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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace exhibition in Akron

As you enter the gallery, you are greeted with "Imagine Peace" written in 24 of the world's most popular languages. To see Imagine Peace in one's home language is a powerful moment, especially when so far from that home. It is hard not to imagine peace and to engage others in this poignant exhibition.

Source: Cleveland Scene
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
John Lennon's 1969 off-road bike expected to fetch more than $48,000

A 1969 Honda Monkey-Trail Bike once owned by John Lennon will soon be on the market. Lennon used it between 1969-71 to scoot around his Tittenhurst Park estate in the Surrey, England, countryside. Experts at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull estimate the bike will fetch at least 30,000 (more than $48,000).

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 25, 2017
John Lennon handwritten letter goes up for auction

A handwritten letter by John Lennon is going up for sale for $35,000. The note sees the Beatles legend accuse the EMI record label of blocking distribution on his 1968 experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins", because he appears nude on its cover with Yoko Ono, who became his wife in 1969.

Source: Delaware 105.9
Friday, December 22, 2017
Imagine owning John Lennon's former home in Surrey

One of John Lennon's former homes in Surrey, England, is up for sale, for $11.7 million. Lennon purchased the six-bedroom mock-Tudor in 1965 for a mere 20,000. John lived with his first wife, Cynthia, and their young son, Julian, until the couple's divorce in 1968, it's where John wrote Ticket to Ride, Norwegian Wood and I Am the Walrus.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, December 21, 2017
How John Lennon ended up in an ad for a guitar he only played once

"This is the famous Rickenbacker guitar model 1996 as used by Beatle John Lennon. For a long time now, John and his Rickenbacker have been inseparable, so why don't you try one at your local music shop?" British instrument distributor Rose-Morris claimed in an ad. Well, yes, John did use it, for an hour or two.

Source: Reverb
Monday, December 18, 2017
John Lennon drawing of fat budgie fetches $29,500 at auction

An original drawing by John Lennon of a fat budgie that was used for a charity Christmas card in 1965 has sold for more than 22,000 (about $29,500). The doodle was actually designed for his novel A Spaniard in the Works, but Oxfam asked permission to use his primitive bird sketch for its charity Christmas cards of the same year.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, December 15, 2017
Major exhibition of John Lennon's art college friend

A major exhibition by Jonathan Hague, who was an art college friend of John Lennon, is now on display in Leamington, England. Hague and Lennon's connection began in the late fifties when they met at Liverpool College of Art. The "two Johns", as they became known, grew to be close friends supporting each other throughout their college days.

Source: Leamington Observer, UK
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Musician pens novel on John Lennon's return

In his new book, "Saint John Lennon," Hartwell imagines Lennon is alive through a wrinkle in time and has returned to Earth on Dec. 8, 2020, exactly 40 years to the day that he was murdered.The fallen Beatle has no recollection of what happened, he's the age he was when he died, and he pops up in front of the Dakota in New York City.

Source: The Telegram, Worcester, MA
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John Lennon to be honored with US postage stamp in 2018

The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year. Among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon, which will be released with next installment of the USPS' Music Icons series of "Forever" stamps. No release date has been announced yet for the stamp.

Source: WEZX Rock 107, Scranton
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Drummer Alan White remembers playing with 2 Beatles before joining Yes

In a new interview, drummer Alan White talked about appearing on two albums with former Beatles before joining Yes, John Lennon's Imagine (1971) and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (1970) and Radha Krsna Temple (1971). He said, "I played with John, and I played with George. They were landmark albums."

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lennon and Ono's Bed-In for Peace remembered in Tokyo

Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo, has opened an exhibit remembering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's antiwar performance, "Bed-In for Peace," on the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. The exhibit features journalist Gerry Deiter's photos of the couple's peace-promoting response to the Vietnam War, in a hotel room in Montreal during their honeymoon in 1969.

Source: Kyodo News, Japan
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

Fan Content Warning  Source: South China Morning Post
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Cops and Surgeon remember trying to save John Lennon Warning: Page opens with sound

"You just threw your whole life away!" Those were the words roared by NYPD Officer Peter Cullen to the man who moments earlier had fatally shot John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. Cullen and his partner, Steve Spiro, were the first to arrive at the Dakota Building on Manhattan's Upper West Side that fateful Monday night in New York City.

Fan Content Warning  WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: Inside Edition
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
John Lennon to be celebrated Friday at Lake Worth music festival

The music and spirit of John Lennon will be celebrated at a festival in Lake Worth, Florida, on Friday, the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. Imaginefest will feature singalongs of classic Lennon and Beatles songs performed by more than 20 bands and prizes for a contest for costumes capturing the 1960s, '70s and Beatles lookalikes.

Source: Palm Beach Post
See Yoko Ono's public artwork at three places in New Orleans

A public artwork now on view in New Orleans is a reminder of Ono's monumentally important artistic practice, which, despite its six-decade span and worldwide influence, is still often overshadowed by her ties to the Beatles. It appears at three different locations, where Ono's work asks, "Have You Seen The Horizon Lately?"

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Jerry Garcia Foundation unites music and art at Lennon inspired benefit

In this "season of giving," the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual "Imagine There's No Hunger" holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert.

Source: PR Newswire
Emily Hackett covers John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Nashville-based country pop singer Emily Hackett has recorded a fantastic cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" just in time for the holidays. She said, "Recording this song has always been on my bucket list and the timing of it just seemed so appropriate with everything going on in the world this year."

Source: Grateful Web
Monday, December 4, 2017

Pete Best
Pete Best to play himself in new John Lennon play

The original Beatles drummer is set to appear on stage playing himself in a new show. Pete Best, who was a member of the band until 1962, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr, will appear in the comedy production Lennon's Banjo, in Liverpool next year. The show tells of a quest to find the first instrument John Lennon learned to play.

Source: ITV, UK
Monday, November 27, 2017
The Beatles Story sales boosted by record visitors

Record visitor numbers have helped drive turnover past the 5m mark at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. During the year, The Beatles Story secured worldwide publicity when John Lennon's letter to the Queen handing back his MBE went on show at the Albert Dock tourist attraction after being valued at 60,000.

Source: Insider Media
Friday, November 24, 2017
Parsing the Beatles' most nonsensical song

My parents had John Lennon's In His Own Write on the shelf, and I recognized a kindred spirit. Lennon too must have grown up cherishing the surreal, imagistic language of Lear and Carroll. But his greatest work of nonsense was not on our bookshelves, it was over in the record cabinet, on the Magical Mystery Tour LP, I Am the Walrus.

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The day the BBC banned The Beatles for saying knickers

The Fab Four were not so fabulous in the eyes, or ears, of the BBC in 1967, as the band released I Am The Walrus, including the lyrics "Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess / Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your knickers down." The obvious reference to sex, as well as the word "knickers", was all too much for the BBC airwaves.

Source: IBTimes, UK
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
More Info: German police recover stolen John Lennon diaries

German police on Tuesday presented diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to John Lennon that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin. Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono's former driver and then taken to Turkey, and were discovered by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
Monday, November 20, 2017
German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police today arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including his diaries. The items were stolen from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006. A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time," according to the police.

Related Articles  Source: Expatica Germany

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