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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on Saturday Night Live

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on SNL. He joked, "This is made out to The Beatles. You divide it any way you want. If you want to give Ringo less, that's up to you." What he didn't know was, at that very minute, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were watching the show at the Dakota.

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Monday, April 23, 2018
Portraits by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler going for $54K

A portrait by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler is being sold for $54,000. The crude sketch, which the Beatle did at art college in the 1950s, shows Lennon on a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute and the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if being chanted by an audience below.

More Pictures  Source: Page Six
Julian Lennon urges kids to heal the planet in new book

For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom. The firstborn son of the late John Lennon is the coauthor of "Heal the Earth," the second in his picture book series teaching kids as young as three years old ways to help the planet.

Source: The Inquirer
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
John Lennon's MBE rejection letter is up for auction in New York

John Lennon's MBE rejection letter to Queen Elizabeth II is on the auction block for an upcoming The Beatles memorabilia sale in New York. It has been valued at around $86,000. The letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection picked up for just $14 two decades ago.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Monday, April 16, 2018
Klaus Voormann honored with Lifetime Achievement award

At the German Echo Music Awards in Berlin on Thursday, Klaus Voormann received the lifetime achievement award. The two-time Grammy winner and "fifth" Beatle played with Manfred Mann, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Eric Clapton, and won a Grammy for designing the artwork for the Beatles' Revolver album.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Friday, April 13, 2018
DiG issues re-imagined Imagine

DiG, the on-going collaborative project between Minneapolis based Flipp front man/guitarist Brynn Arens and Winston-Salem North Carolina singer/songwriter Clay Howard, has released their new recording of John Lennon's classic 1971 plea for peace, Imagine, as their response to today's climate of heated political discussions.

Source: Yes Weekly
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Preview: Lennon's Banjo at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool

Back in 2004, Rob Fennah was working on a project involving John Lennon's mum, Julia, teaching John how to play rock 'n' roll on her banjo, an instrument now lost but highly sought after by Beatles buffs the world over. His book about that is now a play, Lennon's Banjo, which opens at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on April 24.

Related Articles  Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Monday, April 9, 2018
Handwritten Hey Jude lyrics on sale for $375K

A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia, lyrics handwritten by Paul McCartney for the 1968 Hey Jude recording session is going up for sale for $375,000. The same lyrics are seen being used by John Lennon in a videotaped recording, hung from a mike stand. Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet confirms the lyrics are in Paul McCartney's hand.

Source: Page Six
Yoko Ono rock worth $17,500 stolen from museum

A rock valued at $17,500 that was part of a Yoko Ono art installation has been stolen from a Toronto museum. The weather-worn stone, with the words "Love yourself," inscribed by Ono, was part of her work entitled Yoko Ono: The Riverbed. Visitors were encouraged to make contact with the art, but weren't supposed to leave with any of it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
New John Lennon California license plates seek to help end hunger

California motorists may soon have an opportunity to help in the efforts to feed the hungry in California with new John Lennon inspired specialty license plates. The plate design features John Lennon's iconic self-portrait sketch and the words "Imagine No Hunger" inscribed on the bottom. They are available now for pre-order.

Source: KTVU TV, San Francisco
Fans cast their votes in John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest has whittled a field of artists from all over the world down to 24 finalists in 12 genre categories. The contest is now accepting fan votes to help choose the 12 Lennon Award Winners, one for each genre. From the 12 winners, one songwriter will be awarded a check for $20,000 and "Song of the Year".

Source: iHeart Radio
You can now download John Lennon handwriting as computer font

The handwriting of John Lennon and other rock stars have been turned into fonts. The Songwriters Font project includes typefaces developed from "original handwritten letters and notes" by Lennon, as well Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. The fonts' creators say, "The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration."

Source: NME, UK
Friday, April 6, 2018
Inside Yoko Ono's history of art, music and activism in Canada

Despite an ongoing revaluation of her work as an artist, activist and musician, Yoko Ono is still most associated with the distinctive sound of her singing voice, which was first heard on a record called Live Peace in Toronto 1969. Ono is currently showing her interactive installation The Riverbed at Toronto's Gardiner Museum.

