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Monday, March 26, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney honors John Lennon at march in New York City Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney attended the March for Our Lives in New York on Saturday, telling CNN the cause was important to him because he lost John Lennon to gun violence. Wearing a t-shirt that said, "We Can End Gun Violence", McCartney said, "One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me."

Source: WPIX TV, New York
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Liverpool to host first John Lennon and Yoko Ono exhibition

Liverpool is set to host an exhibition about Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono which will tell their love story in their own words. The announcement comes on the 49th wedding anniversary of John and Yoko. The Museum of Liverpool will show a ground-breaking exhibition starting in May, 2018.

Source: Click Liverpool
John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar on this day in 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's entire hectic love affair was described in detail on The Beatles' The Ballad of John and Yoko. The single was released May, 1969, with lyrics that deal directly with the circus surrounding their romance and nuptials. It all happened on this day, March 20th, 1969, at the Gibraltar registry office.

Source: Live for Music
Monday, March 19, 2018
Author writes about John Lennon's effect on her life in new book

"When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lennonaid: What John Lennon's Life Did For Mine," by Kaya John, is a story of how John Lennon saved the author from a path of self-destruction due to, among other things, abusive parents. Kaya said, "They helped me survive a very challenging childhood and, I feel, kept me from despair."

Source: New Jersey Arts
Friday, March 16, 2018
Mending the world, one teacup at a time, Yoko Ono style

A Yoko Ono installation dating back to 1966 is on now at the Rennie Museum in Vancouver. The conceptual piece is designed to bring people together through an act of reparation that is both physical and symbolic. In Ono's Mend Piece, up to 10 people, using twine and tape, attempt to assemble porcelain shards into a semblance of a teacup.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Monday, March 12, 2018
March 12, 1974: John Lennon kicked out of Hollywood nightclub

It happened during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend" when he was separated from Yoko Ono and moved out of the Dakota in Manhattan and was spending time in Los Angeles. The Smothers Brothers were playing the Troubadour nightclub, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson arrived for the March 12, 1974, late show lit on Brandy Alexanders.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 9, 2018
Let It Be tops the Top 40 charts this week in 1970

In mid-March 1970, the Beatles' "Let It Be" was the #1 U.S. pop hit, but unfortunately to many it also signaled the end of the group. Its composer, Paul McCartney, announced his departure shortly thereafter. "Instant Karma!" by the Plastic Ono Band was charting at #4, and Badfinger's first hit "Come and Get It" entered the charts at #5.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Argument over Lennon bike authenticity Warning: Page opens with sound

A 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey originally owned by John Lennon sold at auction for over 50,000 this week. However, another Monkey, also wearing the front number plate XUC91H, was sold at an entertainment memorabilia auction a decade ago. That machine's previous owner claimed to have been given the bike by Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Visor Down
Monday, March 5, 2018
John Lennon's Monkey Bike motorcycle sells for record-breaking price

A motorcycle once owned by John Lennon has fetched a record-breaking 57,500 (about $79,500) at auction. The 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey Bike sold for almost double the estimated 30,000 (about $41,500). Lennon used the bike to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire, where he lived from 1969 to 1971.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Video: Foo Fighters' live mash up of Van Halen and John Lennon

On their Twitter page, The Foo Fighters have posted a live mashup of Van Halen's "Jump" and John Lennon's "Imagine." Dave Grohl tweeted, "Woodshedding for the summer tour has never felt so good....see you out there....(I'll learn the words by then, I swear). Thanks to Mighty Mike for the inspirado. (Oh, and Halen and Lennon, too)."

Source: WAAF FM, Boston
March 4, 1966: John Lennon declares Beatles more popular than Jesus

On March 4th, 1966, in an interview John Lennon told the London Evening Standard, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink...We're more popular than Jesus now." It wasn't until that quote was reprinted by Datebook magazine in the United States, completely out of the context of the British church, that the scandal began.

Source: Live for Live Music
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Yoko Ono's exhibit asks you to look, and please touch

Forget the usual "hands off" museum directive. At The Riverbed, at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, visitors can pick up rocks, reassemble broken crockery and nail pieces of twine to the walls. While the Riverbed is both a quintessential Ono endeavour and a compelling one, some will surely chafe at its undeniable tweeness.

