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Beatles DJ celebrates Yoko Ono's birthday with special contest

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is celebrating Yoko Ono's recent 82nd birthday by giving away on his website, a combo package of two new releases, the photo book "See Hear Yoko" from Harper Collins by famous photographer Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg, and the new tribute CD compilation "Cut Pieces" from MainMan records.

"When I heard both the book and CD were coming out the same time, I wanted to coordinate a contest combining the two to celebrate Yoko's extraordinary life and career," Ken said.

The new book showcases photos taken by rock photographer Bob Gruen, longtime friend of the Lennons, mixed with quotes from interviews with Yoko taken by veteran Texas DJ/Journalist Jody Denberg. The photos range from Yoko's time with John, and after his death.

Among the many highlights are pictures from recording sessions for the John/Yoko/Elephants Memory album "Some Time In New York City," Yoko's "Feeling The Space," plus the rehearsals for the "One-To-One" benefit concert, Yoko's 1974 tour of Japan, the 1975 Grammy Awards, the "Double Fantasy" period, Yoko's European tour in 1985, photos from the Yoko videos for "My Man" and "Hell In Paradise."

The photos also include the 1986 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame when Yoko, Sean, Julian, George & Ringo were there to induct the Beatles, as well as when Yoko, Sean and Paul were there to induct John as a solo-artist in 1994, photos from Yoko's art exhibits, and from her 2010 birthday concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Ken said, "Perhaps the most poignant are the ones of Yoko and Sean throughout the 80's and 90's--to see the two of them gradually try to live life after the horrible loss of losing a husband and father. The book is a great testament to many of the achievements, personally and creatively in Yoko's life."

The other prize included in the combo package is "Cut Pieces," comprised of 16 new covers of Yoko's songs recorded by independent artists. Ken observed, "The fact that every few years there's another new compilation of Yoko covers proves how strong her material really is, that it lends itself to different interpretations." Ken's favorite is "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do" by Rebecca Turner. "This is a great Yoko love song given a country treatment, very well done."

Fans of the Beatles and Yoko can win both prizes in a contest that runs through March 2, 2015. Find out the details and listen to a new interview Ken conducted with Bob Gruen on his website

Ken Michaels hosts 2 different radio shows on the Beatles, "Every Little Thing" and "Things We Said Today."

"Every Little Thing" is a one-hour syndicated music show covering the entire group and solo-catalogue of the Beatles through the current releases, mixed with cover versions, tribute songs, side projects, family members, along with thematic sets and weekly trivia. "Every Little Thing" is available streaming all weekend long on the music magazine website Global Texan Chronicles, and can be heard live on Wednesdays 8-10pm (EST) on WNHU, West Haven, CT, which you can stream at and on the Tune In App.

"Things We Said Today" is a weekly podcast show discussing all things Beatles including writers for Beatlefan magazine Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn. The show can be heard on, iTunes and on YouTube.

Published February 24, 2015

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