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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Beatles DJ celebrates Yoko Ono's birthday with special contest

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is celebrating Yoko Ono's recent 82nd birthday and her extraordinary life and career by giving away on his website, a combo package of two new releases, the photo book "See Hear Yoko" by famous photographer Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg, and the new tribute CD compilation "Cut Pieces."

Source: Beatles News
Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week

This Thursday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Julian Lennon exhibition to open in New York City

Next month, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York will host an exhibition of Julian Lennon's most recent collection of photographs. Julian said, "I have always felt that I have observed life in a different way to others. Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I am happy to add another one too, that being photography."

Source: Art Media Agency
Yoko Ono duets with Antony Hegarty for her 82nd birthday

For her 82nd birthday yesterday, Yoko Ono eleased a new duet of her 1985 song, "I Love You Earth," with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, one of two new 10-inch vinyl singles from Ono, the other a duet with John Zorn. "I Love You Earth" pays homage to our planet.

Source: Radio.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
John Lennon returns to his Rock 'N' Roll roots 40 years ago today

John Lennon's Rock 'N' Roll album is the back-to-basics record the Beatles' Let It Be was supposed to be. And like Let It Be, Phil Spector had a hand in it, and also, it sat around for a while before anyone got the chance to hear it. It managed to make it to No. 6, and was Lennon's last album before his five-year retirement.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 13, 2015
Documents reveal details of John Lennon's turbulent first marriage

Secret papers revealed by John Lennon's housekeeper detail his aggressive ­behavior with his first wife Cynthia, increasing drug use and mood swings during the latter days of their crumbling marriage nearly 50 years ago. The maid also told how she found Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono, who visited while Cynthia was away.

Source: The Irish Mirror
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Documents detailing breakdown of John Lennon's marriage up for auction

Documents detailing the breakdown of John Lennon's marriage to first wife Cynthia will go to auction in Warrington next month. The previously unseen and unpublished five page dossier drafted in 1968 by a solicitor dealing with the divorce of Lennon and Cynthia includes a draft statement made by Lennon's former housekeeper.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Julia Baird talks new doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek

A new documentary, titled Come Together, follows a handful of the world's estimated 8,000 Beatles tribute bands as they set out to pay homage to the most influential band of all time. In a new interview, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, who narrates the documentary, discusses her involvement with the project.

Source: Billboard
Monday, February 9, 2015
Recreation of John Lennon's Rolls Royce to tour UK auto shows

John Lennon's iconic customized Rolls Royce has been recreated for a fraction of the original's asking price. The original model is apparently held within a private collection somewhere in North America at a price of over £20 million. The car will be taken to a number of motoring shows and exhibitions in the UK.

Source: Source Wire
Friday, February 6, 2015
New book contains never before seen photos of John and Yoko

A little over 30 years ago, the Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama walked through Central Park with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He asked them to kiss, and he clicked the shutter. Shinoyama's photograph of John and Yoko's kiss at Central Park Pond appeared on the cover of their final studio album, "Double Fantasy."

Source: New York Times
John Lennon rushes out Instant Karma 45 years ago today

Written, recorded and released over just 10 days, John Lennon's Instant Karma! was a huge hit, boasted one of rock's most inventive drum fills, and had sweeping implications for the Beatles. It immediately shot to No. 5, two weeks later, it reached No. 3 in the U.S. The only problem? The Beatles were ostensibly still together.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Video: Dana Carvey impersonates John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While being interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter recently, Dana Carvey busted out an impression of John Lennon talking to Paul McCartney about his recent collaborations with Kanye West. Carvey's confused Lennon asks "Well, what does he do? Does he sort of just hum along?" and McCartney tries to explain auto-tuning to Lennon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
John Lennon and Yoko Ono make strangest donation 45 years ago today

On Feb. 4, 1970, to support the Black House, a youth home in London, having recently cut off their hair, John Lennon and Yoko Ono offered to exchange it for a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing shorts, with the hair auctioned to support the Black House and the shorts being sold to raise money for John and Yoko's peace campaign.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Sean Lennon sued over tree outside Greenwich Village apartment

Marisa Tomei's parents are suing Sean Lennon, demanding $10 million in damages because of his front yard "stink tree." The suit claims the 60-foot-high tree in Lennon's Greenwich Village front yard is growing into the concrete foundation of their townhouse and into their front stoop, breaking and displacing the railing.

