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JOHN LENNON IN HOW I WON THE WAR -ON DVD/BLU-RAY 20 May

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John Lennon in How I Won the War – on DVD/Blu-ray 20 May

How I Won the War (DVD + Blu-ray)
Directed by Jack Clayton

Hapless British commander Lieutenant Goodbody (Michael Crawford) enthusiastically leads his troops on a series of debacles on the battlefields of World War Two – including the calamitous installation of a cricket pitch behind enemy lines…

Featuring John Lennon in his only non-musical screen performance, How I Won the War is a biting satire not just on war, but also the concept of the war movie. A surreal farce fantastically brought to life by Richard Lester’s stylised direction, it remains a unique and innovative cult comedy, which is presented here on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK.

 

 

 

Special Features:

 

  • Original theatrical trailer
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full film credits

 

  • Dolby, PAL
  • Discs: 2
  • May 20, 2019
  • 109 minutes

 

JOHN LENNON’S COPY OF BEATLES ‘BUTCHER’ ALBUM SOLD AT £180,000

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The so-called “butcher” cover of Yesterday and Today showed the Fab Four covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls and was withdrawn in 1966.

It was suggested the cover was a protest against the Vietnam War. The copy was sold at The Beatles Story Museum in their home city of Liverpool to an anonymous American collector. The “butcher” cover shot, taken by Australian photographer Robert Whitaker, sparked outrage upon the album’s US release. It was quickly replaced by a cover showing the band standing around an old-fashioned steamer trunk and was reportedly the only Beatles album to lose money for their record label, Capitol. Albums with the original “butcher” cover had become highly collectable, a spokesman for The Beatles Story said.

Lennon had his personal copy of the album on the wall of his New York apartment until he gave it to Dave Morrell, a Beatles fan and bootleg collector. Signed by Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the copy is believed to be the only “butcher” album bearing three Beatles’ signatures. On the back, a sketch by Lennon shows a man holding a shovel with his dog in front of a setting sun.

In a statement, a spokesman for Julien’s Auctions said the anonymous buyer “bought the record as an investment believing it will increase in value in the years to come”.

Darren Julien, president of the firm, said: “The market is still developing so we anticipate in the next five years this same record could bring $500,000-plus (£385,000)”.He added: “This was a world record for a Beatles butcher cover and the third-highest price paid for a vinyl.”

Ringo Starr’s copy of The White Album became the most expensive vinyl record when it sold for $790,000 (£525,000) in 2015 shortly after a copy of My Happiness, the first song recorded by Elvis Presley, sold for $300,000 (£198,000).

Among other items sold at the Liverpool auction was a baseball signed by four Beatles at their final live performance in the US for £57,600 ($75,000).

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NEW WOOLTON CAFE BAR WHERE JOHN LENNON USED TO REHEARSE IN THE CELLAR

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Open from today, Nowhere will welcome guests across the weekend, before permanently opening on Tuesday offering breakfast, brunch, evening small plates and cocktails

Nowhere, Woolton Village’s quirky new cafe-bar, where John Lennon and his Quarrymen used to rehearse in the cellar, will open its doors for the first time for the Bank Holiday weekend. Open from today, Nowhere will welcome guests across the weekend, before permanently opening on Tuesday. The new venue will offer a breakfast and brunch menu and evening small plates, along with a creative cocktail list, artisan coffees and a wide selection of loose leaf teas.

The cafe bar will also be available for private parties and will showcase the best of Liverpool’s up-and-coming singing talent. When there isn’t a live performance, “relaxed, soulful beats” will set the tone for Nowhere. Owner Neil Davies created the venue’s concept with trips to New York giving him inspiration, after finding cool coffee shops and quirky bars. He said: “I thought of having Nowhere as the name of the venue because I wanted something different, that was a little bit of a play on words.

“But once I’d chosen the location and got into the site to refit it, a man came in to see what we were turning the place into.He said that the Quarrymen used to sing and rehearse in the cellar when it was a milkshake shop. It was a total coincidence that John Lennon is known as Nowhere Boy and I’d already named it Nowhere. It was meant to be.”

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JOHN LENNON’S SGT PEPPER GYPSY CARAVAN TO BE RESTORED

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A spectacular gypsy caravan belonging to John Lennon is to be restored after finding its way into the hands of a charity.

The caravan, much like John’s famous Rolls Royce, was painted with the motif of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, although unlike the car, it went missing and was thought to have been lost forever.
In 2012 it was found and it has since been handed over to The Delight Makers, a charity which aims to restore it to its former glory.
Sam Koshare-Edouardes, 54, chairman of the charity, said once it has been restored they want to take it around the country to spread John’s message of love and peace.
But before then it has to be restored piece by piece, a painstaking task, which is being undertaken by Sam’s partner. “Restoring this is like the Mary Rose,” said Sam. “We are trying to salvage every single piece that we can to keep it as authentic as possible.”
The caravan, which had been built as a present for John’s four-year-old son, Julian, had long been thought lost until it was found in 2012. Built in a workshop in Chertsey in 1967, the caravan made for quite a sight on its journey to John’s house in Weybridge, but it was soon forgotten.