Source: The Toronto Star
Monday, February 26, 2018
Parody of John Lennon's Imagine hopes for a world without social media

John Lennon's Imagine pictures a planet where people aren't divided by countries and religions. Steve Mah's parody of Lennon's classic, titled Emojine, expresses his desire to rid the world of the paraphernalia of social media, including hashtags, emojis and, of course, pedestrians using phones getting into accidents.

Source: Scroll.in
Friday, February 23, 2018
Lennon's Banjo show to raise cash for Strawberry Field redevelopment

Theatre goers will be able to help support the redevelopment of Strawberry Field in Liverpool. The project to transform the iconic South Liverpool site will benefit from donations given during the Epstein Theatre's forthcoming "Lennon's Banjo" show. Demolition work is currently underway at the Strawberry Field site.

Related Articles  Source: Your Move, Liverpool
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Jamie Skylar delivers ethereal message from John Lennon in new single

The second single, "I Know You Know the Walrus Too," from the new album by international recording artist Jamie "Sky" Skylar will be released on Wednesday. The song, "I Know You Know the Walrus Too", tells the story of how John Lennon came to Skyler in a dream and basically provided the scenario and lyrics for the third verse.

Source: Prophet Records
Mythical guitar maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. Gibson, in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894, is working with an investment bank to set up a debt refinancing plan, the company said in a statement.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, February 16, 2018
Happy birthday to legendary artist and peace activist Yoko Ono

"Yoko Ono" is often synonymous with "John Lennon" in the media, but there is much more to Yoko than her connection to The Beatles and her iconic marriage to the late Lennon. Born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933, Yoko's personal mission statement has seemingly always been about peace, and it still is.

Source: Hello Giggles
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Lennon Through A Glass Onion returns to Melbourne

Lennon Through a Glass Onion will return to Melbourne for a limited run in March to celebrate this major milestone of 25 years on the road. Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the play is part concert and part biography.

Source: Broadway World
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
John Lennon bus stops in Sacramento

It's not so much a bus, but more of a state-of-the-art mobile music studio. It travels across the country with a team of audio engineers to teach kids how to make music. On Tuesday, students at Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary School in Sacramento spent their day on the bus, using some of the highest quality sound equipment on the market.

Source: KTXL-TV, Sacramento
Monday, February 12, 2018
Yoko Ono's sister says John Lennon encouraged her to be an artist

The younger sister of Yoko Ono today revealed how John Lennon encouraged her to take art seriously. Setsuko Ono, 76, who paints and creates dream-like sculptures from sheets of welded steel, is to have an exhibition of her work in London for the first time. She says in a visit, Lennon encouraged her to take her passion for sculpture seriously.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Sean Ono Lennon's tribute to late Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow

Among the tributes for John Perry Barlow after his death was one from Sean Ono Lennon, who counted Barlow among his friends. Lennon called the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital pioneer "a master of all trades and a jack of none," and said, "no one will ever come close to the guy, for this grateful and graceful guru was one of a kind."

Source: Brinkwire
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Realistic John Lennon figurine to be released this April

A new 1/6th scale (12 inches) John Lennon figurine toy will be available in April from limited edition collectible figure company Molecule 8. It will include two interchangeable heads with singing and resting facial expressions, interchangeable hands for various gestures, two pairs of glasses, and three "Imagine" era outfit options.

Source: Empty Lighthouse
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Interview: Producer Jack Douglas on working with John Lennon

In an interview with legendary record producer Jack Douglas, he talked about making John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, how John was in the sessions, could he separate how it felt making the album from what happened afterwards, and whether there's anything unreleased from John's final sessions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Relisten without prejudice to Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album was released in December 1970, it struggled to number 182 in the US and failed to chart in the UK. Lester Bangs described her in Rolling Stone as one who has 'led poor John astray'". But today's audiences have come round to Yoko's raw and aggressive sound within the context of the punk movement.

Source: Pop Matters
Unseen John Lennon photo on display in London

Brian Duffy created some of the most famous images of the 1960s. "Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy" at the Proud Gallery in London includes an unseen photo John Lennon taken in 1965. In the photo, John is holding what he said was a UFO Detector, a box that had an on/off switch and lights that flickered intermittently from one to the other.

Source: Blouin Art Info

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