John Lennon

Strawberry Fields not for ever.

John Lennon

John Lennon

Another Liverpool landmark may be biting the dust. Just like the tearing down of Ringo Starr’s home, the gates of Strawberry Fields have been removed.

The Salvation Army owns the land where the Strawberry Fields is located on which a Children’s Home once stood. The difference in this case compared to Starr’s house is that those gates are being put into storage for safe keeping and are being replaced by replicas made by a local metal worker and donated to the group. The concern of the organization was the general toll taken on the gates by both the weather and by the thousands of fans per year who touch the gates.

Major Ray Irving, the director of social services, told the Liverpool Echo “Although care has been taken to ensure the original gates to the site have remained in good condition, inevitably time has taken its toll. When Mr Bennett got in touch with us in 2010 and explained that he was creating a set of replica gates as a project, we were very interested. This means that the original gates can be kept safe from further deterioration and, with the replica gates in place, allow for an authentic experience for the many thousands of people who come on a musical pilgrimage to Strawberry Field.”

The land where the home once stood is still not being utilized, but plans are in the works to develop the parcel into a center for youths with learning disabilities.

Justin Bieber, John Lennon named the most-searched online by kids

What do Justin Bieber and John Lennon have in common? Well, not much, other than that they’re both the top online entertainment searches by kids. According to Norton Online Family, the top searched item for kids online is current teen pop phenomenon Justin Bieber. Now, that makes sense, with the teen titan sporting millions of Twitter followers and constantly hawking new albums, toys, and even a 3D film.

But somehow at #2 is legendary Beatles frontman John Lennon, who passed away long before most kids with access to a computer were born.

Now we’re sure the Beatles might be skewering a little younger than usual. Their entire back catalog was added to iTunes recently, whose biggest customers are probably tweens and teens with plenty of extra cash.

But according to Norton Online Family, apparently kids are more interested in John Lennon then say Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Rihanna. Was there a mandatory nationwide report due on him?

The research, based on 20 million anonymous search-engine queries from kids in 20 countries, found that more than 75% of entertainment searches made by kids online were for songs or musicians.

Other than Bieber, Lennon, and Lady Gaga, other most searched queries by kids included “Dynamite,” “Waka Waka,” and “Teenage Dream.”
Norton Online Family Kids’ Top 25 Entertainment Searches

1. justin bieber

2. john lennon

3. lady gaga

4. dynamite

5. waka waka

6. teenage dream

7. love the way you lie

8. katy perry

9. airplanes

10. rihanna

Cast confim to Play Isle Of Wight 2011 and tribute to John Lennon.

Cast confim to Play Isle Of Wight 2011 and tribute to John Lennon.

Cast confim to Play Isle Of Wight 2011 and tribute to John Lennon.

Cast confim to Play Isle Of Wight 2011 and tribute to John Lennon. After announcing their reformation earlier this year, 15 years on from the release of their million-selling debut ‘All Change’, Britpop giants Cast are back, and today announce they will play at next year’s Isle Of Wight Festival. Having just completed a massive sold out tour of the UK, taking in 2 London shows and finishing in their home town of Liverpool on Thursday night, where John Power played an impassioned version of ‘Working Class Hero’ in tribute to John Lennon, the band will play the legendary Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday June 12th 2011. This month the band are heading back into the studio to record a brand new album. The album is set for release in early 2011 with the aid of cutting-edge, direct to fan music model PledgeMusic. PledgeMusic is the platform that helps bands and musicians make music without the aid of a traditional record label, by allowing fans to contribute to, and get involved in, the whole process. What Cast fans get in return depends on what they pledge for. Everything – from a signed copy of the new album to an invite to the band’s rehearsal room to a private acoustic set by the band – is up for grabs. There’s also a live version of ‘Working Class Hero’ (recorded in Bristol) available exclusively to all of those who pledge. Another feature of the PledgeMusic system allows a percentage of the money raised to be automatically donated to a charity of the band’s choice. Cast have chosen Shelter. Says John Power: ‘We’ve chosen Shelter because they do such awesome work to help people in the UK who are facing homelessness or who have housing issues. Thanks in advance for helping us to help them.’ For a full list of pledges check out www.pledgemusic.com.

