Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lennon next for Curtis writer

From Manchester Evening News

FRESH from writing the highly-acclaimed new movie about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, Mancunian scriptwriter Matt Greenhalgh has moved on to another music icon.

For Matt, who wrote the Curtis biopic Control which is due for general release in October, is currently writing a film about The Beatle's legend John Lennon.

Matt, from Prestwich, tells me: "The film is called Lennon and details John's adolescent years, pre- Beatlemania.

"It came to me off the back of Control - the producers of Lennon saw Control and then asked me if I'd consider doing their script for them.

"It wasn't a particularly hard decision for me to say yes."

The film will follow John's teenage years in Liverpool, when he lived with his strict Aunt Mimi.

Matt is hoping to get the first draft of the film ready before Christmas, although it's likely to be at least another year until the movie is ready for the big screen.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Just John

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Mick Jagger to release duet with John Lennon


Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger is going to release a duet with the late Beatles legend John Lennon.

The song, which is called 'Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)' - was recorded by the pair over 30 years ago and will feature on Jagger’s new compilation album 'The Very Best of Mick Jagger'.

The track features Mick Jagger on vocals, the late John Lennon on guitar and Ringo Starr on drums.

It was recorded in Los Angeles in 1973 and was produced by Lennon.

The song never received a public release at the time, but fetched $2,800 at an auction in London back in 2003.

A source said: "Apparently Mick had forgotten about the song for a number of years.

"But thanks to the auction some people got to hear it again and it sounded good."

The album is due to be released in October.

John Lennon downloads on iTunes

E! News

Apple just scored some instant karma with John Lennon fans.

The company's iTunes Store began selling the late Beatle's solo catalog on Tuesday, the first time Lennon's work has been available via the Internet's most popular digital download service.

Effective immediately, 16 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's albums are available, including his landmark Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Double Fantasy, as well as the compilation albums Lennon Legend, Acoustic, Anthology and Working Class Hero.

The entire catalog has been digitally remastered, and the tracks will be available in DRM-free format for $1.29 each.

As a bonus, exclusive videos will be bundled with several of the albums for the next month.

"John would have loved the fact that his music will now be available in a format suited to a new generation of listeners," Yoko Ono said in a statement.

"John Lennon is one of the greatest artists of our time," added Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and inveterate Beatlemaniac. "We're thrilled to have his solo catalog available on the iTunes Store for the first time."

With the addition of Lennon, three of the four Beatles have now made their way to iTunes. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came aboard earlier this year, leaving George Harrison as the only one whose solo post-Beatles oeuvre is not represented. (Harrison's Traveling Wilburys music debuted in June.)

Monday, August 13, 2007

May Pang to release new book of John Lennon photos

From Contact Music

John Lennon's ex-girlfriend May Pang is set to release a book of previously unseen photos taken of the late Beatle during their 18-month romance. The book, titled Instamatic Karma in reference to Lennon's song Instant Karma, features 150 photographs of the Imagine singer, including shots of him in the studio recording his album Walls And Bridges, and images with his Fab Four bandmates Sir Paul MCCartney and Ringo Starr.

Lennon dated his assistant Pang in 1973, when the star had temporarily separated from his wife Yoko Ono. Instamatic Karma will be released early next year (2008).