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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Beatles Story museum expecting much-loved John Lennon piano

The piano played by John Lennon during his last years in New York is currently making its way to Liverpool to be put on display at The Beatle's Story museum in the city's Albert Dock. According to Jack Douglas, it became known as "the John Lennon Piano" because he would move it to every studio he was working in.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Site of Aunt Mimi's bungalow goes up for sale

A house in a millionaires' seaside resort where John Lennon bought a bungalow for his beloved Aunt Mimi who raised him as her own son has been put on the market for 4.5 million. Lennon bought the bungalow in 1965 for the, at the time, princely sum of 26,500. Mimi Smith lived there until her death at 85 in December 1991.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko

If he was an ordinary musician without the famous last name, the projects keeping Sean Lennon busy right now might cry out creative restlessness or workaholic. But the youngest son of John Lennon finds himself these days, not so much addicted to keeping busy, just focused on making the things that make him happy.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Monday, August 24, 2015
Paul McCartney feared for his life after John Lennon was killed

Paul McCartney has admitted that he feared for his own life after John Lennon was killed. McCartney said he was on "high alert" when an assasin gunned down Lennon outside his New York home in 1980, but also remembered that his own home in rural south England was still largely unprotected and in a remote woodland location.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Pictures: Beatles auction includes sign from Lennon-Ono bed-in

Rare Beatles memorabilia from the group's first recording contract to the sign John Lennon and Yoko Ono had in their Montreal hotel room during their 1969 "Bed in for Peace" are to be sold at auction in New York next month. The sign mentions Murray The K and is signed by both John and Yoko including a John Lennon doodle.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Review: John Lennon: In His Own Write in Edinburgh

Not staged in full in the UK since Victor Spinetti turned it into a play at the National Theatre in 1968, the new staging of In His Own Write is very good, with an animated backdrop of John Lennon's sketches from the book guiding us through stories like the pantomime-esque "Treasure Ivan" and the television news parody "Panorasthma (BBC)."

Related Articles  Source: The Independent, UK
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Henry Winkler remembers meeting 'quiet and shy' John Lennon

Happy Days star Henry Winkler has revealed he was left starstruck by John Lennon. Winkler recalled how Lennon attended a recording of the popular TV show in 1974, with his son Julian. John was very quiet and shy. I didn't know how to engage him in conversation till I started talking about how much I loved his first solo album."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Friday, August 14, 2015
Listen: Sean Lennon collaborates on new track

Sean Lennon has co-produced a side-project with the psychedelic Fat White Family called the Moonlandingz. A unique video for their latest track, "Sweet Saturn Mine (Sean Lennon De-Mix)" is now available online. Lennon said, "Because it's a side project for all of us in a way, not the main project, things feel a lot more fun and easy."

Source: Music Times
New book says Lennon planned to dodge army by moving to Ireland

The young John Lennon planned to dodge his National Service with the British Army by moving to Ireland, according to a new book on The Beatles' first tour of the USA in 1964. It says Lennon, who went on to be a vocal anti-war protester, had no intention of ever serving if he was summoned to take part in National Service.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Unseen footage of John Lennon in recording studio surfaces

It's always been thought that John Lennon videotaped his 1980 studio sessions, but there hasn't been any real proof, until now. A four-minute clip featuring Lennon in the studio singing a rough version of the Double Fantasy song "I'm Losing You" backed by members of the band Cheap Trick popped up Aug. 10 on YouTube.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Audio: Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell upon the death of John Lennon

With the passing of football great Frank Gifford on Sunday, KRTH 101 has found a clip from a very tragic night in music history. Gifford and Howard Cosell are heard discussing, during a commercial break of Monday Night Football, whether or not to tell the audience that John Lennon had been shot and killed outside of his apartment.

Source: KRTH FM, Los Angeles
John Lennon defends himself against quote 49 years ago today

On August 11, 1966, The Beatles arrived in the US amid huge controversy after John Lennon's claim that the band was "more popular" had prompted angry fans to burn their records in protest. At a press conference, a visibly nervous Lennon was asked to explain, and apologise for, his comments.

Source: BT News, UK
Monday, August 10, 2015
Audio: The John Lennon demo that nearly became the Beatles' final song

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in 1994 to add their finishing touches to a pair of demos left behind by John Lennon for 1995′s three-volume Anthology series, Free as a Bird and Real Love. Another Lennon demo, titled "Now & Then," was briefly considered as a third track, but plans to polish it fell apart.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, August 6, 2015
The story of some never-before-seen John Lennon doodles

On a gentle Sunday fall afternoon in 1976, a fan left a note for John Lennon at the Dakota, hoping to meet him. A little over one month later, James received an unexpected letter with a return address of 72nd Street and Central Park West. Enclosed were doodles that John had constructed as his response to the fan's thoughtful message.