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums

Explore 1960s Culture at LA Museums. Rock ‘n’ roll, civil rights and self-expression: From the fringes of society, radical new trends emerged that changed American culture and created icons in the 1960s. Now, 50 years later, several museums throughout Los Angeles are exploring the counterculture decade through exhibits showcasing the music, literature and art that shaped the revolutionary era.

“John Lennon, Songwriter” at the GRAMMY Museum
Through March 31, 2011
All Across the Universe…and now in especially in Los Angeles, John Lennon’s legacy lives — and for a limited time you can get in inside glimpse at his life, career and lasting impact. On what would have been his 70th birthday, the commemorative exhibit “John Lennon, Songwriter” opened at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. In the exhibit you’ll explore the origins of Lennon’s passion for music and songwriting, including his influences such as Eddie Cochran, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and others. You can also trace his evolution from his first band, The Quarrymen, through the Beatles era and then throughout his solo career. Personal memorabilia such as Lennon’s iconic round glasses, several guitars, drawings, hand-written lyrics and much more are on display as well as rare footage, photo and interviews. Don’t miss the interactive feature “In The Studio” with John Lennon. The GRAMMY Museum, in association with Hard Rock International produced this special exhibit, with pieces on loan from Yoko Ono. As a seven-time GRAMMY winner, it is the perfect venue to showcase Lennon’s prolific music career.

“Eva Hesse Spectres 1960″ at The Hammer
Through Jan. 2, 2011
Eva Hesse was one of the first women to achieve great success in the world of modern fine arts because of her cutting-edge work in painting and multimedia during the 1960s. Since her untimely death in 1970, she has been heralded as a visionary for her abstract self-portraits that depicted dream-like figures and emotional states. This specially curated exhibit at the Hammer Museum is the first time that these particular works from early in her tragically short career have been featured together. The exhibit was organized by E. Luanne McKinnon, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, and it is intended to delineate Hesse’s growth as an artist and her contribution to the greater art scene of the time.

Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge at The Huntington
Through Feb. 14, 2011
In a decade that was all about toppling the establishment, Charles Bukowski shouted the stories of the lowest tiers of society in his poems and novels. The author struggled through poverty and alcoholism right on the streets of Los Angeles, and he garnered material from his experiences. Writing in a raw, realistic voice he gained a cult following, though he never gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime. On display at The Huntington, you’ll find early edition prints of his works in literary magazines such as Wormwood Review, The Outsider and The Limberlost Review; rare novels; original drawings; and his manual typewriter.

Lady Gaga has these horrible thoughts that there may be plans to kill her.

Lady Gaga has these horrible thoughts

Lady Gaga has these horrible thoughts

Lady Gaga makes her bodyguard watch over her while she sleeps. The ‘Poker Face’ hitmaker is said to be terrified of being murdered by a crazed fan in a similar way to Beatles legend John Lennon ‘ who was shot dead on the steps of his apartment building in 1980 – and has boosted security to be with her at all times, even moving some staff into her New York apartment. A source said: Gaga thinks some of the fan mail has been pretty ominous. Some of her fans are completely obsessed ‘ they make weird comments like saying they won’t be happy until they die with her. ‘She worries over how John Lennon died and fears the same happening to her. She has these horrible thoughts that there may be plans to kill her. ‘Her security team are always close by. She is becoming more and more reliant on them and won’t go anywhere alone. Her bodyguard even sits in her room as she sleeps.’ However, the singer’s boyfriend Luc Carl is said to be unimpressed by the constant security presence.  ‘Luc is getting a bit sick of having security around all the time. When they’re hanging out at Gaga’s place and her bodyguard is there, it kills the mood. But if she feels safer, he understands.’

