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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
John Lennon's personal stamp collection to go on display in New York City

John Lennon's boyhood stamp collection will go on display at the World Stamp Show in New York City. Lennon's personal collection of stamps started when a relative reportedly handed down a half filled book of collectors stamps, sparking the young Beatles' interest in philately. The World Stamp Show runs in Manhattan from May 28 to June 4.

Source: NME, UK

Vladimir Lenin
Lenin becomes Lennon: Ukraine renames street after late Beatle

Large swathes of Ukraine have been erasing remnants of their totalitarian past since the February 2014 ouster of the ex-Soviet republic's Russian-backed president. It was only a minor tweak in the spelling but a historic change when a Ukrainian village on Wednesday renamed a street, which honored Soviet founder Lenin, after The Beatles' John Lennon.

Source: Tengrinews, Kazakhstan

Julia Baird
Video: Julia Baird speaks in Florida

The sister of John Lennon spoke in Panama City Beach Public, FL, yesterday afternoon. Julia Baird, who is Lennon's half sister and shares the same mother, wrote the book "Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon." She said it took her two years to write, and she wrote it to set the record straight about her brother and their family.

Source: WJHG TV, Panama City Beach, FL
Monday, February 29, 2016
Yoko Ono home and recovering after being in hospital over weekend

Yoko Ono is back home after being hospitalised last Friday. Ono had been admitted to a New York hospital on the advice of her doctor after suffering with "flu-like symptoms". It had initially been reported that the 83-year-old Ono had suffered a stroke, but these claims were later denied by Sean Lennon.

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Plastic Fauxno All Star Band brings songs of John Lennon to Lake Tahoe

A two-night stand by the Plastic Fauxno All Star Band at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe this weekend will envision what 1980 shows by John Lennon could have been. The band's show includes a "nostalgic and historically contextual video backdrop," as well as performances of John Lennon and Beatles songs.

Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Yoko Ono
Nasty Rumors: Yoko Ono denies she broke up the Beatles

Since The Beatles' infamous breakup in 1969, fans have long speculated that the late John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was the main reason behind the iconic band's split. Now, in promotion for her new album, "Yes, I'm A Witch Too," in her "25 Things You Didn't Know About Me" column, Ono insists, "I had nothing to do with breaking up the Beatles."

Source: HNGN
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Blu-ray of How I Won the War nearly makes odd film watchable

The just-released Blu-ray of "How I Won the War" with John Lennon as Musketeer Gripweed is probably the best reason yet to own the movie. The Blu-ray is great in the picture department, although falls down in the bonus features, which has several trailers of other Richard Lester movies, though none of his Beatles ones.

Source: Beatles Examiner
John Lennon's former Palm Beach home sells for $23M

The former Palm Beach home of late Beatles legend John Lennon quietly sold for $23.1 million in an off-market deal, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. The Mediterranean estate has five bedrooms, a tennis court, cabana building on the beach, and a second-floor bridge connecting the home to its former guest house.

Source: Curbed, Miami
Monday, February 22, 2016
Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $34,000

A lock of John Lennon's hair has sold for 24,000 (about $34,000) at auction. The four-inch piece of hair was sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas to a Beatles collector in the UK. The lock has been in the hands of German hairdresser, Klaus Baruck, for nearly 50 years, and it is the largest section of Lennon's hair ever sold.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Yoko Ono: I thought my music was beautiful all along

For years, Yoko Ono's music was, at best, viewed as a mammoth indulgence on the part of her husband, John Lennon, and subjected to decades of vilification. Now everyone from Gaga to Sparks are lining up to pay tribute. How does the 83-year-old artist feel about the world catching up to the Yoko Ono sound?

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, February 18, 2016
12-year-old painter's art show features John Lennon portrait

12-year-old Ontario boy Evan Sharma, who has already received critical acclaim for his impressionist creations, began sketching when he was three, but became inspired during a trip to the Louvre in Paris. Sharma's colourful portfolio includes a striking portrait of John Lennon. He will showcase some of his work this weekend in Toronto.

Source: CTV News, Canada
Yoko Ono says David Bowie's death has left a big empty space

Yoko Ono says she and John Lennon were good friends with Bowie and Yoko remained very close Bowier after Lennon's death in 1980. She said, "We understood each other, he was great. David was such a happy person." Yoko previously described Bowie as being "like family" to her and John and acted as a father figure to Sean.

Related Articles  Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Yoko Ono wins NME Inspiration award at 2016 NME Awards

Yoko Ono has won NME Inspiration at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas. The multimedia artist and activist was presented with the award by former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, who said, "She is an activist for peace. Her and her husband expressed peace. To say her name is to express happiness."

