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Rare John Lennon, Jim Morrison Letters Up for Auction

July 23, 2015

A hand-written letter from Doors singer Jim Morrison during his stint in Paris – postmarked May 18th, 1971, less than three months before his death – is currently bringing over $23,000 at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction. The...

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Paul McCartney Talks Nixed 'McCartney/Lennon' Credit

July 5, 2015

"Lennon/McCartney" is one of music's greatest songwriting credits, a catchall that covered most of the Beatles' tracks and was employed even when John Lennon and Paul McCartney didn't collaborate on a certain song. However, although arranged...

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Flashback: Paul McCartney Plays a John Lennon Medley in 1990

June 25, 2015

Paul McCartney had been on the road for nearly a year when his Flowers in the Dirt tour finally touched down in Liverpool on June 28th, 1990. This was a special night since McCartney had been completely off the road since the final Wings trek in...

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John Lennon's Lost Guitar Resurfacing on Auction Block

June 8, 2015

The guitar John Lennon used to record early Beatles hits like "Love Me Do" is hitting the auction block in November – and the price tag is mind-boggling. The 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic is estimated to bring between $600,000 and $800,000...

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Yoko Ono Remembers Cynthia Lennon: 'She Embodied Love'

April 3, 2015

On April 1st, Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon’s first wife and mother of their son Julian, passed away from cancer at the age of 75. The couple first met in art school in 1957 and married in 1962, divorcing six years later. "Our love story was...

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Kanye West: 'I'm 'Angst' Like John Lennon'

February 11, 2015

Kanye West explained what it was like to collaborate with Paul McCartney on the songs "FourFiveSeconds" and "Only One" in a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest (via Complex). "We just went in and we vibed out," the rapper said. "As you can see, I...

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Watch Lady Gaga Perform 'Imagine' at European Games

June 17, 2015

Lady Gaga helped open the 2015 European Games last week with an operatic solo performance of John Lennon's "Imagine." Seated behind a piano adorned with flowers, the singer brought the massive crowd at Baku, Azerbaijan's Olympic Stadium to a reverent...

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John Lennon Albums to Come Out as Vinyl Box Set

April 21, 2015

Eight of John Lennon's solo albums will comprise a new, nine-LP vinyl box set called Lennon. Each record has been remastered from its original analog master and has been cut to 180-gram vinyl from an ultra-high-res digital file and packaged in artwork...

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John Lennon's Ex-Wife Cynthia Dead at 75

April 1, 2015

UPDATE: Yoko Ono released a statement on the death of Cynthia Lennon, writing on her website: "I'm very saddened by Cynthia’s death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian. She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud...

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Colts Owner Pays $530K for 'Paperback Writer' Guitar

March 9, 2015

Last November, John Lennon's Gretsch guitar, the instrument the rock legend used to record the Beatles' 1966 classic "Paperback Writer," hit the auction block, with TracksAuction, the company selling the instrument, calling it "the...

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Paul McCartney on Lennon's Death: 'It Was Just So Horrific'

December 8, 2014

During a recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Paul McCartney recounted how he found out about the death of John Lennon. The Beatle was murdered outside of his New York City apartment 34 years ago today. "I was at home, and I got a phone call,"...

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Parts of John Lennon's Guitar Could Fetch $63,000 at Auction

November 10, 2014

The pick guard and machine heads from John Lennon's 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri guitar are going to auction in London on November 23rd, and auctioneer Tracks believes the musical miscellany will fetch as much as £40,000 (a little more than US $63,000)....

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Debbie Harry Headlines 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute

October 9, 2014

Debbie Harry, David Johansen, the B-52s' Kate Pierson, Ben E. King and many more will be on hand for the Theatre Within's 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, which will take place at New York's Symphony Space on Friday, December 5th. Joan Osborne, Marshall...

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John Lennon Catalog Arrives on Spotify

October 7, 2014

All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Mind Games, are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon comps that came out in 2010. Power to the People collects Lennon's...

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UNICEF Launches John Lennon–Inspired #IMAGINE Campaign

November 21, 2014

UNICEF has launched a new campaign, #IMAGINE, to draw attention to the challenges children face around the world and help raise money for the organization. Yoko Ono,  Hugh Jackman and ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus presented it to the UN...

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Handwritten John Lennon Letter Sells For $28,000 at Auction

October 25, 2014

A letter John Lennon wrote to New York-based television host Joe Franklin sold for more than $28,000 Thursday night at the Boston-based RR Auction. In the letter, written on Apple Records stationary in 1971 right after Yoko Ono released her...

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John Lennon's 'Paperback Writer' Guitar Going to Auction

October 7, 2014

John Lennon's Gretsch 6120 guitar, the instrument the rock legend used when recording the Beatles' 1966 classic "Paperback Writer," will hit the auction block next month. TracksAuction, which will conduct the sale of the Grestch, calls it "the most significant...

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Eddie Vedder Plays 'Imagine' at Concert, Reinforces Anti-War Stance

July 21, 2014

UPDATE: Vedder's cover of "Imagine" is now available on iTunes, with proceeds from sales going to Heartbeat.fm, an organization that helps young Israeli and Palestinian musicians work together. Over the past week, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie...

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