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RINGO & GOODNIGHT VIENNA REISSUES OUT NEXT MONTH!

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Two essential Ringo albums, 1973’s RINGO and 1974’s GOODNIGHT VIENNA, have been remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for worldwide release on heavyweight, 180g vinyl LPs. Available everywhere February 9th.

Ringo yielded three Top 5 Billboard Pop singles, including the No. 1 hits “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine).”

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Goodnight Vienna racked up more hits, including the Top 5 Billboard Pop singles “Snookeroo,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and “No No Song.”

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CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES JOHN LENNON “IMAGINE” LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM TO HELP HUNGER IN CALIFORNIA

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The California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) has commenced the pre-sale to put the iconic self-portrait image of John Lennon on California license plates which will help fund the state’s food banks. The special license plate features the famous John Lennon self-portrait image and the slogan, “IMAGINE no hunger.” Proceeds from sales will be administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and distributed to the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) to be utilized throughout the state of California for food bank programs.
The John Lennon self-portrait image provides a powerful symbol of his humanitarian legacy, raising awareness to the need to address hunger in our state and providing an image that will promote significant funding to help end hunger in California.The plates are available for pre-order, for both automobiles and motorcycles: http://CaliforniaImagine.com/.

The Imagine license plate launch brings together CDSS with its longtime hunger-fighting ally, CAFB, a membership organization representing 41 food banks throughout the state that collectively provide food to 6,000 community-based organizations and to 2 million Californians in need.
“Each license plate is another reminder that food insecurity is an everyday challenge for children and families across our state,” says Todd Bland, Deputy Director of the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division with the California Department of Social Services (www.cdss.ca.gov). “This new license plate option allows people to financially support a supply of healthy food for hungry Californians.””We are thrilled with this opportunity,” said Sue Sigler, Executive Director of California Association of Food Banks (www.cafoodbanks.org). “The Imagine license plate offers an opportunity for Californians to say ‘hit the road’ to hunger in our state.”
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin the process of creating the program to issue the “Imagine No Hunger” license plates upon receipt of 7,500 pre-paid applications.
“Every person driving behind someone with an Imagine license plate will know that person is leading the way to a California absent from hunger,” states Mark Lowry, Director, CAPOC’s Orange County Food Bank (www.capoc.org).
“These Imagine license plates will bring vital awareness to a critical problem in our state and will raise funds to provide nutritious food for those in our community facing food insecurity,” says Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (www.lafoodbank.org). “Everyone who purchases one of these plates will have committed to the fight against hunger in California.”
Yoko Ono Lennon has kindly authorized the use of the iconic self-portrait image to help the CAFB in their ongoing fight to end hunger in California. “Imagine is a great word to spread around and I was happy to do this because it is helping a very important charity.”

source:send2press

KIM & KANYE HOME BUYER DROPS $2 MIL ON HISTORIC BEATLES RECORDING CONSOLE

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The woman who plunked down $17.8 million on Kim and Kanye‘s Bel-Air mansion just shelled out another $2 million for some Beatles music history.

Sources tell us Marina Acton — a Ukrainian billionaire — just bought the Abbey Road REDD .37 recording console. If the Abbey Road part of that stands out to you, it should — the recording console is the same one used by The Beatles and Oasis, and was most recently owned by Lenny Kravitz.

Acton paid $1.9 million for it. He plans to launch a single in March … and the console will be used to record future songs.

Source: TMZ

THE JOHN LENNON EDUCATIONAL TOUR BUS KICKS OFF 2018 SEASON AT THE NAMM SHOW

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The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the premier non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, presented by Other World Computing (OWC), makes its return to The 2018 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center with special guests Bootsy Collins, legendary bass player, and Andy Grammer, multi-platinum recording artist. Kicking off at NAMM, and chock full of new gear and equipment, the Lennon Bus will stop in cities across America throughout the year including Sacramento, Texas, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Miami and many more.

“Kicking off the tour at NAMM has become somewhat of a staple in the Lennon Bus legacy. We feel more connected to the crowd each year, and the energy at NAMM gives us the motivation and drive needed to get on the road to inspire young people across the U.S.,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director Brian Rothschild. “With the involvement of OWC, Bootsy Collins and Andy Grammer, this NAMM Show will be one to remember.”

 Throughout The 2018 NAMM Show, the Lennon Bus will be parked on the central Grand Plaza in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. The Lennon Bus will offer trade show attendees interactive tours and will showcase the updated display of state-of-the-art equipment and gear, advanced recording technology, and innovative capabilities with products provided by OWC – the official presenting sponsor of the 2018 Lennon Bus Tour.

Highlights include:

  • Saturday, January 27 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m., Collins will host the annual John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Imagine Party featuring a performance from Grammer. In addition to hosting, Collins will take the stage with local Anaheim students to perform “Together We Can,” a song he first recorded on the Lennon Bus in New York City.
  • Saturday, January 27 at 11 a.m., Collins will host the Funk Off. at OWC Booth 11802. Open to anyone, Collins will judge contestant’s bass skills. The top five finalists will take home OWC gear and move on to the finals, which will take place live on stage at the Imagine Party. The winner, picked by Collins, will win his signed Yamaha bass guitar and an OWC package.
  • Thursday, January 25 – Sunday, January 28, attendees will be able to win free, limited-edition OWC / Lennon Bus T-shirts with an onsite game at OWC Booth 11802.

Launch events include the annual Imagine Party with the NAMM Foundation hosted by Bootsy Collins with a performance by multi-platinum artist, Andy Grammer

This year, the Lennon Bus will be premiering many new features. The Lennon Bus studios and the demo tent will be powered by the new Apple iMac Pro with additional 5K displays providing an expansive monitoring system for editing ultra-high definition video and photography. OWC’s innovative products provide the bus with fast, dependable and silent storage solutions. Musicians onboard the Lennon Bus will now get to pair Yamaha electric guitars with Yamaha guitar amps including the THR10C combo and the THR100H dual head with the THRC212 cabinet. The Yamaha MX61BU will be the new featured synth keyboard in the demo tent and all support products are now provided by K&M Stands.

A new feature in the Lennon Bus demo tent is the Creator’s Station. In this space, visitors can participate in an interactive experience using an Apple iPad Pro, Audio-Technica’s iOS-compatible AT2020USBi microphone, and ATH-M50x headphones. During select events throughout the year, visitors can participate in a project entitled “What does peace mean to you?” by recording their unique answer in the Creator’s Station. The audio, photos, and b-roll captured for this activation, from students of all ages across the country, will lay the foundation for an original short film.

source:guitargirlmag

A NOTE FROM PAUL ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR OUR REEF

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“One of my friends has pointed out to me the great work done by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, particularly in regard to the Great Barrier Reef. Having just been to Australia and New Zealand I agree with him that we should save these areas of great natural beauty. Please go to them for more information and help AMCS in their great efforts.” – Paul

The Australian Marine Conservation Society are an independent, science based charity who tackle the big issues concerning the sea – creating marine reserves, combatting overfishing and pollution, and working to stop climate change which is heating up our ocean planet. Their main focus right now is rescuing the Great Barrier Reef through their Fight for our Reef campaign which seeks to move Australia away from coal mines and towards clean renewable energy.

To find out more information and how you could help AMCS click HERE!

source:paulmccartney.com