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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
John & Yoko's Wedding Album to be reissued

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music are re-releasing Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 to 1985. Yesterday, on Yoko Ono's 86th birthday, they announced the latest release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album will be reissued on March 22, two days after Ono and Lennon's 50th wedding anniversary.

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John's sister reveals biggest misconception about Yoko and Beatles

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono. When asked in her opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko, Julia said, "Absolutely, it is very unfair. I don't think she was the cause of the breakup in my mind, and I think many fans don't think that either."

Source: Metalhead Zone
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
John and Yoko took over The Mike Douglas Show on this day in 1972

On this date in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over as hosts for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. John and Yoko brought a modern, hip edge to the program. They performed on the program on each day and also welcomed a variety of guests, including one of Lennon's personal musical heroes and influences, Chuck Berry.

Source: Creative Loafing
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Company launches sunglasses inspired by John Lennon

Eight Mulberry sunglasses styles inspired by eight British style icons, including John Lennon, will be released with their spring/summer 2019 collection. Priced from 190-220, the sunglasses will be available to purchase at Mulberry.com and in their flagship store starting tomorrow, during London Fashion Week.

Source: Vogue Magazine
Monday, February 11, 2019
Inside Sean Lennon's Seussian Music Studio

In the past couple of decades, Sean Lennon, a versatile performer and skilled guitarist, has released two solo albums, scored films, started a record label, acted, and appeared on albums by, among others, Marianne Faithfull and Lady Gaga. His prog-rock duo, Claypool Lennon Delirium, may be his most fully realized artistic effort so far.

Source: The New Yorker
Friday, February 8, 2019
Bryan Ferry explains how Jealous Guy became a Roxy Music classic

Roxy Music's biggest hit was their cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". The song became so big for Roxy Music that some fans think it is a Roxy Music song. Bryan Ferry said, "Our version caught the public's imagination. It was a big record in Europe for us. It has become a standard for me and Roxy Music."

Source: Noise 11
Future of San Diego-area John Lennon Mural Unclear

Neighbors in the North Park area of San Diego are worried a John Lennon mural will be removed. On the side of a building, it shows John Lennon's face with his iconic circle-shaped glasses, with the word "Imagine" on the side of the portrait. When some saw construction happening on the building, they raised concerns on social media.

Source: KNSD TV, San Diego
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
McCartney says there might be recordings of Beatles and Elvis together

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is it true there is a recording out there somewhere of a jam session that you had with Elvis Presley?" Paul said, "There is no recording of a jam session with Elvis - that I know of! I haven't got it and I don't remember that. But you know I suppose there's some slim possibility it's true."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Mercedes-Benz 230 SL owned by John Lennon sells for $225,000

A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL belonging to John Lennon has sold at auction in the U.S. for $225,000. Bearing the original U.K. registration numbers GCP 196C, this very special 230 SL was originally delivered to Lennon in 1965 and retains the original documentation and logbook, even bearing his signature on the registration.

Source: Car List
John and Yoko exhibition in Liverpool extended due to popular demand

The most intimate exhibition ever on the lives of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono has been extended until November, National Museums Liverpool has announced. Open since May 2018, the exhibition "Double Fantasy" has become one of the Museum of Liverpool's most popular exhibitions, attracting more than 300,000 visitors.

Source: Xinhuanet
Friday, January 25, 2019
John and Yoko 's Imagine sets the scene at documentary festival

Director Michael Epstein's latest documentary called John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky has been chosen to open the 2019 Fipadoc festival in Biarritz, in the south-west of France. Imagine from which the film title is drawn is one of the most popular in pop music history. A&E in the US is due to programme the film in the spring this year.

Source: RFI, France
Friday, January 18, 2019
Rock trumpeter Steve Madaio dies at 70

Steve Madaio, a trumpeter who played in the studio and on stage with many of the biggest names in classic rock, died Tuesday in Palm Desert, California. His trumpet can be heard on John Lennon's Walls and Bridges and Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna, and was closely associated with many of Stevie Wonder's 1970s-era studio recordings.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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
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.

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