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YOKO ONO IS WEIGHING IN ON THE KOREAN SUMMIT… SHE MENTIONED JOHN IN HER REMARKS

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Yoko Ono is weighing in on the Korean summit — and she mentioned John Lennon in her remarks.

Yoko Ono took to Twitter to share her thoughts on Friday’s summit, where leaders of North and South Korea vowed to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. During the historic meeting, Kim Jong Un also became the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ended in 1953.

“Mr. Kim Jong-in (sic) & Mr. Moon Jae-in, I am so happy that you guys did it. I saw my husband, John Lennon, jumping around in space with joy. This I hope is the start of all countries shaking hands,” she wrote.

She continued in a second tweet, “One world one people. I hope this will be a start in what my husband and I believed in. I’m sure it will happen soon. Peace is power!”

source:usatoday

JOHN APPEARS AT MARCH OF DIMES BENEFIT IN NEW YORK 44 YEARS AGO

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On this day: John Lennon appeared briefly with Harry Nilsson at a March of Dimes benefit concert in New York’s Central Park.

Video: 100,000 people waiting to see John Lennon and Harry Nilsson come on stage with NY DJ Cousin Brucie for the March of Dimes. They enter the park and arrive on the stage, to a thunderous NY welcome. John & Harry perform a very small bit of Fats Domino’s song “I’m Walkin'”.



PORTRAITS BY JOHN DEPICTING HIMSELF AS HITLER GOING FOR $54K

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A portraits by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler is being sold for $54,000.

The crude sketch — which the Beatle did at art college in the 1950s — shows Lennon on a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute and the words “Heil John” repeated several times, as if being chanted by an audience below.

“He drew these when he was a college student, and the fact that he even thought of depicting himself as Hitler is weird,” said Gary Zimet of Moments in Time, which is arranging the sale. Zimet added, “Original Lennon drawings are very desirable and they are ultra rare.”

Lennon began attending the Liverpool College of Art in 1957.

JOHN’S MBE REJECTION LETTER IS UP FOR AUCTION IN NEW YORK

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John Lennon’s MBE rejection letter to Queen Elizabeth II is on the auction block for an upcoming The Beatles memorabilia sale in New York. It has been valued at around $86,000.

The letter, explaining the singer’s reasons for returning his royal medal, was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection picked up for just $14 two decades ago.
Julien’s Auctions’ upcoming Beatles and Rock ‘n’ Roll Discovery Day event at the Hard Rock Cafe will feature a treasure trove of Fab Four fare, with over 81,000 iconic pieces up for grabs. Highlights also include a collection of 26 negatives containing rare and never-before-seen photographs of John Lennon, taken in February, 1970.
Julien’s Auctions directors will be hoping for a landmark day after breaking world records with the sale of Beatles’ memorabilia, including Lennon’s acoustic guitar, Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum kit and The Beatles’ “White Album” which is owned by Starr.
The Discovery Day auction will take place on May 17.

source:aceshowbiz

THE HANDWRITING OF JOHN LENNON AND OTHER ROCK STARS HAS BEEN TURNED INTO FONTS

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The handwriting of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and other rock stars has been turned into fonts.

The Songwriters Font project includes typefaces developed from “original handwritten letters and notes” by Cobain, Bowie and Lennon, as well as Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg.
“Songwriting is about inspiration,” say creators Julien Sens and Nicolas Damiens. “Write songs as the ones who inspired you before. The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration.”
“Writing lyrics with the handwriting of influential songwriters helps imagination to develop. Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative… but that’s precisely the point.”

source:nme

NEW JOHN LENNON ‘IMAGINE NO HUNGER’ LICENSE PLATES WILL SUPPORT CALIFORNIA FOOD BANKS

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California motorists may soon have an opportunity to help in the efforts to feed the hungry in California with new John Lennon inspired specialty license plates. The plate design features John Lennon’s iconic self-portrait sketch and the words “Imagine No Hunger” inscribed on the bottom.

They are available now for pre-order at CaliforniaImagine.com and will only go into production after 7,500 pre-paid applications are received by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The proceeds from the sales are set to go to the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB), which partners with more than 40 food banks across the state to help feed an estimated two million Californians in need.

The cost of the plates range from $50 to $103, depending on the customization of the design. The Imagine project is being sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).Yoko Ono Lennon authorized the use of her late husband’s image.“Imagine is a great word to spread around and I’m happy to do this because it’s helping a very important charity,” Ono said in a press release.

Organizers say Lennon’s legacy as a humanitarian makes him a powerful symbol in the efforts to fight hunger. “Working together we can realize a hunger-free California,” said Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. “The Imagine plates not only raise awareness of the scope of the challenge, but also directly help alleviate hunger in our state,” Bacho added. The Lennon license program was officially launched in Anaheim on Saturday and events to promote the new design are being planned for the coming months in San Francisco and other cities. Organizers say they’re excited about the project and this unique chance to get Californians involved in the fight to end hunger.

“The Imagine license plate offers an opportunity for Californians to say ‘hit the road’ to hunger in our state,” said Sue Sigler, Executive Director of California Association of Food Banks.