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Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert out this Friday 

Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert will be released in CD, CD/DVD, and LP packages on Friday, January 18. The concert film features a collection of legendary singers and superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in New York City to celebrate the songs of music icon John Lennon.

Source: Grateful Web
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Monday, January 14, 2019
The Lennon Bus kicks off 22nd year at the 2019 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 2019 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center next weekend, with special guests including Derek Smalls, the bassist formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap.

Friday, January 11, 2019
John Lennon's Mercedes among celeb cars going up for auction

Among the rare cars to be sold at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction next weekend will be a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster once owned by John Lennon. Other celeb cars will include Bruce Willis' 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup and a 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback used in "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Source: AZ Central
Cuba organizing a Beatles Week

The Cinematheque of Cuba is organizing The Beatles Week on January 16 in Havana with a varied program in homage to the legendary band. The Week will make available to the public records, images and books related to their life and career. In Havana there is a bronze sculpture in tribute to John Lennon in a park named for him.

Source: Prensa Latina, Cuba
Friday, January 4, 2019
Beatles the focus of teacher's latest fiction novel

Seventh-grade language arts teacher Paul Ferrante is also a noted author. His seventh book follows a female fan who must choose between the group and her conservative community, after John Lennon made his famous "We're more popular than Jesus" remark, and teens burning Beatles records in the ensuing backlash backlash.

Source: Westport News, Connecticut
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Yoko Ono considers revealing extent of her influence on John Lennon

Yoko Ono said she was considering the possibility of revealing the full extent of how she had influenced music written by John Lennon, though she wasn't sure she wanted to. Her comments came in a discussion about Lennon's solo song "Jealous Guy," which appeared as a demo version on the recent expanded edition of the White Album.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
On this day in 1968: Police seize 30,000 copies of Two Virgins album

On this date in 1968, police seized 30,000 copies of Two Virgins, the experimental album recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The album's cover featured John and Yoko completely nude and was therefore deemed pornographic. The album was eventually released for sale with a brown paper sleeve.

Source: Creative Loafing
Friday, December 28, 2018
New novel imagines John Lennon in Manhattan

In "The Dakota Winters," Tom Barbash's new novel, John Lennon's deadpan Liverpudlian voice comes through, especially when he tells Anton the backstory of some famous Beatles songs like Happiness is a Warm Gun. "An article I saw in a gun magazine...I thought it was crazy. Guns are warm when you've just shot someone."

Source: USA Today
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Yoko Ono to attend opening of her Moscow exhibition in autumn 2019

Yoko Ono plans to attend the opening of her exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in October of next year. The exhibit "The Sky is Always Clear" will uncover the basic elements of Ono's art works and show the Japanese artist's views concerning the meaning of art and its relation to political and social life.

Source: TASS, Russia
Friday, December 14, 2018
Miley Cyrus covers Happy Xmas (War Is Over) with help from Sean Lennon

Miley Cyrus has dropped her latest work, a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic holiday song, Happy Xmas (War Is Over). In collaboration with producer Mark Ronson, Cyrus also fittingly teamed up with Sean Ono Lennon. The trio worked on the track at New York City's Electric Lady Studios, where John Lennon also recorded.

Source: E! Online
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The story of Happy Xmas (War is Over)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 track Happy Xmas (War is Over) is one of the world's most popular Christmas songs, and one that also contained a political message that is still resonant to this day. The song came about after more than two years of peace activism by John and Yoko, that began with their 1969 "bed-ins".

