Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thought For The Day #10

As it's almost Halloween:

"Ghost stories are something that the Beatles love. Especially George and Paul. When they are imprisoned in a dressing room or studio, they let their imaginations run wild and out come some of the scariest, weirdest ghosties you’ve ever heard. I think Paul is best at acting his out. When he says, “Boo!” – you know you’ve been booed at. I don’t know where the Beatles get all their stories, but I feel quite sure they are mostly original from start to finish. So if you are a Beatle People – and I hope most of you are – here is a new way for you to pass your time, just like a Beatle does!"

Neil Aspinall - "16" magazine, August 1965

Thursday, October 26, 2006

More solo pictures

More than 50 new pictures have been added to the John Lennon - Solo album.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Skywriting by Word of Mouth

"Skywriting by Word of Mouth" was the third and last of John Lennon's books to be published. It was written during the mid-late 1970s, but was not published until 1986. The book also includes "The Ballad of John and Yoko", a short autobiography.

Yoko Ono provided an Afterword for the book, in which she said, "John wrote Skywriting at a time when the world was wondering whatever had happened to him. Why wasn't he writing songs anymore? Well, this was what he was busy doing. He would write one page and ask me to read it back to him, and we'd laugh. It was a fun time."

Friday, October 20, 2006

John Lennon's Third Book

After the success of "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works", John began writing a third book, but it was never completed. Find out why in the article below.

A poem called "The Toy Boy" was the only piece John finished before plans for the book were abandoned. On my John Lennon Links page, you'll find a link where you can read a copy of "The Toy Boy" at Snoupi's Saloon.

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Article from "Teen World", September 1965

What? Can it really be true? Is it possible that John’s become speechless? Now you’ll find out!

John Lennon, writer of books, co-writer of songs, spokesman for The Beatles, would be in a sorry mess if he ever found that he had nothing more to say! But that’s just what this story is about…and the conclusion we’ve come to may just surprise you.

When we asked John about his writing career and what it meant to him (in terms of the future) he got a strange look in his eye.

“To tell the truth,” he began quietly, “I get a little worried about that at times. It’s true I’ve published two books. And I have enough material left in my head and around the house to do one more perhaps. But after that, I just don’t know.”

The trouble is that people expect John to continue writing books, now that his first two were such great successes. Those people consider John a writer, as well as a performing Beatle. But the question is – is he?

“That’s a good question,” John said and chuckled. “Right now, I can almost say I’m not much of a writing Beatle. Since I finished writing my second book, A Spaniard In The Works, I find I don’t have much left to say. The two books I’ve written are really quite similar, you see. And since I don’t feel under any real pressure to keep pouring the books out, I find I’ve run out of words to fill another one with.”

Of course, John hasn’t said he won’t ever write another book. But he’ll have to wait a while before he gets started.

“Sometimes I just stare at the empty page in my typewriter as if I’m waiting for the words to appear by some kind of magic. Well, that kind of magic just doesn’t work!”

We asked John how his songwriting has been affected –

“That’s another story altogether,” he said. “Because Paul and I have to write songs, we seem to do them as a matter of course. The books, you see, are extra. But we need the songs for our shows and records. The only times I’m at a loss for song material is when we have to polish off about four or five in two or three hours. Then it gets rough.”

Still, all the books and songs John has written have been smashes. And we don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t continue to be.

“It may be a while before John-the-writer hammers out another book,” John concluded. “But I promise I’ll keep working at it. I’m not the type to let my fans – or my readers – down, you know.”

We know very well. Don’t you?

A Spaniard in the Works

"A Spaniard in the Works" was John Lennon's second book, published in 1965. Similar to "In His Own Write", this book contained 21 stories and poems and 38 drawings. The contents included The Fat Budgie, The Wumberlog, The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield, Snore Wife and Some Several Dwarts, and Our Dad.

John donated his drawing of The Fat Budgie to Oxfam for them to use as a charity Christmas card. A picture of the card can be seen in The Writing Beatle photo album.

On June 18 1965, John appeared on the BBC's Tonight show and read some excerpts from "A Spaniard in the Works" before being interviewed by Kenneth Allsop.

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BBC "Tonight" 18 June 1965

John read two pieces from "A Spaniard in the Works" - “We Must Not Forget The General Erection”, followed by “The Wumberlog (Or The Magic Dog)”. He was then interviewed by Kenneth Allsop.

