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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF HILTON – JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO HELD ONE LEG OF THEIR “BED-IN” AT THE HILTON AMSTERDAM

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The Hilton hotels became notorious for throwing huge, celebrity-studded parties to celebrate their hotels.
The Beverly Hilton hotel’s ballroom hosts the Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, which means a reliable crowd of actors, musicians, directors, models and more regularly check in.

 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono held one leg of their famous “Bed-In” at the Hilton Amsterdam while on their honeymoon in 1969 (the other part was at the Fairmont in Montreal.)
Later, John Lennon wrote the lyrics to “Imagine” on a pad of paper at the Hilton New York.
Hilton has quite a few firsts in its history.

 

 

 

 

 

A STATUE OF JOHN LENNON IS HEADING TO ST GEORGE’S HALL THIS SUMMER TO ENCOURAGE PEACE

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A bronze statue of John Lennon is heading to Liverpool this summer all in the name of peace.

St George’s Hall will welcome the John Lennon Peace Statue on August 1 until the end of September following its time at Glastonbury Festival. The artwork, which is 180cm high, was created by artist Laura Lian and cast by the Castle Foundry.

Laura said: “I made the statue to help inspire a new generation to reinforce John and Yoko’s message of Peace. “We are really excited to have the statue at this beautiful historical Hall in Liverpool.”

Alan Smith, general manager of St George’s Hall, said: “We’re delighted to host this statue showcasing one of Liverpool’s most-loved sons. “In the month of August and September the city celebrates International Beatle Week and it’s fitting that we welcome this new addition.”It’s sure to be a hit and will become a must-visit selfie and Instagram spot”.

Along with the statue, the Postcard Exhibition also heads to St George’s Hall this summer, which invites the public to donate postcard-sized designs depicting the theme of peace. The postcards will be displayed at the hall throughout August before being put up for silent auctions in September ahead of International Peace Day.

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THE BEATLES’ FIRST CONTRACT WITH BRIAN EPSTEIN SELLS FOR £275k

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and original drummer Pete Best, signed the document on 24 January 1962, before achieving fame.

It gave Brian Epstein responsibility for finding the band work, and managing their schedule and publicity.

The document was the first of two contracts drawn up between Epstein and The Beatles.

Gabriel Heaton, a specialist at Sotheby’s auction house, which was in charge of the auction, said: “Epstein was just blown away by the passion, the energy, the charisma, the raw sexuality on stage.” “The Beatles had the stage energy but he instilled a sense of professionalism in them,” Mr Heaton added. “Epstein stopped them eating on stage, made sure they played the songs properly and coherently, and he got them bowing at the end of a set.”

The contract outlines Epstein’s fee would be 10%, rising to 15% if their earnings should exceed £120 a week. Paul McCartney had negotiated Epstein’s fee down from 20%.Under 21 at the time, McCartney, Harrison and Best had to ask their parents’ consent to sign the contract.After Best left the band, another contract was signed on 1 October 1962 with Ringo Starr as drummer and Epstein taking a bigger percentage of their earnings.

That document has now sold at auction for £275,000, raising money for the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation.

Then a record shop owner and music writer, Epstein discovered the Beatles performing at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in November 1961, remarking on their “star quality”. He extricated them from a German recording arrangement and a label deal with Polydor, and signed them to EMI label Parlophone.
 

CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER REVEALS LIFE LIVING WITH JOHN LENNON

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Photographer Gabrielle Crawford photographed icons such as John Lennon, who became a great pal, and Barbra Streisand, who did not.
One of her most joyful encounters with the late Beatle was in 1966 when he had a part in one of Crawford’s movies.
“Michael and I shared a house in Germany with him while they were filming How I Won The War,” she recalls.
The black comedy starred Crawford as a bungling Army officer and Lennon in his only non-musical role as Musketeer Gripweed. It was for this character that he first wore the round glasses for which he became known.
Gabrielle says: “John wasn’t in very much of the film and Michael was, so I had hours and hours with him wasting time.
“We led a very private life in a field behind the villa where we were staying. We talked about life – he was interested in mine and I was interested in his.”
The lush vegetation surrounding the villa reminded Lennon of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army garden near his childhood home in Liverpool. It was during breaks in filming that he wrote Strawberry Fields.
She adds: “We also spent time on a beach in Almeria, in the south of Spain, where he worked on the song.
“I was experimenting with a fish-eye lens and captured John playing his guitar.”
The stunning image of Lennon, sitting on a beach strumming away, is from Gabrielle’s personal collection and has never before been published.
“The tall guy is Antony, the chauffeur/bodyguard, and Maureen, Ringo’s wife, is in the frame too,” she says.
During their time as housemates, Gabrielle would join the Beatle on trips to his favourite record shop in Hamburg, where their biggest challenge was avoiding being mobbed by his fans.
“You would have to lie in the back of his great big Rolls-Royce with blacked out windows,” Gabrielle recalls.
“He would leap out with his security man and me, and rush into this shop – which had been closed for his arrival. We would then spend hours looking at new artists.
“John was curious about everything. He was a very gentle person. I found him quite insecure, actually. The person I knew wasn’t brash, he was just like anyone else, all these stars are. It is only us that turn them into something they’re not.”
Such is their importance to Gabrielle, that publicising the exhibition is worth the price of breaking her lifelong aversion to publicity.