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon

The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon.  The Jonas Brothers paid tribute to the late John Lennon on YouTube to celebrate his 70th birthday. The pop group ‘ consisting of brothers Joe, Kevin and Nick ‘ celebrated the late Beatles star’s 70th birthday last Saturday (09.10.10), with a video message describing how much he influenced them and their career. Nick, 18, said: “We grew up listening to the Beatles in our home, John Lennon specifically. And his words, and his lyrics, and his music spoke to many generations of people and continue to.”The trio went on to praise John ‘ who was shot dead by crazed fan on December 8, 1980 ‘ for being “the man” and for inspiring others to live in peace through his music and life mantras. Nick added: “It’s his birthday, 70th birthday, so happy birthday, John. Thanks for the memories. Thanks for the music. And thanks for showing the world that it’s time to come together and live in peace. You’re the man.” In honour of the late pop star, his first wife Cynthia Lennon and their son Julian marked the occasion by unveiling a peace monument in Liverpool, North West England. The Peace and Harmony Memorial was designed by US artist Lauren Voiers and features a brightly coloured globe with musical notes, a guitar and is topped by a dove holding a white feather. Julian said: “We come here with our hearts to honour dad and pray for peace and say thank you to each and every one of you and everybody involved in the celebrations today.” Meanwhile, John’s widow Yoko Ono and their son Sean performed as the Plastic Ono Band in Reykjavik, Iceland, and were joined on stage by former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, before leading the crowd to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Gibson celebrate John Lennon’s 70th with signature guitars

Gibson celebrate John Lennon's 70th with signature guitars

Gibson celebrate John Lennon's 70th with signature guitars

Gibson celebrate John Lennon’s 70th with signature guitars. Gibson Acoustic are releasing a series of three limited edition John Lennon guitar models to celebrate his 70th birthday. The guitars are based on Lennon’s Gibson J-160E, which was bought with the help of Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1962. Luthiers at Gibson’s Montana factory, where all acoustic Gibsons are made, have recreated the guitar in three different forms to represent the singer at different times during his career. The Vintage Sunburst guitar is limited to just 500 guitars and is a copy of the version Lennon had in 1962 and used on recordings like ‘Please Please Me’, ‘With The Beatles’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. The ‘Imagine’ model is in ‘soft white’ and was personally requested by Yoko Ono to reflect this period of John’s life. The final model is the model as it is today, sitting in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH with Lennon’s famous ‘John and Yoko’ sketches. People might know this version of the guitar from Lennon and Ono’s famous bed-ridden protests of 1969. These other two models are limited to just 70s guitars each (one for each year since Lennon’s birth). Yoko was quoted as saying , ‘Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace and the message will spread quicker than you think.’ The Gibson Lennon acoustic models celebrate the peace that has lived on for years through John Lennon’s music and Yoko Ono’s staunch devotion to his memory and legacy.

Johnny Marr, Bad Lieutenant and Ian Brown cover 60s classics on charity album

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr, Bad Lieutenant and Ian Brown cover 60s classics on charity album. Bad Lieutenant and Johnny Marr are amongst the artists commiting themselves to record to support Centrepoint. The album is called ’1969: Key To Change’ and features a whole bunch of artists recording their favourite songs from the year that brought the sixties to a close. Not only did the year end an era, but it was also the year Centrepoint was founded to help the homeless youth of the UK.