KA: Your first book was a bestseller and I shouldn’t say there’s any doubt this one’s going to be too. Do you think you’d be published were you not a Beatle?

JL: I could probably get published but you know, I wouldn’t sell as many. I mean, they publish a lot of rubbish anyway, but I wouldn’t sell.

KA: Do you think you’ve got a built-in advantage in being a Beatle, and are you glad about this or would you rather have earned a reputation as a writer in your own right?

JL: No, because I never thought of it. If I hadn’t been a Beatle I just wouldn’t have thought of having the stuff published because I would have been crawling around broke and just writing it and throwing it away. I might have been a Beat Poet.

KA: How did it come about that you weren’t a Beat Poet and that your first book was published?

JL: Well, some American who shall remain nameless – called Michael Braun – I showed him the stuff and he took it to the publisher and he published it and that was it.

KA: Did you ever think of publishing under a pseudonym, not as John Lennon?

JL: I thought of that, but what’s the use, you know? Because he took it to the publisher first, without telling them who it was, just to see if they would have published it, so that answers your first question as well.

KA: It does indeed, yes. Living, you know, in the ‘butterfly world’ of pop, as a Beatle, do you find that this undermines people’s serious acceptance of you as a writer?

JL: It does, but I didn’t really expect them to take me seriously, so there’s nothing to say about that. They do take it more seriously than I thought, so that’s good enough for me.

KA: Indeed, I remember the first book was reviewed in the posh Sundays and on the other side of the fence, your music’s recorded by people like Ella Fitzgerald. Now this is rather serious recognition in both areas. Which do you find most satisfying?

JL: Well, the books really, because it means more to other people that Ella Fitzgerald recorded one of our tunes than it does to us, because the tune is still something that Paul and I have written, so we still have the same faith in it, it just gives other people more faith in the tune.

KA: This book’s very similar to the first, being bits and pieces of poems and pieces of prose. Do you think you’d ever want to write anything longer, a novel for example?

JL: Well, I tried. The longest thing I’ve written is in this book; it’s one about Sherlock Holmes and it seemed like a novel to be but it turned out to be six pages. But I don’t think I could, I couldn’t do it, you know. I get fed up and I didn’t know who was…I wrote so many characters in it I’d forgotten who they were, you know.

KA: This happens to other writers too.

JL: Oh. Other writers, good.

KA: The pop business, that young man’s world, seems to have an ever-increasingly young audience. Do you think that perhaps writing a book like this – or writing at all, in fact – might be an unconscious attempt to win recognition in the adult world?

JL: No, because I started all this writing long before I was a pop artist or even a Beatle, or before I had a guitar, so it’s nothing to do with that. The guitar came second. Second!

KA: Now which comes first?

JL: Well now the guitar comes first, because this is still a hobby which it always has been.

KA: And you’re going on doing it, are you?

JL: I’ll go on doing it.

KA: Have you written anything else – is anything else coming out, the third in the series?

JL: Well, I don’t have much time. If I had more time I’d probably write more. The publisher rang up and said have you written anything yet and I said no, I’d been writing songs because I can’t do both at once. You know, I’ve got to concentrate on the book or the songs, so I haven’t written anything else since this.

KA: We’ll look forward, nonetheless, John. Thank you very much indeed.

JL: Thank you!

[Source: This is a transcript of the video clip of the original interview]

See screencaps from this TV appearance here

McCartney pays tribute to Linda with calendar

Sir Paul McCartney is showing his enduring love for his late first wife Linda by planning the release of a 2007 calendar featuring her finest photography. The troubled former Beatle is currently undergoing a bitter divorce with estranged spouse Heather Mills - but is taking solace in memories of his tragic soul mate, who died in 1998 of breast cancer.

The calendar includes classic rock images of stars including Pete Townshend, The Beatles, Tim Buckley and The Doors. A source close to the star says, "It is simply called The Sixties and it will be Linda McCartney's 2007 calendar, which will include some of her best photographs.

"It would, after all, be natural for Paul to be missing Linda more than ever at the moment."