Source: TGN Review
John Lennon and the American left: Some Time in New York City

After Imagine, John and Yoko left England for New York City, where he would live for the final nine years of his life. Almost immediately upon their arrival, Lennon was approached by the radicals Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, who believed (rightly) that having Lennon on their side would draw attention to their political cause.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
131-year history of the iconic Dakota chronicled in new book

In his new book The Dakota: A History of the World's Best-Known Apartment Building, Andrew Alpern digs deep into the legendary building's past and its rise to become one of the city's and perhaps the world's most well-known apartments buildings, with tenants like John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Lauren Bacall and Judy Garland.

Source: Curbed NY
John Lennon links with Spain highlighted in Liverpool

Spanish writer and journalist J. Adolfo Iglesias is giving a talk in Liverpool about John Lennon's links with the country. John Lennon and Strawberry Fields Forever, the Untold Story takes place at Liverpool Central Library on Friday. Lennon wrote the song when he was in Almeria during the filming of How I Won the War in 1966.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The five best cinematic portrayals of John Lennon

One of the most influential figures of the 20th century, John Lennon evolved from sharp-talking pop-rocker to cynical idealist in his time growing up in the public eye. With such a resonating presence, both with and without the Beatles, filmmakers have been portraying Lennon on screen since the late 1960s.

Source: Glide Magazine
Friday, July 31, 2015
Hey, Bono, the Beatles were not Irish

At first it looked like Bono had struck again. Not content with secretly implanting U2's new album into the world's otherwise immaculate iTunes libraries, now he's trying to steal the Beatles. "Let's claim all the Beatles ... as Irish," he said on Ellis Island on Wednesday. But The Beatles, at their creative core, were blatantly American.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, July 30, 2015
John Lennon honored with Yellow Submarine tapestry in NYC

Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and others to honor her late husband Wednesday at Ellis Island. Ono said the tapestry is "so special" and John would have loved it. Wednesday was also declared John Lennon Day.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Interview: Owner of John Lennon's long lost guitar

The Gibson J-160E guitar John Lennon used to write several Beatle hits on has been lost for over 40 years but now is found. In a new interview, fans can now hear the remarkable story of where it has been all these years and the man who has been a good steward of it even though he didn't know it was Lennon's guitar until recently.

Source: PRWeb
John Lennon tribute returns to Liverpool for International Beatle Week

Last year during International Beatle Week, Liverpool actor Mark McGann and Swedish band Pepperland rocked the Royal Court theatre in Liverpool with their In My Life show, telling Lennon's life story from his Menlove Avenue childhood to December 1980. They will reprise the show with two performances on Sunday, August 30.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Yoko Ono announces new all-star remix LP

Yoko Ono follows up her all-star 2007 covers and remixes LP Yes, I'm a Witch this January with a sequel titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too. Ono will collaborate with Death Cab for Cutie, Cibo Matto and her son Sean Lennon and many more artists who contributed either remixes or covers of tracks culled from Ono's catalog.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
British actor Tom Hughes cast as John Lennon in BBC radio drama

British actor Tom Hughes is to play John Lennon in a forthcoming radio drama. Hughes, known for several roles on BBC One, will portray the iconic singer-songwriter in BBC Radio 2's When Elvis Met The Beatles. Hughes said, "John Lennon is a hero of mine. I'll never have the chance to meet him, so playing him is the next best thing."

Source: NME, UK
Monday, July 27, 2015
Artist creates controversial comic strip on John Lennon's Imagine

Pablo Stanley has used his illustration skills to create a visual representation of John Lennon's 1971 song, "Imagine." The comic strip depicts lyrics from the song along with images of legendary activists for change such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: World Religion News
Letter about John Lennon's death from his aunt Mimi to be sold

An emotional letter from John Lennon's aunt Mimi Smith written on her personal letterhead less than two months after the Beatle was murdered in New York City will be sold in an online auction next month. Deadline for bidding in the auction is Aug. 12. Previously, a letter Mimi wrote to a fan in 1964 sold for 250 in 2013.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Book Review: John Lennon and the Bronte Connection

A new book published by Jewelle St. James, "John Lennon and the Bronte Connection," is about the author's journey in discovering a past life connection between former Beatle John Lennon and the tragic poet Branwell Bronte. St. James discovers she lived in 15th Century England and John Lennon had been her lover.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rare John Lennon letter up for auction

A hand-written note from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Beatles press officer Derek Taylor circa 1969, referencing instructions for an unspecified concert is currently up for auction at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction that ends today, its current bid is $1000. Also in the auction, Ringo's Help! jacket currently stands at over $14,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Help! single released 50 years ago today

Today marks 50 years since the release of Help! Recorded at Abbey Road in 12 takes on April 13, 1965, Help! was written by John Lennon in a moving attempt to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success, he later described it as one of his favorite ever songs and one of his first ever attempts at writing from the heart.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Yoko Ono to get new neighbor in the Dakota

Movie star Lauren Bacall's apartment at the Dakota has been bought by a mystery buyer, last priced at $23.5 million. Bacall lived in the 4,000-square-foot wood-paneled apartment for more than half a century up until last year. Meanwhile, Roberta Flack put her apartment in the building on the market for $9.5 million in May.

