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In honor of John Lennon’s birthday, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been dedicated to NYC for one whole month of peace, love and creativity. Lennon Bus Ambassador Bootsy Collins has been working with students to create original music, videos, poetry and art around the theme of peace after launching the bus at City Hall on September 15th. We continue visiting schools, festivals and communities throughout the city all month. Don’t miss our 2nd annual Block Party in Jackson Heights, home of the most diverse community in the entire world! Register now for your free ticket HERE.

Special thanks to NYC Council, The Mayor’s Office, Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Assembly, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Juniper Networks, Other World Computing, Securematics, Nearpod and the Bootsy Collins Foundation for making it all possible.

For more information on how you can get involved and join us during our many events, follow us @lennonbus on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram



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48 years ago today (9/26/69), The Beatles released the Abbey Road LP. The Fab Four’s eleventh studio album is considered one of the finest of all time, with a song sequence that builds on many themes, along with their Side 2 medley. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. Listen to John Lennon talk about Abbey Road track by track…


The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. It sold four million copies worldwide in its first six weeks on sale, and a further million by the end of 1969 – making it the best-selling long-player of the year. Abbey Road was the fourth best-selling album of the entire 1960s, and the eighth best-selling of 1970.



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Children from a Liverpool school choir will sing John Lennon’s Imagine at Liverpool ONE on the International Day of Peace, to celebrate John Lennon’s iconic Imagine lyrics, which will be published for the first time as a picture book on the same day.

Amnesty International has teamed up with Yoko Ono Lennon, renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien and Francis Lincoln Children’s Books to create the new picture book – which will be published in 15 languages – to inspire future generations to imagine our world full of freedom, equality, kindness and understanding. Schools from around the UK will be taking part in Amnesty International education activities based on the picture book version of Lennon’s Imagine song to mark the International Day of Peace, including writing peace messages on bunting shaped like the pigeons in Jean Jullien’s illustrations.

Liverpool’s St Albert’s Catholic Primary School will be making the most of their local links to Lennon and his song about peace by bringing a choir to Liverpool ONE on Thursday to perform Imagine.

Schoolchildren, members of the public and the local Amnesty International group will also be writing their own peace messages on bird-shaped bunting and will hang these to trees in the local area.

Kate Allen, from Amnesty International UK, said: “Nearly half a century after it was first recorded, Imagine’s vision of a peaceful world without conflict, greed or hunger is as relevant as ever. “John and Yoko’s dream of people standing up for what they believe in and breaking down barriers is something we strongly admire at Amnesty International.

“It’s great to see a Liverpool school and members of the public celebrating the vision of their local hero by marking the International Day of Peace and sharing their own dreams for a more peaceful future. “We know that when people come together with a shared vision, they can change things for the better.

We hope that people of all ages and from all corners of the world will join us by writing their own message of peace, in a global act of solidarity for a better future for everyone.” Stephanie Jones, a teacher at St Alberts Catholic Primary School, added: “We are a school based in Stockbridge Village and currently have a focus on “Peace” because of the UN International Day of Peace. “This is a magical and once in a life time experience for our children and something they will treasure for a life time. Our children are enthusiastic and hard working with a passion for music and are so excited to be invited to such a wonderful event.”





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A tiny start-up company from east London has become embroiled in a trademarks row with the widow of Beatles icon John Lennon over the sale of a lemonade called John Lemon.

Yoko Ono Lennon has taken legal action to stop sales of the soft drink, saying it infringes on the John Lennon EU trademark and the legacy of her late husband’s name. But the Tower Hamlets’ company that distributes the product in the UK says its name is not linked with the legendary peace activist and member of the Fab Four.

Karol Chamera who has had to stop selling his John Lemon lemonade after legal threats from Yoko Ono’s lawyers over breach of trademark

Karol Chamera, 30, founder of Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks Ltd, based in Bow, said: “They are trying to find a case because of similarity of the name, but these are two different names, two different brands. “All of us involved with this product are start-ups and we couldn’t take on someone who is worth many, many millions.”

