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Friday, August 28, 2020
Elton John and John Lennon at MSG in 1974: Behind-the-Scenes

In 1974, just one month into his role as the New York radio promotion rep for MCA Records, aspiring stand-up comedian Ray D'Ariano was alone backstage at Madison Square Garden with two of the biggest music stars in the world: Elton John and John Lennon. "No one knew that Lennon was going to be joining Elton on stage that night," D'Ariano explained.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
John Lennon's killer denied parole for the 11th time

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the 11th time. He has been in prison since 1980 for murdering Lennon outside The Dakota on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Details of Wednesday's hearing have not yet emerged, aside from the fact he was turned down for release. Yoko Ono previously argued against his release.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Liverpool songwriter chosen to write international song for kindness

A new John Lennon-inspired song written by the leader of the house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club has been chosen as the anthem in the Covid-era to lead the call for peace. Jimmy Coburn's song Together As 1 has been hailed as "a new Imagine aimed at bringing unity and raising spirits in these new days of darkness".

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
John Lennon best-of set due for 80th birthday

A new collection of John Lennon's solo work arrives on October 9, the day in which he would have turned 80. Remixed from the master tapes, it was produced by Sean Ono Lennon and executive produced by Yoko Ono, and was mixed and engineered by Paul Hicks, who also helmed the mixes for 2018's Imagine The Ultimate Collection series.

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Yoko Ono told Liam Gallagher naming his son Lennon was silly

Liam Gallagher is a bonafide Beatlemaniac. In 1999, Gallagher recalled, "Yoko said, I've heard you've called your son Lennon. I said, Yeah, she said, Why? Do you not think it's a bit of a silly name?" Never one to miss an opportunity to be blunt and a little obnoxious, LG replied, "And I said, No, it's a bit silly being called Yoko, isn't it?"

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, August 21, 2020
Yoko Ono prepares to release a new John Lennon memoir

Yoko Ono has announced a new memoir she has been working on, "John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band", is available to preorder now. The book, named after Lennon's debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, released on 11 December 1970, will be an in-depth and revelatory exploration of John Lennon's personal work.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Monday, August 17, 2020
Letter from Francis Ford Coppola to John Lennon about Apocalypse Now

Back in March 1977, American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Coppola wrote to one of the biggest musical artists in the world proposing that the pair work together on a film. He proposed the idea to John Lennon about contributing to the score of Apocalypse Now, but alas, it was not to be.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
John Lennon car sells at auction

A 1956 Austin Princess formerly owned by John Lennon has sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $159,500. The sale included the car's original, registration signed by John Lennon. Purchased by Lennon in 1971, the car was seen extensively in his 1972 made-for-TV documentary "Imagine" with Yoko Ono.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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