This month (OCT06) also sees the release of McCartney's classical opus ECCE COR MEUM - which translates as BEHOLD MY HEART - also a tribute to Linda.
20/10/2006 08:05

From Contact Music

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Foyle's Literary Luncheon

On 23 April 1964 John Lennon's book "In His Own Write" was honoured with a special literary luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel, organised by Foyle's bookshop. These luncheons were an annual event begun in 1930 by Christina Foyle, so that members of the public could listen their favourite authors speak and then have the chance to meet them afterwards.

As well as John and Cynthia Lennon, and Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, the other celebrity guests at the luncheon included Yehudi Menuhin, Alma Cogan, Harry Secombe, Wilfrid Brambell, Lionel Bart, Helen Shapiro and Mary Quant. The chairman was the cartoonist Sir Osbert Lancaster.

"On the day of the lunch, John arrived at the Dorchester in an affable mood. He thanked Christina Foyle for hosting the function and all seemed well. He made no mention of of not wishing to speak but during the meal he confided to the chairman that he did feel nervous. Sir Osbert made his introductory speech as planned... John Lennon then half-rose from the chair, murmured, 'Thank you and bless you' to the audience and sat down again. There was some slight feeling of bewilderment but the toastmaster quickly called upon Brian Epstein to speak.

"It said a great deal for John Lennon's charm and charisma that he fully retained his audience's affection."


[Above excerpt from Ben Perrick's account of "Lennon's Literary Lunch," ('The Lennon Companion' by Elizabeth Thompson and David Gutman)]

"What neither of us had realised was that the media would be there in force and that John was expected to give a speech.

"...I looked at John and my heart went out to him. He was ashen and totally unprepared. Never lost for words in private, a public speech was beyond him - let alone to a crowd of literary topdogs, with a hangover.

"As John was introduced silence fell. The weight of expectation was enormous. John, more terrified than I'd ever seen him, got to his feet. He managed eight words, "Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure", then promptly sat down again. There was a stunned silence, followed by a few muted boos and a spatter of applause. The audience was disappointed, annoyed and indignant."


[From "John" by Cynthia Lennon]

Q: A lot of the literary toffs here today, John, were disappointed you didn't say a few words. Why didn't you speak?

John: Because I daren't, you know. I'd be scared stiff.

Q: So would you prefer to be remembered as a writer or a Beatle?

John: I don't care whether I'm remembered or not, you know. After I'm gone I don't care what happens.

Q: How do you set about writing?

John: Well, it depends. Sometimes one of the others'll say something, you know, like Ringo thought of this title "Hard Day's Night" for the film - well, I used that in the book about somebody who had a hard day's night. You know, from that, or somebody's name or somebody that I think is funny.

[From an interview immediately after the Foyle's Literary Luncheon, 23 April 1964]

Yoko sues music giant over royalties

John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono is suing music company EMI Group and a subsidiary for more than £5 million.

The widow of the former Beatle has filed a lawsuit against EMI and Capitol Records, claiming she was cheated out of royalties due from the sale of his music.

The three-page lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, accuses the music company of breaking half a dozen agreements by "wilfully and knowingly underreporting royalties" by hiding the "true use and disposition of Lennon's recordings".

Yoko's complaint also accuses EMI and Capitol of "intentionally and systematically rendering dishonest and grossly deficient accounting statements".

EMI/Capitol spokeswoman Jeanne Meyer would not discuss the lawsuit specifically, but said: "Artists from time to time request audits of their royalty accounts. Sometimes there are differences of opinion, which is understandable given the complex nature of recording contracts."

Meyer said the contracts were sometimes subject to interpretation "but 99 times out of 100 these things are resolved in an amicable way".

Yoko's lawyer, John LiCalsi, refused to comment on the lawsuit.

From Virgin.net

Beatles' circus show album ready

A new Beatles album, overseen by their most famous producer Sir George Martin, is to be released next month.

Existing master tapes were used to remix songs into what is described as a "unique soundscape" entitled Love.

Love began life as a collaboration between the surviving Beatles and entertainment troupe Cirque Du Soleil for their Las Vegas show.

Sir Paul McCartney said: "This album puts the Beatles back together again." Love will be released on 20 November.

Sir George worked alongside his son, Giles Martin, with the complete Beatles recordings at Abbey Road studios.

Classic tracks

Sir Paul added: "Suddenly there is George and John with me and Ringo. It's kind of magical."

Ringo Starr said: "George and Giles did such a great job combining these tracks. It's really powerful for me and I even heard things I'd forgotten we had recorded."