Source: Smooth Radio
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Sean Lennon and Miley Cyrus to sing Happy Xmas on SNL

Singer Miley Cyrus told Howard Stern this morning that she and Sean Ono Lennon will sing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singing star is the musical guest on the Dec. 15 edition of the sketch comedy series, which will be hosted by Matt Damon.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, December 10, 2018
Yoko and fans pay tribute to John Lennon on 38th anniversary of his death

On Saturday, on the 38th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, Yoko took to Twitter to share his philosophy, writing, "Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that." Fans gathered at his memorial Strawberry Fields in Central Park to share a moment of silence and sing Lennon's songs.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Inside the hotel room where John and Yoko had their 1969 bed-in

The suite where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their Montreal bed-in, on the 17th floor of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, has been revamped recently as part of a hotel-wide refurbishment, costing more than $100 million. The suite features artefacts from the bed-in, including room service orders and housekeeping records.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
How Yoko Ono hooked John Lennon by relentlessly pursuing him

John Lennon became mesmerized by Yoko Ono after she relentlessly pursued him everywhere he went, a new book reveals. Yoko initially targeted Lennon to be her art sponsor, claiming to have bumped into him out of sheer luck at an art gallery in London, writes author Ray Connolly in Being John Lennon: A Restless Life.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
John Lennon joined Elton John onstage in NYC on this day in 1974

On this date in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at one of Elton's record-breaking shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, performing a version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and a fiery version of I Saw Her Standing There. Sadly, this was the last time John Lennon performed live in front of an audience.

Source: Creative Loafing
Monday, November 26, 2018
The Queen's pet peeves include John Lennon

According to Rachel Russell, a journalist for Express, Queen Elizabeth II hates a number of things, including that she found The Beatles' John Lennon "vulgar" after meeting him at a Royal Variety Show. In fact, the monarch was reportedly "delighted and relieved" when the singer returned his Order of the British Empire in 1969.

Source: International Buisness Times, UK
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Star-studded 2015 John Lennon tribute concert being released in January

On December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. A CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.

Source: WFJA FM
Monday, November 19, 2018
John Lennon's killer says he feels shame as he's denied parole again

The man who murdered John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980 outside his New York City apartment told a parole board he feels "more and more shame" every year for gunning down the former Beatle. The board once again denied the killer's release in this year's hearing, whose transcript was released by New York prison officials on Thursday.

Fan Content Warning  Source: Fox News
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Rosanne Cash to receive John Lennon award for gun violence activism

Rosanne Cash has been named the recipient of the "John Lennon Real Love Award," to be presented at the 38th Annual John Lennon Tribute concert on Nov. 30 in New York City. Cash has been an outspoken advocate for gun control and instrumental in encouraging fellow artists to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Man who tried to sell stolen John Lennon diaries charged in Germany

A 59-year-old man was charged in Germany on Monday on suspicion of trying to sell stolen diaries and other items that belonged to John Lennon. The suspect commissioned an auction house in Berlin in 2014 to sell the items, which were stolen from Yoko Ono and included letters, a Beatles concert recording and a pair of Lennon's glasses.

Source: Reuters News
Thursday, November 8, 2018
50 Years Ago: John and Cynthia Lennon's tumultuous marriage ends

On Nov. 8, 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon's divorce became official. It brought to an end a tumultuous romance, all within the growing shadow of Beatlemania. They met in 1958 at the Liverpool College of Art. While she had suspicions of John's infidelity over the years, Cynthia ignored the whispers regarding affairs.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Yoko Ono's latest LP continues career of meritless prominence

Yoko Ono is one of the most unbearably pretentious and talentless voices in popular music, and that status remains unchanged on her most recent effort, "Warzone," a stupendously pretentious assemblage of avant-garde schlock that utterly fails to enthrall, entertain or provoke thought, three things it seems to try to do more than anything else.

Source: Collegiate Times
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Universal Pictures to develop a John Lennon and Yoko Ono film

In news first reported by Deadline Hollywood, it has been revealed that Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Big Little Lies", is set to direct a film about John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Universal Pictures. Yoko will be co-producing the currently untitled drama about Ono and her relationship with Lennon.

Source: Variety
Monday, October 22, 2018
Mixing John Lennon's Imagine: Recording engineer Rob Stevens Warning: Page opens with sound

Rob Stevens mixed John Lennon's Live in New York City and Menlove Avenue albums, six years after the Beatle's death, in 1986. Over the years, Stevens has worked with Yoko Ono on many of the reissues and compilations of Lennon's solo work. He's created the Raw Studio Mixes on the new John Lennon Imagine Ultimate Collection.

Source: CNET, UK

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