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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Gems releases first songs from full album cover of John Lennon's Imagine

Washington, DC electro-pop duo Gems have shared their version of John Lennon's "Oh Yoko!" off their full album cover of the iconic Imagine. The record is available now on limited edition vinyl via Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious subscription series. Gems' covers of "Imagine" and "Crippled Inside" are also streaming online now.

Source: Vents Magazine
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Toronto museum visitors can take home pieces of Yoko Ono exhibit

Visitors to a Yoko Ono art exhibit in Toronto will get a chance to take home pieces of the installation as it winds down this weekend. The Gardiner Museum says the first 500 visitors Sunday will receive white boxes to fill with some of the broken ceramic cups and saucers that made up the exhibit, as well as colorful materials to decorate them.

Source: The Toronto Sun
Friday, May 18, 2018
Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison recreate pic their dads took 49 years ago

A photo, posted online this week, shows the Beatles' sons Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison on a boat on the Thames, 49 years after their fathers took a similar snap. John Lennon captioned the original photo, "The Thames they are a Changin!" a nod to the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are a-Changin".

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Frail Yoko Ono visits John Lennon's two childhood homes in Liverpool

A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon. While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where Lennon grew up. It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, May 10, 2018
U.S. John Lennon stamp to be issued in four varieties

The John Lennon forever stamp in the Music Icons commemorative series will be issued Sept. 7 in New York City, according to the United States Postal Service. The same photograph of Lennon taken by Bob Gruen in August 1974 in each horizontal row will be treated in different gradient colors, creating four different major varieties.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
Monday, May 7, 2018
20 Beatles songs that John Lennon hated

John Lennon's 1971 track "How Do You Sleep" levied a torrent of musical criticisms against Paul McCartney, but he didn't reserve judgment on his own work either. In his list of 20 Beatles songs that he hated, Lennon tore into deep cuts, treasured favorites and no less than four songs that hit No. 1 on the American or U.K. charts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 4, 2018
John Lennon gold record part of spectacular rock memorabilia auction

Record promoter Brian Interland helped break in The Moody Blues, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones. Due to his desire to downsize, he is now selling most of his personal collection, including a Gold Record for John Lennon's Imagine and an Eric Clapton autographed "Crossroads" Gold Record.

Source: Forbes
Julia Baird says Lennon and McCartney had instant connection

On July 6, 1957, John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a Liverpool church hall. Friend Tony Bramwell remembers it "was a rather unremarkable event." But Julia Baird, Lennon's half-sister, quickly noticed a connection between the two aspiring artists. "The two boys hit it off very quickly," said Beatles biographer Julius Fast.

Source: Fox News
Monday, April 30, 2018
Yoko Ono imagines John Lennon's reaction to upcoming Korean summit

Yoko Ono has weighed in on the upcoming summit between leaders of North and South Korea. On Twitter Saturday, Yoko said, "I saw my husband, John Lennon, jumping around in space with joy. This I hope is the start of all countries shaking hands. One world one people. I hope this will be a start in what my husband and I believed in."

Source: USA Today
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on Saturday Night Live

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on SNL. He joked, "This is made out to The Beatles. You divide it any way you want. If you want to give Ringo less, that's up to you." What he didn't know was, at that very minute, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were watching the show at the Dakota.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, April 23, 2018
Portraits by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler going for $54K

A portrait by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler is being sold for $54,000. The crude sketch, which the Beatle did at art college in the 1950s, shows Lennon on a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute and the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if being chanted by an audience below.

More Pictures  Source: Page Six
Julian Lennon urges kids to heal the planet in new book

For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom. The firstborn son of the late John Lennon is the coauthor of "Heal the Earth," the second in his picture book series teaching kids as young as three years old ways to help the planet.