The project has also been backed by Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

The 28 track album uses the full range of the group's output from I Want To Hold Your Hand to Get Back.

Love will be released in a 78-minute stereo CD version and in an 81-minute audio-only version which will play through DVD systems.

From BBC News

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Most Celebrated Living Englishman

The following speech was made by a British politician, Charles Curran in 1964. He was using John Lennon's book "In His Own Write" as an example to highlight the problems with the British education system. Unfortunately, he seemed to have missed the entire point of the book...

House of Commons, 19 June 1964

Mr Charles Curran

"...I want to quote an expert whose name is famous not only here but throughout the world. He is perhaps the most celebrated living Englishman. His name is John Lennon and he is one of the Beatles. I have never seen or heard the Beatles, but I have been very interested indeed to read a book by John Lennon, published in America and, I believe, in this country. It is called In His Own Write.

"The book contains a number of poems and fairy stories written by Lennon. These tell a great deal about the education he received in Liverpool. He explains that he was born there in 1940 and attended various schools, where he could not pass examinations. I would like to quote one of the poems. It is one that the Ministry of Education and Science might well distribute to every member of its staff concerned with the kind of children we are discussing. It is called “Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me”.

I will quote three verses from it:

“Never shall we partly stray,
Fast stirrup all we three
Fight the battle mighty sword
Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me.

Thorg billy grows and burnley ten
And Aston Villa three
We clobber ever gallup
Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me.

So if you hear a wondrous sight,
Am blutter or at sea
Remember whom the mighty say
Deaf Ted, Danoota and Me.”

"I quote that poem not because of its literary merit, but because one can see from it, as from other poems and stories in the book, two things about John Lennon: he has a feeling for words and he is in a state of pathetic near-literacy. He seems to have picked up bits of Tennyson, Browning and Robert Louis Stephenson while listening with one ear to the football results on the wireless.

"The book suggests to me a boy who, on the evidence of these writings, should have been given an education which would have enabled him to develop the literary talent that he appears to have. I do not know whether my Honourable Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State can tell me anything about what kind of school this Beatle went to. The volume from which I have quoted strikes me as singularly pathetic and touching."

[Source: 'The Lennon Companion' by Elizabeth Thompson and David Gutman]

I wonder what Mr Curran thought of Lewis Carroll, who wrote:

"Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borograves
And the mome raths outgrabe."

In His Own Write

John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write", was published on March 23, 1964. The book contained 26 drawings and 31 short stories and poems. These included No Flies On Frank, The Wrestling Dog, Treasure Ivan, I Sat Belonely and Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me). The introduction was written by Paul McCartney and the cover was designed by Robert Freeman.

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A 1964 magazine article on "In His Own Write"

From "Teen World" magazine, December 1964

Here’s your chance to read the words of “The Chief”!!

Everyone knows that Beatles sing, that Beatles play musical instruments and that Beatles have millions of enthusiastic fans. Everyone also knows that one Beatle wrote a book – John Lennon!

The book, published by Simon and Schuster, is called “John Lennon In His Own Write”. We read it – and loved it! And we’d like to tell you all about it now.

In general, it’s a collection of short stories and poems, with illustrations also done by John. If you’ve ever made up words that really have no meaning except to you and your friends, you’ll recognise immediately what John’s doing. He’s “playing” with words, making up new words that sound like ones you already know. And by doing this, he can make the word mean more than one thing – and sound very funny!

We suggest that when you read the book, you read it aloud with a friend, taking turns reading it. The sound of the words help make it clever, witty – and absolutely hilarious!

Such stories as “No Flies On Frank”, “On Safairy With Whide Hunter” and “Nicely Nicely Clive” are funny without having hidden, deep meanings.

As Paul says in the introduction to the book, “None of it has to make sense and if it seems funny then that’s enough.”

And as John himself comments on the back cover, “My (and P, G, and R’s) records might seem funnier to some of you than this book…” But when we spoke to him on trans-Atlantic phone, he said, “Of course I write for my fans. After all, I am a Beatle! But I also write for myself because it gives me pleasure! And I write for the other boys in the group, too. They appreciate me, even if they don’t admit it. Oh, yes, Cynthia appreciates me too. I can’t speak for my son because he’s too young to read!”

After reading his book, we appreciate John – and we’re sure you will, too!

