Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas from Sing My Heart

I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year!

Around this time last year I posted a selection of Beatles Christmas pictures and videos. Click here to view last year's post:

http://singmyheart.blogspot.com/2006/12/christmas-time.html

Enjoy the holiday season and I'll have some new updates ready for you in 2008!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Visit imaginepeace.com

The Imagine Peace website has been updated with a message from Yoko and a tribute video.

http://www.imaginepeace.com

Remember John this December 8th

That day of the year is here again. This Saturday December 8th marks the 27th anniversary of John Lennon's death. If you'd like to share your thoughts and memories of John, you're welcome to post them here at my John Lennon forum, Come Together.

http://lennonfans.proboards81.com

You will need to register before you can post, but it's free and only takes a minute.

If you prefer, you can also sign the Sing My Heart John Lennon Memorial.

Yoko asks us to display War Is Over artwork

http://www.nme.com/news/yoko-ono/33024

Yoko Ono is set to mark the 27th anniversary of John Lennon's death by urging fans to display 'War Is Over!' artwork.

The message War Is Over If You Want It - Happy Christmas from John And Yoko is available to download from ImaginePeace.comand is to coincide with his passing on December.

A special message and video will be available on that day.
In a statement, Ono says : "Please print & display in your window, workplace, school, street, car, computer & elsewhere over the holiday season.

"On December 8th, 11.15pm (your local time) please remember John by taking a moment of quiet reflection."

It suggests that you should sing or play 'Imagine' and asks that you send stories and photos to stories@imaginepeace.com.

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Fat Budgie Christmas Cards For Sale!

John Lennon Yellow Fat Budgie Christmas Card For Oxfam



Cards drawn by Beatles music legend John Lennon are going for a song this Christmas. The yellow Fat Budgie picture was first used on cards sold by Oxfam during 1965 at the height of Beatlemania. Now it has been re-printed by Oxfam for the first time with the permission of Lennon's widow Yoko Ono.

The Fat Budgie cards will be sold in limited edition packs of 10 for £2.99 in Oxfam stores. They were priced at sixpence each when they originally went on sale in 1965.

The re-launch marks the 50th anniversary of Oxfam's seasonal greetings cards.

Yoko Ono has already ordered 200 of the Fat Budgie cards to send out this Christmas.

"John supported Oxfam so it is wonderful that his illustration can continue to help Oxfam in its important work," she said.

"He would have been happy that Oxfam wanted to re-print his design to mark such an important occasion and I hope people will enjoy buying, sending and receiving his cards this Christmas."

The late Beatle gave Oxfam permission in 1965 to use The Fat Budgie illustration from his book A Spaniard in the Works.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Remember Love: John Lennon images on display

I received this press release today from Proud Galleries.

PROUD GALLERIES presents
Remember Love:
John Lennon

Launch night: 6th December 2007
7th December 2007 – 2nd March 2008


Proud Central presents Remember Love, a celebration of the life and career of John Lennon through work from a collaboration of world-class photographers, including previously unseen exclusive images.

Opening this December to coincide with the 27th anniversary of his death, the exhibition examines the life of a man whose impact on the world of music remains unmatched.

Alongside iconic images from Dixie Dean, Terry O'Neill, Barry Plummer, David M. Spindel and Jurgen Vollmer, Remember Love is an exclusive opportunity to see work from Tom Hanley and Polly Moseley, photographers whose archives of intimate, personal images will be exhibited for the first time as part of this exhibition.

Tom Hanley worked alongside the Beatles throughout the 1960s, spending time with them behind closed doors as the rest of the world's press clamoured for their attention outside. From inside the hotel rooms of Paris and the offices of Apple music, Tom and his trusty camera experienced the highs and lows of Beatlemania alongside the four boys from Liverpool at the very centre of it all. His pictures show John as a young man, experiencing the excitement of fame while struggling to write and record what would become some of the greatest songs of all time. As part of his collection, we are also proud to present images of John as a boy, given to Tom by John's aunt Mimi, an old friend
of the photographer.

