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Monday, October 27, 2014
John Lennon's iconic specs on sale for $40,000

A pair of John Lennon's iconic glasses, which he lent to a flirty girl who had pinched his bottom during a conga, will go on sale for 25,000 (about $40,300). Wendy Baker, now 75, used his "granny" specs to read the menu in a Soho, London, club in 1966, and he left without them. The specs will be sold in Los Angeles on November 7.

Source: The Express, UK
John Lennon letter praising Yoko Ono sells for 28,171 at auction

A letter written by John Lennon to the radio and TV host Joe Franklin to endorse Yoko Ono's music sold for $28,171, flying past its presale estimate of $15,000-20,000, at the Marvels of Modern Music sale last Thursday. The letter was written on official Apple Records letterhead and dated December 13, 1971.

Source: Artnet News
Join campaign to get John Lennon on a stamp in 2015

There is now a call for John Lennon's face to be put on a British stamp in 2015, the year the Beatles icon would have turned 75, and the campaign is endorsed by Yoko Ono. Lennon has appeared as the main image on postage stamps all over the world, but he has never been granted the same honor in his home country.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The man who broke the news of John Lennon

Former TV producer Alan Weiss was among the first to learn about John Lennon. A dramatic sequence of events put Weiss at the scene, watching doctors unsuccessfully try to bring Lennon back to life. Weiss went on to break the news to the world and win an Emmy for his next-day coverage of the story.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
John Lennon leather jacket expected to fetch more than $32,000

A leather jacket owned and worn by John Lennon is expected to fetch between 20,000 and 30,000 (between $32,100 and $48,200) when it is auctioned next Thursday. The unbranded, lined black leather jacket was purchased by Lennon when he and Paul McCartney were in New York opening the new Apple Offices in 1968.

Source: Newbury Today, UK
Monday, October 20, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home sells for 156k at Liverpool auction

The former childhood home of George Harrison has sold for 156,000 at auction, to a bidder who tried to buy John Lennon's home last year. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Researchers name new tarantula species after John Lennon

Researchers who discovered a new species of tarantula in Western Amazonia, Brazil, named it Bumba lennoni after one of their musical heroes: John Lennon. The researchers explain, "The name is patronymic in honor of John Winston Lennon, the legendary creator of The Beatles, who contributed to make this world a gentler place."

Source: NBC News
Thursday, October 16, 2014
John and Cynthia's wedding reception venue to be luxury apartments

A former ballroom where Beatle John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia held their wedding reception is being redeveloped into luxury apartments. The Reeces Ballroom, one of the city's landmark Beatles locations, hosted the iconic reception in 1962. It remained a popular dance and music venue up until the 1980s.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Photos: Inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Millions of tourists flock to Liverpool each year, eager to take in the birthplace of the Fab Four and see where it all began. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the history of the Beatles than with a tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon, Mendips on Menlove Avenue, and Paul McCartney, 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Review: Lennon's spirit shines through in Glass Onion

In "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion," John R. Waters effectively channels John Lennon's spirit, imagining that Lennon had survived and is now 74 and performing solo acoustic shows in intimate venues. Waters began performing a version of the show in Sydney 22 years ago, and he's clearly comfortable in his subject's skin.

Related Articles  Source: NY Post

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Julian Lennon joins the family business 30 years ago today

With his debut album, "Valotte," John Lennon's eldest son Julian proved he was more than just a famous surname. but vocally and melodically, he can't help but sound a lot like his dad. "It's not a conscious effort to sing like that. When you sing, you sing. It was just what came natural," he said in an interview with Creem magazine in 1986.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, October 13, 2014
Letter reveals John Lennon's efforts to boost Yoko's music career

John Lennon tried in vain to boost the popularity of Yoko Ono and revive her failing music career by getting her onto TV, a newly-surfaced letter has revealed. Lennon wrote to popular talk show host Joe Franklin in 1971 to try to help promote Ono's album, Fly, which he described as "free form music," despite critics hating it.

Source: The Express, UK
Video: Pearl Jam covers two John Lennon songs for his birthday

Last Thursday night, veteran rockers Pearl Jam treated fans in Lincoln, NE to two John Lennon covers in honor of Lennon's birthday. The show included Eddie Vedder going solo on The Beatles tune You've Got to Hide Your Love Away and Lennon's hit Imagine. In July, Vedder performed Imagine during a solo show in Portugal.

