John Lennon

John Lennon’s $20M Britain Mansion Remains Unsold

The English mansion where John Lennon once lived at the height of his Beatles fame is still on the market — 18 months after it was put up for sale.

The rocker lived in the six-bedroom property, named Kenwood, in Surrey, England between 1964 and 1968 with his then-wife Cynthia after buying it for $30,000.

It originally went up for sale in 2012 with the owner asking for $22.5 million for the property, but the price has since dropped to $20.6 million.

Clips from a home movie showing Lennon at the house were included in the 1988 film John Lennon: Imagine.

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Julian Lennon Discusses His Father’s Legacy on Larry King Now!

Julian Lennon was a special guest on this week’s Larry King Now. Watch this revealing interview about his 15 year hiatus, his new album Everything Changes rekindling his passion and why growing up with an iconic father was not a fairytale!

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Julian Lennon Tells Rolling Stone "I Am Quite Happy Where I Am"

Julian Lennon is busy promoting his latest album Everything Changes. Rolling Stone spoke with the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter about his new music, his love for photography and working with Aerosmith.

Fifteen years after the release of his last album, Julian Lennon was ready Friday night to celebrate his return to public life as an artist, both musical and visual. The 50-year-old Lennon’s new album, Everything Changes, is a modern, mature version of the pop songs and balladry that began his career in 1984 on the platinum-selling Valotte, but he says he is just as committed to his new work as a photographer.

“It’s made me feel more free with any artistic project,” Lennon told Rolling Stone, noting his surprise at the positive reviews for his pictures, beginning with his first gallery show in New York in 2010. “It was like the bizarre final acceptance of being seen as an artist in my own right after so many years. Thank God for that. That spurred me on.”

As the new album played, Lennon was joined by guests at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, located in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, where his behind-the-scenes pictures of U2 shared wall space with Lennon’s quietly epic landscapes. Dressed in black jeans and leather jacket, Lennon was noticeably bulked up, like a man who knows his way around a gym. Read more at Rolling Stone

Beatles Memorabilia Donated to British Library

A collection of letters and lyrics written by the late John Lennon has been donated to the British Library in London by the Beatles’ only official biographer.

Hunter Davies, who befriended the legendary singer in the 1960s, has taken advantage of a new tax relief initiative in the U.K., titled the Cultural Gifts Scheme, which encourages people to hand over gifts for the nation in return for a tax reduction.

His memorabilia includes his correspondence with Lennon, a note containing the lines to the Fab Four’s 1967 hit Strawberry Fields Forever and an early draft of In My Life.

The 77 year old says, “I want my Beatles collection to be kept together, in one place, and on public display, and the British Library is the perfect home for it. I’m really pleased the cultural gifts scheme has helped me make this a reality.”

According to the BBC, Davies’ donation is expected to save him $495,225 – roughly 30 per cent of the value of the collection – in taxes over five years.

Julian Lennon & Steven Tyler Soar on "Someday" | New Album 6/4

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Julian Lennon returns to music with “Someday”. The remarkable track features Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, “Someday” is a composition built around compelling lyrics and stately strings. The oldest son of the late Beatles singer John Lennon, Julian has marked his half-century with an immediate pop hit with a mystical Eastern flavor; this track truly feels like an old friend.

‘Everything Changes’ – The acclaimed new album from Julian Lennon, will be available worldwide on June 4, 2013.
Watch the awe-inspiring visual featuring Julian, Steven Tyler and images of unwavering hope!

Steven Tyler Debuts with Julian Lennon on ‘Someday’ | New Album ‘Everything Changes’

How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people? Julian Lennon has the answer with his soaring single “Someday” featuring Rock royalty Steven Tyler. “Someday” is the lead track from Julian’s fourth studio album in 15 years titled “Everything Changes (Music From Another Room)” available on June 4th in the US. Watch Julian and Steven bring the lyrics to life in this stunning visual masterpiece.

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Yoko Ono Sued Over Clothing Line

John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono is facing a legal battle over allegations she copied her wacky clothing line from another designer.

New York City-based stylist Haleh Nematzadeh, 36, has filed suit against the star, alleging Ono stole ideas for her unconventional Fashion for Men range from a fetish-inspired line by her Smashing Starlets clothing company.

Ono’s bizarre range features clothing with handprints printed over the crotch and nipple holes, and Nematzadeh claims the musician saw sketches for her women’s line before tweaking the designs and passing them off as her own.

Nematzadeh, who filed the lawsuit at Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday, also casts doubt on Ono’s claim that her saucy line was inspired by her late husband.

According to the New York Post, Nematzadeh says, “They took everything with no shame. They stole from me blatantly… She’s (Ono is) trying to put fetish in context, but since when does fetish and John Lennon go together? When you think of the Beatles, you think of doves and trees, not that.”

Ono’s bizarre line is sold through online retailer Opening Ceremony.

Yoko Ono Designs Clothing Line

Yoko Ono has designed a clothing line inspired by her late husband John Lennon.

The singer/artist based the menswear collection on Fashions For Men, a set of sketches she drew as a gift for the Beatle before their 1969 wedding.

Highlights from the 18-piece range include a pair of trousers with a hand silhouette stitched over the crotch and a sweater with eyelet cut-outs around the nipples.

She tells Women’s Wear Daily, “I was inspired to create Fashions for Men amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod (sic).

“So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more.”

Ono’s collection, which also features hooded sweatshirts and boots, will be stocked at Opening Ceremony stores.


The man Billboard Magazine named “World’s Top Promotion Man,” Pete Bennett, 77, died suddenly of a heart attack Thanksgiving day in Connecticut.

Bennett, born in the Bronx, NY is credited for propelling the careers of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor and many others.

Described by Paul McCartney as “the promotion man responsible for getting the Beatles on the radio,” Bennett was named Director of Promotion for the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968. After the break-up of the group, Bennett guided the promotional efforts to radio for the solo releases by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and McCartney.

Over the years in interviews when Bennett was asked why his services were in such demand, he would say “I make unknowns into stars and stars into superstars.”

Among his many legendary achievements, Bennett, working side-by-side with Harrison, produced the world’s first global charity event, “The Concert for Bangladesh,” at Madison Square Garden in 1971. The former Beatle requested Bennett to use his clout and relationships to secure some of the biggest rock stars of the time, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.

In 1975 when Michael Jackson and his brothers were looking to leave Motown Records, Bennett orchestrated a deal to bring the Jacksons to Epic Records

Well known for his eye for talent, Bennett is recognized as the first music executive to discover Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, when he was in a Yonkers, NY band called Chain Reaction.

As impactful as Bennett’s accomplishments were in the music industry, his long list of relationships spanned a who’s who of politics, sports, television and movies, including Bob Hope, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, Dick Clark, Nat King Cole, John Wayne and Bobby Vinton.

Bennett is survived by his wife of 47 years, Annette, and his two sons, Peter and Joseph, all of Connecticut. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Beatles Painting For Sale

A painting created by The Beatles is set to go up for auction in New York next week.

The Let It Be hitmakers were forced to hole up inside their Toyko, Japan hotel room back in 1966 after they received a number of death threats in the middle of their world tour.

The band’s manager handed them some paint and a large blank canvas in a bid to help stave off their boredom, and during their stay, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr each picked up a brush and exercised their frustration in a creative way.

Now the abstract masterpiece, entitled Images of a Woman, is to be sold off by Weiss Auctions in Oceanside on September 14.

Philip Weiss tells Forbes magazine, “They were bored. Over the course of two nights, working by lamp light in the center of the canvas, each Beatle painted a corner. The lamp got removed, (leaving a circle in the center), where each Beatle signed his work.”