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September 29, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a dead-rock-star hagiography of the politically righteous persuasion, a documentary that argues that not only was the former Beatle a living saint, but that in his early '70s solo days he was also a potent enough pop cultural figure to scare the Nixon administration. David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's film, which chronicles the efforts to deport Lennon before the 1972 presidential election, suffers from predictable pitfalls. Too many talking heads, for instance, telling Lennon's side of the story, from lefty stalwarts like Noam Chomsky to suits such as Walter Cronkite.
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June 16, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'John never expected anything like this would happen - yet he would have loved the fact that it's happening. " The speaker is Yoko Ono. "John" is, of course, her husband, John Lennon, Beatle, peace activist, and artist, who was murdered in 1980. It's a shock to reflect that Lennon would have turned 70 last Oct. 9. An exhibition of his artwork, titled "Yoko Ono Presents 'Imagine Peace': A Visual Tribute to John's 70th Year," runs in Manayunk Friday through Sunday, to raise funds for North Light Community Center, on Green Lane.
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November 18, 2010
MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY: LENNON NAKED. 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 12. AMERICAN MASTERS: LENNONYC. 9 p.m. Monday, Channel 12. YES, YOU CAN now download the Beatles on iTunes. Or you can spend a couple of nights with one of them - John Lennon - on PBS. With the 30th anniversary of Lennon's slaying only weeks away, both Sunday's "Masterpiece Contemporary" and Monday's "American Masters" look at the complicated life of the man who walked away from the Beatles, found a measure of peace in America and met his death here at the hands of a deranged fan. One's a drama, the other a documentary, but they dovetail nicely, "Masterpiece's" "Lennon Naked," which stars Christopher Eccleston ("Doctor Who")
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August 16, 1988 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
Dig beneath the tombstone of any dead rock star and you're sure to find some sordid revelations to titillate the masses. Elvis. Jimi. Janis. Jim. John. They all lived hard and died sadly. All had been stressed by fame, pressed constantly to top themselves creatively. And all had fallen prey to one (or more) of the easy escapist commodities that were always being thrust at them - drink, drugs, sex . . . . Certainly, John Lennon lived way out on the edge, cowed by the revolutionary impact his music (and that of his fellow Beatles)
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October 1, 2010 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
MUSIC AND FILM buffs may wait a couple weeks for the sensitively wrought John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy" to mark its official opening. Or, more intriguing, you could enjoy a special sneak peek of the film on Tuesday at the Keswick, enhanced with a chat and performances by special guests who knew and worked with Lennon back in the day. Scripted by the same bloke (Matt Greenhalgh) who visualized Joy Division's bleak world in the cult hit "Control," "Nowhere Boy" finally brings to the screen the fascinating saga of John Lennon's formative early years.
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August 30, 1991 | By Larry Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of the late John Lennon, once described the booming business in memorabilia connected to the murdered ex-Beatle as akin to "taking the pennies off the eyes of a dead man. " The evidence suggests that she has changed her mind. Yesterday, at Christie's auction house here, she offered 48 mementos of her life with the great man - heralded as "The Cynthia Lennon Collection" - for sale to the highest bidders. Among the offerings are highly personal items, including a set of papers connected to her divorce from Lennon, who left her in 1968 to marry Yoko Ono. The divorce papers, for which she asked a minimum bid of 1,000 pounds ($1,690)
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October 29, 1995 | From Inquirer wire services
Former Beatle Paul McCartney said yesterday that he was bitter about living in the shadow of the late John Lennon and was tired of trying to justify his career alongside that of his former collaborator. McCartney, 53, one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the 20th century, said he was the more avant-garde and innovative of the two. "The thing I find myself doing, which is a pity, really, is trying to justify myself against John - and I hate to do that," he said in an interview with London's Daily Mail newspaper.
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December 8, 2005 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Earle Bailey remembers being half-asleep in his Sansom Street apartment when the news that John Lennon had been killed came over the television. The WMMR DJ bolted to the studios, where he stayed all night and into the next day and night, taking emotional calls from listeners, playing nothing but Lennon, watching as people just showed up outside in Rittenhouse Square. Overwhelmed by the sight, as their broadcast of "Give Peace a Chance" echoed throughout the candlelit square, Bailey and fellow DJ Bubba John Stevens threw open the studio window as hundreds outside sang along.
