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Monday, April 22, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper piano sells for more than $700K

An antique piano once owned by John Lennon which he used to write several songs on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, was purchased at auction Saturday for $718,000 by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay also owns a 1963 drum kit Ringo Starr used to record some of The Beatles' biggest early hits.

Source: WFJA FM
John Lennon biopic to be adapted into a stage production

The 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy is being made into a new stage project from Tony-winning producers Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler. The project is expected to be a play with music, featuring Lennon's rock-and-roll hits of the 1950s, but none of the Beatles songs for which he later became known.

Source: Broadway.com
Friday, April 19, 2019
Julian Lennon to appear at book signing in April

Julian Lennon, second generation pop star, will be signing copies of his new book "Love The Earth" at several locations in New York and New Jersey next month. "Love The Earth" is the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, following "Touch the Earth" and "Heal the Earth," and includes words to a special poem written by Julian.

Source: Book Signing Central
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
This Week in 1971: Each Beatle had solo single in UK top 40

The week of April 11 to 17, 1971 was a busy one for the Beatles, even though the band had split up. Each former Beatle had a solo single on the UK Top 40 chart, highest on the chart that week was Power to the People from John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. Paul McCartney's Another Day was at No. 11.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Monday, April 15, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper gypsy caravan to be restored

A spectacular gypsy caravan belonging to John Lennon is to be restored after finding its way into the hands of a charity. The caravan, much like John's famous Rolls Royce, was painted with the motif of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, although unlike the car, it went missing and was thought to have been lost forever.

Source: Get Surrey, UK
Friday, April 12, 2019
Video: Les Claypool and Sean Lennon cover Beatles song with Geddy Lee

On Wednesday night, Rush frontman and bassist Geddy Lee made a surprise appearance onstage with the Claypool Lennon Delirium onstage in Toronto to cover The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. In the video now online, the two legendary bassists jam it out while John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, nails a spacey guitar solo.

Source: Kerrang
John Lennon dropped big bucks at New York Ciity record store

When John Lennon would walk in to the West Village record store House of Oldies during the early 1970s, owner Bob Abramson remembers, "He used to buy 45s by people like Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for his jukebox quite frequently. If the bill came to $200, he would say, Why don't you make it $400, just call Apple Records."

Source: NY Post
Monday, April 8, 2019
Preview: John Lennon's Imagine: Raw Studio Remixes on vinyl

One of the many highlights of John Lennon's Imagine - The Ultimate Collection last October were the Raw Studio Mixes. Exclusively for Record Store Day this Saturday, UMe will release Imagine - Raw Studio Mixes on vinyl for the first time as a limited edition Record Store Day First release on audiophile grade 180-gram black vinyl.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Friday, April 5, 2019
Inside John Lennon's Lost Weekend period

To label a period of 18 months a "lost weekend" seems a stretch to many, but to John Lennon it marked a time of intense creativity, outrageous behavior, a musical reunion with Paul McCartney, and the breakup and reconciliation of his relationship with Yoko Ono. In 2012, Ono said, "I needed a rest. I needed space."

Source: Biography
Thursday, April 4, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper piano could auction for $1.2 million

John Lennon's piano used during the creation of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band could fetch more than $1 million at auction this month. Lennon used the piano to compose some of the Beatles' most famous songs of the era, including A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.

Source: Just Collecting News
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Yoko Ono's works on show in Leipzig

"Yoko Ono. Peace is Power" is the most extensive retrospective of the Japanese-American artist's work in Germany to date. All sorts of media, including films, video works and her solo albums, are included in the exhibition at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Art in Leipzig, Germany, with rarely shown drawings also on display.

Source: Deutsche Welle
Monday, April 1, 2019
Unknown footage of John Lennon, Yoko Ono resurfaces after 50 years

Fifty years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously staged a honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in an Amsterdam hotel, a Dutchman has unearthed 30 minutes of color footage of the event from his cellar. The footage was broadcast only once, shortly after the Amsterdam honeymoon. The owner originally thought it was only a copy.

Source: Digital Journal
Julian Lennon regrets not knowing his father better

Musician and photographer Julian Lennon, son of the late John Lennon, regrets not knowing his father better. He said, "I guess the sad thing about it, the more we were getting to know each other in my late teens when he was taken away, the regret of not being able to get to know him better...But I kind of grew through his music."

