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JOHN LENNON´S LETTER REVEALING REAL CAUSE OF MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN EXPOSED

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JOHN LENNON’S relationship with Yoko Ono has been widely credited with breaking up his first marriage – yet an unearthed letter from 1976 revealed why he thought his relationship with Cynthia Powell really crumbled.
Lennon was famed as a member of The Beatles, the hit pop band which dominated the charts throughout the Sixties. They officially disbanded in 1970, leading fans to blame Lennon’s budding relationship with Yoko Ono for The Beatles’ separation. The divorce papers from his six-year marriage to his school sweetheart Cynthia Powell stated that his affair with Yoko had broken up that relationship too.

However, the discovery of a private letter written by Lennon in 1976 shows a different side to the story.
In 2017, The Telegraph revealed the contents of a letter he had written for his ex-wife which was being put up for auction.
Addressing Cynthia eight years after their divorce, he wrote: “As you and I well know, our marriage was over long before the advent of […] Yoko Ono… and that’s reality!”
He had been having affairs throughout their marriage, as his band’s fame made him into a global superstar. They married after Cynthia fell pregnant, but kept it a secret out of fear that it would damage the Beatles reputation.
He was writing in response to Cynthia’s tell-all interview with several newspapers and magazines about Lennon’s affair.

At the time, extracts  from her 1978 memoir, ‘A Twist of Lennon’, were being published in the News of the World, subsequently enraging the former Beatle.
In the letter he said: “Your memory is impaired to say the least.”
He continued: “I don’t blame you for wanting to get away from your ‘Beatle’ past. But if you are serious about it, you should try to avoid talking to and posing for magazines and newspapers!’”
Cynthia claimed she knew the marriage was over after she returned from a holiday early and found Yoko Ono in her house.

In 1985, she told American radio talk show host Terry Gross that “she had been staying with John that night, and I came home and they were there”.
They were reportedly both dressed in white dressing gowns and staring into each other’s eyes.
Cynthia claimed the moment “was sort of curtains for our marriage as far as all of us were concerned really”.
She was not the only one to blame his affair with Yoko for the breakdown of their marriage.
Fellow  Paul McCartney told American radio host Howard Stern in 2018: “[John] had found Yoko and John loved strong women.
“His mother was a strong woman, his aunty who brought him up was a strong woman but, bless her, his first wife wasn’t a strong woman.”
He continued: “John had met up with Yoko and even though we thought it was intrusive, because she used to sit in on sessions and we had never had anything like that, but the guy was totally in love with her. You have to respect that.”

Lennon, on the other hand, appeared to think his first marriage was doomed anyway, regardless of his relationship with Yoko.
He also revealed in the letter how Cynthia had tried to rekindle their marriage several years later – and, despite being separated from Yoko at the time, he was not interested.
He wrote: “You also seem to have forgotten that only two years ago, while I was separated from Yoko, you suddenly brought Julian to see me in Los Angeles after three years of silence.”
He said she then asked him to remarry her, “and/or give you another child”, for the sake of their son Julian.

Lennon explained: “I politely told you no, and that, anyway, I was still in love with Yoko, (which I thought was very ‘down to earth’).“We did have some good years, so dwell on them for a change, and, as Dylan says, it was ‘A Simple Twist of Fate’!”He ended the letter by writing, “love and good luck to the three of you, from the three of us”.
Cynthia went on to marry three more times.

TOURISTS STILL WRITING ON PRAGUE´S JOHN LENNON WALL DESPITE RECENT BAN

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The situation around the Lennon Wall in Prague has calmed down substantially since the wall reopened in November 2019 as an open-air art galley, but tourists are still writing on it. According to the new rules that began in November 2019, people should only write on the wall with a marker or chalk in reserved places.

A plastic sign in Czech and English with some history of the all has added at the left end, and says it has been declared a “memorial place.” The sign does not forbid graffiti or noise. According to the new rules that began in November 2019, people should only write on the wall with a marker or chalk in reserved places, but these have not yet been specified.

The Knights of Malta addressed the problem by renovating the wall in October 2019 to remove layers of paint and them structurally stabilizing it. Artists led by Pavel Šťastný, who made the Civic Forum right after the Velvet Revolution and also made the new logo for the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, painted the new design on the wall.

“From our point of view, the transformation of the Lennon Wall into an outdoor gallery in the autumn calmed the situation. There have been fewer conflicts, traces of the rampage of alcohol ours, and there are no more vulgarisms on the wall,” Hedvika Čepelová, spokeswoman for the Knights of Malta, told daily Mladá fronta Dnes.

“From Prague 1, we know that in the first phase, it was necessary to deal with dozens of cases when someone tried to damage the wall during the night. We are sorry that there are still people who need to destroy this beautiful place, and we will workPrague’s Lennon Wall has inspired similar ones worldwide, particularly in Hong Kong where sticky notes are used to express sentiments on the walls. The Lennon Wall in Prague has become a popular place for tourists from Asia to show support for Hong Kong. with Prague 1 [to fix the situation],” Čepelová added.

 

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“JOHN LENNON: THE FINAL YEAR”, FROM REDA FILMS DOCUMENTARY COMING

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The final year of John Lennon’s life will be the subject of a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the music legend’s death. John Lennon: The Final Year, from Reda Films, will include never-before-seen material and interviews with those who spent time with the slain Beatle during the last year of his life. Lennon died December 8, 1980, as a result of a fatal gunshot wound, while standing with his wife, Yoko Ono, in front of his apartment building on New York’s Upper West Side.

