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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Jamie Skylar delivers ethereal message from John Lennon in new single

The second single, "I Know You Know the Walrus Too," from the new album by international recording artist Jamie "Sky" Skylar will be released on Wednesday. The song, "I Know You Know the Walrus Too", tells the story of how John Lennon came to Skyler in a dream and basically provided the scenario and lyrics for the third verse.

Source: Prophet Records
Mythical guitar maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. Gibson, in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894, is working with an investment bank to set up a debt refinancing plan, the company said in a statement.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
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Friday, February 16, 2018
Happy birthday to legendary artist and peace activist Yoko Ono

"Yoko Ono" is often synonymous with "John Lennon" in the media, but there is much more to Yoko than her connection to The Beatles and her iconic marriage to the late Lennon. Born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933, Yoko's personal mission statement has seemingly always been about peace, and it still is.

Source: Hello Giggles
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Lennon Through A Glass Onion returns to Melbourne

Lennon Through a Glass Onion will return to Melbourne for a limited run in March to celebrate this major milestone of 25 years on the road. Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the play is part concert and part biography.

Source: Broadway World
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
John Lennon bus stops in Sacramento

It's not so much a bus, but more of a state-of-the-art mobile music studio. It travels across the country with a team of audio engineers to teach kids how to make music. On Tuesday, students at Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary School in Sacramento spent their day on the bus, using some of the highest quality sound equipment on the market.

Source: KTXL-TV, Sacramento
Monday, February 12, 2018
Yoko Ono's sister says John Lennon encouraged her to be an artist

The younger sister of Yoko Ono today revealed how John Lennon encouraged her to take art seriously. Setsuko Ono, 76, who paints and creates dream-like sculptures from sheets of welded steel, is to have an exhibition of her work in London for the first time. She says in a visit, Lennon encouraged her to take her passion for sculpture seriously.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Sean Ono Lennon's tribute to late Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow

Among the tributes for John Perry Barlow after his death was one from Sean Ono Lennon, who counted Barlow among his friends. Lennon called the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital pioneer "a master of all trades and a jack of none," and said, "no one will ever come close to the guy, for this grateful and graceful guru was one of a kind."

Source: Brinkwire
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Realistic John Lennon figurine to be released this April

A new 1/6th scale (12 inches) John Lennon figurine toy will be available in April from limited edition collectible figure company Molecule 8. It will include two interchangeable heads with singing and resting facial expressions, interchangeable hands for various gestures, two pairs of glasses, and three "Imagine" era outfit options.

Source: Empty Lighthouse
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Interview: Producer Jack Douglas on working with John Lennon

In an interview with legendary record producer Jack Douglas, he talked about making John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, how John was in the sessions, could he separate how it felt making the album from what happened afterwards, and whether there's anything unreleased from John's final sessions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Relisten without prejudice to Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album was released in December 1970, it struggled to number 182 in the US and failed to chart in the UK. Lester Bangs described her in Rolling Stone as one who has 'led poor John astray'". But today's audiences have come round to Yoko's raw and aggressive sound within the context of the punk movement.

Source: Pop Matters
Unseen John Lennon photo on display in London

Brian Duffy created some of the most famous images of the 1960s. "Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy" at the Proud Gallery in London includes an unseen photo John Lennon taken in 1965. In the photo, John is holding what he said was a UFO Detector, a box that had an on/off switch and lights that flickered intermittently from one to the other.

Source: Blouin Art Info
Monday, February 5, 2018
The Claypool Lennon Delirium have been recording this week

In 2015, The Claypool Lennon Delirium emerged as one of the year's most exciting new bands, as Primus bassist Les Claypool and Beatles offspring/Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger leader Sean Lennon came together in a psychedelic collaboration on tour together. Over the weekend, Chaney Claypool revealed they have been recording again.

Source: Live for Music
Original Beatles' drummer Pete Best set to make guest appearances

Lennon's Banjo makes its world stage premiere at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre in April. The Beatles' original drummer Pete Best, will play himself in three special performances of the show's two-week run, and the final cast member in the play about the quest to find John Lennon's missing childhood banjo has been revealed.

