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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Yoko Ono's art offers optimism and hope by looking skyward

It's easy to forget that Yoko Ono was a boundary-pushing and successful conceptual artist long before a certain Mr. Lennon entered the picture. The exhibition Yoko Ono, Sky Pieces, marks the artist's return to Cambridge 50 years since her first visit and her debut public concert with John Lennon in 1969.

Source: Creative Boom
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Image of John Lennon 51-years-old typewritten lyrics released

John Lennon's official Instagram page shared yet another golden worth document from 1968. It is a picture of John's typewritten lyrics for Revolution, with the third verse in his own handwriting. Unlike the actual performances, the printed lyrics include the line, "Don't you know it's going to be alright."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Photo: John Lennon plays one of the weirdest instruments

John Lennon's official Instagram page has revealed a really rare photo of Lennon playing a bizarre instrument, an alphorn, also known as labraphone. The picture also includes a young Julian Lennon and was photographed by Beatles Book Monthly photographer Leslie Bryce at Lennon's Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, home on June 29, 1967.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, June 7, 2019
Video Premiere: John Lennon's supergroup The Dirty Mac

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, has been released in restored, expanded editions, including previously unheard performances from The Dirty Mac, a supergroup formed especially for the film, consisting of John Lennon, Keith Richards (on bass guitar), Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Radio: Beatles-Inspired play makes its American debut in Hollywood

The Beatles-inspired play "And Now It's All This," makes its American debut at the Hollywood Fringe Fest this month. The play follows John Lennon in 1966 when he made his infamous quote that "the Beatles were bigger than Jesus." The Wave's host Dave Caprita sat down with Trevor Boelter, writer/producer of the play.

Source: KTWV, Los Angeles
Yoko Ono to send message of peace at festival opening

Yoko Ono is inviting people to send a message of peace to the world at the opening event of the Manchester International Festival. Yoko will hold the event, Bells For Peace, in the city's Cathedral Gardens on July 4. Members of the public will be able to gather and an orchestra of bells will ring out for peace.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Monday, June 3, 2019
Inside story of how John Lennon's longlost guitar was found in San Diego

In 2014, John Lennon's 1962 Gibson J160e guitar, once thought lost, was discovered in San Diego at Marc Intravaia's Sorrento Valley Sanctuary Art and Music Studio. The following year, it went up for one of the most publicized auctions in Beatles history. The guitar sold at auction for 2.41 million dollars.

Source: San Diego Reader
Thursday, May 30, 2019
51 year old secret letter from John Lennon to his fan exposed

John Lennon's verified Instagram account has shared a photo of the little-known letter which John Lennon wrote to a fan from India in 1968. He talks about what it takes to achieve peace of mind, and he suggests the person try transcendental meditation, which he says, "through which all things are possible."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Producer Jack Douglas says John Lennon was easiest icon to work with

As a producer, Jack Douglas has helped shape some of the greatest albums in rock and roll history. And in a profession full of excess, insecurity and unrealistic expectations, Douglas says the easiest star he ever produced was also the biggest, John Lennon. Douglas worked with Lennon and Yoko Ono on the Double Fantasy album.

Source: iHeart Radio
Friday, May 24, 2019
Hundreds of unseen Beatles images revealed following worldwide search

Hundreds of never-before-seen images snapped by fans offer a tantalising glimpse of The Beatles' life away from concerts during their heyday. Pictures dusted off from lofts and home drawers following a worldwide search show John Lennon outside his Surrey home in 1968 and Paul McCartney putting his tie before a 1963 concert.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, May 20, 2019
Yoko Ono to exhibit artwork in Syracuse

Yoko Ono is bringing her work back to Syracuse this summer for a show at the Everson Museum of Art. The museum is planning for Ono to attend this year's show and to perform in at least one of the pieces. "Yoko Ono: Remembering the Future'' will run through Oct. 27, taking up nearly the full interior of the Everson and some outdoor space.

