Advertisement
 
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJohn Lennon
IN THE NEWS

John Lennon

FEATURED ARTICLES
BUSINESS
September 18, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A contemporary house in the Hollywood Hills West "bird streets" area where Beatle John Lennon once landed has sold, again, for $4.2 million. It had previously changed hands in April, also for $4.2 million. The seller, from the United Kingdom, had always wanted a home in L.A. but realized after his purchase that he would never use it, said Jon Hamner of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office, who represented the buyer. FOR THE RECORD: John Lennon and May Pang never lived at the Hollywood Hills West home, Pang confirmed.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Paul McCartney took to his website and Facebook page to share his feelings about the death last week of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, the duo whose vocal harmonies exerted a profound impact on the Beatles and countless others who followed in their wake. "Phil Everly was one of my great heroes,” the former Beatle wrote. “With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. " Biographer Mark Lewisohn, in his new book “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1,” quotes McCartney's reaction upon hearing the Everlys sing “All I Have to Do Is Dream” in 1958, when he, John Lennon and newly recruited guitarist George Harrison were still teenagers: “When we first heard it, it blew us away.” PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers through the years "Years later when I finally met Phil,” McCartney said, “I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul.” Shortly after the Everlys reunited in 1983 with a celebrated concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, McCartney wrote the song “On the Wings of a Nightingale” for his boyhood heroes, and it became the lead-off track and hit single from their “EB '84,” their first studio album in more than a decade.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2009 | Robert Hilburn
Hilburn, former pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, is author of "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)." An excerpt in Sunday Calendar recalled his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup. In today's abridged excerpt, he writes about Lennon's murder. -- In 1980, after 10 years at The Times, I was at a crossroads in my personal life. I loved my family, but I was also so obsessive about my work that I found myself devoting more and more time to it. I wanted to be everywhere there was a good story, and that meant I had to choose between that and being with the family on important days.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As much as he's a fan of, and professionally connected to, the music of the Beatles, there are times when “Breakfast With the Beatles” radio show host Chris Carter wonders how long that music can continue to enthrall listeners. Then he stops wondering when he gets a call like one he took on last weekend's show marking the 33 rd anniversary of John Lennon's death. “Some kid called in and asked, 'Could you play "Out the Blue" from "Mind Games," ' ” Carter said in reference to the track from Lennon's 1973 solo album.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2009 | Robert Hilburn
Robert Hilburn was pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for 35 years, from the psychedelic era to the emergence of the iPod. He witnessed many of rock 'n' roll's seminal moments and interviewed virtually every major pop figure of the period. All of this is chronicled in his memoir, "Corn Flakes with John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)," to be published this month. In this abridged excerpt, Hilburn (below left with Lennon in 1980) explores his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup and explains the book's title.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010
We Are Plastic Ono Band Where: Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Price: $60 to $150 Info: (800) 745-3000; http://www.ticketmaster.com An Evening With Yoko Ono Where: Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, L.A. When: 8 p.m. Sunday Price: $25 Info: (800) 745-3000; http://www.ticketmaster.com John Lennon, Songwriter Where: Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole Thursday for the seventh time after officials in New York concluded that his actions showed a "callous disregard for the sanctity of human life. " Chapman, 57, is scheduled to have his next appearance before the parole board in August 2014. A statement released by the board said Chapman was interviewed via a video conference from the Wende Correctional Center in upstate New York on Wednesday. It said a full transcript of the conference would be released later.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A letter John Lennon wrote urging Eric Clapton to start a new band with him shortly after the Beatles broke up will go up for auction next month. The letter is one of several pieces of correspondence from some of the world's greatest musicians, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin. Lennon's letter to Clapton, dated Sept. 29, 1971, expressed the ex-Beatle's admiration and lobbied him to form a group together because he and wife Yoko Ono felt they were kindred spirits with the English superstar guitarist.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
During my recent interview with author Mark Lewisohn about his monumental new biography of the Beatles, “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,” he very briefly let slip a comment that might qualify as favoritism, something that doesn't figure into the book itself, an even-handed, deeply researched account not only of the group itself but also of the world they entered and eventually changed with their music. At 944 pages, it's an imposing book, all the more so when you realize it's the first of three volumes, the other two expected to land successively six or seven years down the line from the first installment.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Is John F. Kerry the 21st century's Neville Chamberlain? And is it true that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it? Certainly that's what critics of the nuclear deal with Iran that the secretary of State helped negotiate are saying. On Monday night, for instance, on Sean Hannity's show on Fox, the conservative host made no bones about his views, showing the famous newsreel clip of Chamberlain waving a piece of paper on his return to Britain, touting his pact with Adolf Hitler.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
After nearly seven decades in the business, several Grammys and countless hit records in the 1960s such as "Downtown" and "I Know a Place," Petula Clark believes she's "beginning to get the hang" of singing. "I tell you what, I get more enjoyment out of it now," said Clark, who turned 81 on Friday. "I am singing better now. This is just a bit of luck. I don't do anything for it. I don't warm up. I just go out and sing. " The British singer recently returned from a tour of her homeland performing her classics, as well as tunes from her new CD, "Lost in You. " And she's heading for Australia next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Just when you thought it wasn't possible to experience the Beatles' work with fresh ears, there arrives a reminder of their power, focus and vocal skill. As the fantastic website Dangerous Minds pointed out , a trove of a cappela recordings are floating around YouTube, featuring the voices of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in perfect harmony. The best of them further reveal the untapped riches still to be discovered in the Beatles archives. A stumble on one of them can often lead into a YouTube wormhole in search of more gems, and sure enough, the bounty reveals music perfect for afternoon surprise.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By David Ng
The Beatles tribute musical "Let It Be" has done solid business on London's West End since opening last fall. But the same jukebox production has failed to entice audiences in New York, leading producers to announce this week that they will close the Broadway version of the musical on Sept. 1, four months earlier than expected. "Let It Be," which opened at the St. James Theatre on July 24, had been scheduled to run through Dec. 29. The show is the latest in a line of Beatles-themed musical to have graced Broadway -- a mini-genre that has seen mixed results at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The night John Lennon died, I was at a Bruce Springsteen show in Philadelphia. The next evening, Springsteen would open with a cover of “Twist and Shout,” but on that fateful night, in the  pre-cellphone, pre-Internet era, my friends and I spent the moment of Lennon's murder blissfully oblivious - until we came out after the concert to find the news burning through the parking lot like a grass fire. “John Lennon's been shot,” some kid shouted; we told him to shut up, that it wasn't funny.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Like beauty, sappiness exists primarily in the eye of the beholder, a truism demonstrated perhaps most clearly in songs about being a parent. To people without children, the subject has led to countless instances of emotional extravagance run amok. Yet to moms and dads, raising kids can seem so profound that it justifies - indeed, necessitates! - the kind of language those very moms and dads might otherwise be inclined to dismiss. (Pop & Hiss expects we might be in for some of that language soon from Kanye West, who as you may have read became a father early Saturday.)
Los Angeles Times Articles
|