The film’s producer is noted Beatles author, Ken Womack of Wonderwall Communications. Womack’s forthcoming book, John Lennon 1980: The Final Days in the Life of Beatle John, will be published on Lennon’s birthday, Oct. 9. His most recent book was Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, published in 2019 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road.

The film’s production company executives, Scott Reda and Mark Reda, are executive producers.

Lilla Hurst, co-managing director of the film’s distributor, Drive, said, “This ground-breaking film gives exclusive access to people who were part of John Lennon’s life during his final year and sheds light on a part of his life that hasn’t been previously revealed. We were fascinated by this story as soon as it was brought to us and we look forward to launching the film to the content industry.”

Lennon and Ono, recorded the album, Double Fantasy, in 1980. It was released on Nov. 17. Three weeks later, Lennon was dead.

The production company, Reda Films, has over 600 hours of programming and has amassed the largest privately owned film archive – Reda Archives, LLC – in the United States. The company has received numerous awards including a People’s Choice Award, Peabody Award, and Primetime Emmy Award (including nine nominations).

Reda earned the Peabody Award for its 1990 documentary John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen, about the legendary Columbia Records talent scout.

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JOHN LENNON’S PSYCHEDELIC ROLLS-ROYCE ON DISPLAY AT VICTORIA’S ROYAL BC MUSEUM

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Staff from the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) wore white cotton gloves as they gently manoeuvred a massive, three-tonne vehicle into their lobby.

The 1965 Phantom V Rolls-Royce belonged to none other than John Lennon, making it one of the most popular – and certainly the most expensive – items to ever come into the museum’s collection.

“The car always generates a lot of excitement, enthusiasm and inspiration,” said Paul Ferguson, collections manager for the history division of the RBCM. “For some, apart from the music, this is as close as you can get to John Lennon in British Columbia.”

Lennon ordered the car in 1964, and received it in 1965 as an all-black vehicle. To celebrate The Beatles’ release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, he had it custom-painted bright yellow with Romany-inspired designs.

B.C. businessman Jimmy Pattison bought the car in 1985 for more than $2 million, and donated it to the province in 1987, allowing it to make regular visits to the museum ever since.

The paint, while dazzling, has been tricky for museum conservators.

“It’s one of our most challenging items in the collection,” said Kasey Lee, conservator at the RBCM. “It was painted by an artist and not a vehicle detailer using a paint that’s not necessarily going to last in the winter.”

This means staff need to be exceptionally careful with the exterior, avoiding polishing cloths or any contact with the body except on the chrome bumpers. It also means the use of minuscule paint brushes to maintain any details.

On the mechanical side, the car needed some loving.

“It was poorly maintained, it sat for a long time and with the fuel from sitting, carburetors were jammed,” said Tom Munro, a mechanic with Coachwerks Restoration. “It needed some electric work and we looked at brakes, but it purrs like a kitten in a creamery now.”

Al Carter, another mechanic with Coachwerks said it was special to be able to work on the car.

“I find it a bit of a thrill… I was in England and I remember the car being done like this, back in the day,” Carter said. When asked if he ever thought he’d work on the car he laughed. “Oh absolutely not. That’s the thrill of it, it’s such an iconic car that you feel a little bit of love for it.”

The Rolls-Royce will be on display for free at the Royal BC Museum at 675 Belleville St. until the end of February.

RINGO STARR: “I SAW HIM (JOHN LENNON) ON THE 15th NOVEMBER,1980”

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John Lennon and Ringo Starr last saw each other in November, 1980.
In an interview the following year, Ringo reflected on their final meeting, which was immortalised in a photo.

Their time together that day was enshrined forever in a polaroid picture.

In an interview with Barbara Walters the year after John’s death, Ringo recalled the final time he saw his friend.

“I saw him on the 15th November,” he said. “I was staying at The Plaza.

“Oh, man, they were happy. They were two people in one,” he added poignantly.


‘JOHN LENNON: FINAL YEAR’ DOCUMENTARY COMING

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The final year of John Lennon’s life will be the subject of a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the music legend’s death. John Lennon: The Final Year, from Reda Films, will include never-before-seen material and interviews with those who spent time with the slain Beatle during the last year of his life. Lennon died December 8, 1980, as a result of a fatal gunshot wound, while standing with his wife, Yoko Ono, in front of his apartment building on New York’s Upper West Side.

The film’s producer is noted Beatles author, Ken Womack of Wonderwall Communications. Womack’s forthcoming book, John Lennon 1980: The Final Days in the Life of Beatle John, will be published on Lennon’s birthday, Oct. 9. His most recent book was Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, published in 2019 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road.

The film’s production company executives, Scott Reda and Mark Reda, are executive producers.

Lilla Hurst, co-managing director of the film’s distributor, Drive, said, “This ground-breaking film gives exclusive access to people who were part of John Lennon’s life during his final year and sheds light on a part of his life that hasn’t been previously revealed. We were fascinated by this story as soon as it was brought to us and we look forward to launching the film to the content industry.”

Lennon and Ono, recorded the album, Double Fantasy, in 1980.

It was released on Nov. 17. Three weeks later, John was dead.

The production company, Reda Films, has over 600 hours of programming and has amassed the largest privately owned film archive – Reda Archives, LLC – in the United States. The company has received numerous awards including a People’s Choice Award, Peabody Award, and Primetime Emmy Award (including nine nominations).

Reda earned the Peabody Award for its 1990 documentary John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen, about the legendary Columbia Records talent scout.

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