Source: NME, UK

John Lennon's car on display at the Royal BC Museum

A psychedelic Rolls Royce that once belonged to Beatle John Lennon is once again in the Royal BC Museum's lobby, until April 28th. The museum has owned the car since Expo 86 and periodically puts it on display. The museum says they've put up plexiglas screens around the car this time, as the colorful paint job is fragile after 50 years.

Source: CFAX 107, Victoria, BC
Monday, February 15, 2016
John Lennon's cousin played huge part in Beatle's life, says author

Stanley Parkes, a cousin of John Lennon who spent summers with him before Beatlemania and had a close relationship with him, has died at age 82, it was reported today. Author Ken McNab said Parkes had a significant role in Lennon's life, especially early on. "Stan was seven years older than John and easily the big brother he never had."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Wikipedia Beatles searches show Fab Four are still chart toppers

More than four decades after they split, the Beatles are looked up by someone every second on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, with a staggering 50,920 average daily page views. John Lennon is searched every six seconds and Paul McCartney ranks second, with his name being hit every 10 seconds on average.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, February 12, 2016
Vintage Video: John Lennon sings Instant Karma in 1970

On February 11, 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought their band, Klaus Voorman, Mal Evans, Alan White and BP Fallon, to the British television show Top of the Pops, the first of the four Beatles to appear on the program. Four takes of the song Instant Kharma were done in the studio with take three shown the next night, February 12.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The sweet meaning behind Hey Jude

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. Paul McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

Source: .Mic
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Yoko Ono brings anti-violence art exhibit to Mexico

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope." The 82-year-old Ono told a crowd Tuesday Feb. 2 at the city's Museum of Memory and Tolerance that "I have come here to bring world peace."

Source: The Yucatan Times, Mexico
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
John Lennon's locks from How I Won the War expected to go for $10,000

On September 6, 1966, John Lennon got a very short haircut in preparation for his upcoming dramatic role as Private Gripweed in the film "How I Won the War." A clump of John's hair from this famous haircut will be auctioned off at the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas on February 20.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Yoko Ono to receive NME Inspiration Award

Yoko Ono will collect the Inspiration Award at the upcoming NME Awards, which take place on February 17 in London, the day before she turns 83. The publication chose Yoko to receive the award for her ''revolutionary ideas and concepts'' and influence on modern culture, and says, ''Yoko Ono's influence on modern culture is undeniable."

Source: TV3, Dublin
Monday, February 1, 2016

John Lennon Bus hits San Diego

A touring music recording studio named in memory of John Lennon will make a stop Monday at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will stay for two days, during which the school kids will be able to write, record and produce an original song and music video.

Source: Times of San Diego

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Former John Lennon home in Palm Beach sells for $23 million

Famous as a vacation home owned briefly in 1980 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a seaside mansion built in 1919 in Palm Beach, FL., has changed hands for just over $23 million in an off-market deal. Named El Solano, the landmarked rambling mansion has at least five bedrooms and 13,730 square feet of living space, inside and out.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News
How John Lennon's sons paid tribute to Elvis on behalf of their father

On January 23, 1986, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon participated in the first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On behalf of their father, John Lennon, they helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Julian said, "Our father was a big fan of Elvis's," and then read a direct quote from John Lennon.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hard Days Night Hotel unveils Beatles wedding vow renewal packages

Hard Days Night Hotel has unveiled two aptly named Vow Renewal Packages. Ideal for couples looking to refresh their nuptials, the Beatles inspired venue will offer the "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" package, with an overnight stay in the John Lennon Suite, and a more extravagant "It's Getting Better All the Time" offering.

Source: Purple Revolver
Book transports John Lennon to an uninhabited island

Many have wondered what was really going on behind John Lennon's little round glasses. With a bit of research and a lot of imagination, Irish author Kevin Barry has crafted one theory. His new novel Beatlebone springboards from a true fact: the ex-Beatle once bought an uninhabited island off the coast of Ireland that he rarely visited.

Source: CBC, Canada
Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie: His friendship with John Lennon recalled

The death of David Bowie yesterday has sent shock waves through the music community, stars and fans alike. During Bowie's decades-long career, he became friends with many other famous stars, including John Lennon. May Pang recounts their first meeting in her book, "Loving John," in September of 1974.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, January 8, 2016
Yoko Ono reveals her New Year's resolutions

Did you know that every Friday Yoko Ono runs a Reddit-style "Ask Me Anything" question and answer session via her social media accounts? The major topic of this week's discussion, of course, was New Year's Eve. How does the legendary performer spend NYE these days? And how did she spend them with John Lennon?

