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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Liam Gallagher reveals John Lennon helps him battle his demons

Liam Gallagher has revealed how listening to John Lennon proves the perfect medicine in battling his demons. Liam has been locked in an ongoing feud with brother Noel since Oasis split up in 2009. But if he's ever battling "dark clouds", he said in an interview that it's simply a case of sticking Beatles icon John Lennon on the stereo.

Source: NME, UK
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Dave Grohl says he wishes i could sing like John Lennon

Dave Grohl has talked about his vocals and how he wished he could sing the late Beatles legend John Lennon and Adele. He said, "You know I was raised on some really dissonant, noisy, crazy punk rock. They just belted out to scream it but the raw passion in that is what I appreciated the most because I find beauty in imperfection."

Source: Radio X, UK
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
More details of USPS stamp to be dedicated to John Lennon

The U.S. Postal Service revealed on Dec. 12, 2017 that John Lennon would be honored with a stamp. Today, the USPS shared details of the dedication ceremony to be held September 7 in New York City's Central Park. The photograph of Lennon on the stamp was taken by Bob Gruen in 1974 during the photo session for Walls and Bridges.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 6, 2018
Perth artist's latest street work pays tribute to John Lennon

A massive painting of Beatles legend John Lennon has been installed in Perth city centre. It is the latest piece by local artist Ian Cuthbert Imrie, who recently unveiled a portrait of Jimi Hendrix near the Giraffe Cafe. The mural includes seven-year-old Harry Baxter, the son of a friend of Ian's, who showed an interest in the painting.

Source: The Courier, UK
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
John Lennon hand-drawn birthday card to Pattie Boyd to sell for 12k

A rare quirky hand-drawn birthday card John Lennon made for George Harrison's wife is tipped to sell for 12,000 (about $15,800). Lennon drew the card, which shows five naked figures of himself sitting cross-legged, for Pattie Boyd's 24th birthday in 1968. At the time they were at a spiritual retreat in India together.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, July 2, 2018
Steve Van Zandt urges Yoko to take John's name off Liverpool Airport

Stevie Van Zandt slammed Liverpool John Lennon Airport after experiencing delays as his band was leaving Liverpool today. Van Zandt criticized security officials for wanting to X-ray each of his crew's 65 bags, calling them "power mad" and suggesting Yoko Ono should even battle for Lennon's name to be removed from the airport's title.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon tribute concert is coming to regional Australia

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion offers a performance like no other, paying tribute to the music and enigma of John Lennon. It's part concert, part biography, taking the life and accomplishments of Lennon and lacing the telling of his story with 31 of his most revered tracks. The show will now be making its way around regional Australia.

Source: Beat, Melbourne
Monday, June 25, 2018
Pictures: Yoko Ono's exhibition Free Universe opens in Ecuador

"Free Universe," a retrospective exhibition by the Japanese artist Yoko Ono, the widow of the former Beatle musician John Lennon, has opened in Quito, Ecuador. At the the city's Metropolitan Cultural Center, the exhibition is composed of more than 50 works and will be open until September 16 of this year.

Source: Prensa Latina, Cuba
Friday, June 22, 2018
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus announces European summer tour

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, is launching a summer tour across five European cities. The bus uses John and Yoko's life and music to engage students in conversations and activities around peace, empathy and activism.

Source: PR Newswire
Friday, June 15, 2018
Documentary shows how Nixon tried to deport John Lennon

Richard Nixon tried to get John Lennon thrown out of America because he saw him as a "counter-culture enemy", according to a new documentary, "John Lennon: It Happened Here". Lennon biographer Tim Riley says that Nixon regarded Lennon as a "dangerous political leader" and wanted him gone before the 1972 US election.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles solo albums ranked worst to best

In 1970, all four Beatles put out their own records, and Let It Be was finally released, to boot. In 1973, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both issued their most-heralded solo projects, in fact, McCartney released two. But as you'll see in this list of Beatles Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best, however, it wasn't always so great.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Listen to Death Cab For Cutie's Yoko Ono-Sampling new single

"Gold Rush", the new first single from Death Cab For Cutie's forthcoming ninth album "Thank You For Today", features a sample of Yoko Ono's "Mind Train," a 17-minute track taken from her 1971 John Lennon-produced album "Fly". It's their first single since 2015, the album will be out August 17th on Warner Music.

