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Friday, March 27, 2020
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band, tentatively scheduled to be published on Oct. 8. in the U.K. The album, which Lennon once described as "the best thing I've ever done," was released on Dec. 11, 1970.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Tours of Liverpool attractions you can do without leaving home

Thankfully technology gives us many ways to see the world without leaving our living room. You can even tour the childhood homes of the Beatles, including John Lennon's former home "Mendips" at 251 Menlove Avenue. He lived at the semi-detached 1930s home, from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated when he was five.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 23, 2020
Abbey Road on the River postponed due to coronavirus

The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, Abbey Road on the River, is being postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, it was announced in a press release Monday. The event will be moved from Memorial Day weekend in May to October 8-11, and will coincide with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday.

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Friday, March 20, 2020
John Lennon's erotic gift to Yoko Ono leads Beatles memorabilia auction

A series of erotic sketches given by John Lennon to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift will lead a special sale of Beatles memorabilia at Omega Auctions in the UK next week. The sale on March 24 will offer more than 400 lots spanning the entire history of the Fab Four, from their earliest days in Liverpool to their later successful solo careers.

Source: Just Collecting News
Friday, March 13, 2020
Liam Gallagher opens up on John Lennon's son Julian

Liam Gallagher spoke out about The Beatles star John Lennon's son and fellow musician Julian Lennon on Twitter yesterday. Asked about the photographer and singer-songwriter, the ex-Oasis star revealed he was a fan. "Have you heard Julian Lennon's music?" a fan asked Liam. "He's really good, got his dad's musical talent."

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, March 6, 2020
Julian Lennon believes his father sent him a message from the afterlife

When losing a loved one, it's only natural to wish that they could communicate something of significance. Julian Lennon not only longed for this but received it loud and clear. The message he interpreted from his late father John Lennon was so meaningful that it changed his life and motivated him to change the lives of others.

Source: Idolator
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
March 4, 1966: John Lennon makes Beatles Bigger Than Jesus remark

On March 4, 1966, in a wide-ranging interview with the London Evening Standard, John Lennon opined, "Christianity will go, It will vanish and shrink... We're more popular than Jesus now." It wasn't until the following July that the quote emerged in the U.S., highlighted on the cover of the teen magazine Datebook.

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Monday, March 2, 2020
Antiques Roadshow values Beatles-owned guitar at 400,000

The BBC antiques-appraising programme Antiques Roadshow has valued a guitar once owned by Beatles stars George Harrison and John Lennon at 400,000 (about $510,500). The current owner of the prototype fretless model guitar is a former session musician, who revealed that he was given it because he could play it better than Harrison.

John Lennon's 8-page letter asking Eric Clapton to join his supergroup

After the Fab Four disbanded, John Lennon wrote his friend Eric Clapton an eight-page letter asking him to form a supergroup. It all began after Eric Clapton joined the Plastic Ono Band for a one-off performance in Toronto where Clapton noodled his way through a set littered with Lennon's classic caustic wit and Ono's unmistakable shriek.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
John Lennon becomes first solo Beatle to appear on Top of the Pops in 1970

On this day, fifty years ago, John Lennon became the first member of The Beatles to appear on the legendary chart show, Top of the Pops, when he arrived with the Plastic Ono Band to perform Instant Karma! The track has gone on to become a symbol of The Beatles' disbandment and the seedling growth of Lennon's all-too-short solo career.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Tourists still writing on Prague's Lennon Wall despite recent ban

The situation around the Lennon Wall in Prague has calmed down substantially since the wall reopened in November 2019 as an open-air art galley, but tourists are still writing on it. According to the new rules that began in November 2019, people should only write on the wall with a marker or chalk in reserved places.

Source:, Czech Republic
Monday, February 3, 2020
Julian Lennon reveals health scare

In a February 1 post on his Facebook page, Julian Lennon announced that tests for a biopsy he's just had have revealed a malignant cancer. The procedure, which took place late last week, involved removing a mole that he's had his entire life, from the top of his head. He said, "I'm still shaking inside... but my faith is strong."

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Friday, January 24, 2020
John Lennon: Final Year documentary coming

The final year of John Lennon's life will be the subject of a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the music legend's death. John Lennon: The Final Year, from Reda Films, will include never-before-seen material and interviews with those who spent time with the slain Beatle during the last year of his life.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Who did John Lennon leave his fortune to?