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See John read his poem "The Wrestling Dog" on the TV show "Not Only...But Also"

John Lennon talks about his new book on Ready Steady Go:



"Worth the attention of anyone who fears for the impoverishment of the English language and the British imagination." - The Times Literary Supplement, 1964

"Animals and freaks have comic dignity while adults look silly and too big, bending over and crawling. A double suggestion runs through the writing in both books: that adults are silly, they give children rubbish to read and expect them to like it; and left to themselves, adults are worse than children – they talk jabberwocky about politics and religion, and they believe what they say." - Michael Wood, New Society, 1968

"The first thing any literate person will notice on reading through John Lennon’s book is that it all comes out of one source, namely the later work of James Joyce. Not only the determination to communicate almost exclusively in puns, but the equally determined smutty, blasphemous and subversive tone are Joycean." - John Wain, New Republic, 1975

Sunday, October 15, 2006

John's early writings

"I was passionate about "Alice in Wonderland" and drew all the characters. I did poems in the style of 'Jabberwocky'. I used to love Alice, and "Just William". I wrote my own William stories, with me doing all the things."

"I wanted to write Alice in Wonderland, but when you think, ‘Whatever I do I’m never going to topple Leonardo,’ you get to thinking, ‘What’s the use?’ A lot of people had more pain than me and they’ve done better things."

"I wouldn't say I was a born writer; I'm a born thinker. I'd always been able at school - when they want you to imagine something instead of giving you a subject, I could do that."

(John Lennon, "The Beatles Anthology")

While at Dovedale Primary School, John produced a 'magazine' called “Sport, Speed and Illustrated - Edited and Illustrated by J. W. Lennon”, which he filled with newspaper clippings, and his own drawings and stories, ending with the message "If you liked this, come again next week. It'll be even better". On March 18th 1952, he wrote: “Today I made a magazine. I would have made it yesterday only I was away. We made them by backing a pamphlet with brown paper. I name mine 'My Book of sport, speed and illustrations'.” He continued, “I will make up stories and illustrate with them...I may put some advertisements in my magazine and will make them up myself. If some of my drawings for Mr Bob don't go on the board I will write poems about them and stick them in my book."

"The Daily Howl" was another book John produced, mainly to entertain his friends at Quarry Bank Grammar School. This included jokes and wordplay such as '"Today will be Muggy, followed by Tuggy, Wuggy, and Thuggy' and 'Shorthand typist wanted, preferably with short hand'.

"One of my earlier efforts at writing was a 'newspaper' called the Daily Howl. I would write it at night, then take it to school and read it aloud to my friends; looking at it now it seems strangely similar to the Goon Show! Even the title had "highly esteemed" before it!"

(John Lennon, The New York Times, 1972)

John continued writing during his time at Art College and some of his poems and short stories were published in Bill Harry's "Mersey Beat" newspaper. They included "Being A Short Diversion On The Dubious Origins Of Beatles (Translated From The John Lennon)", and a column entitled "Around and About by Beatcomber". All of these articles are still under copyright but can be read at the official Mersey Beat website.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Writing Beatle

This week at Sing My Heart, Speak My Mind we're going to be taking a look at John Lennon's books - In His Own Write, A Spaniard in the Works and Skywriting by Word of Mouth - as well as some of his other writings. Don't miss this series of special articles, quotes and pictures beginning tomorrow and continuing throughout the week!

   

Sean steps out of the shadows

Oct 12 2006
By Kate Mansey, Liverpool Echo


IF John Lennon were alive today, he would have just had his 66th birthday.

Life-long fans of the former Beatle may have stopped to spare a thought for their legend.

But Sean Lennon celebrated in his own way – because he shares a birthday with the father he lost when he was just five years old.

On Monday Sean, the ‘beautiful boy’ who John dedicated the last years of his life to, turned 31.

Full story at icLiverpool

Friday, October 13, 2006

Julian Pictures



Here are some pictures of Julian Lennon.

More coming soon!

Thought For The Day #9



The Royal Iris was a passenger ferry which offered "Riverboat Shuffle" cruises up and down Liverpool's River Mersey, featuring bands such as The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers.

This picture is from a concert the Beatles gave on board the Royal Iris on July 6th 1962:



In the dressing room:



The Beatles played on the boat on a number of other occasions, including a performance on August 25th 1961, with Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

John and Yoko pictures

I've added 100 pictures to the John and Yoko album.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Good news...