Source: NY Daily News
Monday, February 2, 2015
John Lennon's sister Julia recalls former home, now up for auction

The last—and probably happiest--home that John Lennon's mother Julia Lennon lived in is up for sale. The news has come as a surprise to John's sister Julia Baird, who remembered John was a frequent visitor there, and John and his band mates practiced there. She identifies John's bedroom in recently published photos.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon MBE found gathering dust in a draw at Buckingham Palace

The MBE medal that Beatle legend John Lennon rejected in November 1969 as an anti-war protest has been unearthed in a royal vault, still in the presentation case bearing the name John Winston Lennon. And now, almost 50 years on from the protest, historians are calling for it to be dusted off and put on public display.

Source: Purple Revolver
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
John Lennon's mum's house to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mum, dubbed the "House of Sin" by his Aunt Mimi, is up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton's Springwood estate, was where Lennon's mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
John Lennon's Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

A still-resonant tune with biting introspection, John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Face It" begins with the smeared sound of a tape machine engaging, this powerful reminder that Milk and Honey includes the incomplete, posthumous recordings a murdered genius. Even so, you'll find that all of the parts are still there.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon writes and records Instant Karma 45 Years ago today

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's how John Lennon described the speedy creative process leading up to the release of his Instant Karma! single, and although it wasn't literally true, it came impressively close. Recorded on Jan. 27, 1970, it was a hit one month later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, January 23, 2015
Liverpool author finds new clue to Lennon's Strawberry Fields lyrics

"The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story Behind the Rise and Fall of The Beatles" is an investigative biography which explores Lennon's childhood and his life until the end of The Beatles. Among the revelations in it are facts he discovered concerning Strawberry Fields Forever, including the line, "No one I think is in my tree."

Source: Beatles Examiner
In Pictures: John Lennon's most moving sketches

"Lennon's art changed considerably over time," Scott Gutterman, of New York's Neue Galerie, writes in the introduction to "John Lennon: The Collected Artwork," "The freewheeling figures he drew in his twenties gave way to sophisticated line drawings depicting his newfound daily life, including his delight in becoming a father."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Book Review: John Lennon: The Collected Artwork

John Lennon's humor and comments always seemed to have more of an edge to them than the other Beatles. His public persona was his true face, what we saw in his appearances and heard in interviews was who he was. You only need to glance through a new book, John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, for proof.

Source: Blog Critics
John Lennon's final interview with Rolling Stone

On January 22, 1981, Rolling Stone published the last ever print interview with John Lennon, conducted on December 5, 1980, just 3 days before he was shot. The main focus was the upcoming Double Fantasy that he was working on with Yoko, and followed them into the studio as they remixed several songs for the album.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, January 16, 2015
Japanese fan to build replica of John Lennon's childhood home

A Japanese fan of The Beatles wants to create an identical replica of John Lennon's childhood home. Tatsuro Hara, local historian in the town of Yanagawa in southern Japan, has proposed that a plot of land that belonged to the grandfather of Yoko Ono be turned into a park with a replica of Lennon's home as a "memorial hall."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Yoko Ono to aid in revamp of Japanese Garden in Chicago

A plan to remake Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago is receiving help from Yoko Ono, who joined the project after being moved by the beauty of the park during a trip to Chicago several years ago. She also will help with work on the Phoenix pavilion, a structure destroyed by vandals 70 years ago during World War II.

Source: DNA Info
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
John Lennon slept here, but Yoko didn't

The bed in which John Lennon and May Pang stayed during Lennon's "Lost Weekend" in 1974 is for sale. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is offering the vintage brass bed from a room at Caribou Ranch in Colorado and it's expected to sell for $300 to $500. Elton John was recording at Caribou at the time.

Source: KWTX, Waco Texas
Audio: 40 years ago today Elton John takes Beatles song to No. 1

Elton John's version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart 40 years ago today. He was the second artist to have a No. 1 hit of a song by the Beatles, Joe Cocker did it first when With a Little Help From My Friends. John Lennon, credited as Dr. Winston O'Boogie, played guitar on this recording.

Source: MPR News
Monday, January 12, 2015
Video: Imagine inspires thousands to break into song at Paris rally

An uplifting video of attendees at the Paris unity march singing, cheering and clapping to John Lennon's Imagine, a song that rings particularly powerful after the days of violence and unrest in France, was posted today to the internet. Millions gathered in central Paris on Sunday for the march held in solidarity for the victims of the attacks.