Source: Artnet
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Yoko Ono offers a look through her window in Tokyo art exhibit

Yoko Ono moved to the United States from Japan when she was about 20 years old. Now 82, Ono is putting on her latest exhibition, Yoko Ono: From My Window, at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. In the context of her native Tokyo, the exhibition serves as a retrospective as well as a showcase of her latest achievements.

Source: The Toronto Star
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christina Aguilera
Video: Christina Aguilera covers John Lennon's Mother

Christina Aguilera recently brought John Lennon to life with a performance of "Mother." She star stopped by Linda Perry's celebration for her song "Hands of Love," featured in the movie Freeheld, and put her classic X-tina touch on the 1970 ballad from the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album, belting Lennon's deep cut about his parents with signature soul.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
John Lennon second on list of Best Male Singers of All Time

As the singers perform the main vocal line of a song, they will be the main focus of the performance. Some vocalists have incredible voices and also the great skill of songwriting. They spent most of their time in the studio, on tour and practicing their vocals. Michael Jackson and John Lennon are among the best male singers of all time.

Source: Music Times
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DVD Review: John Lennon in How I Won The War

How I Won the War is a handful of clever one-liners, sight gags, and interesting tricks buried under at least 90 minutes of nonsense, making the film's total running time of nearly two hours feel twice that long. The film doesn't look all that impressive in high definition, and this DVD edition totally lacks optional English subtitles.

Source: DVD Talk
Friday, January 1, 2016
Video: Jessie J sings John Lennon's Imagine in NYC on New Years Eve

It's become an annual tradition for an artist to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" in front of the millions of people that gather each year for the New Years Eve ball drop in New York City. This year, that honor was bestowed upon Jessie J. The Times Square "Imagine" tradition began in 2005 when the song was played on speakers at the ball drop.

Source: Pop Crush
Thursday, December 31, 2015
50 Years Ago: Did John Lennon sabotage his father's music career?

On Dec. 31, 1965, John Lennon's father, Alfred "Freddie" Lennon, released his first record, "That's My Life (My Love and My Home)." John and Brian Epstein were reportedly furious at what they believed was Freddie's attempt to cash in on his son's success. Epstein was accused of having it pulled from the charts, perhaps at John's request.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 28, 2015
George Harrison's best slide solos are on John Lennon tracks

John Lennon's second solo album, Imagine, marks one of the only times Lennon recorded with George Harrison after the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970. Harrison's fretwork can be heard on several tracks, including "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier," "Gimme Some Truth" and "Oh My Love." He even plays a mean dobro on "Crippled Inside."

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, December 24, 2015
John Lennon's historic Christmas Eve encounter with Pierre Trudeau

On Dec. 24, 1969, Trudeaumania and Beatlemania collided. After talking to the Le Dain Commission in Montreal about his views on cannabis, John Lennon and Yoko Ono traveled to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. "He's really such a beautiful person, more beautiful than we expected," Ono said after the meeting.

Source: Civilized
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Sappy Christmas songs are awful - except this one

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is the song that most accurately reflects Lennon's post-Beatles life. It's his most successful collaboration with his unfairly criticized wife, and Spector's re-creation of his famed "wall of sound" was stronger than what he had earlier brought to the Give Peace a Chance single and the Imagine album.

Source: Argus Leader (Subscription)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Video: Refugees sing John Lennon's War Is Over Christmas song

The Refugee Choir come together last Sunday to sing John Lennon's Happy Christmas (The War is Over). Proceeds of song sales will help the Islington Center take care of asylum-seekers in the UK for the holidays. Made up of refugees and migrants from all over London, the choir is aiming to raise 30,000 for the Center by the end of 2015.

Buy on iTunes  Source: Good News Network
Pandora strikes licensing deals with music publishers

On Monday, Internet-radio company Pandora announced that it entered a licensing deal with Downtown Music Publishing, which represents artists such as John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. Today they announced a new deal with BMI and ASCAP. Last month, Pandora signed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Source: Silicon Beat
Monday, December 21, 2015
AMC presents Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

"Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert" from Madison Square Garden on AMC on Saturday night featured an array of mostly Lennon's solo works and some classic Beatle hits during the two and a half hour show. Paul McCartney sent a poignant video birthday message, and Ringo Starr taped a performance of "I'm The Greatest."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, December 18, 2015
John Lennon tops Yorkshire favorite Christmas song list

Happy Xmas (War is Over), by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, topped the list of favorite Christmas songs in Yorkshire, England, with 16 per cent naming it as the one they love the most. Released in the UK in 1972, it was a protest against the Vietnam War, and was controversial at the time, but has achieved widespread popularity.

Source: Yorkshire Post, UK

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