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.

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.


"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


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.

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

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.

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.