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Friday, September 21, 2018
Watch John Lennon and George Harrison in newly surfaced video

John Lennon and George Harrison appear together in a newly surfaced video. In the previously unseen footage they are recording "How Do You Sleep" for the Imagine album. Lennon plays guitar in the footage from Ascot Sound Studios, Harrison can be seen playing slide guitar alongside Nicky Hopkins, Alan White and Klaus Voormann.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Sedona Film Festival presents restored Imagine encore Sept. 24

The Sedona International Film Festival will join theaters around the world to present a one-night only world encore of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Imagine on Monday, Sept. 24. It includes previously unreleased cinema-exclusive bonus material, restored footage, and a remixed, remastered and immersive soundtrack mix.

Source: Sedona.biz
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Lost Lennon letter man performs in Worcestershire

Award-winning musician and songwriter Steve Tilston plays Folk in the Foyer at Evesham Arts Centre in Worcestershire, England, next Thursday. Widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music, the story of Steve's "lost" letter from John Lennon inspired the 2015 Hollywood movie Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino.

Source: Worcester News, UK
Monday, September 17, 2018
Beatles fan Rosanne Cash honored with John Lennon award for her work

As a young girl, Rosanne Cash became a die-hard Beatles devotee, even serving as president of a Fab Four fan club. Now the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the "John Lennon Real Love Award," acknowledging her decades of work as both artist and activist. "He's still alive in so many ways," she said from Nashville.

Source: NY Daily News
Friday, September 14, 2018
Compare new John Lennon imagine ultimate mixes to original LP

The upcoming John Lennon Imagine box set features what's being called the "Ultimate Mixes." Now on the internet, you can view two videos that allow listeners to compare parts of the original 1971 mix with the new 2018 versions. Arriving on Oct. 5, Imagine: The Ultimate Collection contains 140 tracks including outtakes.

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Gimme Some Truth: John Lennon's political rebirth

Three years before writing his political anthem Gimme Some Truth, John Lennon said in an interview, "I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives...It's the same thing I'm expressing all the time, but now I can put it into that sentence that I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends."

Source: U Discover Music
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ringo Starr coming together with Yoko Ono at NYC event tomorrow

Ringo Starr will join Yoko Ono at a special "Bed-In" event in New York City tomorrow, celebrating the return to the city of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The gathering, marking the launch of a monthlong residency in New York for the bus, will feature speeches by student activists and a group sing-along of Give Peace a Chance.

Source: WFJA FM
Friday, September 7, 2018
John Lennon, Yoko Ono documentary to reveal untold story of Imagine

A new feature documentary will use unseen archive and access to material from John Lennon's estate to relay the untold story behind his classic song "Imagine," and the album of the same name. "John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky" has been commissioned by U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 and will air later this year.

Source: Page Six
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon reveal John Lennon stamp at ceremony

Yoko Ono took the stage at Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell today for the United States Postal Service's official first-day-of-issue ceremony for the newest addition to the Music Icons series, a John Lennon Forever stamp. She was joined by her and John's son, Sean Lennon, who at times displayed his father's trademark wit.

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John Lennon: The Green Album exhibit opens at the Smithsonian

"John Lennon: The Green Album" opened today at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum and coincides with the issuance of the John Lennon Forever Stamp. Lennon's childhood stamp album, which includes 565 stamps on more than 150 pages, will be on display. Lennon's older cousin, Stanley Parkes, gave him the album.

Source: Web Wire
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Paul McCartney opens up to Howard Stern about Beatles and John and Yoko

Over the course of a 90-minute chat on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show Wednesday morning, Paul McCartney talked quite a bit about his days with the Beatles. Also, McCartney, who found himself on opposite sides from John Lennon and Yoko Ono after the breakup of the Beatles, said it was Lennon who broke up the group.

Source: Variety
Video: New version of Why by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono's latest video, Why, taken from her upcoming album Warzone, has premiered on the internet. A remake of a 1970 track of the same name from her debut album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, through her voice, Ono conjures up the urgency and spirit of the song's message that was laid down over 40 years ago.

