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John Lennon anniversary: 9 October - 8 December 2010
3 February 2010
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I've heard that Liverpool is staging a celebration of John Lennon's life between what would have been his 70th birthday - 9 October - to the 30th anniversary of his death - 8 December. There's to be a number of events and exhibitions in the city, though I don't have any more details as yet.

Have a look at this proposal from Mersey Beat founder Bill Harry: http://www.dmbeatles.com/forum.....#msg249950

Might be a good time to organise that visit to Menlove Avenue and Forthlin road...

I also got an email about a book, John Ono Lennon: His Life and Music, by Tim Riley, to be published December 2010 by Norton Press. It got me thinking about the inevitable onstlaught of Beatles/Lennon related products and broadcasts that we're likely to see later in the year.

So, two questions: 1) what would you like to see this year?
2) what can I do on this site in celebration of John's memory?

It has to be feasible stuff given time constraints and a general lack of funds. So commissioning an artist to produce a memorial portrait is out, as is developing some kind of 'Jam with John' mashup webtool thing, much as that might be interesting. But no, are there any special yet simple things you'd like to see on this site? I'll expand the history blog section to include all the grizzly Mark Chapman stuff, and I'll improve the photo gallery. What else can I do?

One idea I've been toying with is song/album guides for Lennon and McCartney's solo output, similar to the ones I've done for The Beatles. Would that be welcome?

Oh, my answer to 1) is the first installment of Mark Lewisohn's Beatles biog. I'm looking forward to that so much it's untrue. I'd also quite like to see the films John and Yoko made together get a DVD release, although most of them are supposed to be pretty unwatchable. Is there any unreleased music worth hearing, or did the scrape the barrel dry with the Lennon Anthology box?

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3 February 2010
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Joe - thanks for this!

A breakdown on solo Beatles stuff would be brilliant - although Ringo's stuff might not be so captivating PLEASE don't leave out George Cry

I have a book called Eight Arms To Hold You (see here: http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Ar.....0615117244). Be warned - McCartney's stuff is VERY extensive!

Totally in agreement over Lewisohn's book. It's been a long time coming and this will only be volume 1.

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3 February 2010
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Although I'd love to do the solo years, I still have a mountain of Beatles-era stuff to do and that needs to take priority.

It takes quite a while to research and write all the articles, and I can't see me getting masses of traffic for having covered all Lennon's b-sides or some of the lesser known Wings album tracks. Maybe I could start with a selection of better-known ones for each. I'll check out that book though - I have a John Blaney book, Together Alone, which has recording details for L&M, which got me thinking about a solo era section.

Anyway, it won't get done until the history section's done and dusted. I've currently done up to 1961, with key dates thereafter. I'm going to spend most of the year finishing it off and then I'll see what to do. If I can fit some nice Lennon-related things in too I will do.

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3 February 2010
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I think an article or two on his writings could be interesting - books, letters, poems, journals, etc. Something to give people a feel for the man when he wasn't being John the Beatle.

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4 February 2010
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Actually, why couldn't you 'commission' something by having an art contest? I'm not sure what type prizes you could offer - maybe points on the game system of their choice to buy new albums for rock band. Unless general lack of funds = zero funds. In which case, full steam ahead for new articles!

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5 February 2010
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I have some rare 7" promo singles of The Nowhere Boys singing That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger from the Nowhere Boy preview. I could give them away as prizes I suppose. I'll have a think.

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16 February 2010
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Joe said:

So, two questions: 1) what would you like to see this year?
2) what can I do on this site in celebration of John's memory?


Well, since John started The Beatles (and The Quarrymen), maybe something in honor of the birth of the bands... Have you heard that BBC (I think) broadcast of The Day John met Paul? Some sort of tribute along those lines would be most appropriate for John's 70th.

...and a page that honors Ivan Vaughan. To me, he's the most important non-Beatle in Beatle history.

Thanks for your amazing site! Cool The song listings/stories alone are invaluable!

16 February 2010
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I'm with you 110% on the Lewisohn book.  I get a bit of a tremble thinking about it.

And in celebration, to honor Johnny of the Moondogs, maybe we can hold a book burning for Goldman's manuscript?

Seriously, Joe, no pressure or anything, but I would love to see some of the solo work written up for the web site.  You've got the right idea, I think: start with the well-knowns, then add the rest as you get time.  If there's anything I can do to help ...

