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LENNON BUS READY TO LAUNCH 20TH ANNIVERSARY FALL TOUR

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This year the Lennon Bus celebrates 20 years of peace, love and creativity! As summer winds down and back to school season begins the Lennon Bus make a Fall Tour in Southern California. Here’s to another 20 years of serving communities, schools and students of all ages with free hands on opportunities to create on the best mobile recording studio in the world.


YOKO ONO´S 16mm FILMS WILL HEADLINE THE MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL

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The Media City Film Festival is embarking on their 23rd year of film screenings, live performances, exhibitions, and artist discussions this year from Wednesday, August 2 to Saturday, August 5 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Yoko Ono, and legendary composer Malcolm Goldstein will be headlining the opening night of the festival starting at 8 p.m.

Media City Film Festival since starting in Detroit and Windsor in 1994 has gained recognition as a leading platform for artistic film and video, attracting artists and their work from around the world. In this year’s festival, there will be more than 60 films to showcase coming from Iran, Brazil, Austria, Sri Lanka, Spain, England, and many other places.
This year the festival will feature six of Yoko. Ono’s 16mm film pieces that were all created between 1966 and 1971.

 

 

 

 

The films that will be featured are from the Fluxfilm catalog and include two of Ono’s first take-off films, Fly and Freedom  (1971), Apotheosis (made with John Lennon in 1970), and three other shorts that showcase Ono’s talent to blend heavy emotions with soft imagery to create an intense experience for viewers. And, along with the fact that these films are rare, this will be the first time any Ono film is screened in Detroit.
The full catalog and schedule of events for the festival can be seen here.

 

 

 

 

“DOUBLE FANTASY” ALBUM SIGNED BY JOHN IN 1980 UP FOR SALE FOR $1.5M

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The “Double Fantasy” album that John Lennon signed hours before his death is up for sale for the third time.Moments in Time announced the sale of the album.
On Dec. 8, 1980, a building superintendent found the album in a flower planter outside the Dakota. The man who retrieved the album turned it into police, who used it as evidence against for his killer.
It was later returned to the man who had found it with a letter of gratitude from the district attorney. The lifelong Beatles fan sold the album for $150,000 in 1999, also through Moments in Time.It changed hands again in 2010 for $850,000.
The album’s cover show the signature over her neck.The item also comes with police reports and the district attorney’s letter. It’s being offered up for $1.5 million, Gary Ziamet, owner of Moments in Time, told the Daily News.The identity of the seller has not been revealed.
“It’s the most incredible artifact in rock and roll history” Ziamet said. “There’s no question.I am delighted to have the opportunity to sell it once again” he said, adding that he hopes it will sell within a week.

source: nydailynews


JOHN’s PSYCHEDELIC ROLLS-ROYCE RETURNS TO BRITAIN TO MARK THE LAUNCH OF ITS NEW PHANTOM AND 50 YEARS OF SGT PEPPERS

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John Lennon’s psychedelic Summer of Love Rolls-Royce Phantom V is heading back to Britain to celebrate the marque and the 50th anniversary of Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
It is one of seven historic Rolls-Royce Phantoms belonging to influential figures – including dance legend Fred Astair, speed record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell and war hero Field Marshal ‘Monty’ Montgomery – being brought together to celebrate the launch of the new eighth generation Phantom.
The launch will occur in London’s Mayfair on Thursday next week and the brightly painted John Lennon is on loan from current owner the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada.
It will travel from Canada to London to join ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition, at Bonhams on Bond Street, an area visited regularly by Lennon in the late 1960s in this very car.
Members of the public will be able to see it there from 29 July to the 2 August.
Lennon took delivery of his car on on 3 June 1965 – the same day that astronaut Edward H White left the capsule of his Gemini 4 to become the first American to walk in space.
Originally the Rolls-Royce Phantom V was in Valentine Black. But Lennon had it customised in true rock-star style.
The rear seat was converted to a double bed, and a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer).
Then, in April 1967, just as the recording of the ground-breaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was finishing, Lennon asked Surrey-based coachbuilders JP Fallon to give the Phantom a new paint job which was carried out by local artist Steve Weaver, who charged them £290 (close to £5,000 now).
Rolls-Royce said: ‘The freshly-painted Phantom was unveiled days before the worldwide release of Sgt. Pepper’s on 1 June and it seemed part of the overall concept of the album.
‘The new colour scheme is often described as “psychedelic” and certainly the colours, particularly the dominant yellow, reflected the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
The company added: ‘But look carefully and you will see it is no random swirl, but a floral Romany scroll design, as used on gypsy caravans and canal barges, with a zodiac symbol on the roof.’
There are conflicting reports of how the inspiration for the Phantom’s new appearance came about. Lennon’s first wife Cynthia, claimed in her autobiography: ‘The idea came to [John] when he bought an old gypsy caravan for the garden.’
Other accounts say it was Marijke Koger of Dutch art collective The Fool (which designed clothes and painted instruments for the Beatles) who suggested the scheme after spotting the caravan at Lennon’s home, in Weybridge.
By contrast, John’s chauffeur Les Anthony thought it was Ringo who first mooted it, after driving past a fairground.
But not everyone liked it. One outraged female passer-by attacked Lennon with an umbrella while screaming: ‘You swine! You swine! How can you do that to a Rolls-Royce?’
The Phantom V was used regularly until 1969 by Lennon, who also owned a slightly less conspicuous all-white Phantom V.
John would later say that he always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire, and the Phantom would become an important step towards that dream.
So having used it, pre-paint change, to collect his MBE with his bandmates in 1965, he then used it again in 1969 to return his MBE to the Palace, in protest against, among other things, the Vietnam War.
The car was shipped to the USA in 1970, when Lennon moved there with Yoko Ono, and was loaned out to ferry other rock stars around such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues.
In 1977, after a period in storage, it was donated by billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Rolls-Royce noted: ‘But now, exactly 50 years since the launch of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the colourful Phantom is coming home.
‘Back in its day, the car would have spent plenty of time in Mayfair, when Lennon was visiting the Apple Corp’s HQ in Wigmore Street and, later, Savile Row.
‘So it is fitting the “psychedelic” Rolls-Royce will be back in its old W1 haunts when it joins the Great Eight Phantoms Exhibition at Bonhams this summer, as the brightest in the pack. You might even want to wear shades.’
‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – a Rolls-Royce Exhibition takes place at Bonhams international flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London, from 29 July to the 2 August.

NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS SHOW JOHN AND GEORGE REUNITING IN 1971

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The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked his former bandmate to perform at the Concert for Bangladesh
Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer.
The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked his former bandmate to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.
But soon after the pictures were taken things turned sour between the pair, as the meeting sparked a row between Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.
The pictures were taken by an executive for Apple Records and Decca who worked with Harrison and Lennon on the Beatles’ final album Let It Be.
The pictures were taken in July 1971, a month before the New York Concert for Bangladesh which Harrison organised in aid of refugees caught up in the genocide.
He kept hold of the photos for 46 years but has now decided to put them up for auction, where they are expected to fetch some £3,000.
In one, Lennon can be seen holding up a white John Lennon T-shirt. He is stood next to Harrison who is wearing a Yoko Ono T-shirt underneath his black jacket.
Another snap shows Lennon wearing a T-shirt and jeans, sporting his trademark round glasses as he sits on a sofa reading a newspaper.
Two more images show a smiling Harrison in the hallway and Lennon deep in concentration as he tried his hand at Japanese calligraphy.
Harrison had stipulated it was only Lennon he wanted to perform and not his musician wife, who was partly blamed for causing the Fab Four to break up.
When Lennon initially agreed to this he and Yoko argued before he pulled out of the concert.
Brendan Ryan, auctioneer at Butterscotch Auctions of New York, where the photos are being sold, said: ‘The consignor became involved with the Beatles when the Let It Be project came to New York to be remixed by Phil Spector.
‘He even filled in for Spector at times during his collaborations with John. He told me that John preferred to get to the studio around 6pm, but Spector would always show up at 9pm or later, and so he helped set up the sessions while they were all waiting for Spector to arrive.
‘While he worked with John in the studio, he said that he worked closer with George Harrison and became good friends with him.
‘He was one of the first people to hear All Things Must Pass in full and was instrumental in organising George’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
‘The polaroid pictures are personal photographs taken by him, who was present during this New York meeting between John and George.
‘As such, they are quite rare, intimate images of the bandmates and give insight into how they would spend their free time and socialise.’
Towards the end of his Beatles career Harrison converted to Hinduism and became friends with Indian sita master Ravi Shankar who asked him to put on the benefit concert.
The Concert for Bangladesh was the collective name for two benefit gigs concerts held on August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
They were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide.
Ringo Starr interrupted the filming of his movie Blindman in Spain in order to attend but Paul McCartney declined to take part, citing the bad feelings caused by the Beatles’ legal problems on their break-up.
The photos are being sold on July 16.


JOHN MET PAUL FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THIS DAY 60 YEARS AGO

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Saturday 6 July 1957 was a pivotal day for the history of modern music: it was the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time.
In the afternoon the Quarrymen skiffle group played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. The performance took place on a stage in a field behind the church. In the band were Lennon (vocals, guitar), Eric Griffiths (guitar), Colin Hanton (drums), Rod Davies (banjo), Pete Shotton (washboard) and Len Garry (tea chest bass).

