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Friday, September 7, 2018
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon reveal John Lennon stamp at ceremony

Yoko Ono took the stage at Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell today for the United States Postal Service's official first-day-of-issue ceremony for the newest addition to the Music Icons series, a John Lennon Forever stamp. She was joined by her and John's son, Sean Lennon, who at times displayed his father's trademark wit.

Source: Best Classic Bands
John Lennon: The Green Album exhibit opens at the Smithsonian

"John Lennon: The Green Album" opened today at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum and coincides with the issuance of the John Lennon Forever Stamp. Lennon's childhood stamp album, which includes 565 stamps on more than 150 pages, will be on display. Lennon's older cousin, Stanley Parkes, gave him the album.

Source: Web Wire
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Paul McCartney opens up to Howard Stern about Beatles and John and Yoko

Over the course of a 90-minute chat on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show Wednesday morning, Paul McCartney talked quite a bit about his days with the Beatles. Also, McCartney, who found himself on opposite sides from John Lennon and Yoko Ono after the breakup of the Beatles, said it was Lennon who broke up the group.

Source: Variety
Video: New version of Why by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono's latest video, Why, taken from her upcoming album Warzone, has premiered on the internet. A remake of a 1970 track of the same name from her debut album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, through her voice, Ono conjures up the urgency and spirit of the song's message that was laid down over 40 years ago.

Source: Crack Magazine
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
How The Beatles helped turn Nike into a multibillion-dollar company

Fifty years ago the Beatles released Revolution, in which John Lennon addressed the global political upheaval of 1968. The message in "Revolution" attracted fierce resentment within the radical left before re-appearing in 1987 in one of the most seminal and ground breaking advertisements ever made.

Source: Business Insider
Thursday, August 30, 2018
John Lennon Imagine demo strips down a simple message

An early demo of Imagine will highlight the new six-disk box set Imagine The Ultimate Collection. The version is not that different from the final release. The final mix only featured Lennon at the microphone and on a piano, backed by Klaus Voormann on bass and Alan White on drums. But we don't miss them in this version.

Related Articles  Source: Den of Geek
Jude Southerland Kessler releases Volume IV in the John Lennon Series

Jude Southerland Kessler, the world's foremost expert on the life of John Lennon and author of The John Lennon Series, an outlined nine-volume narrative history covering the story of the man who formed the Beatles, has just released her fourth installment, Should Have Known Better, which covers the year 1964.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
USPS to dedicate John Lennon forever stamp next week

The dedication ceremony for the new John Lennon stamp will be held September 7 in New York City's Central Park. The ceremony, with disc jockey Dennis Elsas, who conducted a legendary 1974 live-in-studio interview with Lennon at New York's WNEW-FM, serving as Master of Ceremonies, will be free and open to the public.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Previously unreleased version of Jealous Guy now on internet

On October 5, Geffen/UMe will release a six-disc boxed set, Imagine - The Ultimate Collection, remixed and remastered 140 tracks fully authorized by Yoko Ono. Now on the internet is a portion of "Jealous Guy (Elements Mix)" from the box set, a piano, bass, and drums mix featuring Nicky Hopkins' haunting piano track.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
The top uses of John Lennon songs in movies or TV

John Lennon may be considered the most famous of the Fab Four because of his unique perspective on life. Though the Beatles as a general rule have been very protective of their music, primarily because they want to avoid it becoming too commercialized, there are some movies and TV shows that have been exceptions.

Source: TV Over Mind
Monday, August 27, 2018
John Lennon's half-sister reveals how he used to jam in the kitchen

John Lennon's half-sister has spoken out about her close relationship with her big brother as Beatlemania took over the music world. Julia Baird, now 71, grew up with John in a semi-detached council house in Liverpool. Julia has revealed that she never felt estranged from her big brother despite his rapid rise to stardom.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr Come Together on John Lennon Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is returning to New York City to launch the fifth annual Come Together NYC residency on Sept. 13. The event will kick off with a "Bed-In" featuring Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, iconic rock photographer Henry Diltz, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson.

Source: ET, Canada
Thursday, August 23, 2018
John Lennon's killer denied parole for 10th time

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for a 10th time by a NY parole board on Wednesday. The denial decision obtained by The Associated Press says Lennon's killer was told his release "would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society," and releasing him would "tend to mitigate the seriousness of your crime."

