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Friday, June 5, 2015
New book a comprehensive collection of John Lennon's visual art

In the years since his death, John Lennon's whimsical artwork has appeared on baby bedding, greeting cards, T-shirts, prints, posters and even in a few slim books. But a new volume, "John Lennon: The Collected Artwork," with a foreword from Yoko Ono, is the most comprehensive collection of his visual works to date.

Source: Boing Boing
Thursday, June 4, 2015
John Lennon's long lost Gibson guitar up for sale

A rare, once-lost 1962 guitar belonging to John Lennon will go up for auction this year and could break a record. The jumbo J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar, purchased by Lennon in Liverpool, is expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000 when it goes on sale on Nov. 6 at an auction of rock'n'roll memorabilia in Beverly Hills.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Finding Yoko Ono's New York

In the winter of 1971, Yoko Ono mounted her first exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, a two-week show she announced with a small ad in the Village Voice. When museum-goers arrived, a man clad in a sandwich board quickly apprised them of the truth behind the one-woman show: There wasn't one.

Source: National Post, Toronto
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Unique Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon suit for sale on eBay

A suit worn by John Lennon and a musical instrument once owned by both George Harrison and George Formby, both valued at 100,000 each (about $153,400), are among Beatles-related items up for sale on auction site eBay. The items have been previously been on display in The Beatles Story in Liverpool from 2011 to May 2015.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, June 1, 2015
CIA will neither confirm nor deny it has files related to Cynthia Lennon

Freedom of Information Act requests for the records of Cynthia Lennon, who died in April, yielded exactly two pages of results, yet still somehow spoke volumes. The FBI, which kept voluminous files on John, replied it had nothing on Cynthia, and refused to confirm (or deny) if she was on any sort of watch list before she died.

Source: Daily Caller
Friday, May 29, 2015
Lennon vs. McCartney play made into a film, will debut in Dublin

The stage play by Stephen Kennedy called "Lennon Vs. McCartney" has now been made into a short film by Eddie Jackson. It will have its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland next Tuesday. Seamus Brennan and Ruaidhri Conroy star as two fans conversing about who was the better Beatle, Lennon or McCartney, in an Irish pub.

Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr says working with John Lennon was best experience

In the new Uncut magazine Ringo Starr talks about working with John Lennon on the "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" album, which he says was one of his best studio experiences. "It was incredible, John, Klaus [Voormann] and I. One of the finest trios I ever heard. We did it like a jam. We were psychic where the atmosphere was going to go."

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, May 21, 2015
John Lennon's iconic glasses sell at auction for $22,870

John Lennon's iconic glasses have been sold at auction in England. They were expected to fetch up to 10,000, but following a tight bidding war the glasses were sold to a mystery buyer for a staggering 14,600. A collection of Beatles photographs from their 1963 performance at the ABC cinema in Manchester sold for 1,800.

Related Articles  Source: Warrington Guardian, UK
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Paul McCartney's oft-criticized Ram was handmade gem

An overlooked precursor to the current handmade-pop phenomenon, Paul McCartney's Ram was initially criticized for everything that makes it sound unexpectedly bold, fascinatingly unedited and utterly misjudged today. But it is hampered, even now, by the long-forgotten sniping then engulfing McCartney and Lennon.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon Tour Bus inspires young musicians in Missisippi

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled into Biloxi High School Tuesday, equipped with cutting-edge technology encouraging students to write songs, record music, shoot short films and produce videos. The non-profit outreach program was established 18-years ago to inspire young people to express their creativity.

Source: WLOX TV, Biloxi
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Al Pacino apologizes for his singing in new John Lennon film

Al Pacino apologized on Monday for his singing in the movie in which he plays the aging rock star Danny Collins. The 75-year-old Pacino delivers a rare comic turn in the film about a singer who discovers a letter written to him by John Lennon four decades earlier. "It's really hard to hang onto the words," he said.

Source: Reuters
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
NY's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art

"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City includes about 125 early art pieces, works on paper, films, installations, performances and audio recordings. "It's really good to know that everything you do is being recognized by people," Ono said at the show's press conference.

Source: Reuters
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

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