Julia Baird said: “The group arrived on the back of a lorry. As well as music, there were craft and cake stalls, games of hoop-la, police dog demonstrations and the traditional crowning of the Rose Queen. The fete was a highlight of the year for the residents of the sleepy Liverpool district. The entertainment began at two p.m. with the opening procession, which entailed one or two wonderfully festooned lorries crawling at a snail’s pace through the village on their ceremonious way to the Church field. The first lorry carried the Rose Queen, seated on her throne, surrounded by her retinue, all dressed in pink and white satin, sporting long ribbons and hand-made roses in their hair. These girls had been chosen from the Sunday school groups, on the basis of age and good behaviour.The following lorry carried various entertainers, including the Quarry Men. The boys were up there on the back of the moving lorry trying to stay upright and play their instruments at the same time. John gave up battling with balance and sat with his legs hanging over the edge, playing his guitar and singing. He continued all through the slow, slow journey as the lorry puttered its way along. Jackie and I leaped alongside the lorry, with our mother laughing and waving at John, making him laugh. He seemed to be the only one who was really trying to play and we were really trying to put him off!”

 

Rod Davis, still today a member of The Quarrymen that was John´s band on that day in 1957 — and he will perform again this week — said in an interview to BEATLES MAGAZINE he didn’t recall Paul McCartney. “I don’t remember seeing Paul at all that day. I remember seeing Ivan Vaughan, who was the lad who brought him, but I don’t remember seeing Paul.” READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW … HERE.

That evening the group were due to play again, minus Colin Hanton, this time at the Grand Dance in the church hall on the other side of the road. They were due on stage at 8pm, and admission to the show, in which the Quarrymen alternated on stage with the George Edwards Band, was two shillings.
While setting up their equipment to play, the Quarrymen’s sometime tea-chest bass player, Ivan Vaughan, introduced the band to one of his classmates from Liverpool Institute, the 15-year-old Paul McCartney.
This historic occasion was the first time McCartney met John Lennon, a year his senior. McCartney wore a white jacket with silver flecks, and a pair of black drainpipe trousers.
The pair chatted for a few minutes, and McCartney showed Lennon how to tune a guitar – the instruments owned by Lennon and Griffiths were in G banjo tuning. McCartney then sang Eddie Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock and Gene Vincent’s Be-Bop-A-Lula, along with a medley of songs by Little Richard.

 

Paul said:”I remember coming into the fete and seeing all the sideshows. And also hearing all this great music wafting in from this little Tannoy system. It was John and the band.I remember I was amazed and thought, ‘Oh great’, because I was obviously into the music. I remember John singing a song called Come Go With Me. He’d heard it on the radio. He didn’t really know the verses, but he knew the chorus. The rest he just made up himself.I just thought, ‘Well, he looks good, he’s singing well and he seems like a great lead singer to me.’ Of course, he had his glasses off, so he really looked suave. I remember John was good. He was really the only outstanding member, all the rest kind of slipped away.” (1995)
John was equally impressed with McCartney, who showed natural talent for singing songs that the Quarrymen worked hard to accomplish. McCartney also recalled performing on the church hall piano.
“I also knocked around on the backstage piano and that would have been A Whole Lot Of Shakin’ by Jerry Lee. That’s when I remember John leaning over, contributing a deft right hand in the upper octaves and surprising me with his beery breath. It’s not that I was shocked, it’s just that I remember this particular detail.” “At Woolton village fete I met him. I was a fat schoolboy and, as he leaned an arm on my shoulder, I realised he was drunk. We were twelve then, but, in spite of his sideboards, we went on to become teenage pals.”

Programme for the Woolton Parish Church garden fete, Liverpool, 6 July 1957 The Quarrymen’s set, remarkably, was recorded by an audience member, Bob Molyneux, on his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder. In 1994 Molyneux, then a retired policeman, rediscovered the tape, which contained scratchy recordings of the band performing Lonnie Donegan’s Puttin’ On The Style and Elvis Presley’s Baby, Let’s Play House.

 

The tape was sold on 15 September 1994 at Sotheby’s for £78,500. At the time it was the most expensive recording ever sold at auction. The winning bidder was EMI Records, who considered if for release as part of the Anthology project, but chose not to as the sound quality was substandard.
After the Quarrymen’s show the group, along with Ivan Vaughan and Paul,went to a Woolton pub where they lied about their ages to get served.
Later on, John and Pete Shotton discussed the young McCartney, and whether to invite him to join their group. They decided Paul would be an asset, and roughly two weeks later Shotton encountered McCartney cycling through Woolton. Paul mulled over the invitation to join, and eventually agreed to join the Quarrymen’s ranks.