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BURGLARS LOOT SAN RAFAEL SHOP BUT MISS JOHN LENNON’s OLD SPECTACLES

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His eyewear store in the Northgate mall was ransacked and some $200,000 in cash and merchandise stolen, but optometrist Hermann Dungs was upbeat: Burglars missed his most valuable item – a pair of John Lennon’s eyeglasses. San Rafael police Thursday continued to investigate the weekend burglary, which wiped out Dungs’ Visionary Opticians store of eyeglasses, computers and cash. But a pair of the familiar round lenses worn by the Beatle more than three decades ago was one of the few items left – with a value of about $300,000 by Dungs’ estimation.

“At this point, it is funny to me,” said Dungs, of Fairfax. “Stuff happens.”

Police said thieves likely took advantage of easier off-hour access as the mall undergoes a remodel. The eyeglass store, the sole victim in the case, is at the north end of the mall where interiors have been torn down and boarded up in the $70 million renovation project. “We’re not exactly sure where they came through, but it seems like this wasn’t as secure as it could’ve been,” said San Rafael police Sgt. Mike Vergara. “It seems like it was accessible due to construction, (making it) a little bit easier to get in.”He said Northgate security has always been tight, “but obviously somebody found a loophole.” He was not aware of other mall burglaries since the reconstruction project began over the summer.Dungs suspected burglars entered through an opening in the roof, allowing them “to kick open a piece of plywood and then just step into the mall” and break his store’s lock.

Ryan Williams, senior marketing manager of mall owner, Macerich Co., said the construction crew has been employing extra security to patrol the outside of the mall in addition to the regular security detail inside. “Security is our number one priority (and) at Northgate it is no different,” he said, noting mall officials are “working with Hermann to alleviate the situation.” Dungs was glad that the burglars apparently didn’t need to use the shop’s restroom. That’s because sitting next to the sink were the lenses Lennon brought to a store Dungs once had on Union Street in San Francisco in 1971. “He bought two new pairs of glasses, then handed me his old ones that he said were all scratched up,” Dungs said, noting the musician was in the city for some political events.

He said Lennon called him back the next day when informed the new wire-rimmed specs were ready. He gave Dungs mailing instructions because he had to return to New York for a court appearance for a pot bust. A letter from Lennon thanking Dungs was one of the items swiped from the store’s window case.  Dungs said Lennon’s old lenses, in frames from the official John Lennon collection, were typically on display in his shop with the letter, but he recently left them resting on the soap tray in the restroom with the intention of bringing them home.“If I hadn’t done that, they would have been gone.”

Last year, a pair of orange-tinted glasses worn by the Beatles singer and composer throughout the band’s 1966 tour of Japan was auctioned off to a British collector for $1.5 million.

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JOHN LENNNON PLAYS ONE OF THE WEIRDEST INSTRUMENTS

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John Lennon‘s official Instagram page has revealed a really rare photo of Lennon playing a bizarre instrument, an alphorn, also known as labraphone. The picture also includes a young Julian Lennon and was photographed by Beatles Book Monthly photographer Leslie Bryce at Lennon’s Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, home on June 29, 1967.

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LABROPHONE, 1967⁣

‘I’m a cinema verité guitarist; I’m a musician and you have to break down your barriers to hear what I’m playing. I’m an artist and if you give me a tuba, I’ll bring you something out of it.’ – JL, 1970⁣

Caption from The Beatles Book Monthly No. 128: ‘John showed us the weirdest collection of musical instruments we’d ever seen in his Weybridge home. Here he is playing the top half of a Swiss horn!’ ⁣

John and Julian @julespicturepalace photographed by Beatles Book Monthly photographer Leslie Bryce at their home, Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, 29 June 1967.⁣