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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
Jeff Bridges on his bed-in with Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono in New York

Jeff Bridges, Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr got in bed this September in New York recreating Yoko Ono and John Lennon's iconic 1969 Vietnam War protests to support New York city schools. Bridges said, "I was very happy about being invited. It was such an inspiring kind of absurd surreal way of say, hey listen, just give peace a chance!"

Source: Truth Celebs
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Friday, October 19, 2018
That insane time Elton John jammed with John Lennon

Having played nearly 3,000 shows with Elton John since 1972, guitarist Davey Johnstone says it's tough to pick favorites. But there is one 1974 concert at the Garden that stands out, that's when John Lennon joined them onstage on Thanksgiving Day when Elton played piano on the Beatle legend's single Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.

Source: NY Post
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Name another 85-year-old making music this combative

In Warzone, reworkings of what you might call Yoko Ono's big hits are absent. There's no Walking on Thin Ice, nothing from 1981's Season of Glass, her most commercially successful solo album. Warzone proves that at 85, its creator is still capable of raging away with an undimmed intensity. A slip into genteel retirement looks unlikely.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
John Lennon's face returns to Prague's iconic wall

First painted following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon, throughout the years Prague's John Lennon Wall filled up with graffiti and Beatles' lyrics. In the late '80s it was the source of a political clash between the communist regime and young Czechs, and was painted over in 2014 on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Book Review: Being John Lennon: A Restless Life by Ray Connolly

There are several "definitive" biographies of John Lennon, and even more books claiming to provide the ultimate lowdown on the Beatles' well-documented career. Veteran journalist and screenwriter Ray Connolly's book "Being John Lennon: A Restless Life" offers insights into Lennon's complex, contradictory character.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
John Lennon mural part of Paint Love Across America tour

A pair of artists visiting Chicago for a month to paint messages of love on buildings didn't plan to paint John Lennon's face and the lyrics to his "Imagine" on a garage in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. It just felt right. "Everyone is depressed, what we all need right now is love," said traveling graffiti artist Menace Two.

Source: Block Club Chicago
Review: John Lennon's Imagine Ultimate Collection

Originally a 10-track, 40-minute album, John Lennon's chart-topping Imagine has been expanded for this release to include...well, more than you could have possibly imagined. Four CDs deliver 61 tracks and upwards of four-and-a-half hours of playing time. The set also includes two Blu-ray discs with 88 additional selections.

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Monday, October 15, 2018
John Lennon's birthday celebration packs Louisiana pub

"We all know what John Lennon would tell us if he were with us today. He would tell us to piss off," said Enoch "Doyle" Jeeter of Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana. With a packed pub, it was obvious everyone did just the opposite. The 39th annual John Lennon birthday celebration featured local bands playing Lennon and Beatles songs.

Source: The Hawkeye
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Opinion: Yoko Ono destroys John Lennon's Imagine with her new version

In 1971 John Lennon wrote one of the greatest songs of all time. Imagine went on to be an inspiring anthem for the ages, it could never be matched or improved. Until now. Yoko Ono has decided she knows better. Released this week, her version starts off like fingers scraping on a blackboard and gets worse from there.

Source: Irish Central
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Sean Lennon shares heartwarming pic on his and John Lennon's birthday

Sean Lennon shares his father's passion for music, but Sean and John also share a birthday. To celebrate their special day, the son of the Beatles legend and Yoko Ono took to his Instagram on Tuesday to honor his father with an adorable photo of the two. Sean Lennon turned 43 on Oct. 9, the same day John Lennon would have turned 78.

Source: Inquisitr
Thursday, October 4, 2018
John Lennon's Imagine gets new life at Grammy Museum event

Expansive new mixes, and newly unearthed demos and alternates of John Lennon's chart-topping 1971 album "Imagine" were publicly unveiled at L.A.'s Grammy Museum on Wednesday night. Remix engineer Paul Hicks, director Andrew Solt, drummer Jim Keltner, and Lennon friend and confidant Elliot Mintz appeared at the event.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
The day the Beatles hairdresser got John Lennon in a panic

In 1969 Beatles hairdresser Leslie Cavendish let slip to a music journalist that John Lennon had thin hair. Cavendish apologized immediately and claimed he had been misquoted, but that didn't stop Lennon summoning the hairdresser to his home to assure him he wasn't going bald. Cavendish told him he wasn't and says they had a laugh.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, September 28, 2018
Detailed Review: New John Lennon Imagine deluxe 2 CD set

The new John Lennon Imagine deluxe 2 CD set, scheduled to be released next Friday, features the complete album plus some stray single and other songs newly remixed plus some element mixes as well as out-takes. The sound throughout is great, no added compression, very respectful of the original vision of the material.