Related Articles  Source: Music Times
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Audio: His friends sing Happy Birthday to John Lennon

In audio from "John Lennon Unbootlegged 08 Get That Fly" from Lennon's 31st birthday party on October 9th, 1971, Ringo and Maureen Starr, Yoko Ono, Jim Keltner, Allan Ginsburg, Phil Spector, and Klaus Voorman sing Happy Birthday to John. In another clip, Janis Joplin recorded her own birthday message for John in 1970.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Image: Fans remember John Lennon at Strawberry Fields

In a photo by Andrew Burton thanks to Getty Images, fans of John Lennon sing songs performed by Lennon and The Beatles around the "Imagine" tile mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park to honor his birthday on October 9, 2014 in New York City. Today would have been lennon's 74th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Getty Images
Lennon's lyrics more important than ever as fans celebrate his 74th birthday

John Lennon's lyrics were more important now than ever before, said a fan on what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. John James Chambers, laying flowers at Lennon's statue in Liverpool, said, "We want Liverpool to lead the way and show the rest of the world that we can learn from John Lennon's song Imagine."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon stars in new comic book

Bluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling legendary musician and songwriter, John Lennon. Writer Marc Shapiro said, "We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles. But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post Beatles' life and career."

Source: Galleycat
Lennon and Nixon: Imagine that

Few people who embraced Lennon's "Imagine" as an anthem of sorts. Still, Lennon managed to rile the most defensive conservatives. The line declaring there be nothing to kill or die for was a case in point. It seemed an appealing vision to the many thousands headed to fight it out in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Source: Like The Dew
Theatre Within gives free concert for John Lennon's birthday

In celebration of John Lennon's 74th birthday, Theatre Within will give a free concert of Lennon and Beatles songs this afternoon at the Children's Hospital in the Bronx, New York. The concert for children and their families is part of the John Lennon Real Love Project, celebrating Lennon and furthering his vision for a better world.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Deborah Harry to headline John Lennon tribute concert

It has been announced that Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. Other performers include Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, Marshall Crenshaw and Ben E. King. The event will be held Dec. 5 at Symphony Space in New York City.

Source: NY Daily News
Very special John Lennon show Just Imagine back in LA

Musician/actor Tim Piper brings his stage show Just Imagine back to the Los Angeles area on October 9th, the anniversary of John Lennon's birthday. The show tells the "what if" story of Lennon coming back to speak about his life and its failures and successes in a loving tribute by Tim and his band Working Class Hero.

Source: Mid Valley News
Renowned John Lennon author appearing at Beatlefest this weekend

After a 14 year absence, the Fest for Beatles Fans is returning to Los Angeles this weekend, and Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler will be there, her first appearance in California with the first three books in her John Lennon Series, a nine volume narrative biography of the life of John Lennon.

Source: PR Log
Fun facts: 9 things you didn't know about John Lennon's glasses

Do you know the actual term for the small round sunglasses John Lennon wore? Do you know what other celebrities wore similar glasses? Did you know you can see the glasses he wore when he composed "Imagine" in person? Or that there's a statue of John from which the glasses are constantly being stolen?

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
John Lennon's full catalog now on Spotify

All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Mind Games, are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon 2010 compilations. Also, a collection of Lennon's singles includes non-album cuts like Give Peace a Chance and Cold Turkey.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon childhood photo to be auctioned next month

A a typical family album snap of its era, a 1952 picture of John Lennon in blazer and cap, with his aunt Harriet and cousin David Birch, is one of several being auctioned next month. Another shows a young Lennon pulling a funny face while on a holiday with cousin David and relatives in Edinburgh in 1952.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, October 6, 2014
John Lennon's Paperback Writer guitar heading to auction

The guitar John Lennon used on the recording of Paperback Writer is going up for auction. The Gretsch 6120 has been in the possession of Lennon's cousin David Birch since he received it as a gift from John in 1967. It's expected to bring in somewhere between $640,000 to $960,000 at auction later this month.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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.

Related Articles  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.

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

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