The details of John's will were kept under wraps for a long time, until his first son, Julian Lennon, revealed there had been some tension. In an interview with the Telegraph in May 1998, Julian spoke about the pain he felt of being excluded from his father's will, while his half brother Sean is reported to be the main inheritor of the fortune.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 20, 2020
Surrey home where John Lennon and Ringo Starr lived in the 60s for sale

A spectacular mansion where John Lennon and Ringo Starr once lived has emerged for sale at an eye-watering 11 million. The sprawling Hartlands estate is nestled on the incredibly desirable St George's Hill in Weybridge, Surrey, which housed John and Ringo throughout the 1960s. The luxury property boasts seven bedrooms and a swimming pool.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon's first wife reveals moment she walked in on him with Yoko

John Lennon met his first wife Cynthia Lennon at Liverpool College of Art back in 1957. Five years later, she fell pregnant with their son Julian Lennon and the couple were wed. In the following years, the Lennons' relationship began to break down and it was 1966 when The Beatles star John first came face to face with Yoko Ono.

Source: The Express, UK
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Julian Lennon pays tribute to late Rush drummer

Julian Lennon recently took to social media via Twitter to pay his respects to Neil Peart who lost a battle with brain cancer this past week. Lennon wrote, "RIP Neil... You were one of the Best... And Rush was one of the 1st Live Shows I went to see as a Teenager... Always Loved them, always will.. My Sincere Condolences to All Family & Friends."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, January 6, 2020
Liam Gallagher picks his favorite John Lennon song ever

Once dubbed "the angriest man in the world" by his guitarist brother Noel, as affronted as Gallagher always seemed to be by the normality of life, there was one piece of his agitated heart that he kept calm and always adoring. The piece of his heart he saved for the Beatles, and more importantly, for John Lennon.

Source: Far Out Magazine
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
New intimate photo of John and Yoko released on social media

John Lennon's official Instagram page unearthed yet another previously unseen photo of John and Yoko Ono, although the official Instagram page surprised the fans by not giving any specific details about the pic. It shows John and Yoko, John wearing shorts, walking down the street in what appears to be New York City.

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John Lennon's heartwarming Christmas letter to first wife Cynthia

An uncovered letter from 1958 has revealed the strength of feeling John Lennon had for Cynthia Powell. The letter can be seen in the book "The John Lennon Letters" by editor Hunter Davies and published by Pete Townsend and Neil Young. In it John drew the two of them standing close, heads together, his hand laid gently on her arm.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, December 20, 2019
Priscilla Presley reveals truth about Elvis' awkward meeting with Beatles

In a newly unearthed interview, Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who was his girlfriend at the time The Beatles came to visit, recalled how the day went. "They were so cute," Priscilla said. "They were so excited but so nervous. You could hear a pin drop when they walked in. All they cared about was seeing Elvis."

Source: Infosurhoy
Monday, December 16, 2019
Beatles chauffeur sells iconic John Lennon glasses for $184,000

A former Beatles chauffeur recently sold a broken pair of John Lennon's sunglasses for $184,000 at an auction. Alan Herring had picked up the shades from the back of Ringo Starr's car, which he was using to drive the band members around one day in the summer of 1968. One lens had fallen out of its frame and one leg was disconnected.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Billy Connolly regrets being too embarrassed to meet John Lennon

Billy Connolly says one of his biggest regrets is being too embarrassed to meet John Lennon. He was given a letter of introduction to present to Lennon by Paul McCartney's younger brother Mike McGear, but felt mortified at the thought of using the formal greeting to introduce himself to Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Manhattan home.

Source: The Scottish Sun
Monday, December 9, 2019
Sean Lennon shares family photo on 39th anniversary of his dad's death

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. His son Sean chose to share a photo marking the day of his dad's death. In a photo that Sean left captionless, his 5-year-old self is seen smiling with both his parents, who are equally thrilled. Several celebrities left comments on the photo.

Source: Little Things
Sunday, December 8, 2019
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

The date December 8, 1980, is one that millions instantly recognize. And it's a date we wish we could forget. It was on that night that the senseless murder of John Lennon took place. We won't even mention the name of his killer because he does not deserve the attention. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

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