Source: Crack Magazine
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
How The Beatles helped turn Nike into a multibillion-dollar company

Fifty years ago the Beatles released Revolution, in which John Lennon addressed the global political upheaval of 1968. The message in "Revolution" attracted fierce resentment within the radical left before re-appearing in 1987 in one of the most seminal and ground breaking advertisements ever made.

Source: Business Insider
Thursday, August 30, 2018
John Lennon Imagine demo strips down a simple message

An early demo of Imagine will highlight the new six-disk box set Imagine The Ultimate Collection. The version is not that different from the final release. The final mix only featured Lennon at the microphone and on a piano, backed by Klaus Voormann on bass and Alan White on drums. But we don't miss them in this version.

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Jude Southerland Kessler releases Volume IV in the John Lennon Series

Jude Southerland Kessler, the world's foremost expert on the life of John Lennon and author of The John Lennon Series, an outlined nine-volume narrative history covering the story of the man who formed the Beatles, has just released her fourth installment, Should Have Known Better, which covers the year 1964.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
USPS to dedicate John Lennon forever stamp next week

The dedication ceremony for the new John Lennon stamp will be held September 7 in New York City's Central Park. The ceremony, with disc jockey Dennis Elsas, who conducted a legendary 1974 live-in-studio interview with Lennon at New York's WNEW-FM, serving as Master of Ceremonies, will be free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Previously unreleased version of Jealous Guy now on internet

On October 5, Geffen/UMe will release a six-disc boxed set, Imagine - The Ultimate Collection, remixed and remastered 140 tracks fully authorized by Yoko Ono. Now on the internet is a portion of "Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)" from the box set, a piano, bass, and drums mix featuring Nicky Hopkins' haunting piano track.

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The top uses of John Lennon songs in movies or TV

John Lennon may be considered the most famous of the Fab Four because of his unique perspective on life. Though the Beatles as a general rule have been very protective of their music, primarily because they want to avoid it becoming too commercialized, there are some movies and TV shows that have been exceptions.

Source: TV Over Mind
Monday, August 27, 2018
John Lennon's half-sister reveals how he used to jam in the kitchen

John Lennon's half-sister has spoken out about her close relationship with her big brother as Beatlemania took over the music world. Julia Baird, now 71, grew up with John in a semi-detached council house in Liverpool. Julia has revealed that she never felt estranged from her big brother despite his rapid rise to stardom.

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Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr Come Together on John Lennon Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is returning to New York City to launch the fifth annual Come Together NYC residency on Sept. 13. The event will kick off with a "Bed-In" featuring Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, iconic rock photographer Henry Diltz, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson.

Source: ET, Canada
Thursday, August 23, 2018
John Lennon's killer denied parole for 10th time

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for a 10th time by a NY parole board on Wednesday. The denial decision obtained by The Associated Press says Lennon's killer was told his release "would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society," and releasing him would "tend to mitigate the seriousness of your crime."

Fan Content Warning  Source: Newsday, NY
Audio: John Lennon's stripped-back Imagine demo from upcoming box set

John Lennon's studio version of Imagine featured bass, drums and a string arrangement, co-produced with Phil Spector. A more spartan demo of the song featuring simply his voice and piano will make its debut on Imagine: the Ultimate Collection, an upcoming box-set anthology of Lennon's celebrated album, due out October 5th.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Update: John Lennon Imagine Ultimate Box Set

John Lennon's acclaimed 1971 album Imagine is being celebrated this autumn with a series of releases, pegged to coincide with what would have been his 78th birthday. According to Lennon's social media, the new releases promise listeners will be able to explore and enjoy the Imagine album and sessions like you've never heard them before.

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Friday, August 17, 2018
John and Yoko's 1972 Imagine film is coming back to theatres

John Lennon's 1972 Imagine film has now been restored frame-by-frame and is set for theatres on September 17. This new version features 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage recording "How Do You Sleep," Lennon's infamous shot at Paul McCartney. There's also a 320-page book on the making of the album coming October 9.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Lennon's aunt's letter dismisses Beatles fascination with Indian guru

The Beatles' fascination with Indian guru and "spiritual adviser" Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was dismissed by John Lennon's aunt in a revealing letter to a fan of the group. Mimi Smith, who brought up Lennon as a child, wrote, "I don't understand why they need an Indian, or India to meditate. That can be done here without any fuss."

Source: AOL News, UK

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