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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
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
A&E preps John Lennon, Yoko Ono doc special

A&E will premiere the two-hour special John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky next month as part of the network's "Biography" series. The film follows the making of John Lennon's 1971 solo album Imagine, exploring the politically divided time in which he recorded it. The special features interviews with Yoko Ono and Julian Lennon.

Source: Real Screen
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
John & Yoko's Wedding Album to be reissued

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music are re-releasing Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 to 1985. Yesterday, on Yoko Ono's 86th birthday, they announced the latest release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album will be reissued on March 22, two days after Ono and Lennon's 50th wedding anniversary.

Source: Best Classic Bands
John's sister reveals biggest misconception about Yoko and Beatles

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono. When asked in her opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko, Julia said, "Absolutely, it is very unfair. I don't think she was the cause of the breakup in my mind, and I think many fans don't think that either."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Thursday, February 14, 2019
John and Yoko took over The Mike Douglas Show on this day in 1972

On this date in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over as hosts for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. John and Yoko brought a modern, hip edge to the program. They performed on the program on each day and also welcomed a variety of guests, including one of Lennon's personal musical heroes and influences, Chuck Berry.

Source: Creative Loafing
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Company launches sunglasses inspired by John Lennon

Eight Mulberry sunglasses styles inspired by eight British style icons, including John Lennon, will be released with their spring/summer 2019 collection. Priced from 190-220, the sunglasses will be available to purchase at Mulberry.com and in their flagship store starting tomorrow, during London Fashion Week.

Source: Vogue Magazine
Monday, February 11, 2019
Inside Sean Lennon's Seussian Music Studio

In the past couple of decades, Sean Lennon, a versatile performer and skilled guitarist, has released two solo albums, scored films, started a record label, acted, and appeared on albums by, among others, Marianne Faithfull and Lady Gaga. His prog-rock duo, Claypool Lennon Delirium, may be his most fully realized artistic effort so far.

Source: The New Yorker
Friday, February 8, 2019
Bryan Ferry explains how Jealous Guy became a Roxy Music classic

Roxy Music's biggest hit was their cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". The song became so big for Roxy Music that some fans think it is a Roxy Music song. Bryan Ferry said, "Our version caught the public's imagination. It was a big record in Europe for us. It has become a standard for me and Roxy Music."

Source: Noise 11
Future of San Diego-area John Lennon Mural Unclear

Neighbors in the North Park area of San Diego are worried a John Lennon mural will be removed. On the side of a building, it shows John Lennon's face with his iconic circle-shaped glasses, with the word "Imagine" on the side of the portrait. When some saw construction happening on the building, they raised concerns on social media.

Source: KNSD TV, San Diego
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
McCartney says there might be recordings of Beatles and Elvis together

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is it true there is a recording out there somewhere of a jam session that you had with Elvis Presley?" Paul said, "There is no recording of a jam session with Elvis - that I know of! I haven't got it and I don't remember that. But you know I suppose there's some slim possibility it's true."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Mercedes-Benz 230 SL owned by John Lennon sells for $225,000

A 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL belonging to John Lennon has sold at auction in the U.S. for $225,000. Bearing the original U.K. registration numbers GCP 196C, this very special 230 SL was originally delivered to Lennon in 1965 and retains the original documentation and logbook, even bearing his signature on the registration.

Source: Car List
John and Yoko exhibition in Liverpool extended due to popular demand

The most intimate exhibition ever on the lives of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono has been extended until November, National Museums Liverpool has announced. Open since May 2018, the exhibition "Double Fantasy" has become one of the Museum of Liverpool's most popular exhibitions, attracting more than 300,000 visitors.

Source: Xinhuanet
Friday, January 25, 2019
John and Yoko 's Imagine sets the scene at documentary festival

Director Michael Epstein's latest documentary called John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky has been chosen to open the 2019 Fipadoc festival in Biarritz, in the south-west of France. Imagine from which the film title is drawn is one of the most popular in pop music history. A&E in the US is due to programme the film in the spring this year.

Source: RFI, France
Friday, January 18, 2019
Rock trumpeter Steve Madaio dies at 70

Steve Madaio, a trumpeter who played in the studio and on stage with many of the biggest names in classic rock, died Tuesday in Palm Desert, California. His trumpet can be heard on John Lennon's Walls and Bridges and Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna, and was closely associated with many of Stevie Wonder's 1970s-era studio recordings.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert out this Friday

Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert will be released in CD, CD/DVD, and LP packages on Friday, January 18. The concert film features a collection of legendary singers and superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in New York City to celebrate the songs of music icon John Lennon.

Source: Grateful Web
Monday, January 14, 2019
The Lennon Bus kicks off 22nd year at the 2019 NAMM show

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, makes its return to the 2019 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center next weekend, with special guests including Derek Smalls, the bassist formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap.

Source: LATFUSA
Friday, January 11, 2019
John Lennon's Mercedes among celeb cars going up for auction

Among the rare cars to be sold at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction next weekend will be a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster once owned by John Lennon. Other celeb cars will include Bruce Willis' 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup and a 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback used in "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Source: AZ Central
Cuba organizing a Beatles Week

The Cinematheque of Cuba is organizing The Beatles Week on January 16 in Havana with a varied program in homage to the legendary band. The Week will make available to the public records, images and books related to their life and career. In Havana there is a bronze sculpture in tribute to John Lennon in a park named for him.

Source: Prensa Latina, Cuba
Friday, January 4, 2019
Beatles the focus of teacher's latest fiction novel

Seventh-grade language arts teacher Paul Ferrante is also a noted author. His seventh book follows a female fan who must choose between the group and her conservative community, after John Lennon made his famous "We're more popular than Jesus" remark, and teens burning Beatles records in the ensuing backlash backlash.

Source: Westport News, Connecticut

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