JOHN LENNON's widow YOKO ONO has been made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik, Iceland in recognition of her tireless efforts for world peace. The artist/singer was presented with the award by the region's Mayor Jon Gnarr at a special ceremony in the city on what would have been Lennon's 73rd birthday on Wednesday (09Oct13).
After receiving the award, Ono said, "Thank you for making me an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. It is indeed a great honor. It gives me an immense encouragement to continue doing good work."John and I believed in 'Nutopia', which would make all of us citizens of the world. But inside the world, there is a land of our hearts that is shining with warmth, truth and beauty called Iceland. Each time I visit the land, I am reminded of what is essential and therefore most important in life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being you." Ono made Reykjavik the center of her world peace campaign after launching the Imagine Peace Tower memorial in the city in 2007.
An exhibit of drawings by John Lennon will be up in Soho from Oct. 9 to Oct. 14 to raise money for Citymeals-on-Wheels, a local emergency food provider that delivered 64,000 meals to homebound seniors in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year.
The exhibit, curated by Yoko Ono, is free to the public, though the gallery asks for a $3 suggested donation at the door for Citymeals-on-Wheels. Over the course of 11 years, Ono has displayed different drawings in New York City for Citymeals-on-Wheels, raising a grand total of more than $160,000. Ono said people initially balked at showing Lennon’s artwork years ago, likely because they only saw him as a musician. But Ono pointed out Lennon started as a painter and a visual artist.
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The National Trust has revealed that it will not be bidding for John Lennon’s childhood home when it goes up for auction at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club on 29th October.
The Beatles star lived in the red-brick terrace house (pictured above) at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree until he was five-years-old, from 1940 to 1945. It has been given a guide price of £150,000 to £250,000 but the Trust has said it will not be adding to its two-strong collection of Beatles' former homes as there was "no significance to the house in terms of musical influence or development". A spokesperson for the National Trust told MailOnline Travel: "Where we can, we take on properties of significant historical interest which are about to be lost to the nation, but we do not have the resources to acquire all the properties we would like.
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's star on the , which was desecrated by vandals over the weekend with writing and drawings, is back to its original state Oct. 7 after workers, first from Capitol Records, then the Walk of Fame, feverishly removed the damage on Monday.
“Although it is the Chamber's responsibility, we were out there first thing this morning attempting to clean the star. We made some great progress and then the company that installs the stars for the Walk of Fame showed up and they took over. They're going to strip and reseal the star which should take care of it. It will look great for Wednesday's Lennon birthday celebration!,” Jim Kuha, Senior Director of Adminstration for UniversalGroup said Monday afternoon.
Paul McCartney has fired a loyal caretaker from his Scottish estate after twenty years of service. Jimmy Paterson is said to be shocked at being given three months notice by the musician to vacate the High Park Farm on the Mull of Kintyre, where he is the live-in caretaker.
It is believed estate manager Bobby Cairns, 52, who lives in nearby Campbeltown, has also been let go after 35 years. A source close to Jimmy, 50, told The Sun newspaper: "They are very upset. They have been loyal servants to Paul and did the whole vegetarianism thing with no killing on the farm. They stuck to his principles so it seems quite harsh to dump them now."
John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced with graffiti and other markings over the weekend, just days before what would have been his 73rd birthday on Wednesday.
Vandals scrawled messages, drew a smiley face and added other scribbling over the star on Vine Street near the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. The Beatles’ group star and the individual stars for the other members of the group were not damaged. Peace activist Jerry Rubin, who spearheads an annual celebration at Lennon’s star on the musician's birthday, said Monday that “the special annual public birthday celebration for John Lennon will take place as enthusiastically as ever” this year.
Please Please Me, With the Beatles and Beatles for Sale return to Liverpool after being sent from Crease's Music Store 50 years ago. A Beatles fan from across the Atlantic donated her prized collection of Fab Four records to Liverpool on her first ever visit to the city.
Vicky Mary, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, was 13 years old when Beatlemania swept the US in the 1960s. As a teenager she was so obsessed with John, Paul, George and Ringo she ordered their first three LPs from Crease’s Music Store on County Road. But Vicky, who paid for the records by bankers draft from more than 3,500 hours away, had never been to the home city of her idols. Now, after decades enjoying the sounds of Liverpool, she has been able to take in its sights, after tourist board Marketing Liverpool arranged for her to be flown over.
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The Fifth Beatle, the upcoming Brian Epstein biopic, will include songs from the Beatles' catalog—the first time a dramatization about the Fab Four has done so. The film, set for release sometime in 2014, follows the private life of the band's manager, who accidentally overdosed in 1967.
Epstein, a closeted gay businessman, is largely credited with bringing the band to the public's attention. He heard the band during his lunch break at the Cavern Club and pursued a record deal with EMI after getting the boys to take him on as manager. Producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook) has closed a deal to board the film, according to a report from Deadline. The title of The Fifth Beatle comes from a phrase Paul McCartney used to refer to Epstein/
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Thirty-three years ago, when he was writing the mournful epilogue to the book that still stands as a benchmark, Philip Norman tried to communicate how it felt: a world after the Beatles. He pictured a widow in a lofty apartment on Fifth Avenue, myriad lawyers and accountants mired in wrangling over the band’s money, and a still-beautiful barmaid in Hamburg, tired of the old questions (“Did you really invent the Beatle cut?”).
And in Pinner, Middlesex, there was “a serious young man of 22” who sat alone in his room with his Beatles bootleg recordings, hour after hour, picking up the mutterings and whispers that echoed from the long-gone Sixties. His name was Mark Lewisohn. The wheel comes full circle and little has changed. A publishing boom has kept pace with the band’s popularity over the decades, and this autumn will see the spotlight fall on Beatles Solo: The Illustrated Chronicles Of John, Paul, George, And Ringo After The Beatles by Mat Snow and The Beatles In America by Spencer Leigh, as well as biographies of George Harrison and Paul details