“John and Yoko left it behind when they went to America, although they were hoping to come back,” said Sam.
“Ringo Starr moved into John’s property and then John died. When Ringo sold the house he moved the caravan to his next property in Longcross and then for some reason he left it there.”
While at Longcross, the caravan was “turned to splinters” when a tree fell on it during the Great Storm of 1987 and was not rediscovered until 2012 when the house was sold to a new owner, who in turn passed the caravan onto the charity.
Sam said the project is very much a labour of love, and in the process they have had to move away from Virginia Water to south east England in an attempt to find the space to work on it away from “fanatic” fans. “It probably looked like mission impossible,” Sam said. “By the time it’s finished it will have cost more than £150,000. Every single piece we have has to be preserved and it has some that would be from the 1800s.”

A documentary about the caravan’s restoration is being filmed, but Sam said they would love more information about the journey it has taken, particularly those early miles it travelled from the workshop to John’s home.

“The debut date of the caravan was July 24, 1967,” she said. “The journey was several hours and they had a mishap on the way and had to pause several times, so there are plenty of possibilities that people may have caught a glimpse or a photo.”

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JOHN LENNON’s SGT PEPPER PIANO COULD AUCTION FOR $1.2 MILLION

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John Lennon’s piano used during the creation of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band could fetch more than $1 million at auction this month.

Lennon used the piano to compose some of the Beatles’ most famous songs of the era, including A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. The historic piano is now headed for sale on April 19 with music memorabilia specialists Gotta Have Rock and Roll, with an estimated value of $800,000 – $1.2 million.

The Broadwood upright piano was one of two pianos Lennon installed at his Kenwood home, where he lived with his first wife Cynthia and son Julian from 1964 until 1968. Lennon had the second piano painted with a psychedelic design, and today it remains in the private collection of George Harrison’s family at Friar Park.

During this period The Beatles wrote and recorded five albums, culminating in 1967 with their masterpiece Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Not only did Lennon use the piano extensively during the composition of the album, but he also used it to record the most famous chord in pop music history: the 40-second long E Major chord that closes the album, at the end of ‘A Day In The Life’.

Following his divorce from Cynthia in 1968, Lennon sold Kenwood and moved into his new Tittenhurst Park mansion with Yoko Ono, taking the piano with him. When the couple made the permanent move to New York in 1971, Lennon gifted the piano to a close friend complete with a plaque that reads: “On this piano was written: A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Good Morning, Good Morning, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite and many others. John Lennon. 1971”

Lennon’s piano first sold at auction at Sotheby’s in 1983, and was offered for sale again in New York in 2016, although on that occasion it failed to find a buyer. Instruments owned by the Beatles, and Lennon in particular, are amongst the most valuable and sought-after items of music memorabilia in the hobby.

Back in 2000, the Steinway grand piano Lennon used to compose his classic song ‘Imagine’ sold for $2.1 million to the late pop star George Michael. And in 2015, the Gibson J-160E electric/acoustic guitar he used to write all The Beatles early hits with Paul McCartney sold for a record $2.4 million.

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JOHN LENNON’s ICONIC ROUND GLASSES UP FOR AUCTION

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A pair of John Lennon’s iconic round glasses could sell for over $20,000 when they go up for auction in the U.K next week. The glasses will be offered at Omega Auctions on March 26, as part of a dedicated Beatles sale featuring memorabilia and rare records. They originate from the private collection of Barry Finch, a designer who worked with The Beatles in the late 1960s as part of a Dutch art collective known as ‘The Fool’.

John´s iconic glasses could sell for more than $20,000 at Omega Auctions (Courtesy:Omega Auctions)

Lennon gave Finch the glasses in 1967, as the pair collaborated on ideas for the inner sleeve artwork of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. That same year The Fool created a three-story mural on the front of the Apple Boutique in London, and made outfits worn by the band in the broadcast of ‘All You Need Is Love’ and the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ movie. They also specialised in psychedelic paint jobs, and added a splash of colour to everything from Lennon’s piano to George Harrison’s custom Mini Cooper.

Having remained in Finch’s own collection for more than 50 years, the glasses will now hit the block with a pre-sale estimate of £10,000 – £20,000 ($11,700 – $23,400).

Andy Warhol’s previously unpublished photographs were initially intended as the cover artwork for his classic 1971 album Imagine (Courtesy:Omega Auctions)

Another leading lot is a set of previously unseen photographs of Lennon taken by the seminal Pop artist Andy Warhol. The photos were taken by Warhol during a session at Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in 1971, and were originally intended as the album cover artwork for ‘Imagine’.
The ‘Making of Imagine’ documentary even features scenes of John, Andy, Yoko and others sat discussing the images and how they will be used. However, the photos were eventually replaced on the sleeve by a Polaroid photograph of Lennon taken by Yoko Ono, featuring a double exposure over a painting of clouds by Geoffrey Hendricks.
The four Warhol photographs have remained unpublished for almost 50 years, and together are expected to sell for £8,000 – £12,000 ($9,350 – $14,000).

An original John Lennon artwork featuring slightly sinister clowns in a circus big-top (Courtesy:Omega Auctions)

The auction will also offer examples of Lennon’s original artwork, including a watercolour painting of Lady Godiva and a circus scene featuring slightly sinister clowns, trapeze artists and a ringmaster.
Both artworks originate from the collection of Geoffrey Giuliano, an author who acquired them from Lennon’s uncle Norman Birch whilst researching the book ‘John Lennon, My Brother’ which he co-wrote with Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird.
Further highlights include a rare ‘Black and Gold’ U.K first pressing of the band’s debut album Please Please Me; an equally rare 1964 U.S promotional poster for The Beatles’ Second Album, of which only six copies are known to exist; and Paul McCartney’s English schoolbook, featuring essays written at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys circa 1959.
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