Source: Syracuse.com
How John Lennon and Yoko Ono finished a whole album in one night

John Lennon's official Instagram account shared a little-known story about how "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Kenwood, Lennon's home in Surrey. John Lennon told Rolling Stone, "It was midnight when we started, and then we made love at dawn. It was very beautiful."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Monday, May 13, 2019
Canadians pay tribute to 50th anniversary Lennon-Ono Bed-In for Peace

Prior to their concert in Montreal on Saturday night, Canadian singers Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida paid homage to the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In for Peace. On Saturday, they staged a similar scene, in the very same room as Lennon and Ono once lay at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Source: CTV News, Montreal
Friday, May 10, 2019
Piano John Lennon played to compose Imagine now on display in Dallas

The Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas is the last stop for an iconic instrument before it heads home to London. "Imagine was definitely written on this," said Kenny Goss, co-founder of the Goss-Michael Foundation, as he said next to John Lennon's old piano. "There's cigarette burns where he was smoking on that side and this side."

Source: KXAS TV, Fort Worth
Friday, May 3, 2019
Mike Gordon covers the Beatles with The Claypool Lennon Delirium

Feeling the constantly collaborative spirit of Jazz Fest, Phish bassist Mike Gordon sat in with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on Thursday at New Orlean's Civic Theatre for a cover of The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. The Claypool Lennon Delirium also performed cuts off their recent LP South of Reality.

Source: Jam Bands
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
New Woolton cafe bar where John Lennon used to rehearse in the cellar

Nowhere, Woolton Village's quirky new cafe-bar, where John Lennon and his Quarrymen used to rehearse in the cellar, will open its doors for the first time for the Bank Holiday weekend. Open from Friday, May 3, Nowhere will welcome guests across the weekend, before permanently opening on Tuesday.

Source: Liverpool Business News, UK
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Julian Lennon on Yoko, Cynthia, Ringo and Sean

In new interviews and Q&As, Julian Lennon talks about the two distinct worlds he occupied as a child spending separate time with his two parents, his admiration for the musical talent of his brother Sean and the other sons of Beatles, Yoko Ono's involvement in the Imagine album, and reuniting with Ringo Starr after decades.

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Why the Beatles almost quit the music business

In a new interview, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird told DailyMailTV that Paul McCartney and John Lennon almost quit music before The Beatles made it big, as they considered going into another line of work. John's aunt Mimi famously said to John, "The guitar is all very well John but you will never make a living out of it."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, April 22, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper piano sells for more than $700K

An antique piano once owned by John Lennon which he used to write several songs on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, was purchased at auction Saturday for $718,000 by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay also owns a 1963 drum kit Ringo Starr used to record some of The Beatles' biggest early hits.

Source: WFJA FM
John Lennon biopic to be adapted into a stage production

The 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy is being made into a new stage project from Tony-winning producers Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler. The project is expected to be a play with music, featuring Lennon's rock-and-roll hits of the 1950s, but none of the Beatles songs for which he later became known.

Source: Broadway.com
Friday, April 19, 2019
Julian Lennon to appear at book signing in April

Julian Lennon, second generation pop star, will be signing copies of his new book "Love The Earth" at several locations in New York and New Jersey next month. "Love The Earth" is the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, following "Touch the Earth" and "Heal the Earth," and includes words to a special poem written by Julian.

Source: Book Signing Central
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
This Week in 1971: Each Beatle had solo single in UK top 40

The week of April 11 to 17, 1971 was a busy one for the Beatles, even though the band had split up. Each former Beatle had a solo single on the UK Top 40 chart, highest on the chart that week was Power to the People from John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. Paul McCartney's Another Day was at No. 11.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Monday, April 15, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper gypsy caravan to be restored

A spectacular gypsy caravan belonging to John Lennon is to be restored after finding its way into the hands of a charity. The caravan, much like John's famous Rolls Royce, was painted with the motif of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, although unlike the car, it went missing and was thought to have been lost forever.

Source: Get Surrey, UK
Friday, April 12, 2019
Video: Les Claypool and Sean Lennon cover Beatles song with Geddy Lee

On Wednesday night, Rush frontman and bassist Geddy Lee made a surprise appearance onstage with the Claypool Lennon Delirium onstage in Toronto to cover The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. In the video now online, the two legendary bassists jam it out while John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, nails a spacey guitar solo.

Source: Kerrang
John Lennon dropped big bucks at New York Ciity record store

When John Lennon would walk in to the West Village record store House of Oldies during the early 1970s, owner Bob Abramson remembers, "He used to buy 45s by people like Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for his jukebox quite frequently. If the bill came to $200, he would say, Why don't you make it $400, just call Apple Records."

Source: NY Post

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