Source: Records and Music
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Julian Lennon lends his work to rock-themed Vegas photo gallery

Two musicians and one famed photographer are the formula behind "Rock in Las Vegas," a monthlong exhibit at a photo gallery along the Las Vegas Strip. The photographic talents of Julian Lennon, Motley Crue founder Nikki Sixx and rock photographer Neal Preston will be showcased Sept. 28 through Oct. 28 at Caesars Palace.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, September 24, 2018
Video: Unseen footage of John Lennon recording How Do You Sleep

Never-before-seen footage of John Lennon and George Harrison recording 'How Do You Sleep' has been released. The footage is part of "Imagine: The Ultimate Collection" reissue, which is due to be released by Universal Music on October 5 and features on a "Raw Studio Mixes" disk which promises recordings with no reverb or echo.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Did John Lennon really make Ringo best drummer joke?

It's one of the standing jokes in the music industry. And it reportedly came from the mouth of John Lennon himself: "Ringo wasn't the best drummer in the world... Let's face it, he wasn't even the best drummer in The Beatles." Lennon was known for his caustic wit, but did John actually make that joke? We may now know the truth.

Source: Radio X, UK
Friday, September 21, 2018
Watch John Lennon and George Harrison in newly surfaced video

John Lennon and George Harrison appear together in a newly surfaced video. In the previously unseen footage they are recording "How Do You Sleep" for the Imagine album. Lennon plays guitar in the footage from Ascot Sound Studios, Harrison can be seen playing slide guitar alongside Nicky Hopkins, Alan White and Klaus Voormann.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Sedona Film Festival presents restored Imagine encore Sept. 24

The Sedona International Film Festival will join theaters around the world to present a one-night only world encore of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Imagine on Monday, Sept. 24. It includes previously unreleased cinema-exclusive bonus material, restored footage, and a remixed, remastered and immersive soundtrack mix.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Lost Lennon letter man performs in Worcestershire

Award-winning musician and songwriter Steve Tilston plays Folk in the Foyer at Evesham Arts Centre in Worcestershire, England, next Thursday. Widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music, the story of Steve's "lost" letter from John Lennon inspired the 2015 Hollywood movie Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino.

Source: Worcester News, UK
Monday, September 17, 2018
Beatles fan Rosanne Cash honored with John Lennon award for her work

As a young girl, Rosanne Cash became a die-hard Beatles devotee, even serving as president of a Fab Four fan club. Now the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the "John Lennon Real Love Award," acknowledging her decades of work as both artist and activist. "He's still alive in so many ways," she said from Nashville.

Source: NY Daily News
Friday, September 14, 2018
Compare new John Lennon imagine ultimate mixes to original LP

The upcoming John Lennon Imagine box set features what's being called the "Ultimate Mixes." Now on the internet, you can view two videos that allow listeners to compare parts of the original 1971 mix with the new 2018 versions. Arriving on Oct. 5, Imagine: The Ultimate Collection contains 140 tracks including outtakes.

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Gimme Some Truth: John Lennon's political rebirth

Three years before writing his political anthem Gimme Some Truth, John Lennon said in an interview, "I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives...It's the same thing I'm expressing all the time, but now I can put it into that sentence that I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends."

Source: U Discover Music
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ringo Starr coming together with Yoko Ono at NYC event tomorrow

Ringo Starr will join Yoko Ono at a special "Bed-In" event in New York City tomorrow, celebrating the return to the city of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The gathering, marking the launch of a monthlong residency in New York for the bus, will feature speeches by student activists and a group sing-along of Give Peace a Chance.

Source: WFJA FM
Friday, September 7, 2018
John Lennon, Yoko Ono documentary to reveal untold story of Imagine

A new feature documentary will use unseen archive and access to material from John Lennon's estate to relay the untold story behind his classic song "Imagine," and the album of the same name. "John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky" has been commissioned by U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 and will air later this year.

Source: Page Six

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