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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
Friday, June 27, 2014
John Lennon classic books to be republished in December

Facsimile editions of John Lennon's two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, will be published on Dec. 8. First published in 1964 and 1965, the books combine drawing, poetry, and stories. In His Own Write, one of the biggest books of the '60s, sold 600,000 copies in the UK alone.

Source: The Bookseller
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon shares his fears of being kidnapped

In some ways, growing up with John Lennon for a dad must have been pretty cool, but in others, it could be fairly nerve-wracking, as Sean Lennon has revealed he was afraid of being kidnapped in a recent interview. "I was terrified of that scenario when I was young. We lived under the threat of kidnap and I had the whole bodyguard thing."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Yoko Ono thinks she's crazy for agreeing to play Glastonbury

The annual Glastonbury music festival kicks off on Friday. Yoko Ono will be there to entertain the crowds, and it marks her first foray into the famous event. She said, "Sean, my son, said to me that I had to do it. So I thought, 'OK.' Once I'd said yes I started saying to myself, 'Are you crazy?' But I'm doing it."

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Author defends her style in books about John Lennon

In a new interview, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the John Lennon Series, explains her books are written in a factual genre, a legitimate biographical form, and that criticism she's received by people who believe she's writing "fiction" drivess her to work harder to document her sources diligently for the reader.

More Information  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics break Beatles record at auction

A handwritten manuscript for Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" sold Tuesday for just over $2 million at Sotheby's auction house in New York. This beats the previous record of $1.2 million paid in 2010 for John Lennon's lyrics to A Day in the Life from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The identity of the buyer was not released.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 23, 2014
Concert Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Sean Lennon, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his father both visually and vocally, is truly a charismatic force on stage, and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's voice is haunting but sweet. The band's debut album, Midnight Sun, is a surprisingly pleasant swirl of psychedelic folk rock. But it in no way prepares you for the strength and power of their live show.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon gears up to release first ever box set

Julian Lennon is gearing up to release his first ever box set to the public. Announced just yesterday, it will be made up of four discs with three selections of Lennon's most recent studio release Everything Changes, in the form of studio, acoustic and instrumental versions. Also included will be the documentary Through The Picture Window.

Source: Music Times
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Review: Lennon at the Royal Court in Liverpool

John Lennon, who somehow managed to be both the funniest and the saddest Beatle, was maddeningly complex. In My Life, which is returning to the Royal Court less than a year after its last run, portrays different eras in John's life, from the cheeky schoolboy through to the dad who begged the world to give peace a chance.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Yoko Ono signs new John Lennon licensing deal

Yoko Ono has signed a new worldwide licensing agreement with Epic Rights to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing Lennon's career. Epic will develop the John Lennon Classic brand for products featuring the artist's name, likeness and signature, and the Bag One Arts brand based on drawings by Lennon.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Monday, June 16, 2014
Candid photos taken at Bangladesh benefit to fetch thousands

A set of candid photos featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono ahead of the Concert for Bangladesh have emerged for sale and are expected to sell for thousands. In the photos, the former Beatles appear to be on good terms despite the Fab Four splitting up a year before the landmark benefit gig in 1971.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Hunter Davies credits John Lennon letters for securing his OBE

The Beatles' John Lennon famously sent his MBE back to Her Majesty in a protest against the establishment having been recognized alongside his band members in the 1965 Queen's birthday honors. But ironically it is Lennon's handwritten work which Hunter Davies believes helped to secure his OBE for services to literature.

Related Articles  Source: Ham & High, UK
Yoko Ono on the making of the Beatles' avant-garde Revolution 9

There have long been theories on what it meant, and whether it was constructed in such a way as to convey a larger narrative. In the end, however, Revolution 9 remains as big a mystery today as it was the moment it appeared on the Beatles White Album in 1968. "It was like cooking up a great meal," Yoko says. "We just did it."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, June 13, 2014
How the Beatles and Yoko made me a better dad

I got an early Father's Day present when Yoko Ono answered a question I posted on her Facebook page, what is the best way to introduce children to music? She replied, "All children had music in their heart and soul before they were pushed out of their mothers' womb. The best thing you can do is not to discourage them."

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New Julian Lennon single has fans hearing the Beatles

The new single "The High Road" from Brent Bourgeois and Julian Lennon is fooling listeners into believing there is a newly unearthed gem from the Beatles. Bourgeois' former band Bourgeois Tagg was best known for their Beatle-esque hit, "I Don't Mind At All." Now, teamed up with the son of the former Beatle, he's at it again.

Source: Digital Journal

Doyle Jeter
John Lennon artist receives honor from University of Louisiana

Doyle Jeter as been named the Artist-in-Residence within the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts for 2014. Jeter is currently touring the country exhibiting his collection of lithographs featured within Jude Southerland Kessler's novel "She Loves You," the third book of a nine volume series on the life of John Lennon.

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 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

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