Source: The Inquirer
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
John Lennon's MBE rejection letter is up for auction in New York

John Lennon's MBE rejection letter to Queen Elizabeth II is on the auction block for an upcoming The Beatles memorabilia sale in New York. It has been valued at around $86,000. The letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection picked up for just $14 two decades ago.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Monday, April 16, 2018
Klaus Voormann honored with Lifetime Achievement award

At the German Echo Music Awards in Berlin on Thursday, Klaus Voormann received the lifetime achievement award. The two-time Grammy winner and "fifth" Beatle played with Manfred Mann, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Eric Clapton, and won a Grammy for designing the artwork for the Beatles' Revolver album.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Friday, April 13, 2018
DiG issues re-imagined Imagine

DiG, the on-going collaborative project between Minneapolis based Flipp front man/guitarist Brynn Arens and Winston-Salem North Carolina singer/songwriter Clay Howard, has released their new recording of John Lennon's classic 1971 plea for peace, Imagine, as their response to today's climate of heated political discussions.

Source: Yes Weekly
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Preview: Lennon's Banjo at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool

Back in 2004, Rob Fennah was working on a project involving John Lennon's mum, Julia, teaching John how to play rock 'n' roll on her banjo, an instrument now lost but highly sought after by Beatles buffs the world over. His book about that is now a play, Lennon's Banjo, which opens at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on April 24.

Related Articles  Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Monday, April 9, 2018
Handwritten Hey Jude lyrics on sale for $375K

A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia, lyrics handwritten by Paul McCartney for the 1968 Hey Jude recording session is going up for sale for $375,000. The same lyrics are seen being used by John Lennon in a videotaped recording, hung from a mike stand. Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet confirms the lyrics are in Paul McCartney's hand.

Source: Page Six
Yoko Ono rock worth $17,500 stolen from museum

A rock valued at $17,500 that was part of a Yoko Ono art installation has been stolen from a Toronto museum. The weather-worn stone, with the words "Love yourself," inscribed by Ono, was part of her work entitled Yoko Ono: The Riverbed. Visitors were encouraged to make contact with the art, but weren't supposed to leave with any of it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
New John Lennon California license plates seek to help end hunger

California motorists may soon have an opportunity to help in the efforts to feed the hungry in California with new John Lennon inspired specialty license plates. The plate design features John Lennon's iconic self-portrait sketch and the words "Imagine No Hunger" inscribed on the bottom. They are available now for pre-order.

Source: KTVU TV, San Francisco
Fans cast their votes in John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest has whittled a field of artists from all over the world down to 24 finalists in 12 genre categories. The contest is now accepting fan votes to help choose the 12 Lennon Award Winners, one for each genre. From the 12 winners, one songwriter will be awarded a check for $20,000 and "Song of the Year".

Source: iHeart Radio
You can now download John Lennon handwriting as computer font

The handwriting of John Lennon and other rock stars have been turned into fonts. The Songwriters Font project includes typefaces developed from "original handwritten letters and notes" by Lennon, as well Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. The fonts' creators say, "The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration."

Source: NME, UK
Friday, April 6, 2018
Inside Yoko Ono's history of art, music and activism in Canada

Despite an ongoing revaluation of her work as an artist, activist and musician, Yoko Ono is still most associated with the distinctive sound of her singing voice, which was first heard on a record called Live Peace in Toronto 1969. Ono is currently showing her interactive installation The Riverbed at Toronto's Gardiner Museum.

Source: CBC Radio, Canada
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Fans can win tickets to see Lennon's Banjo play in Liverpool

A brand new comedy about the disappearance of John Lennon's first ever musical instrument, Lennon's Banjo follows a Beatles tour guide in Liverpool who stumbles on a clue to the solving the greatest mystery in pop history. Fans who answer a question on the Liverpool Echo by April 11 will have a chance of winning tickets.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Julian Lennon's Touch The Earth to be turned into animated TV series

French film company Gaumont has made a deal to turn Julian Lennon's book trilogy "Touch The Earth" into an animated TV series. Lennon and his children's book collaborator Bart Davis will be executive producers. Gaumont is also separately developing an animated feature based on Paul McCartney's "High in the Clouds."

Source: Deadline
Monday, April 2, 2018
Video: Eddie Vedder covers Beatles and John Lennon in Brazil

Eddie Vedder is squeezing in a three-night run of solo gigs during Pearl Jam's current stint in Brazil. Last Wednesday night, Vedder performed a 27-song set which included many covers, including John Lennon's Imagine, which a fan captured on video. And on Thursday night, he performed the Beatle's You've Got To Hide Your Love Away.

Source: Spin

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