book "Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon".

Source: Chicago Tribune
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Julian Lennon's artistic horizons

Julian Lennon is charting new artistic territories with his photography exhibition Horizons, on view in New York until May 2nd. Most noted as a musician and the first son of Beatles member John Lennon, Julian has found his true voice as a photographer and philanthropist, while exploring the world and his life's purpose.

Source: Huffington Post
Looking Back: 1982 Beatlefan interview with Cynthia Lennon

In early 1982, Bill King interviewed Cynthia Lennon for Beatlefan magazine. She talks about her then touring art exhibit, working with Paul and Linda McCartney, how John and Paul got along, Brian Epstein, meeting fans at Beatlefest, and what it was like being in the public eye and the ex-wife of John Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Blog
Monday, April 13, 2015
Billy J. Kramer reveals how he got his name

Born William Ashton in 1943, manager Brian Epstein thought Billy J. Kramer needed a new name. "They made a list and of all the names on it, they thought that Kramer was the best. Then John Lennon suggested the J." Billy has recently released a new album and is now heading back to the UK for his first British tour for 16 years.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
The X-rated reason why John Lennon called Eric Burdon the Eggman

One of the most widely quoted lyrics from the Beatles classic "I Am the Walrus" was an inside, and X-rated, joke between John Lennon and Animals singer Eric Burdon, who was called Eggman, or Eggs, by some of his pals. The true story of how this nickname came to be is told here for the first time in Burdon's own words.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
John Lennon tribute to benefit Connecticut theatre company

On April 25, "In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute" will be performed as a one-night-only fundraiser for TheatreWorks New Milford. The show faithfully recreates the sounds, stories, and songs of John Lennon as performed by Carlo Cantamessa, who has portrayed Lennon in The Cast of Beatlemania shows for over 30 years.

Source: Broadway World Music
Monday, April 6, 2015
Video: Over 500 celebrities answer: Lennon or McCartney?

A new documentary poses the question, who was the better Beatle, John Lennon or Paul McCartney, to over 500 celebs, including some of the biggest actors and musicians in the world. They were asked to answer in one word, most could, although a few felt it necessary to qualify their answer. Some couldn't chose. Can you?

Source: Channel 24
Cynthia Lennon remembered at John's Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood

An intimate gathering for Cynthia Lennon was held in Hollywood at John Lennon's Walk of Fame Star outside Capitol Records last week. Event organizer Jerry Rubin greeted the guests at Capitol and talked about when he met Cynthia, and Nicole Alexandra read a poem she composed, entitled, "Ain't She Sweet."

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Friday, April 3, 2015
Audio: Cynthia Lennon's final radio interview

In one of her last interviews, speaking to presenter Alex Belfield in a BBC radio interview in 2007, Cynthia Lennon revealed she would have to deal with John's mood swings. "It was like living on a knife edge," she admitted. "He was very, very jealous and very possessive and I was aware of his jealousy, but not his violence."

Related Articles  Source: The Irish Mirror
More tributes to Cynthia Lennon from friends and admirers

The expressions of sympathy from friends and fans of Cynthia Lennon continue, among the latest are Freda Kelly, longtime Beatles Fan Club Secretary, Angie McCartney, Paul's stepmother, author Mark Lewisohn and Beatlefan editor Bill King, and Julian Lennon has acknowledged fan's support on his Facebook page.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, April 2, 2015
New book an intimate look at John Lennon and Yoko Ono

In 1980, photographer Kishin Shinoyama spent two days with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, at home, in the music studio and walking with them in Central Park. Shinoyama took hundreds of photographs during those sessions, which can be found in the new book "Kishin Shinoyama. John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Double Fantasy."

Source: Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Friends pay tribute to Cynthia Lennon

Tributes to Cynthia Lennon were led by John Lennon's former bandmate, Sir Paul McCartney, who said, "I will always have great memories of our times together." Ringo Starr tweeted his love to Julian, and Yoko Ono said, "I'm very saddened by Cynthia's death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon bio author Jude Kessler honors Cynthia

At the New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans two weeks ago, I delivered a talk called "Cynthia Lennon: the Real Fifth Beatle." And with all my heart, I believe she was just that. She was there in the basement of The Jacaranda, holding John's microphone for him. Cynthia was the first to understand and cherish John's dream.

Related Articles  Source: The Fest
Julian Lennon releases tribute video to Cynthia

Julian Lennon has released a tribute video for his mother Cynthia, the first wife of John Lennon, who has died today. John Lennon's first wife Cynthia died at her home in Spain, her family said. A message on Julian's website said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout."

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Cynthia Lennon's life with John remembered in pictures

On the passing of Cynthia Lennon, she is remembered in pictures. They met in 1957 during a class at the Liverpool College of Art. The couple were married in August 1962 in Liverpool. Cynthia and John Lennon had a son together, Julian, in April 1963. The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon met Yoko Ono.