The John Lemon trademark was registered by the Polish manufacturers of the lemonade in 2014 and their solicitor confirmed the John Lennon trademark application was not filed until 2016.
Mr Chamera insists UK sales of the product have not been linked to John Lennon’s name or image, but says fighting the threatened law suit was impossible due to the threat of paying Yoko Ono’s legal costs.
But lawyers for the late Beatles’ widow told the East London Advertiser the lemonade brand had used John Lennon’s image and other references to him in its European marketing on social media.
They sent a copy of a Facebook post by John Lemon Ireland showing a large wall mural of Lennon holding lemons with the brand’s logo underneath. Other adverts show a pair of round glasses, synonymous with the famous Beatle, next to the words ‘Let It Be’ and featuring the brand name John Lemon. This advert was posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages of Mr Chamera’s company Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks.

Joris Van Manen, of law firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier, which acted for Yoko Ono, said: “They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda. I believe they are now going to call the drink On Lemon instead, which is much better.” A lawyer for the Polish manufacturer of John Lemon said the company and its distributors across Europe were sued by Yoko Ono. Lawyer Hugo Bałazinski said his client was “surprised” by the claim, but decided to reach a settlement which meant the company could continue in business and would rebrand the John Lemon products. Yoko Ono’s lawyers threatened action against the Polish manufacturers in March this year.

Letters were also sent to distributors, including Mr Chamera, warning they faced costs of 5,000 Euros per day or 500 Euros for every bottle of lemonade sold if they violated the disputed trademark. Mr Chamera, who runs his business from his flat in Bow, now has to sell all his stock of the artisan lemonade before a ban comes into effect on October 30.


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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will unveil one of the most stunning guitar exhibits in the museum’s history.

On Sept. 29, a wall-to-wall guitar gallery will take up space on the museum’s second floor previously occupied by the Johnny Cash Music Masters display. The gallery will feature 15 guitars from a mix of music legends and modern stars:

Here’s the full list of artists whose instruments are featured:

Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead
Geddy Lee of Rush
Garry Tallent of the E Street Band
Bobby Womack
Eric Clapton
John Lennon
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
Link Wray
Rick Danko of the Band
Ryan Adams
Kim Deal of the Pixies
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick
Mike Rutherford of Genesis
Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

The stories beyond each of the guitars are the stuff of music legend. For instance, Lee’s instrument uses the neck from his 1972 Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass that Rush used to record “Tom Sawyer.”

The display also features the acoustic guitar Clapton used to record his Grammy-winning song “Tears in Heaven.” The three-time Rock Hall inductee used the same guitar for his memorable 1992 “MTV Unplugged” performance.
Adams’ 1967 Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar was used on several of the musician’s most memorable albums. Armstrong’s 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior is the instrument he played during Green Day’s “American Idiot” recording process.

Then there’s John Lennon’s 1965 Epiphone Casino guitar, which goes all the way back to the Beatles’ recording sessions for “Revolver,” arguably, the greatest album ever made.
The stories go on and on, as most of the guitars have been in the Rock Hall’s vault for quite some time and will now make their debut to visitors.


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An unreleased George Harrison recording  sold for £14,000.
The reel-to-reel tape features an Indian-influenced track called Hello Miss Mary Bee, which was written especially for the vendor in early 1968. It was sent to her, along with a six-page letter from Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd, which was included in the lot, as well as postcards sent by the Beatles guitarist.

A pair of John’s glasses went for £5,600 – cheap compared with the £19,500 a Canadian dentist paid for one of his teeth back in 2011.
A set of autographs gathered by a schoolchild extra on the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Beatles auction on Monday in Warrington, Cheshire, while the likely first draft of the screenplay for A Hard Day’s Night sold for £2,200.
A certificate of purchase and a receipt for the grave space went under the hammer, along with a miniature bible, dated 1899 and with the name Eleanor Rigby written inside. They were expected to sell for between £2,000 and £4,000.
About 250 items of Beatles memorabilia were up for auction on Monday. A number of other lots failed to sell, including a picture of the band painted by comedians Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.
A handwritten score for Eleanor Rigby, expected to go for at least £20,000, was withdrawn from the auction shortly before it began because of an ownership dispute.