The full track listing is:

The Feeling – ‘In The Year 2525′ (originally by Zager & Evans)
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – ‘Space Oddity’ (originally by David Bowie)
Speech Debelle – ‘Give Peace A Chance’ (originally by John Lennon)
Mick Hucknall – ‘Chains Of Love’ (originally by J.J. Barnes)
Jools Holland and Ruby Turner – ‘You Are So Beautiful’ (originally by Billy Preston)
Frank Turner – ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ (originally by The Four Tops)
Chris Difford – ‘What Goes On’ (originally by The Velvet Underground)
Johnny Marr – ‘Tendency To Be Free’ (originally by Rabbit Mackay & Somic Rhythm Boyze)
Kevin and Galen Ayers – ‘Girl On A Swing’ (originally by Kevin Ayers)
Hard-Fi – ’1969′ (originally by The Stooges)
Pleasure Mob – ‘Gimme Shelter’ (originally by The Rolling Stones)
Bad Lieutenant – ‘In The Ghetto’ (originally by Elvis Presley)
Ian Brown – ‘In The Year 2525′ (originally by Zager & Evans)

Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday in New York’s Times Square

Ringo Star

Ringo Star

Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday in New York’s Times Square. The former Beatle stepped outside the Hard Rock Cafe at midday with his friends and family, including wife Barbara Bach, to lead the huge throng of well-wishers who had gathered in a ‘Peace and Love’ salute. The drummer told the crowd that being in the city for his birthday was a ‘magical moment’, and just as special as being there with the Fab Four in 1964. At one point, Ringo even ran across the street to greet fans on the other side of the road who had come to get a glimpse of him.Earlier in the day, the ‘Yellow Submarine’ singer was presented with a cake adorned with a two-fingered peace sign and icing sunflowers and a batch of cookies decorated with the peace symbol inside the Hard Rock Cafe.In the evening, Ringo played a concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to celebrate reaching the milestone age and he and those in attendance were treated to some surprises. At the end of the show Sir Paul McCartney joined Ringo for a rendition of ‘Birthday’ ‘ from the group’s ‘White Album’, released in 1968 ‘ in a rare joint appearance by the two surviving Beatles. At the end of the track, Paul, 68, hugged his friend and said: ‘Happy birthday, Ringo.’ Ringo was also joined by a host of special guests, including Yoko Ono ‘ the wife of the late John Lennon – Jeff Lynne and E Street Band members Little Steven Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren, for a rendition of Beatles classic ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’. The beaming musician joked: ”ve got a lot of friends.’ At the beginning of the year, Ringo revealed he wanted millions of fans to join him and display his signature V-shaped peace hand gesture at noon on his birthday. He said: “We’ll be in New York on July 7 which is my birthday and we’re going to celebrate. No matter what state you’re in, at noon, wherever you are, I’d like you to gesture peace and love.”

Aviv Geffen to release ‘Black and White’

Aviv Geffen to release 'Black and White'

Aviv Geffen

Aviv Geffen to release ‘Black and White’ . Controversial Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen releases a new single on March 29th. Entitled Black and White, the track has been lifted from Geffen’s current self-titled UK debut album and is the follow-up to It’s Alright a song that became the first BBC Radio play-listed track by an Israeli artist when it was released late last year. Black and White (and indeed the current album) has been produced by Trevor Horn, Ken Nelson and Dave Sitek.  Aviv Geffen has been described as a revelation and a cross between ‘John Lennon and Thom Yorke’ (by Q Magazine) and in his native Israel, he comfortably outsells U2, Madonna and Coldplay with over 2.5 million record sales worldwide. Historically he has made something of an impact; in 1993 his ‘Cloudy Now’ was banned by Israeli radio yet it still topped the charts. Two years later he publicly made peace with politician Yitzhak Rabin at a political rally after singing ‘Cry for You’ and moments later Rabin was tragically assassinated. This has never deterred his hopeful spirit and Geffen continues to make hits, sell out 40,000 seater concerts and his female fanbase swells with young teenage women drawn to his sharp and quirky David Bowie-esque style, and his conscious and thought provoking lyrics. Ironically, on Aviv Geffen, he is joined by David Bowie’s pianist Mike Garson and now counts Bowie himself and Lou Reed as avid admirers.

Black and White will be released on March 29th 2010.

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