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2016

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Remembering Bob Dylan and John Lennon's Wild '66 Limo Ride

May 27, 2016

By May 1966, John Lennon and Bob Dylan had become the only serious candidates for the newly conceived "Spokesman of a Generation" title. At the height of their creative powers, each of the men sought to break free from their own reputations...

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10 Music Publicity Stunts Gone Wrong

May 11, 2016

"If you want to get known as a singer," Sammy Davis Jr. once said, "you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That's publicity, man." Pop culture's hunger for the publicity stunt hasn't changed much since Davis's...

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10 Best Beatles Books

May 4, 2016

Considering that it takes some formidable organizational chops to serve as a competent Beatles bibliographer, it can be downright daunting if you're coming to the stacks of Fab Four literature as a neophyte reader wondering where you might start....

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Yoko Ono on How Meeting John Lennon 'Saved' Her

March 3, 2016

After spearheading a loving tribute to her late husband for what would have been his 75th birthday in 2015, Yoko Ono is turning her attention back toward her own work. Or rather, the reinterpretation of that work, as heard on the new remix LP Yes,...

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'Significant' Lock of John Lennon's Hair Hits Auction Block

February 8, 2016

UPDATE: The lock of John Lennon's hair sold at auction Saturday for $35,000. The BBC reports that U.K. collector Paul Fraser submitted the winning bid. A lock of John Lennon's hair, snipped from the Beatle's head in 1966 and kept by a hairdresser...

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Beatles 'Anthology, Volumes 1-3' Available for Streaming

April 4, 2016

The Beatles' acclaimed 1995/1996 rarities sets, Anthology, Volumes 1-3, are now available for streaming on all digital outlets. The collections, which contain studio outtakes and alternative versions of iconic tracks, have been newly remastered at Abbey...

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John Lennon's Childhood Stamps Set to Show in New York

March 1, 2016

Beatles fans and philatelists alike will be able to view John Lennon's childhood stamp collection during the World Stamp Show in New York City, May 28th through June 4th. According to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum — which first housed...

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Watch Courtney Love's Raw Cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'

January 6, 2016

Courtney Love performed a raw, ferocious cover of Radiohead's "Creep" at a Linda Perry-hosted concert held in Los Angeles Tuesday night honoring the upcoming film Freeheld. "I feel like I'm on American Idol or something," Love said before launching...

2015

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See Willie Nelson's Spiritual Take on Lennon's 'Imagine'

December 23, 2015

If it weren't for the lyric about dreaming up a world without religion, John Lennon's "Imagine" could almost be a gospel song, thanks to a simple, hymn-like melody that seems to invite entire congregations to sing along.  That's exactly what happened...

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Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Tom Morello Star in Lennon Tribute

December 6, 2015

"Rock & roll is here to stay!" Yoko Ono asserted on the stage of the Theater at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, telling the audience that's what her late husband would have said in response to "Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday...

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Ram Report: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton Cover John Lennon

November 18, 2015

When Eric Church released the vinyl version of his 2014 album The Outsiders, he included a special bonus song: his cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road track "Come Together." Next month, Church has the chance to perform that John Lennon composition live...

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Pianist Performs John Lennon's 'Imagine' Outside Paris Venue

November 14, 2015

As hundreds of mourners gathered outside Paris' Bataclan venue, where a terror attack at an Eagles of Death Metal show resulted in the death of 118 people, an unknown musician set up a grand piano outside the concert hall and delivered a poignant,...

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Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson to Play John Lennon Tribute

November 13, 2015

UPDATE: John Fogerty and Spoon have been added to the lineup of the John Lennon birthday concert. Kevin Bacon has also been announced as a special guest host of the event. An impressive collection of John Lennon's fans and peers will gather to celebrate...

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Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' Cardigan, Hair Up for Auction

November 2, 2015

Kurt Cobain's green cardigan from Nirvana's MTV Unplugged taping, the Beatles' drumhead from their 1964 visit to the Ed Sullivan Show and a long-lost acoustic Gibson belonging to John Lennon are among the nearly 350 rock-related items that will hit...

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1.15 Million Americans Killed by Guns Since John Lennon

December 8, 2015

It was shortly before 11 p.m. on December 8th, 1980, when 25-year-old Mark David Chapman fired five shots from a .38 caliber revolver into John Lennon's back. Police officers rushed Lennon to Manhattan's Roosevelt Hospital, 12 blocks away, in the back...

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10 Great Thanksgiving Menu Songs

November 25, 2015

The national anthem of Thanksgiving is Arlo Guthrie's still-hilarious musical monologue "Alice's Restaurant." But if you already know the story of the red VW microbus and the 27 8-by-10 color glossy photographs backwards and forwards, you may want...

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'Imagine' Pianist Revealed, Talks Paris Performance

November 15, 2015

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, a mysterious pianist captivated mourners outside the city's Bataclan venue, the site of Friday's Eagles of Death Metal concert, with a moving, instrumental rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." The...

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Ringo Starr Auction Features 'Can't Buy Me Love' Drums

November 13, 2015

Ringo Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach, have collected over 1,200 items from their residencies in London, Beverly Hills and Monaco for a Julien's Live auction that will take place on December 4th and 5th. The auction will feature...

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John Lennon's 'Love Me Do' Guitar Sells for $2.4 Million

November 8, 2015

John Lennon's long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E, used in the recording of the Beatles' Please Please Me and With the Beatles LPs, shattered all estimates Saturday on the Julien's Live auction block, as the instrument sold for $2.41 million, a record...

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20 Great Moments in Rock Star Nudity

October 29, 2015

As Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips prepare for the health department nightmare that is the world's first all-naked concert, here's 20 times famous performers have gotten outside of their clothes — to make a statement, to increase sales...

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