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19 February 2010
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My mum just emailed me to ask if there's anything I want for my birthday. It looks like a copy of Eight Arms To Hold You is heading my way, though not until April. I'm looking forward to it Smile

I'll have a think about some solo stuff. I'd probably start with Lennon and go from there - McCartney's career's been far too long to make it manageable in one go, and my focus really has to be the Beatles stuff. I might do Imagine, POB and the key singles to start with, though what I really want to do for the anniversary is the events of 1980 from the end of John's retirement through to 8 December. I might try and to a day-by-day history for the whole year (McCartney's drugs bust to Double Fantasy hitting number one), but we'll have to see.

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29 June 2010
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John Lennon solo remasters to be released in October

Hmm. Interesting. Like the gullible fool I am I'm bound to buy the 11-disc deluxe edition.

Anyway. Thoughts. Good, bad, cash-in? We surely don't need another best-of, and the four-CD compilation looks pretty unnecessary too. But I think it'll be good to hear the rest (even if it means sitting through Sometime In NYC again).

Someone in another thread asked if there were going to be any new Beatles releases. I guess this answers the question.

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29 June 2010
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A stripped down Double Fantasy sounds good.

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29 June 2010
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skye said:

A stripped down Double Fantasy sounds good.


 

Double Fantasy...Naked?two-virgins

Maybe Paul had a problem with the way Jack Douglas produced the album? (He asked, tongue firmly planted in cheek).a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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29 June 2010
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Lord, I walked right into that one.a-hard-days-night-paul-2

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29 June 2010
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Joe said:

John Lennon solo remasters to be released in October

Hmm. Interesting. Like the gullible fool I am I'm bound to buy the 11-disc deluxe edition.

Anyway. Thoughts. Good, bad, cash-in? We surely don't need another best-of, and the four-CD compilation looks pretty unnecessary too. But I think it'll be good to hear the rest (even if it means sitting through Sometime In NYC again).

Someone in another thread asked if there were going to be any new Beatles releases. I guess this answers the question.


We could start a 'Gullible Fools' support group. At least we will have the Christmas excuse to justify the purchase (those late year releases are not by accident!).
Actually, I would look forward to owning the collection because I don't have a whole lot of his solo stuff.

 

skye said:

Lord, I walked right into that one.a-hard-days-night-paul-2

 

Sorry - couldn't help it.

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30 June 2010
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I bought Walls And Bridges on CD earlier in the year. Wish I hadn't bothered now.

I wish there was a proper anthology of Lennon's work, including Live Peace At Toronto, Live In New York City, Menlove Avenue and even the avant garde stuff (for the sake of completion). It would have been good to have those in the big collector's box.

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30 June 2010
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Joe said:

I bought Walls And Bridges on CD earlier in the year. Wish I hadn't bothered now.

 


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MrBig said:

Joe said:

I bought Walls And Bridges on CD earlier in the year. Wish I hadn't bothered now.

 


You didn't like it? a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

 I got the sense he wishes he had known about the box set before buying any individual Lennon CD's. Joe?

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30 June 2010
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Well I like John's solo work so I guess it would be nice to have his stuff... but it depends on the price. My pockets are already suffering of all the Beatle stuff I'm getting and to be honest, I'm a pack rat so I don't want to get more stuff.... but again it's John's solo work. He's one of the most important artists from our era and it would be interesting get ahold of his material.

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30 June 2010
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Yes, I wish I'd waited. They were cheapish on Amazon for a while and I bought a few of them. Most of Lennon's stuff I have on vinyl but I thought it'd be nice to upgrade.

I'm listening to Imagine now. I hope they make it a little less sludgy with the remasters. Much as I love Phil Spector's production, some of the songs are just a load of mush.

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Joe said:

Yes, I wish I'd waited. They were cheapish on Amazon for a while and I bought a few of them. Most of Lennon's stuff I have on vinyl but I thought it'd be nice to upgrade.

I'm listening to Imagine now. I hope they make it a little less sludgy with the remasters. Much as I love Phil Spector's production, some of the songs are just a load of mush.


If you want Mush and Lennon then you should listen to the stereo remaster of Doctor Robert. Eesha-hard-days-night-ringo-14
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