Source: NY Daily News
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
May Pang to speak at university music programs

May Pang, music executive, confidante and companion of John Lennon, will give lectures at music programs at universities around the U.S. beginning this fall. May is well known for her relationship with John Lennon during the infamous "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s, she worked him in the studio and was his personal assistant.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, July 20, 2015
1st volume of new books on John Lennon and Yoko Ono gets release date

Author Chip Madinger has announced that the first volume of his "Lennonology" series is near completion. Fifteen years in the making, "Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness" reflects John Lennon and Yoko Ono's partnership for the entire time period they were together, and is written in the form of a daily journal.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Record company promises to replace faulty disc in Lennon box

Copies of the Rock 'N' Roll' LP in the new Lennon box set have been found to be faulty, with "Sweet Little Sixteen" repeated on the disc and "You Can't Catch Me" missing. Universal Music has pledged to replace the defective copies, and has set up a webpage where consumers who bought the set can exchange the defective disc.

Source: Music Times
Friday, July 10, 2015
Yoko Ono calls on New York Governor to reject pipeline

Yoko Ono took out a full-page ad in the NY Times on Friday calling on Gov. Cuomo to reject state permits for a pipeline that would transport gas fracked in Pennsylvania into New York. "We must stop fracking, which means we must not transport fracked gas across our state where it is headed for foreign export markets," she wrote.

Source: Capital New York
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono send birthday wishes to Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. Uploading a photo of herself and Starr to Twitter, Yoko Ono wrote, "Happy Birthday, Ringo! And Many, Many more. Let us count the ways how we love you... From an old acquaintance, yoko". Meanwhile, Paul McCartney sent three birthday wishes to Starr in total.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Monday, July 6, 2015
Yoko says she loves the other Beatles like brothers

Yoko Ono says she loves the remaining Beatles "like my brothers" despite claims she split the band up through her relationship with the late John Lennon. "From my side there's an incredible love towards them because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young," she explained.

Source: The Sun Daily
Friday, July 3, 2015
John Lennon Songbook returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The John Lennon Songbook is returning to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in a new staging as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Summer Pops and the Liverpool Phil's 175th anniversary. First performed in Liverpool to sell-out audiences in 2008, Liverpool actor and vocalist Mark McGann reprises his role as Lennon in the concert.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Pictures: Nobody wants to live in Yoko's building

Apartment 46 in The Dakota in New York City has been on and off the market for over eight years. It's on again for $14.5 million. But, even if you have the cash, you might not have to be Yoko Ono's neighbor. The Dakota co-op board is famously picky, it has denied everyone from Billy Joel to Judd Apatow to Madonna.

Source: SF Gate
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
They say it's your birthday, John Lennon Airport

On this day in 1933, Liverpool Airport officially opened making July 1, 2015, the airport's 82nd birthday. Almost closed in 1974 and privatised in 1990, originally simply called Liverpool Airport, it was renamed in honor of John Lennon in 2002, a 7ft bronze statue of Lennon stands overlooking the check-in hall.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, June 29, 2015
John Lennon's nonsense poetry to be performed at Edinburgh Festival

John Lennon's nonsense poetry will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival after more than 5,000 was raised through crowdfunding. Actor Jonathan Glew was granted the rights to Lennon's poetry collection In His Own Write by his widow Yoko Ono. The book, including short stories, poems and drawings, was first published in 1964.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Statement says John Lennon's great uncle not prolific Victorian criminal

A statement has been released denying recent reports claiming that the great uncle of John Lennon was a prolific criminal living in Victorian Liverpool. Website Find My Past now says "the William Lennon in our records, who was also born in Liverpool in the same year, was not related to John Lennon."

Original Article  Source: NME, UK
Friday, June 26, 2015
Sean Lennon talks about Yoko, Kanye and his favorite Beatles songs

Sean Lennon recently gave an interview where discussed his musical inspirations, his favorite Beatles songs, and what he thinks about Kanye West working alongside his father's former collaborator, Paul McCartney. He said, "I think at first my inspiration came from just wanting to find some connection to my dad."

Source: Billboard

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