Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Happy Birthday John Lennon, 09 Oct 1940 - 08 December 1980

Partying All Over the World; Fans Remember John Lennon

Had John Lennon lived, he would be seventy-two today. It's really hard to fathom that it has been almost thirty-two years since he was shot and killed on a New York street outside his home. 

This year, as is the case every year; celebrations will occur all around the world as fans remember the legend that was: John Lennon. The following events are below: 

Friday October 5th-9th, SoHo, NYC: The Artwork of John Lennon in New York: An exhibition featuring Lennon’s work, called “Gimme Some Truth: The Artwork of John Lennon” will be presented by his widow (and visual artist) Yoko Ono in collaboration with Bag One Arts and Legacy Fine Art and Productions. The show will feature 100 of Lennon’s drawings and sketches, which he created using sumi ink, an Oriental technique. The artwork spans 16 years of Lennon’s life, from 1964 to 1980.Marking the late Lennon’s 72nd birthday, the exhibit will be on display this Friday (October 5th) through October 9th at 130 Prince Street in SoHo, NYC. 

Tuesday, October 9, 6-8pm, Hollywood, California, John Lennon birthday celebration: Peace activist Jerry Rubin (not that Jerry Rubin!) wrote to say, “Please let everyone know about the John Lennon and George Harrison Upcoming Birthday Celebration and Memorial Remembrance Events in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at the John Lennon and George Harrison Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars, located at 1750 N. Vine Street in Hollywood.”

Tuesday, October 9, 7pm-close, Monroe, Louisiana, John Lennon Birthday Bash: Enochs Irish Pub will host the longest running tribute to Lennon, the 33rd annual John Lennon Birthday Bash, raising a glass and Irish toast to their beloved Irish son. The Lonely Peppers will perform. Jude Southerland Kessler (author of the John Lennon Series will be on hand with a huge birthday cake. (Read full story here.)

Also tune in to Beatles-a-rama!!! internet radio station to hear Jude's very first John Lennon Hour, Sunday October 6: 8pm EST, 7pm CST, and 5pm PST.

Tuesday, October 9, all day, New York City, Strawberry Fields- Each year fans gather at the Imagine Mosaic in Strawberry Fields, Central Park to leave flowers and sing.

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30, Birds of Paradox, NYC: Musician Jeff Slate and his band Birds of Paradox are paying homage to John with a CD release party October 10th at Joe’s Pub in New York City. They will perform songs from the new CD as well as some Lennon favorites. (Read full article here)

Friday, 12 October, 8pm, London, EnglandThe Quarrymen, John's first band, are getting back together for a rare performance in London. Rod Davis, spokesman for the group, wrote us to say, “Please pass on the news that the Quarrymen are playing a rare gig in London (our first since 2006!) on Fri 12 October at The Castle in Finchley Road.” Len Garry, Colin Hanton, John Duff Lowe and Rod Davis, all original members of the band, will be playing. Also, guest bassist Frank Cairns will be joining them. Click here for info on ticket purchase, click here for the The CastleRocks website.

Source: The Examiner - John Lennon Celebrations

Yesterday the new book; The John Lennon Letters was released. The book was edited by noted Beatles' author Hunter Davies and was sanctioned by Yoko Ono. It contains letters sent by Lennon to lovers, friends, family and fans from every point in his life. Over three hundred letters and postcards are included and contain rants to and against the press, Yoko bashers, George Martin, Paul and Linda McCartney.

Sounds like an interesting read; as it is widely known that John Lennon was somewhat misunderstood and could do and say extremely controversial things and this in turn has created a lot of fascination among fans and people who knew him.

In any case today John Lennon would have been 72, and remains the legend that he was all those years ago. At 40 years of ago, he produced some of his best music when the album Double Fantasy was made. He was shot not long after putting the finishing touches on this amazing album, and what boggles the mind is how much more amazing music would Lennon have created if he were alive today.

Happy Birthday John Lennon.

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