Lennon killer fails in parole bid

Attempts by John Lennon's killer to get parole have been rebuffed for a fourth time because of his "bizarre" crime.

Mark Chapman, 51, will remain at New York's Attica Correctional Facility for at least two more years for shooting the former Beatle on 8 December 1980.

A panel at the jail noted Chapman's "satisfactory institutional adjustment" but decided his release would not be in the best interests of the community.

Chapman had a history of mental illness before he committed the murder.

He appeared before a three-person panel at Attica on Tuesday for a 16-minute hearing.

In a written decision, they concluded: "The panel remains concerned about the bizarre nature of this premeditated and violent crime.

"While the panel notes your satisfactory institutional adjustment, due to the extremely violent nature of the offence your release would not be in the best interest of the community."

The decision came one day after what would have been Lennon's 66th birthday.

From BBC News

Another picture

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Julian and Sean Lennon

Getty Images has some pictures of Julian and Sean together in London on October 6th.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Birthday John!



Most Beatles fans know that today is John Lennon's birthday, but many people forget that John's son, Sean, shares the same birthday. Here is a tribute to both of them:

Happy Birthday John and Sean!

John Lennon birthday grants awarded

Yoko Ono honours those who strive for peace

Yoko Ono has awarded the annual Lennon Ono grants to two organisations advocating peace and harmony.

The recipients of the grant, awarded on what would have been John Lennon's 66th birthday, are Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Speaking to BBC NEWS, Ono said the recipients of the award "look beyond today's conflict and destruction and envision a positive future for your society."

The grants were introduced by Ono in 2002, when Israeli Zvi Goldstein and Palestinian Khalil Rabah were honoured.

Medecins Sans Frontieres was formed in 1971 and provides humanitarian aid to war-torn or disadvantaged regions, while the Center for Constitutional Rights is a non-profit group that seeks to uphold human rights in the United States.

http://www.nme.com/news/john-lennon/24641

Lennon's widow signs up as official 08 ambassador

Lennon's widow signs up as official 08 ambassador

By Larry Neild, Daily Post


John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono celebrates the ex-Beatle's 66th birthday today by becoming an official 08 ambassador for Liverpool.

She has given her support to Liverpool's European Capital of Culture celebrations, saying she feels like an adopted Liverpudlian since first visiting Merseyside in 1967.

Yoko filled in her official 08 Ambassador form with the line: "Liverpool, Liverpool, stay magical and beautiful. Your future is whatever you wish to make. I love you!"

On what would have been John Lennon's 66th birthday, the New York-based artist spoke her love for the city and how it had shaped the man she loved.

Yoko filled in her official 08 Ambassador form with the line: "Liverpool, Liverpool, stay magical and beautiful. Your future is whatever you wish to make. I love you!"

On what would have been John Lennon's 66th birthday, the New York-based artist spoke her love for the city and how it had shaped the man she loved.

She said: "I am so proud to support the Liverpool 08 Ambassador Programme. I fell in love with Liverpool the first time I went there in 1967 as an artist.

The Japanese-born mother-of-two is a frequent visitor to the city, recently donating Lennon's childhood home to the National Trust and participating in the 2004 Liverpool Biennial festival of contemporary visual art.

She added: "After John's passing, the people of Liverpool have been very kind to me. When I'm in the far corner of the world having a hard time for one reason or another, I think of Liverpool, and it calms my heart.

"It is the city that shaped the man I love: John Lennon, his poetry, his sense of humour, and his Northern resilience to hard life. We met, and we fell in love. And I know that part of John's heart was always with Liverpool, his hometown. He was a proud Liverpudlian, and when I prayed that Liverpool would be chosen for 2008, I knew that John was with me all the way."

Full story at icLiverpool

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

Make Some Noise

This is an email I received from Amnesty International today:

Happy birthday Mr Lennon!

On October 9th, we are celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 66th birthday!
To mark the occasion, Make Some Noise is releasing exclusive footage gathered over the summer festival season.

From a simple shout out to Make Some Noise to exclusive releases, today's artists demonstrate how Lennon's spirit lives on! Check it all out here: http://noise.amnesty.org/festivals06

Friday Pictures

Just some random Beatles pictures to start your weekend!


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