CD Review:John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto '69

June 15, 2009

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By Nilan Perera
This DVD is actually pretty cool, but for all the wrong reasons. Trying to follow tight road bands fronted by badass icons Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis and the vision that is Little Richard is simply not advisable. The way the DVD is edited is to give us moments from the openers and then concentrate on the full set of Plastic Ono, featuring John and Yoko, accompanied by Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White. Considering that this band had never played together before the decision to feature old rock’n’roll tunes weighs heavily on the nostalgia bar band tip. There’s some medium cool stuff, like Lennon’s "Cold Turkey," but it’s mostly less than inspired. This is the case until suddenly it’s the ’90s and Yoko begins long ululating wails on one actual song and finishes the concert with a 15-minute modulated shriek accompanied by guitar/bass feedback and the occasional drum burst. It’s quite funny how this is the only standout moment, one that the audience of the time hated. Nostalgia certainly isn’t what it used to be. There’s also an interview with Yoko being cool, together and articulate in 1988. (Shout! Factory)


John Lennon&The Plastic Ono Band-Live in Toronto '69

June 2, 2009

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Op 23 juni zal de John Lennon&The Plastic Ono Band:Live in Toronto ’69 op DVD worden uitgebracht door Shout Factory

http://www.dvdtown.com/news/john-lennon–the-plastic-ono-band-live-in-toronto-69-on-dvd-june-23/6683


John Lennon&The Plastic Ono Band-Live in Toronto '69

June 2, 2009

toronto

Op 23 juni zal de John Lennon&The Plastic Ono Band:Live in Toronto ’69 op DVD worden uitgebracht door Shout Factory

http://www.dvdtown.com/news/john-lennon–the-plastic-ono-band-live-in-toronto-69-on-dvd-june-23/6683


Lennon's iron gift to his beloved aunt is set to go under the hammer

June 2, 2009

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http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/4395445.From_Mimi_to_you__Lennon___s_iron_gift_to_his_beloved_aunt_is_set_to_go_under_the_hammer/

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Botched Bed-In

May 26, 2009

Gave John Lennon play a chance, but script is awful

Jordan Bimm

At the heart of this play is a decent idea: recreate an influential historical event to give audiences a fly-on-the-wall perspective on history in the making.
To that end, John/Yoko Bed Piece does a commendable job reproducing the Montreal hotel room where ex-Beatle John Lennon (Tom Smart) and Yoko Ono (Sharon Marquez) held their second bed-in for peace back in 1969.
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Hall rocks Lennon show

May 23, 2009

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Items from the life of John Lennon went on display last week at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Soho, at 76 Mercer St., in a new exhibit, “John Lennon: The New York City Years.” Co-curated by Yoko Ono, the exhibit includes Lennon’s green card from 1976, below, and letters of support from former Mayor John Lindsay and others, documenting the musician’s fight against deportation for his antiwar views.

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Hall rocks Lennon show

May 23, 2009

lennon-guitar

Items from the life of John Lennon went on display last week at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Soho, at 76 Mercer St., in a new exhibit, “John Lennon: The New York City Years.” Co-curated by Yoko Ono, the exhibit includes Lennon’s green card from 1976, below, and letters of support from former Mayor John Lindsay and others, documenting the musician’s fight against deportation for his antiwar views.

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Montréal gets in bed with John and Yoko to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Bed-in

May 22, 2009

John and Yoko’s infamous Bed-in protest of 1969 in the Canadian city, Montréal will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 26th May.
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Montréal gets in bed with John and Yoko to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Bed-in

May 22, 2009

John and Yoko’s infamous Bed-in protest of 1969 in the Canadian city, Montréal will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 26th May.
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Cathedral plays Lennon's Imagine

May 11, 2009

The cathedral will play out Imagine on 16 May
The bells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral are to ring out to John Lennon’s anti-religious anthem Imagine.

The bells will play the 1971 song, which begins "Imagine there’s no Heaven", as part of an arts festival on 16 May at 1200, 1230 and 1330 BST.

A cathedral spokesman said: "Allowing Imagine to be pealed on our bells does not mean we agree with the song lyric."

The song has drawn criticism from some religious figures as Lennon himself has called the anthem "anti-religious".

Liverpool Cathedral said it had carefully considered the "sensitivities" surrounding the song’s lyrical content.

Cleo Evans, artist
"But we recognise its power to make us think. As a cathedral we do not shrink from debate. We recognise the existence of other world views," added the cathedral spokesman.

The original idea to ring out Imagine came from artist Cleo Evans, who was commissioned by Futuresonic, a cultural festival, to develop the concept with the Anglican Cathedral.

She said: "Imagine is an incredibly gentle, philosophical and moving song which speaks strongly of the need for peace.

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