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LENNON BUS VISITS IDAHO AND UTAH FOR MONTH LONG TOUR

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For an entire month the Lennon Bus invited students from Idaho and Utah to come together and imagine peace during our 20th Anniversary Tour! Students not only learned about career path development, but they also had a ton of fun and challenged themselves to create compelling content. Special thanks to Canon U.S.A., Inc., Apple, Juniper Networks, Securematics, Other World Computing (OWC), Yamaha, The NAMM Foundation, Neutrik USA and Genelec for making each stop possible.

Next up, the Lennon Bus heads to Vegas where we’ll place our bets on students having the time of their lives as we continue providing opportunities for creativity to shine!


CAPITOL RECORDS PLOTS CELEBRATION OF 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES’ “SGT.PEPPER´S ALBUM IN L.A.

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It was 50 year ago this coming Thursday, June 1, that The Beatles’ trailblazing album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was officially released in the U.K., one day before it hit stores in the U.S. To mark the milestone, a special celebration will take place at the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles.

The commemorative event, dubbed “Pepper Day,” will begin at 9:09 a.m. PT on Thursday with the raising of a specially designed Sgt. Pepper’s flag on top of the tower. Doing the honors will be the Sgt. Pepper character from Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles-themed Las Vegas production LOVE. In addition, the building will be adorned with variety of themed decorations, including special signs and an inflatable Sgt. Pepper’s drum above the tower’s Vine Street entrance.

Adding to the festivities, starting at sunset on Thursday, the roof of the Capitol Records building will be illuminated with lights corresponding to the four colors of the suits that The Beatles wore on the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover.

LENNON: THE NEW YORK YEARS IS OUT NOW

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IDW Publishing explores Lennon: The New York Years today Wednesday.

 In 1975 the most famous rock star in the world moved to New York City to raise his young family, in the process setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. During this reflective time he met with a psychoanalyst, worked to spread peace around the globe, celebrated his wife, and went about the daily business of being John Lennon. Then just five years later he was killed.

Lennon adapts David Foenkinos’ legendary novel to graphic album form, with striking black-and-white illustrations by French artist Horne. Relive the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music’s–and popular culture’s–most influential voice, as captured in this unique and moving graphic novel.

Lennon: The New York Years is out on May 31st…  PRE-ORDER: H E R E . 

BEATLES EXPERT SAYS HIS NEW “SGT.PEPPER” BOOK LOOKS AT FANS’ EXPERIENCES WITH THE INFLUENTIAL ALBUM

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With the 50th anniversary of the official U.K. release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band taking place this Thursday, Beatles historian and author Bruce Spizer has just published a fascinating new book focusing on the landmark album. The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective delves into how the album was experienced and embraced by the group’s faithful followers, while also offering an in-depth look at the history and cultural impact of the record.
Spizer tells ABC Radio that the catalyst for his book was an essay he wrote celebrating Sgt. Pepper‘s 50th anniversary, which he decided to augment with a series of fan recollections gathered from a variety of sources. These remembrances wound up being at the core of the project.
“The real key to it was…fans really related to this album and I just felt that people would have their own Sgt. Pepper stories,” he explains. Spizer also says he noticed that many of these recollections actually mirrored his own Sgt. Pepper experiences, which he discussed in his essay.

“What it showed me was that my Sgt. Pepper experience wasn’t unique after all,” he maintains, “and there also were people talking about how they made friends through The Beatles and through Sgt. Pepper, and things of that nature.”

Among the fans who shared their Sgt. Pepper memories were some noteworthy music artists, including Billy Joel, The MonkeesPeter Tork, The SmithereensPat DiNizio, ex-Wings drummer Denny Seiwell and The Royal Guardsmen’s Barry Winslow. The book is enhanced by a variety of rare photos and images.
Other sections of the book focus on information about each track on Sgt. Pepper, the album’s chart history, details about its famous cover art and innovative packaging, and much more.
Hardcover- May 25, 2017 PRE-ORDER HERE (FREE Shipping!!): H E R E .