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JOHN’S “IMAGINE” GOLD RECORD PART OF SPECTACULAR ROCK MEMORABILIA AUCTION

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During his storied 57-year career in the music business as a record promoter, Interland helped break in The Moody Blues, Al Green, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones. He also played a big role in developing the recording careers of Kiss, Donna Summer, Cher, Village People and the comedian Robin Williams.

All these artists and dozens more created mega hits, earning the artists and record executives the industry’s highest honors: Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum records. Due to his desire to downsize, the 77-year-old Interland is selling most of his personal collection.

“When the RIAA first instituted the award program, a gold record — indicating 500,000 units sold — was the only one given,” notes Billboard. “Platinum awards for sales of 1,000,000 units were instituted in 1976. A record label will typically order 20 copies of a gold or platinum for artists and executives, though some artists might request hundreds for friends, families, and even fans. Collectors pay from a few hundred dollars for lesser hits to more than $10,000 for the Beatles.

The auction ends on May 5.

source:forbes

PAUL´S FIRST MEETING WITH JOHN BEFORE THE BEATLES

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The world of music would forever change on July 6, 1957, when John Lennon first met Paul McCartney.

Lennon at the time was a 16-year-old up-and-coming musician who dreamed of becoming the next Elvis Presley. He was hoping to make that goal a reality by being the front man of a rock ‘n’ roll group he formed in Liverpool named The Quarry Men (also written as “The Quarrymen”).
A 15-year-old McCartney had shown up at one of the band’s performances to see them play at a Liverpool church hall.
“[It] was a rather unremarkable event,” Tony Bramwell, a friend of the band told Woman’s World Thursday. “You really didn’t say, ‘Wow! I was there!’ The Quarry Men were playing and not very well, and it was the day Paul said, ‘Hello.’ It actually wasn’t exciting at all.”
But Julia Baird, Lennon’s half-sister, quickly noticed a connection between the two aspiring artists.
“John was impressed with his looks, and probably slightly envious, as well as his ability to play the guitar and the fact that he knew a lot – note, not all – of the words to ‘Long Tall Sally,’ which sealed his fortune,” recalled Baird. “Obviously the songwriting came slightly later.”I called them the Dream Team because John was the wordsmith and Paul is the melodist; he has beautiful melodies. You put them both together and you’ve got almost perfection – as has been proven.”

Biographer Julius Fast, who studied the friendship between the two future Beatles, noted McCartney was eventually invited to join The Quarry Men.
“The two boys hit it off very quickly,” explained Fast. “There was something both of them had that just locked together. Perhaps it was a crazy kind of attitude towards life, a contemptuous mockery that later became the trademark of the four Beatles, or perhaps it was just a teenage friendship that stuck.
“As far as John was concerned, Paul was not only a good guitarist – as good as John himself – but he also resembled their mutual idol, Elvis.”

McCartney’s arrival would ultimately lead to the end of Lennon’s band, but also launch one of the most iconic acts in music history.
“There’s this whole legend about how great The Quarry Men were, but they barely played any gigs in their life,” said Bramwell. “As soon as Paul joined, most of the others left because they wanted to play skiffle jazz and didn’t want to play rock and roll. Then George Harrison joined and completely demolished the idea of The Quarry Men as a folk skiffle band.”

Baird admitted she initially had no idea how much of an impact Lennon and McCartney would have together in helping to create their very own sound.
“In Liverpool, and I’m sure it was the same in the States at that time, you wouldn’t say to any of your friends who had a brother, ‘Is your brother in a group?’ You’d say, ‘Is your brother the singer, the drummer, the guitarist or what?’” she explained. “Because everyone was in a group.
“If you took an aerial view, there were all these groups playing on porches and in kitchens and garden sheds, and all the roofs would be jangling about. This was all the groups practicing. The only difference with John’s group was that they succeeded.”

The Beatles would officially form in 1957 and lead to a massive creative partnership. In 2017 NPR reported it yielded nearly 200 songs valued at close to a billion dollars.
Despite the success of the Beatles, McCartney would announce the band’s breakup in 1970.
“Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family,” he explained at the time. “Temporary or permanent? I don’t really know.”
Lennon was shot and killed 10 years later in 1980. McCartney told Rolling Stone in 2016 he could still vividly recall an encounter he shared with Lennon a few years after the band initially broke up.
“He hugged me,” said McCartney. “It was great because we didn’t normally do that. He said, ‘It’s good to touch.’ I always remembered that – it’s good to touch.”