Source: Broadway World
Friday, February 2, 2018
Post-Beatles: 10 great solo albums by John, Paul, George and Ringo

The Beatles, as a group, revolutionized popular music, and left behind a body of work that will endure for centuries. The solo recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo have been spottier, but still, at their best, each has produced superb albums that sit handsomely alongside the catalog of their former band.

Source: Gibson
Thursday, January 25, 2018
California launches John Lennon Imagine license plate program

The California DMV has commenced the pre-sale to put the iconic self-portrait image of John Lennon on California license plates which will help fund the state's food banks. It features the famous John Lennon self-portrait image and the slogan, "IMAGINE no hunger." The plates are available for pre-order now, for both autos and motorcycles.

Source: Send2Press
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus kicks off 2018 Namm show

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, makes its return to The 2018 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center with special guests Bootsy Collins, legendary bass player, and Andy Grammer, multi-platinum recording artist.

Source: Guitar Girl Magazine
Yoko Ono will exhibit in Johannesburg alongside local artists

Multimedia art and music icon Yoko Ono will be exhibiting her infamously thought-provoking sculpture work at an exhibition later this year in Johannesburg, where she will be shown alongside major South African artists like Esther Mahlangu and Nandipha Mntambo. The exhibit will be held at Johannesburg's Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park.

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Teen band Red Letter Day wins John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Los Angeles-area rock band Red Letter Day was chosen as a winner of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their original song, "202." The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus announced that the winning band will perform at the 2018 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, California on Jan. 28.

Source: PR Web
Monday, January 22, 2018
Still Waters run deep in John Lennon show

Renowned British-born performer John Waters will bring his long-running show, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion with singer and pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, to Mounties in Sydney, Australia, on February 9. The show is set to be packed with John Lennon fans and features some of The Beatle's greatest hits sung by the two artists.

Source: Liverpool Champion, Australia
Visiting the site of Cuba's made-up Lennon legacy

In Parque John Lennon (John Lennon Park), a lone guard stands under the merciless sun, next to the figure on the bench. Surprisingly, the figure turns out to be a pretty good bronze likeness of John Lennon, looking relaxed, one leg crossed over the other. Despite the very expensive statue, neither Lennon nor the Beatles ever performed in Cuba.

Source: Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Photographer who got only picture of John Lennon with his killer has died

Paul Goresh, who famously snapped the only photo of John Lennon with his killer, one of the last pictures of the legendary Beatle, has died. Goresh was forever haunted by the photo he took on Dec. 8, 1980. Goresh had been sick for some time, his cousin Rosanne Taylor wrote on a John Lennon Facebook fan page. He was 58.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Demolition work to begin at Strawberry Field

Demolition work will begin this week at Strawberry Field as part of ambitious plans to create a new visitor centre at the famous South Liverpool site. The visitor experience will be a place where the public can learn more about John Lennon, his connection to the site, as well as an opportunity to explore spirituality.

Source: Your Move, Liverpool
Friday, January 12, 2018
New Denmark stamps feature Yoko Ono's artwork

The words "Dream" and "Smile" are featured prominently on the first stamps designed by Yoko Ono. The designs also represent the sun and the moon, respectively. These Danish stamps were issued Jan. 2 in a souvenir sheet of two, as an "extension" of the "Yoko Ono: Transmission" exhibition in Copenhagen.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
John Lennon: Lost interview from 1973

This Q&A with John Lennon originally appeared in the November 17 1973, issue of Record World, a music industry publication, when he was 33-years-old. It's filled with the legend's trademark wit. It is the first time that it has appeared since 1974. At the time, Lennon was in Los Angeles to promote his album, Mind Games.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Dakota building residents struggle to unload apartments

Two units at the Dakota, built in 1884 on Central Park West, went into contract this month after sitting on the market for several months and undergoing numerous price cuts. If the deals for the apartments close this year, they will be the first units in the building to be sold since 2016, the New York Post reported.

Source: The Real Deal

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