Source: Mashable
Friday, January 9, 2015
Sean Lennon takes British band under his wing

Sean Lennon is playing mentor to fledgling British punk band Fat White Family by putting them up at his New York home, giving them free use of his recording studio, and allowing them to play instruments belonging to his famous father. Lennon met them at the SXSW festival in Texas last year and he invited them to join him in New York.

Source: Contact Music
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey actor fears John Lennon-style death

Jamie Dornan is scared to death of Fifty Shades of Grey fans. In a new interview, the movie star expressed concerns about the film's intense fandom, to the point he worries that someone will actually kill him. He said, "I fear I'll get murdered, like John Lennon, by one of those mad fans at the premiere."

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Yoko Ono tribute album to be released this month

There is arguably no artist as misunderstood as Yoko Ono. Cut Pieces: A Tribute to Yoko Ono deconstructs and reimagines an essential collection of skillfully constructed pop/rock songs. Presented in their own context and in their own terms, the tribute soars free from the superficial sensationalism that still seems to follow her.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Audio: Beatles first to intentionally use feedback

50 years ago, during the recording session for I Feel Fine, John Lennon leaned his electrified acoustic guitar against an amplifier, which caused audio feedback. They liked the sound and asked George Martin to use it in the song. Lennon proudly proclaimed it the first intentional use of feedback in a studio recording.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Monday, January 5, 2015
Madonna uses John Lennon to promote her latest album

Pop princess Madonna sent fans on social media into a frenzy after posting pictures of celebrities such as John Lennon to promote her new album. The 56-year-old took to Instagram and Twitter to share snaps of celebrities who she considers to be "great heroes," with Liverpool legend John Lennon included.

Also See...  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Auction to include John Lennon's last interview tapes

An auction being held by The Memorabilia Vault in New York on February 7th, 2015, will include Beatles memorabilia including a set of original cassette tapes which contain the last interview John Lennon gave to the radio station 610 KFRC. Also up for auction will be over 75 items from the life and career of Michael Jackson.

Source: Digital Journal
Monday, December 29, 2014
John Lennon's signature dissolves the Beatles 40 years ago today

With George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr having already signed off on the band's demise, the Beatles ended with a stroke of John Lennon's pen on Dec. 29, 1974. Fans knew it was a mere formality, the Beatles had ceased to exist in 1969 when Lennon infamously walked out of a meeting saying, "I want a divorce."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
American Songwriter Lyric of the Week: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

While "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is generally regarded as an innocent, celebratory yuletide song with a children's chorus, it was also intended to be a war protest song, but to what degree has been a subject of conjecture for decades. Whichever, John and Ono still seemed to think that they could make a difference with songs like this one.

Source: American Songwriter
Bishop condemns John Lennon's Imagine in Christmas homily

The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Bishop Mark Davies, will say in a homily on Christmas Day, that John Lennon's lyrics in the song Imagine are "a heart-chilling vision in which Lennon imagines a world with no hope of heaven and no fear of hell. And he adds, 'no religion too'. Only then, he suggests will 'all the people' be 'living life in peace.'"

Source: Catholic Herald, UK
Monday, December 22, 2014
Hundreds of celebrites chime in: John or Paul?

The question of "Are you a John Lennon person or a Paul McCartney person" has been asked ever since the Beatles first became famous. A new video seeks to get a definitive answer with the help of 550 celebrities. Among the classic rockers asked were Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith and members of Black Sabbath.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
John and Yoko's Happy Xmas a cause for celebration

In October 1971, John Lennon recorded "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a vigorous and engaging protest song calling for an end to the war in Vietnam, all the while wishing the world happy holidays. Although not a Top 40 hit in the United States, it quickly became prominent on the airwaves during the 1971 Christmas season.

Source: Like The Dew
Friday, December 19, 2014
John Lennon to be honored in concert in Orlando

Joseph Martens and an assortment of Orlando's best musicians will honor John Lennon's music and humanitarian spirit on Tuesday in downtown Orlando.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Parents fight plan to expand Beatles' old school

Dovedale Junior School, off Penny Lane in Liverpool, has remained virtually unchanged since John Lennon and George Harrison were pupils there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But parents today launched a campaign to halt a plan that would see the present school, built in the 1930s, expanded to accommodate 840 pupils from 630.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Monday, December 15, 2014
John and Yoko launch War Is Over! campaign 45 years ago today

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global War Is Over! campaign, performing at UNICEF's "Peace for Christmas" concert in London. George Harrison also performed, it was he first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles' last show in 1966.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston

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