Sunday, April 29, 2007

A-Z of John Lennon

I just thought I'd let you all know about a new project I've started over on the forum. It's an "A-Z of John Lennon" and I'm putting together as many facts and quotes as I can find about each of John's solo songs. I'm working through his songs in alphabetical order and have just finished Cold Turkey.

If you'd like to take a look this is the link:

A-Z of John Lennon

Any more information on any of the songs I've completed so far would be very welcome!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Macca's 'Uplifting' Mandolin

Sir Paul McCartney has been getting over his bitter divorce battle with Heather Mills by learning to play the mandolin.

The former Beatle, 64, reckons the medieval instrument "lifted" him over recent months as he recorded a new solo album.

He told Uncut magazine: "I bought a mandolin. It isn't tuned like a guitar so I didn't know my way around it.

"But the feeling of picking my way through and finding chords was magic. It was like I was 17 again.

"I remembered - this is what it is all about. It was like me and John (Lennon) learning piano. You play and then you hit a wrong note and you go 'ooohh!'

"And you write a whole song on that chord.

"The excitement of getting the mandolin, finding new chords - that's really lifted me, that has.

"That's the opening track to my new album."

McCartney's CD is being released by Starbucks in a revolutionary new deal.

It will come out in June and be sold in the coffee shop chain's 13,500 outlets.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bob Dylan on John Lennon

"John and the Beatles were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid. Everybody else thought they were for the teeny boppers, that they were gonna pass right away. But it was obvious to me that they had staying power: I knew they were pointing in the direction where music had to go."

(Bob Dylan)

"I've always liked the way George Harrison plays guitar - restrained and good. As for Lennon, well, I was encouraged by his book. Or the publishers were encouraged, because they asked me to write a book and that's how Tarantula came about. John has taken poetics pretty far in popular music. A lot of his work is overlooked, but if you examine it, you'll find key expressions that have never been said before to push across his point of view. Things that are symbolic of some inner reality and probably will never be said again."

(Bob Dylan - Playboy, 1978)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

More "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

If you saw my feature on the Beatles in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a few weeks ago, here's another picture of Ringo in his lion costume that I found.

Friday, April 20, 2007

New Poll: Which Beatle do you have most in common with?

Results of our last poll:

If you could travel back in time, which of these events in Beatles history would you choose to witness?

A Beatles concert at the Cavern, 1962 42%
The first meeting between John Lennon and Paul McCartney 26%
The filming of A Hard Day's Night, 1964 21%
The Beatles in India, 1968 5%
The Rooftop Concert, 1969 5%
A recording session for Sgt Pepper, 1967 0%

If you can think of any other response to this question, or want to explain your choice, here's where we've been discussing it on the forum.

New Poll:

Which Beatle do you have most in common with?

You might think that would be obvious since this is a John Lennon blog, but I'm not necessarily asking for your favourite Beatle - just the one you feel you have most in common with. Maybe opposites attract!

You have at least a month to answer. You can find the poll in the sidebar on the right of this page.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Lennon lid up for auction

An aluminium saucepan lid signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono is expected to fetch £1,200 ($2,340) at an auction in London. The musical duo signed the lid in felt tip pen at the Institute of Culinary Arts in London in September 1969, where their films were being screened.

The listing for the sale reads, "This lid was obtained on September 10, 1969 at the Institute of Culinary Arts in London where...the couple were doing a 'Bag-In' on stage.

"Each member of the audience was given a lid or baking tray to bang on while being secretly filmed."

The item will go under the hammer at London auction house Christie's later this year.

From Contact Music

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Just a quick update today:

I joined the We Love Them clique at Endless Rain. (See the image in the sidebar to the right of this page, above the poll.)

There'll be a new poll later in the week, so if you haven't voted already there's still time!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Come Together: A John Lennon/Beatles Forum

If you're a fan of John Lennon and the Beatles (which you probably are if you're visiting my blog) maybe you'd be interested in joining my new forum.

Come Together: A Place For John Lennon Fans

Talk about John Lennon, The Beatles, peace, or anything at all. We even have a section for you to advertise your own sites and message boards.

Everyone is welcome to join!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More icons

Here are some more images I made for you to use on forums etc.



[More of my icons and animations]

Sunday, April 08, 2007

It's Julian Lennon's birthday today

Happy Birthday Julian!

Here's a nice picture of Julian and his father:

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Sgt Pepper to be recreated

Oasis, the Killers, and the Kaiser Chiefs are to cover songs from the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to mark the 40th anniversary of the classic album's release.

The original album was released on June 1, 1967, and to mark the event the big names will all be covering tracks from the record for a BBC2 special to be aired in the UK on June 2.

Razorlight, James Morrison, the Fratellis, and Travis are among the other acts taking part.

The BBC reports that Geoff Emerick, the engineer in charge of the original sessions, will use the same equipment to record the new versions.

Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas said: "This will be not only a unique radio event, but a very special musical moment. The range and quality of artists involved ensure that this will be a fitting tribute to one of the great albums of all time."

There is no news yet on which track the artists concerned will cover.


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Happy Easter

To those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Lennon piano tours world

The piano which John Lennon used for "Imagine" is travelling on a peace tour of the world, it has been reported.

The Steinway Model Z upright was used to write and perform Lennon's landmark song and is now owned by George Michael.

It will this week be photographed at the Memphis site where civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King was killed, exactly 39 years ago.

The latest appearance follows a similar turn recently on the grassy knoll in Dallas where John F Kennedy is infamously thought to have been shot from.

Speaking about the piano, which he paid £1.67 million for in 2000, Michael explained: "The selection of the site evokes a deep sense of emotion for everyone.

"Capturing the image of this special piano on which a song of peace was composed is part of the heartbeat of this project."

A documentary and photo album capturing the piano's journey is also in the pipeline.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Rock and Roll Music

Pictures of John Lennon with his guitar.

"The US vs John Lennon" DVD

Just a quick note to remind you that "The US vs John Lennon" DVD is released in the UK tomorrow (2nd April 2007).

Sgt Pepper Pictures

The 'St Giles Street Gallery' website has some rare photos of the Beatles taken by Frank Herrmann at a Sgt Pepper session on March 30th 1967. You can see them here:

St Giles St Gallery