Fan Content Warning  Source: Newsday, NY
Audio: John Lennon's stripped-back Imagine demo from upcoming box set

John Lennon's studio version of Imagine featured bass, drums and a string arrangement, co-produced with Phil Spector. A more spartan demo of the song featuring simply his voice and piano will make its debut on Imagine: the Ultimate Collection, an upcoming box-set anthology of Lennon's celebrated album, due out October 5th.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Update: John Lennon Imagine Ultimate Box Set

John Lennon's acclaimed 1971 album Imagine is being celebrated this autumn with a series of releases, pegged to coincide with what would have been his 78th birthday. According to Lennon's social media, the new releases promise listeners will be able to explore and enjoy the Imagine album and sessions like you've never heard them before.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, August 17, 2018
John and Yoko's 1972 Imagine film is coming back to theatres

John Lennon's 1972 Imagine film has now been restored frame-by-frame and is set for theatres on September 17. This new version features 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage recording "How Do You Sleep," Lennon's infamous shot at Paul McCartney. There's also a 320-page book on the making of the album coming October 9.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Lennon's aunt's letter dismisses Beatles fascination with Indian guru

The Beatles' fascination with Indian guru and "spiritual adviser" Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was dismissed by John Lennon's aunt in a revealing letter to a fan of the group. Mimi Smith, who brought up Lennon as a child, wrote, "I don't understand why they need an Indian, or India to meditate. That can be done here without any fuss."

Source: AOL News, UK
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Lennon and McCartney's sons look exactly like their dads in new photo

On Monday, Sean Ono Lennon shared a photo posing with none other than James McCartney on his Instagram feed. The two of them look just like their dads in John Lennon and Paul McCartney's heyday as the world's most famous songwriting pair. "Peekaboo..." Sean captioned the selfie. Next to him, James holds a guitar.

Source: Today
Fans rally to keep Lennon's killer in jail as 10th parole hearing approaches

John Lennon's killer is up for parole again. Nine times already Lennon's murderer has been denied parole since 1980, but nervous fans are worried the state Parole Board may have a change of heart given the recent release of a man who spent four decades in prison for the murders of two New York City police officers.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Win a trip to see Ringo Starr at Radio City Music Hall

Fans can now enter to win a special event in New York City featuring Ringo Starr. The prize package includes a trip for 2 to New York, 2 tickets to see Ringo Starr perform at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2018, 2 VIP passes to The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones.

Source: OWC
John and Yoko's restored Imagine film coming to theaters

Imagine, the ground-breaking 1972 music film from John Lennon and Yoko Ono is coming to movie theaters in September. The film, restored and remastered frame-by-frame, will also include 15 minutes of previously unreleased bonus material, remixed and restored footage, with an immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack mix.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, August 13, 2018
Cars owned by Paul McCartney and John Lennon go up for auction

Cars formerly owned by Paul McCartney and John Lennon will be auctioned off in the US on September 1. Beatles fans could get their hands on McCartney's 1965 Mini Cooper S DeVille and Lennon's 1979 Mercedes E300 Estate, his last car. McCartney's mini was one of four ordered for each Beatles member by Brian Epstein in 1965.

More Info  Source: NME, UK
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Yoko releases another track from her upcoming album

Yoko Ono has premiered another song from her forthcoming album, Warzone, which finds her revisiting songs from throughout her career with stripped-down arrangements that emphasize each song's message. One such song is "Now or Never," a poignant call-to-action that Ono originally released in 1971.

Related Articles  Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Yoko shares track from her new album

Yoko Ono recently announced a new album, Warzone, that will find her revisiting some songs from her prior works and, interestingly, covering "Imagine." Ono has now released a second song from the LP, a re-working of a song from her 1985 album Starpeace, her fresh (and poignant) take on "Hell in Paradise" can be streamed now.

Related Articles  Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Photos: John Lennon's battle for the American Dream

For the second part of his life as a solo artist, British icon John Lennon was also very much a New Yorker. However, Lennon's life as a father, husband, and activist in New York City in the 1970s almost didn't happen because of his status as an immigrant. These are photos that capture Lennon's unexpected fight to stay in the Big Apple.

Source: Getty Images

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