Polly Moseley met John and his wife Yoko Ono when she was a young film maker on Lennon's film 'Give Peace A Chance'. Her pictures capture the great contentment of John as an artist a work, as well as the private moments he shared with those around him whilst 'off duty'.

Together, these images create an intimate portrait of a legend, comprising personal shots alongside iconic images of Lennon and Yoko that are internationally recognised and renowned, making Remember Love a truly exciting exhibition and a rare chance to see John Lennon as he's never been seen before.

Quotes

"John was simply fun to be around. He was at his best when he went through the whole catalogue of Beatles songs with us and identified who wrote what. That was the first time it had ever been done, and when it came to Yesterday, he just said "Paul - wow, that was a good 'un" – Tom Hanley, photographer

"The group of technicians shown in the exhibition were all working with John for a short and intense period in a small editing complex. Nic Knowland was the film cameraman, Richard Key and Jack Reilly the joint editors with Mal Hawley and I assisting. The film's end titles were created by John and were filmed in the editing studio. All concerned realised what a unique experience we were sharing and wanted a record of the event. This was an exceptional opportunity for me as I happened to have my camera in the right place at a good time." – Polly Moseley, photographer

David will forever remember the first time he met John Lennon: "John was lying down getting a massage when I walked into a small room at the Hit Factory and John said, 'I usually charge people to watch me get my massage!'. I responded by saying, 'I usually charge people to watch me move my equipment!' We both had a great laugh and from this emerged the friendship and collection of magical photographs that is now available for the world to see." – David M. Spindel, photographer

"What can I say that has not already been said about John Lennon? He is a true icon and I'm honoured to be marking this anniversary with an exhibition of exciting and intimate photographs that will ensure his inimitable legacy endures." – Alex Proud

Background

PROUD GALLERIES - Proud Galleries Group was launched in autumn 1998 by Alex Proud to bring affordable high quality photography to a mainstream market. Based upon a formula of exhibiting accessible shows around popular themes such as music, fashion, film and sport, Proud Galleries instantly took the photography industry by storm. A series of landmark shows including ‘Destroy: The Sex Pistols’, ‘Rankin’s Nudes’, ‘The Rock n Roll Years’, ‘Underexposed’, ‘Rebel Life: Bob Marley’, ‘The Official Bob Dylan Show’ and ‘The Libertines’ attracted blanket media coverage and full-house, star-studded opening nights. With up to 10,000 paying customers per show, the galleries soon became the most popular private photographic gallery in Europe. Proud Camden went on to house the At Proud Bar & Live Music Venue, coined ‘ London’s best kept secret’ (Time Out Magazine) and hosted live performances by sought-after bands like Dirty Pretty Things, Supergrass, Graham Coxon, Amy Winehouse and secret gigs by Liam Gallagher, official fashion shows for London fashion Weeks and VIP parties for Paramount Pictures, Sony, the MOBO awards and more.

REMEMBER LOVE: JOHN LENNON
Date: 7th December 2007 – 02 March 2008
Launch Event: 6th December
Times: 11am-7pm Mon-Sat / 11am – 6pm Sunday
Entry: Free

Address: 5 Buckingham Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Website: www.proud.co.uk

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Lock of Lennon's hair to be auctioned

A lock of John Lennon’s hair is to go under the hammer next month.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a78906/lock-of-lennons-hair-to-be-auctioned.html

The strand, which is expected to fetch between £2,000 and £3,000, was given to hairdresser Betty Glasgow in the mid-60s, along with a note reading: "To Betty, lots of love and hair from John Lennon xx."

Glasgow worked as a stylist on the Beatles' movies Hard Day’s Night and Help.

She said of the band: "It was great fun working with the boys on the films. They were always together in a group and having a laugh.

"My job was to keep their hair in order as the film was made over three months, so their trademark, mop-top haircuts had to be regularly trimmed."

The lock of hair is part of the Betty Glasgow Collection of Beatles and Film Memorabilia, which will be sold at Gorringes in Worthing on December 12.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Because it's nearly Halloween...

Looking for ideas for your Halloween costume?



John at a Halloween parade in New York, 1980



A Halloweeny Beatles picture

Thursday, October 18, 2007

UK TV alert: Help! on BBC2!