Related Articles  More Pictures  Source: ITV, UK
Cynthia Lennon, former wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies at 75

Cnthia Lennon, the former wife of Beatle John Lennon, died on Wednesday at her home in Mallorca, Spain, a representative for her son confirmed. She was 75. Cynthia died after a "short but brave battle with cancer" and her son, Julian Lennon, was at her bedside, according to a statement from the family.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Beatles fan pays 155,000 for John Lennon's mum's former home

John Lennon's mum's former home sold at auction this afternoon for 155,000 ($230,000) to a Beatles fan who last year bought George Harrison's childhood house. The semi-detached property in Allerton was where Lennon was taught how to play the banjo and where he was given his first guitar by his mum Julia.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, March 27, 2015
How Danny Collins movie secured nine John Lennon songs

Securing rights to Beatles and their solo recordings is notoriously difficult. Director Dan Fogelman cut a version of his film that used Lennon songs in the ways he wanted, then sent it to Yoko Ono and hoped for the best. Ono approved, granting permission for Lennon songs including Imagine, Working Class Hero, and Beautiful Boy.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The last photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono revealed

Moments in the months before December 8, 1980, during the creation of what would be John Lennon and Yoko Ono's last album together, are captured in a collection of never-before-seen photographs of the couple, published for the first time in the book, "Double Fantasy." The photographs were taken by Kishin Shinoyama.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John and Yoko tage first Bed-In for peace 46 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono attracted the attention of the international press in the cause of world peace on this day in 1969, as they began a publicity campaign they called a "Bed-in" in Amsterdam. They took interviews throughout the week, explaining their intention of using their fame to generate headlines about peace instead of war.

Source: BT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Moscow discusses plans for John Lennon monument

Moscow city council is currently discussing a proposal to commission a statue of John Lennon in the Russian capital, according to notes for an upcoming council meeting. Alexey Bogaevsky, the founder of Russia's 30,000-strong Beatles fan community beatles.ru, says Lennon was very influential in Russia during the Cold War.

Source: Newsweek
Monday, March 23, 2015
Smash-hit Beatles musical to relaunch Liverpool's Royal Court theatre

The Beatles musical Let It Be is to open in the band's home city later this year. Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, which recently underwent a 2.8 million refurbishment, will host the show for five-and-a-half weeks starting October 8, coinciding with John Lennon's 75th birthday on October 9. Tickets go on sale next Monday.

Source: Digital Spy
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes a stop at SXSW

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit mobile studio which provides students with the technology to produce songs and music videos, spending 10 months out of the year visiting schools across the country, took a three-day travel break, giving tours of the bus at the SXSW Music Gear Expo in Austin, Texas.

Source: The Daily Texan
Friday, March 20, 2015
Yoko Ono talks about John, art and peace

"When John passed away, I thought that one of the things I better do is make sure that his artwork is known in the world," Yoko Ono says. "He would like that. I didn't know that it would bring so much happiness to people. It just keeps on going. I think he would be very pleased by how much people enjoy and respect his art now."

Source: Houston Chronicle
Pacino is a total rock star in Danny Collins

In 1971, singer/songwriter Danny Collins is asked who inspired him. John Lennon, he says. He becomes a big star, but 40 years later, he's the caricature of a sellout. Then, Collins receives a letter from Lennon, written four decades earlier, and he wonders how his career might have been different if he had connected with Lennon.

Source: USA Today
Spanish film recounts '60s meeting with John Lennon

The film "Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed" builds its story around a 1966 meeting between teacher Juan Carrion and John Lennon in the Spanish coastal village of Almeria. There, Lennon took a break from filming "How I Won the War" to discuss Beatles lyrics that Carrion used to teach English to his students.

Source: SF Gate
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Kristin Scott Thomas receives damehood

Kristin Scott Thomas has been made a dame by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient and Gosford Park, she was nominated for a Bafta for playing John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in 2009's Nowhere Boy. She will next play the Queen on stage in London next month.

Source: BBC News
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Family selling John Lennon photograph to support Robert Freeman

The family of photographer Robert Freeman is re-releasing a 1965 photograph of John Lennon n a bid to raise funds to care for Freeman, 78, who is suffering the effects of a stroke, and to secure the preservation of his collection of work, spanning 60 years. Freeman also photographed Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali.

Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Julian Lennon photography exhibit opens in New York City

Julian Lennon was on the top of the charts 30 years ago and nominated for a Grammy as best new artist, he seemed to be following in John Lennon's footsteps. But in recent years, he has switched his focus. "I really have fallen in love with photography," he said. His work is now on exhibit at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in Chelsea.

Source: WABC TV, NY
Friday, March 13, 2015
The letter from John Lennon which became basis for new movie

In 1971, a British folk singer named Steve Tilston gave an interview to ZigZag, a small, underground-rock rag. John Lennon read Mr. Tilston's interview, and scribbled him a letter, but it was sent to Tilston care of ZigZag and lost for 34 years. Mr. Tilston's story is the loose inspiration for "Danny Collins," a film opening March 20.

Source: New York Times
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sean Lennon to appear in Minneapolis

The annual Rock the Garden music festival in Minneapolis, which this year takes place on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, has their 2015 lineup, and it includes Sean Lennon and his group (with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl) the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tyger. Tickets go on sale to the public next Tuesday.

Source: Minn Post
Teen from India wins John Lennon scholarship

An 18 year old from Mangaluru, India, has been selected for the John Lennon Scholarship, instituted in the name of John Lennon by Yoko Ono in collaboration with world-wide famous SAE institute of Australia. Nisthula Anatole Murphy, a student of AAT Media College, is pursuing his Diploma in Sound Engineering.

Source: Times of India

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