Source: CBC Radio, Canada
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Fans can win tickets to see Lennon's Banjo play in Liverpool

A brand new comedy about the disappearance of John Lennon's first ever musical instrument, Lennon's Banjo follows a Beatles tour guide in Liverpool who stumbles on a clue to the solving the greatest mystery in pop history. Fans who answer a question on the Liverpool Echo by April 11 will have a chance of winning tickets.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Julian Lennon's Touch The Earth to be turned into animated TV series

French film company Gaumont has made a deal to turn Julian Lennon's book trilogy "Touch The Earth" into an animated TV series. Lennon and his children's book collaborator Bart Davis will be executive producers. Gaumont is also separately developing an animated feature based on Paul McCartney's "High in the Clouds."

Source: Deadline
Monday, April 2, 2018
Video: Eddie Vedder covers Beatles and John Lennon in Brazil

Eddie Vedder is squeezing in a three-night run of solo gigs during Pearl Jam's current stint in Brazil. Last Wednesday night, Vedder performed a 27-song set which included many covers, including John Lennon's Imagine, which a fan captured on video. And on Thursday night, he performed the Beatle's You've Got To Hide Your Love Away.

Source: Spin
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Album John Lennon autographed hours before his death goes up for auction

A promo copy of John Lennon's Double Fantasy album signed for KCPX in Salt Lake City on Dec. 8, 1980 is on the block, with a starting price of $50,000. After 30 years of being owned by DJ and former KCPX employee Gary "Wooly" Waldron, the album has changed hands a few times, and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
John Lennon's Imagine given full album cover treatment by pop duo GEMS

John Lennon's classic Imagine LP is getting the complete tribute treatment courtesy of electronic pop duo GEMS, who will release a limited-edition cover of the album later this month. In a press release, they say they "feel honored that we had the chance to record our own interpretations of these courageous, albeit conflicted songs."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, March 26, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney honors John Lennon at march in New York City Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney attended the March for Our Lives in New York on Saturday, telling CNN the cause was important to him because he lost John Lennon to gun violence. Wearing a t-shirt that said, "We Can End Gun Violence", McCartney said, "One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me."

Source: WPIX TV, New York
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Liverpool to host first John Lennon and Yoko Ono exhibition

Liverpool is set to host an exhibition about Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono which will tell their love story in their own words. The announcement comes on the 49th wedding anniversary of John and Yoko. The Museum of Liverpool will show a ground-breaking exhibition starting in May, 2018.

Source: Click Liverpool
John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar on this day in 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's entire hectic love affair was described in detail on The Beatles' The Ballad of John and Yoko. The single was released May, 1969, with lyrics that deal directly with the circus surrounding their romance and nuptials. It all happened on this day, March 20th, 1969, at the Gibraltar registry office.

Source: Live for Music
Monday, March 19, 2018
Author writes about John Lennon's effect on her life in new book

"When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lennonaid: What John Lennon's Life Did For Mine," by Kaya John, is a story of how John Lennon saved the author from a path of self-destruction due to, among other things, abusive parents. Kaya said, "They helped me survive a very challenging childhood and, I feel, kept me from despair."

Source: New Jersey Arts
Friday, March 16, 2018
Mending the world, one teacup at a time, Yoko Ono style

A Yoko Ono installation dating back to 1966 is on now at the Rennie Museum in Vancouver. The conceptual piece is designed to bring people together through an act of reparation that is both physical and symbolic. In Ono's Mend Piece, up to 10 people, using twine and tape, attempt to assemble porcelain shards into a semblance of a teacup.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Monday, March 12, 2018
March 12, 1974: John Lennon kicked out of Hollywood nightclub

It happened during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend" when he was separated from Yoko Ono and moved out of the Dakota in Manhattan and was spending time in Los Angeles. The Smothers Brothers were playing the Troubadour nightclub, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson arrived for the March 12, 1974, late show lit on Brandy Alexanders.

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Let It Be tops the Top 40 charts this week in 1970

In mid-March 1970, the Beatles' "Let It Be" was the #1 U.S. pop hit, but unfortunately to many it also signaled the end of the group. Its composer, Paul McCartney, announced his departure shortly thereafter. "Instant Karma!" by the Plastic Ono Band was charting at #4, and Badfinger's first hit "Come and Get It" entered the charts at #5.

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