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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
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Claypool Lennon Delirium balances a classic sound with light madness

Just when it seems the shadow of The Beatles can't get any longer and everything in rock has been done before, along come Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, asking: What if, instead of ducking The Beatles, you embraced the band's tricks, the galumphing marches, the sun-dazed harmonies, and then made them a little weird?

Source: WCBE, Columbus
Making of John Lennon's Imagine album to be profiled on A&E Biography

A new two-hour TV special titled John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, about the making of John Lennon's classic 1971 album, Imagine, and its title track, will premiere this Monday, March 11, as an episode of the A&E series Biography. The documentary features previously unseen footage from the archives of the John and Yoko Ono.

Source: WFJA FM
Monday, March 4, 2019
Yes drummer Alan White to appear at Fest for Beatles Fans

Drummer Alan White is best known as the longtime drummer for Yes, though his many other credits include John Lennon's Imagine and Live Peace in Toronto 1969 albums and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass. He'll be among the guests at this year's annual Fest for Beatles Fans, March 29-31 at Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.

Source: NJ Arts
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first gig celebrated 50 years on

A new plaque has been unveiled in commemoration of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first public gig, 50 years ago at Cambridge University. Ono held a jazz performance at Lady Mitchell Hall at Cambridge on March 2 1969, Lennon joined her as "her band". A recording of Lennon and Ono's set was played at the dedication of the plaque.

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Collection of John Lennon's drawings and Sci-Fi magazines to be auctioned

John Lennon's fascination with aliens and UFOs has been well documented, he often talked about his belief in alien life and even wrote about it. On March 30, Kruse GWS Auctions will offer an extraordinary collection of John Lennon's personal drawings and Sci-Fi magazines, long collected by an old friend who shared his passion.

Source: Fine Books Magazine
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
List of rumored Record Store Day 2019 exclusives includes John Lennon

Though the official rundown of this year's Record Store Day exclusives has yet to be announced, industrious Reddit users have begun compiling a preemptive list of expected releases. The incomplete list includes John Lennon's Imagine: Raw Mixes LP. Record Store Day 2019's official UK list will be announced tomorrow.

More Info: Full Official List  Source: The Vinyl Factory
Friday, February 22, 2019
Sean Lennon on how Yoko taught him to embrace the weird

Asked about making futuristic, outside-the-box music, Sean Lennon replied, "I've been doing that my whole life. Some of my mom's songs were just crickets, field recordings or the sound of a heartbeat. For me, that was always natural. I was raised in an environment in which music was inherently experimental."

Source: Billboard

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