“LOOKING FOR LENNON” IS AVAILABLE IN THE UK TODAY

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LOOKING FOR LENNON , A film documentary revealing the myths, the man-child, and the musical influences of one of the 20th Century’s leading musicians: John Lennon.

An honest retrospective on the early life of John Lennon and the tragedies that shaped his personality and later his music. The film includes rare and previously unseen memoirs along with interviews with some of his closest family, friends and associates.

Here is the trailer for the film, which is being released in the U.K. on May 4th (today)

 

Starring:
John Lennon
Sam Leach
David Bedford
Hunter Davies
Paul Farley
Jürgen Vollmer
Billy Hatton
Helen Anderson
June Furlong
Directed By Roger Appleton
Screenplay By Garry Popper, David Bedford, Roger Appleton
Produced By Garry Popper


LIVERPOOL TO HOST EXHIBITION OF JOHN AND YOKO’S STORY IN THEIR OWN WORDS

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From May 2018, the Museum of Liverpool will show a ground-breaking exhibition, exploring the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign.

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko, at Museum of Liverpool from 18 May 2018 to 22 April 2019, is a free exhibition, celebrating the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film. They used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.

Featuring personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by John and Yoko, the exhibition is drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed.

Yoko Ono Lennon said:

“I am so happy and grateful that we are having our Double Fantasy -John & Yoko show in Liverpool.“This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too.“We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us.“In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other. Everything was made out of love. “We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace. I feel John and I are still working together. I always feel his warmth next to me.”

Taking a chronological journey, the exhibition starts with two unique individuals – a leading figure in the avant-garde art world and a global rock ‘n’ roll star. From a tender first meeting at Indica Gallery in London, it was 18 months later that the album, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins was issued. What followed was breathtaking in its rapidity and productivity until John’s tragic and untimely death on 8 Dec 1980.

Through interviews, quotes and lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, will be told in their own words for the very first time.From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks including:

Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon, including In My Life, Give Peace a Chance, Happy Xmas (War is Over) and Woman.
Grapefruit –Yoko’s artist book, which she gave to John as a gift in 1966. Published in 1964, the book represents a seminal piece of conceptual art and was a direct influence on the lyrics and ideas behind Imagine.
Original artwork by both, including Yoko’s Ceiling Painting/Yes Painting, Painting to Hammer A Nail and Apple, as well as The Daily Howl, a hand-made book by John from his childhood and numerous examples of his distinctive line drawings. The exhibition also features conceptual work the couple produced together, such as War is Over, Plastic Ono Band, and elements of their first collaboration Acorn Peace.
Many personal items, such as John’s wire-rimmed glasses, Yoko’s large Porsche sunglasses, iconic items of clothing, such as John’s New York City t-shirt, and items from their wedding outfits.

John outside the Robert Fraser Gallery, where his work is on show at the gallery in an exhibition entitled ‘You Are Here’, London, 1968. Lennon is about to release 365 helium-filled balloons to mark the occasion.

An extremely rare Sardonyx guitar used by John on the album, Double Fantasy, and the acoustic Gibson guitar, illustrated on by John, from their 1969 Bed-Ins.
John’s hard-won Green Card.
Items from the couple’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins in Amsterdam and Montreal.
A rolling programme of the films that John and Yoko created, and music videos made under Yoko’s supervision. A music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors will feature album cover art.
A recreation of the Imagine mosaic circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York. An intimate and contemplative space, it will also reflect on the global impact of John’s death.

Sharon Granville, Director of the Exhibition for National Museums Liverpool said:“We have worked closely with Yoko and her team for several years to tell an intimate story of the couple’s relationship and work, using her and John’s words wherever it was possible.

Setting this against a backdrop of the volatile late 1960s – Vietnam War, civil rights protests and social unrest and revolution across Europe and the USA – reveals just how creatively and bravely the couple harnessed their fame and influence to express their radical ideas, challenge preconceptions of the role of artists in society and promote universal themes of peace, love and equality, which continue to have strong resonance and importance today.”

Liverpool remained with John throughout his life.

Testament to this is Yoko’s own longstanding connection to the city and her decision to have this incredibly personal exhibition celebrating their life and work at the Museum of Liverpool.

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko is a major part of Liverpool’s celebration of its 10th anniversary as European Capital of Culture.


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'”.