I can't remember the last time Help! was ever shown on TV.

Saturday 27 October
7:50pm - 9:20pm
BBC2 (UK)

Help!


Beatles film peppered with special effects, songs and several bursts of riotous nonsense. The story revolves around a religious sect which attempts to recover a sacrificial ring from Ringo. The songs include 'Help', 'Ticket to Ride', 'Another Girl' and 'You've Got to Hide Your Love Away'.

http://www.radiotimes.com

There's also a documentary about the making of Help! on Tuesday night on BBC2.
The Beatles In Help!
11:20pm - 11:50pm

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Latest updates from Come Together: The John Lennon Forum

If you haven't visited Come Together for a while, there are lots of new updates to tell you about...

http://lennonfans.proboards81.com

The John Lennon Library is now open to registered members only and provides an archive of useful facts and information about John Lennon.

Our first Song Survivor game has just begun - vote for your three least favourite songs on the Lennon Legend album now!

John Lennon On This Day - find out what John was doing on this day in history.

Come Together Members Map - pin your location on our map and see where your fellow John Lennon fans live!

Plus all our usual games, polls, discussions and picture threads.

If you haven't joined yet, please visit us today!
http://lennonfans.proboards81.com

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pictures





Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Unveiling the Peace Tower...



Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Olivia Harrison unveiling the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland last night.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Happy Birthday, John Lennon!

Tuesday October 9 2007 would have been John Lennon's 67th birthday.

If you'd like to leave a birthday message for John you can do so here:

http://pub8.bravenet.com/guestbook/635372447

You're also welcome to join the John Lennon Forum and discuss John's birthday with other fans.

Imagine Peace (message from Yoko Ono)

www.IMAGINEPEACE.com

Dear Friends

Make sure you visit www.IMAGINEPEACE.com on October 9th, John Lennon's birthday,
for the unveiling of the incredible IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on the isle of Videy,
Reykjavik, Iceland.

Please visit the site, have a look around, IMAGINE PEACE and send your wishes to join
over 495,000 others buried in capsules around the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, dedicated
to my late husband: musician, poet, artist and peace activist, John Lennon.

Please join us on October 9th at www.IMAGINEPEACE.com
Wherever you are, we will all be together that day.

With the deepest love,

yoko ono

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Visit www.IMAGINEPEACE.com to send your wishes to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER
and join the biggest online peace demonstration on October 9th.

The website contains over 160 pages, loads of easter eggs, and is being augmented
every day. Explore, have fun, participate, IMAGINE PEACE and join Yoko Ono and
thousands of others at www.IMAGINEPEACE.com on October 9th for the unveiling
of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, when we will be uploading photos and videos of the
days events as they happen.

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream
A dream you dream together is reality
Yoko Ono

Imagine all the people living life in peace
John Lennon

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Yoko Ono MySpace
Yoko Ono MySpace IMAGINE PEACE Group
Yoko Ono Facebook
Yoko Ono Facebook IMAGINE PEACE Group
Yoko Ono Facebook IMAGINE PEACE TOWER Event
Yoko Ono YouTube

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The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an artwork conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of
John Lennon.

It is dedicated to peace and bears the inscription IMAGINE PEACE in 24 languages.

Its construction and installation is a collaboration between Yoko Ono, the City of
Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum and Reykjavik Energy.

The work is in the form of a wishing well from which a very strong and tall tower of
light emerges. The strength, intensity and brilliance of the light tower continually
changes as the particles in the air fluctuate with the prevailing weather and atmospheric
conditions unique to Iceland.

Every year it will light up between October 9th (Lennon's birthday) and December 8th
(the day of his death).

In addition the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit on New Year's Eve, during the first
week of spring and on some rare special occasions agreed between the City and Yoko
Ono.

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Join the biggest online peace demonstration - www.IMAGINEPEACE.com

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Please forward this letter to everyone on your mailing list. Thank you. IMAGINE PEACE!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New John Lennon photo discovered!

This is a picture of John that was taken in 1958 and has never been seen until now.



You can read more about it here:
John Lennon photo uncovered