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Monday, October 6, 2014
Paul McCartney backs campaign to save historic church

A campaign to keep St Luke's church in use as a cultural venue for the Liverpool community has received the backing of Paul McCartney, who joins Yoko Ono in calling for the bombed out church on Leece Street. Developers wanted to convert the land into a wedding hotel and venue, but the plan caused a public outcry.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Friday, October 3, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home to be auctioned at Cavern Club

A three bedroom, mid-terraced property in Upton Green, Speke, the childhood home of George Harrison, goes up for auction later this month. It as a guide price of 100,000-plus ($159,000). John Lennon's first home in Newcastle Road, Wavertree, sold at auction for 480,000 last year, from a guide price of 150,000-plus.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion plays Off-Broadway starting tonight

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, arrives in NY tonight at The Union Square Theater. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters, and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the 20-week limited engagement will officially open Oct. 15.

Source: Playbill
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Video: Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's Imagine

Eddie Vedder has released a cover of John Lennon's Imagine benefit Heartbeat which works to create dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth around music. Vedder said Tuesday, "I think it is the most powerful song ever written." The track is from his performance of the 1971 Lennon classic at a July concert in Portugal.

Source: USA Today
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Julian Lennon records new song for charity

Music Is Hope Foundation has released the music EP "Summertime" featuring Julian Lennon and Meninos do Morumbi & Friends. The track includes Lennon's longtime friend, co-writer and guitarist, Justin Clayton and Grammy Award winning producer John Jones, who first conceived the project, on bass, guitars and keyboards.

Source: Look to the Stars
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Strawberry Field gates to return to their rightful home

The iconic Strawberry Field gates are to return to their rightful home in South Liverpool. The wrought-iron gates which were put in storage for safe keeping by the Salvation Army which owns the Beaconsfield Road site, are to be put on permanent public display for Beatles fans on the Strawberry Field grounds if city planners give approval next week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Irish pub celebrates John Lennon's 74th birthday

In honor of what would have been John Lennon's 74th birthday, Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana will throw its annual birthday bash for the late Beatle on October 9. Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler said, "It's the 35th year for the party started in 1979 by a group of Lennon fans who were regulars at the pub."

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, September 26, 2014
John Lennon gets lost among the Walls and Bridges 40 years ago

Like most of John Lennon's solo albums, his fifth came with its share of bumps along the way. And like much of Lennon's work starting around the time of the White Album, many of those bumps were spurred by Yoko Ono. Lennon was about a year into his break from Ono when he began recording Walls and Bridges in July 1974.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Spain picks John Lennon film for Oscar nomination

Spain's film academy has selected the movie "Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)" as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film tells the true story of a teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet Lennon, who was staying there.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Beatles release free post-Beatles EP on iTunes

A new free sampler from iTunes presents a song from each of the Beatles, showcasing the distinctive musical journeys they undertook as solo artists. It includes John Lennon's gorgeous piano ballad Love, Paul McCartney's simmering Call Me Back Again, George Harrison's explosive Let It Down and Ringo's lush Walk With You.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, September 19, 2014
Beatles biographer reveals original Beatles song manuscripts

Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard was one of the first journalists to write intelligently and revealingly about The Beatles. John showed her the words of A Hard Day's Night, written down on an old birthday card given to his son Julian. This manuscript and others are on show today at the British Library.

Source: The Independent, UK
Top 23 John Lennon quotes

John Lennon wasn't just a songwriter, he was a man who inspired millions of people with his wisdom, he yearned for a peaceful world, where only love reigned. It is worth revisiting some of his most famous quotes. Very few modern performers entire back catalogue could match the impact of one of his quotes.

Source: The London Economic
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Album Review: Everything Changes by Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon's Everything Changes, released last year, got a deluxe box set this month, released on Sept. 10 to mark his mother's birthday. Everything Changes is an interesting title for the album, since it sounds like it could have been made decades ago. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you share Julian's taste in music.

Source: Celebrity Cafe
Former Beatles girlfriends to appear at bookfair in Germany

Two former Beatle girlfriends are in Germany for a photo exhibit and book fair this week. May Pang, John Lennon's former girlfriend, and Nancy Lee Andrews, Ringo's former beau, will be guests at "Biography Days" in Nordwalde, Germany, along with former Beatles secretary Freda Kelly. Photos by Nancy and May will be on display.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Susan Boyle fears Beatles backlash

Scottish singer Susan Boyle is expecting a major backlash from Beatles fans after covering John Lennon's iconic hit Imagine. She is to release her sixth album in November and the record includes covers of classic songs, which she admits is a "risk". Boyle admitted Lennon's peace anthem was the toughest to cover.

Source: The Express, UK
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

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