Source: CNN
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
John Lennon UFO drawings up for auction

Four drawings of UFOs by John Lennon, some of his rarest works, along with six science fiction magazines that he owned, are being sold at auction on March 30. Lennon sent the items to a friend from his early days in music, someone he met while performing with the Quarrymen, his stepson now putting them up for sale.

Source: Yahoo! News
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Paul McCartney's school exercise book sells for 46,800

A school book Paul McCartney used as a teenager has sold for 46,800 (about $61,800), nearly 10 times its estimate. Also at the auction, a pair of gold-rimmed glasses, without the lenses, worn by John Lennon, sold for 9,600 (about $12,680). A cassette tape of previously unheard George Harrison tracks went unsold.

Source: iTV, UK
Monday, March 25, 2019
Never-before-seen Warhol photos of John Lennon to sell for 12,000

Never-before-seen photos of John Lennon by artist Andy Warhol which Lennon later rejected for an album cover have emerged for sale. Lennon invited the famed American artist to do a photo shoot of him for his second solo album, Imagine, in 1971. But he discarded Warhol's work in favor of Polaroid images taken by Yoko.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Artist recreates John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In For Peace

A Heywood, Greater Manchester, England, artist and his partner celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In For Peace performance by staging a bed-in of their very own in Wales on Saturday. Stuart and Joanne were joined by musicians, singers, film-makers and supporters.

Source: Rochdale Online, UK
Thursday, March 21, 2019
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in for peace returns to Amsterdam

They invited one shy, Dutch photographer to breakfast, they were constantly watched for any untoward activities, and they did pay the hotel bill. These were some of the memories revealed at the launch of a new exhibition at the Amsterdam Hilton of 50 photographs taken in 1969 of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Source: Dutch News
John Lennon's rare Beatles Butcher Cover record to be sold

John Lennon's own copy of a Beatles record that caused controversy due to its graphic cover is expected to fetch 136,000 at auction at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. Lennon had his personal copy of the album on the wall of his The Dakota apartment, it has a sketch Lennon had scrawled on the back.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rolling Stones film Rock & Roll Circus in theaters

To time with the upcoming North American leg of The Rolling Stones' No Filter tour, the band's 1968 film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will screen in theaters during the first week of April. The program features the Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Source: Best Classic Bands
John Lennon marries Yoko Ono 50 years ago today

50 years after the iconic image of John Lennon holding up their marriage certificate standing next to Yoko Ono with the Rock of Gibraltar as the backdrop was taken, it has travelled the world several times over. That day will forever live on in the words of Lennon's The Ballad of John and Yoko, a song he recorded shortly after the wedding.

Source: Gibraltar Chronicle
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
John Lennon's iconic round glasses up for auction

A pair of John Lennon's iconic round glasses could sell for over $20,000 when they go up for auction in the U.K next week, with other Beatles memorabilia and rare records. They come from the private collection of Barry Finch, a designer who worked with The Beatles in the late 60s as part of a Dutch art collective known as "The Fool".

Source: Just Collecting
Friday, March 15, 2019
The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Easily Charmed by Fools

Three decades into one of rock's loopiest careers, Les Claypool finally had his "Lennon-McCartney moment." Coincidentally, it happened with a real-life Lennon, Sean Lennon, his collaborator in The Claypool Lennon Delirium. "Les is a great songwriter," Lennon says. "He's the kind of guy who can play with anyone he wants."

Source: Relix
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Letter details Lennon's anger with labels over his first album with Yoko

A letter written by John Lennon in 1971, in which he details his anger with his record label and the music industry at large over the Two Virgins album he released with Yoko Ono, will be sold at an auction in Boston tomorrow. The letter, written to journalist Martin George, has recently resurfaced and is expected to reach a price of $20,000.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, March 11, 2019
Alan White reflects on his years playing with John Lennon and Yes

If Alan White's resume was limited to playing drums on John Lennon's Imagine and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, it would be pretty impressive. But about two years later, he was recruited by Yes to replace the outgoing Bill Bruford. He talks to Rolling Stone about his stint in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and his early days with Yes.

Source: Rolling Stone

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