Source: Voice Noisey
Friday, June 8, 2018
The Beatles' break-up papers to be auctioned

The official affidavit filed on New Year's Eve 1970 by Paul McCartney to initiate the break-up of The Beatles is to be auctioned at the famous Christie's auction house in New York City next week. The legal document, which features annotations by John Lennon countering McCartney's claims, is expected to fetch $100,000 to $150,000.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Thursday, June 7, 2018
George Harrison feared his own death for years before tragic cancer battle

George Harrison died in 2001, just weeks after contracting lung cancer. But according to a new docuseries, Autopsy: George Harrison, he spent years worrying after a madman attacked him inside his mansion. Olivia Harrison said it only made him more paranoid as he previously lost longtime friend John Lennon to homicide.

Source: National Enquirer
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Imagine book due

A new 320-page hardcover book, Imagine, will be published Oct. 9, which would have been John Lennon's 78th birthday. The book explores the making of the acclaimed 1971 album by John Lennon. "A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of Imagine, mainly by people who weren't there," said Yoko.

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Lennon - Through a Glass Onion returns to Western Australia

Lennon - Through a Glass Onion is part concert and part biography, revealing the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The play will return to Western Australia for a limited season in September 2018 to celebrate this major milestone of 25 years on the road.

Source: Out In Perth, Australia
Friday, June 1, 2018
Video: Minnesota 4th grader goes viral with John Lennon's Imagine

Adam Kornowski, a fourth-grader at Lakeside Elementary in Chisago City, performed John Lennon's "Imagine" at the school talent show last week, and it's going viral. His mom uploaded it to Facebook, and as of Friday afternoon, the video has for than 3.5 million views, more than 95,000 shares, and more than 52,000 reactions.

Source: WFMY TV, Greensboro, NC
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Gems releases first songs from full album cover of John Lennon's Imagine

Washington, DC electro-pop duo Gems have shared their version of John Lennon's "Oh Yoko!" off their full album cover of the iconic Imagine. The record is available now on limited edition vinyl via Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious subscription series. Gems' covers of "Imagine" and "Crippled Inside" are also streaming online now.

Source: Vents Magazine
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Toronto museum visitors can take home pieces of Yoko Ono exhibit

Visitors to a Yoko Ono art exhibit in Toronto will get a chance to take home pieces of the installation as it winds down this weekend. The Gardiner Museum says the first 500 visitors Sunday will receive white boxes to fill with some of the broken ceramic cups and saucers that made up the exhibit, as well as colorful materials to decorate them.

Source: The Toronto Sun
Friday, May 18, 2018
Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison recreate pic their dads took 49 years ago

A photo, posted online this week, shows the Beatles' sons Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison on a boat on the Thames, 49 years after their fathers took a similar snap. John Lennon captioned the original photo, "The Thames they are a Changin!" a nod to the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are a-Changin".

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Frail Yoko Ono visits John Lennon's two childhood homes in Liverpool

A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon. While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where Lennon grew up. It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, May 10, 2018
U.S. John Lennon stamp to be issued in four varieties

The John Lennon forever stamp in the Music Icons commemorative series will be issued Sept. 7 in New York City, according to the United States Postal Service. The same photograph of Lennon taken by Bob Gruen in August 1974 in each horizontal row will be treated in different gradient colors, creating four different major varieties.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
Monday, May 7, 2018
20 Beatles songs that John Lennon hated

John Lennon's 1971 track "How Do You Sleep" levied a torrent of musical criticisms against Paul McCartney, but he didn't reserve judgment on his own work either. In his list of 20 Beatles songs that he hated, Lennon tore into deep cuts, treasured favorites and no less than four songs that hit No. 1 on the American or U.K. charts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 4, 2018
John Lennon gold record part of spectacular rock memorabilia auction

Record promoter Brian Interland helped break in The Moody Blues, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones. Due to his desire to downsize, he is now selling most of his personal collection, including a Gold Record for John Lennon's Imagine and an Eric Clapton autographed "Crossroads" Gold Record.

Source: Forbes
Julia Baird says Lennon and McCartney had instant connection

On July 6, 1957, John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a Liverpool church hall. Friend Tony Bramwell remembers it "was a rather unremarkable event." But Julia Baird, Lennon's half-sister, quickly noticed a connection between the two aspiring artists. "The two boys hit it off very quickly," said Beatles biographer Julius Fast.

Source: Fox News

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