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Friday, November 8, 2019
John Lennon's hilariously bitchy letter sent to Todd Rundgren

In 1974, singer, songwriter, and record producer Todd Rundgren sat down with Melody Maker magazine for an interview about his new material. About John Lennon, Rundgren said, "John Lennon ain't no revolutionary. He's a f***ing idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like an ass. It just makes people feel uncomfortable."

Source: Far Out Magazine
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Monday, November 4, 2019
John Lennon's secret letter to unexpected celebrity exposed for first time

John Lennon's official Instagram page shared a new photo today. The golden-worth memorabilia from 1977 shows John's handwritten letter to the director of The Godfather Triology, Francis Ford Coppola. In the letter, John tells Coppola, "due to my work schedule I really don't have the time for such a big new project."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Yoko Ono art piece on display at museum in Vermont

The dairy barn at the Rokeby Museum is one of three "ghost buildings" on the grounds. Ric Kasini Kadour, the museum's curator of contemporary art, wanted to re-raise the barn. "I wanted a piece that activated it," he said, "and couldn't afford holograms and lasers." So he thought of the next-best thing, Yoko Ono.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
John Lennon song Beatles thought was too weird for The White Album

By the late '60s, the Beatles' full commitment to the studio and maturity as songwriters encouraged them to take their music as far as they could. For the White Album, while the nutty Why Don't We Do It in the Road, Piggies and John's highly experimental Revolution 9 made the cut, one truly weird Lennon tune did not.

Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Monday, August 19, 2019
How Peter Fonda's LSD trip with Beatles produced classic John Lennon lyric

Peter Fonda, who passed away on Friday, once famously uttered a statement that John Lennon wrote into the Beatles song She Said She Said. Under the influence of LSD, he attempted to calm George Harrison, who feared he was dying. He said, "I told him there was nothing to be afraid of, I knew what it was like to be dead."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
John and Yoko Above Us Only Sky documentary to DVD

The John Lennon and Yoko Ono feature length documentary, Above Us Only Sky, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The widely acclaimed film, which premiered earlier this year on A&E, arrives for home release on September 13. The film traces the untold story of the making of John Lennon's 1971 album Imagine.

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John Lennon famous drug dealer finally revealed

The Beatles directly and indirectly addressed drugs in some classic songs, but in Doctor Robert off of their 1966 album Revolver, the title character was based on the real-life Dr. Robert Freymann, who supplied speed and other drugs to celebrities. Despite this, John Lennon himself took credit for having all of the drug pills on tour.

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, July 29, 2019
Rare interview shows why John Lennon felt guilty about Yoko Ono

The official and verified Instagram page of John Lennon posted a really rare photo of the legendary musician and revealed a little-known story about it. They revealed that these photographs taken during the recording sessions for The White Album at Abbey Road with a short story of how and when Jonh Lennon felt guilty to Yoko Ono.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, July 19, 2019
Statue of John Lennon heading to Liverpool this summer

A bronze statue of John Lennon is heading to Liverpool this summer all in the name of peace. St. George's Hall will welcome the John Lennon Peace Statue on August 1 until the end of September following its time at Glastonbury Festival. The artwork is about 6 feet tall and was created by artist Laura Lian.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, July 15, 2019
Airplane fan restores old jet, finds hidden John Lennon boarding pass

A German airplane enthusiast restoring an old jet found an unexpected lost treasure hidden in a wall, a boarding pass used by John Lennon and showing The Beatles once flew on his plane. "When I disassembled the whole cockpit, that boarding pass showed up...A flight attendant must have kept it and certainly lost it at some point."

Source: NY Post
Friday, July 5, 2019
Julian Lennon blames his father for his not yet starting a family

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Julian Lennon has revealed that John Lennon was a really bad father and that his relationship with him pushed him not to start a family or have a baby. He said, "He was young and didn't know what the hell he was doing...I didn't want to do the same thing. No, I'm not ready."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
John Lennon's first selfie ever revealed after 52 years

John Lennon's official and verified Instagram page has shared a really rare photo with its followers. For the photo, John took a self-portrait with mirrors and managed to take his first selfie ever with Leslie Bryce's Rollieflex camera in his recording studio upstairs at home at Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, on June 29, 1967.

Source: Metalhead Zone
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
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.

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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

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