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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
John & Yoko 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. The book, credited to authors John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is scheduled to be published on Oct. 6, and is now available for pre-order in the U.S. and the U.K.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, August 10, 2020
New 22m university facility to be named after Yoko Ono

The University of Liverpool is to name its new teaching and performance facility The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre. Work is already under way on the 22.1m centre, which is set to open late next year. The announcement of the name marks a significant step towards realising the dream of providing a new cultural landmark for the Liverpool City Region.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, August 7, 2020
The Beatles song John Lennon wrote to confuse their fans

Beatles fans meticulously pawed over songs and albums trying to find hidden insights. John Lennon knew this and, on The White Album, he made sure he left a few red herrings ensured to send fans and Beatles aficionados into overdrive. He filled one song, Glass Onion, to the brim with false information or deliberate intrigue.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
John Lennon's school report at aged 15 shows he was always a rebel

Born in Liverpool to a working-class family, what John Lennon lacked in aptitude he made up for in inherent intelligence and was able, as many musical greats are, to coast through school without truly exerting himself. In his school report, it's easy to see that. Lennon freely admits that he was intent on causing mischief.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, July 13, 2020
John Lennon final photos and camera sell for over $100k at auction

The final photos taken of John Lennon on Dec 8, 1980, by Paul Goresh sold for $100,000, and the camera that took them for $5,900, the last book signed by Lennon sold for $18,000, a Beatles ice cream box for $3,028 and Ringo's sunglasses for $2,923, all in part one of the Paul Goresh Beatles Collection auction which closed last week.

Source: New Kerala
Statue set to tour Liverpool for John Lennon's 80th birthday

This year marks the 80th birthday of the late John Lennon. And now a statue of his likeness is being proposed for a tour of Liverpool, looking for a permanent home in his native Merseyside. The Beatles statue was sculpted by Laura Lian two years ago and has been inside the Hard Rock Cafe in London for much of that time.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, July 6, 2020
A John Lennon tree grows in Manhattan

Carmen Paulino, who calls herself a community artist, has wrapped a tree on 79th Street in New York City with a crocheted artwork she calls the John Lennon Tree. The elaborate installation went up in June and is the handiwork of Paulino, herself a local from Spanish Harlem, with the assistance of several others.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Yoko Ono, 87, is slowing down and needs 24-hour care

Since 2017 the 87-year-old Yoko Ono has often been seen outside in wheelchairs and she now rarely leaves her nine-room apartment in The Dakota and needs 24-hour care. But Elliot Mintz told The New York Post Ono's mind is still crystal clear and she invites her son Sean for dinner up to three times a week.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, July 2, 2020
The #1 singles of 1971 include former Beatles

In 1971, only 3 songs stayed at the top for four weeks or more. No less than 31 singles reached #1 that year, including a nifty feat by the members of the Beatles. Singles that year included George Harrison's My Sweet Lord, John Lennon's Imagine, Paul McCartney's Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey and Ringo Starr's It Don't Come Easy.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, June 15, 2020
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album will be commemorated this fall with the release of a new book. The album, which Lennon once described as "the best thing I've ever done," was released on Dec. 11, 1970. The book is tentatively scheduled to be published on Oct. 6 in the U.S. and Oct. 8. in the U.K.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, June 5, 2020
New beetle species named after The Beatles

Last year, a group of entomologists and scientists surveyed a city park in Amsterdam, and discovered a beetle species that was new to science. Found only a stone's throw away from the Amsterdam Hilton, where 50 years previously John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their Bed-Ins For Peace, the beetle was named "Ptomaphagus thebeatles".

Source: BBC Wildlife, UK
Drummer recalls playing on John Lennon's final performance

In a new interview, original Dio drummer Vinny Appice looks back on an early moment of his career when he ended up recording in the studio with John Lennon of The Beatles. The session took place in the summer of 1974 as part of the recording process of Lennon's fifth solo album "Walls and Bridges," released in September same year.

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
How R&B created a foundation for the Beatles

For John Lennon, there would been no Beatles without R&B. In fact, they'd have been no rock 'n' roll at all. "I'll never stop acknowledging it: Black music is my life," he told Jet magazine in 1972. "When I heard [Chuck Berry's] "Johnny Be Good," when I heard Bo Diddley. That changed my life completely."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 1, 2020
Record Store Day to include John Lennon and Paul McCartney releases

It was announced that Record Store Day 2020 would be three separate "Drop" dates, allowing shoppers to socially distance and support independent music retailers. In August, an exciting array of titles will include a 2020 remix of John Lennon's Instant Karma! and a special half-speed master of Paul McCartney's 1970 solo debut, McCartney.

Source: U Discover Music
Newly enhanced never published last images of John Lennon

At 4pm on December 8, 1980, as John Lennon leaves his home on Central Park West, he pauses to autograph a record album for a 25-year-old man, without a suspicion in the world. The moment was caught on camera by Paul Goresh, one of the knot of hardcore Beatles fans always to be found loitering outside the Dakota Building.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, May 22, 2020
John Lennon family feud: Is Julian close to Yoko Ono?

Julian has spoken openly about his father's second wife Yoko and son Sean although some of his comments are far more thinly veiled. In an interview with The Telegraph in 1998, asked about whether he had a rivalry with his half-brother, Sean, he replied, "It's news to me. I love Sean to death. He's a very smart kid.

Source: The Express, UK
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Author Q&A: John Lennon 1980 book coming

John Lennon's final year, one initially of hope and renewal, yet ultimately of tragedy, is the subject of an upcoming book, John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life. The new title, from noted Beatles historian Kenneth Womack, arrives October 29, a few weeks after what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, May 18, 2020
The true story behind John Lennon's Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Not many people were as wealthy as John Lennon in 1969, in fact, his net worth was estimated at over $800 million, not including his estates that he owned at the time of his death in 1980. So, of course, he had the means to get... whatever the hell he wanted. He subsequently called up Mercedes-Benz and asked them for a special order.

Source: Hot Cars
Friday, May 15, 2020
John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the Tonight Show in 1968

52 years ago today,John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on The Tonight Show. Quite a coup to have two of The Beatles in the studio at one time but that wouldn't stop the tapes from being lost for decades. Thankfully, however, one Beatles super fan recorded the fascinating interview and would upload the content onto the internet years later.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
John and Yoko's former Palm Beach home lists for $47.5 million Warning: Page opens with sound

A resort-like Palm Beach, Florida, mansion that John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought just months before Lennon's death recently hit the market for $47.5 million. John and Yoko The famous couple bought the waterfront property for $725,000 in January of 1980, and Ono ended up selling the Palm Beach house for $3.2 million in 1986.

Source: Fox Business
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Happy birthday Klaus Voormann

Today marks the 82nd birthday of author, artist and musician Klaus Voormann. The the co-author of Hamburg Days and a contributor to From Hamburg to Hollywood, Klaus played bass with Yoko Ono in the Plastic Ono band, arranged one of the songs on Ringo Starr's first album, Sentimental Journey, which had its 50th anniversary last week.

Source: Genesis Publications
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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.

Related Articles  Source: WAVE TV, Louisville
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

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