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October 9, 1988 | By Rip Rense, Special to The Inquirer
Graying, 46-year-old Paul McCartney sat in his home recording studio in the south of England, watching his old partner, John Lennon, on a monitor. Lennon was recounting the cheer in which he used to lead the Beatles, back in the days when the group was on its way up. "When the Beatles were depressed, thinking the group is going nowhere," Lennon said on screen, "I'd say, 'Where are we going, fellas?' And they'd go, 'To the top, Johnny!' And I'd say, 'Where's that, fellas?' And they'd say . . . " Here McCartney joined in, syllable-for-syllable, with the filmed Lennon: "To the toppermost of the poppermost!"
NEWS
December 8, 2000
Our cluttered culture cannot obscure the fact that the tragedy of John Lennon's death is undiminished. Read a newspaper story with the words John Lennon, who was murdered Dec. 8, 1980, and involuntary responses take over.. . . There is a stomach twinge, a misfiring of the heart, a shaking of the head.. . . You could see him walking in Central Park with his wife and son. There he was, a man, husband, father. Then, he was gone. Here are some of the eternal questions: Who was the best Beatle?
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February 24, 2014 | By Amy Laughinghouse, For The Inquirer
LIVERPOOL, England - This February marks 50 years since the Beatles hit U.S. shores. Today they're a phenomenon around the world, but to really get a sense of how Beatlemania lives on, you've got to pay a visit to the boys' hometown. Read on for a list of five Liverpool attractions where Fab Four fans can rock up year-round.   The Beatles Story This exhibition follows the band's meteoric rise right from Liverpool's underground clubs through their post-breakup endeavors.
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July 28, 2013 | By Justin Moyer
Half a century ago, the Beatles were really busy. After Beatlemania broke out in 1963, they played more than 1,200 shows, recorded 12 LPs, and appeared in five movies. Some followed the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, or admitted to trying acid, or spurned royal honors, or claimed to be more popular than Jesus. Then, in 1970, they broke up. But that didn't end Beatlemania. In 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels appealed to the band on the air, offering them $3,000 to reunite.
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February 2, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
I'm not sure Rain , the touring Beatles revue that has also made its home on Broadway since 2010, meets the standard for theater. A knockoff of a knockoff (all four cast members are Beatlemania vets), it's more like watching a Fab Four drag show, or a really expensive cover band. It's a decent cover band, mind you, without lip-syncing, but the only narrative is signaled by the band's musical development, tracked chronologically, and its members' hair growth. But it's not like the boys need a jukeboxed story to hold their catalog together.
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January 23, 2012 | Staff Report
Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Millions of ethnic Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese around the world rang in the Year of the Dragon with fireworks, feasting and family reunions, according to the Associated Press. 2011 was the Year of the Rabbit and next year, which begins Feb. 10, 2013, will be the Year of the Snake. Those born under the sign of the Dragon "prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful," according to www.chinesezodiac.com . "They're driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks.
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October 12, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
On what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday (see below), Sir Paul McCartney , 69, wed skweezie Nancy Shevell , 51, Sunday, at a civil ceremony in Marylebone, central London. His third; her second. They'll throw a party Stateside later. Mac's daughter Beatrice was flower girl and his bro Mike was best male. Shevell wore a Stella McCartney dress, and Paul wore a blue suit. He gave her a 5-carat Neil Lane diamond in a platinum ring. Ringo Starr was there, with wife Barbara Bach , George Harrison's widow Olivia , Shevell's son Arlen , and her cousin, Barbara Walters . Wait . . . now Baba Wawa is sort of related to Paul?
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September 5, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle University graduate William Burns is about to take on a big new job: fixing the world. Or at least, fixing what he can of it. On Thursday, in ceremonies in Washington, Burns will be sworn in as deputy secretary of state, placing him directly below Hillary Rodham Clinton in authority and raising his responsibility for diplomatic relations around the globe. "Standards are slipping in Washington," Burns deadpanned in an interview. His mentors at La Salle - who vividly remember Burns' A-plus classroom performance - beg to differ.
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July 1, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers spent a night in a London hospital after a suspected suicide attempt, London's The Sun reports. The tabloid says paramedics were called Tuesday night to Meyers' house, where he was found nearly unconscious after an apparent overdose of pills. The police were called to help after Meyers refused treatment for more than half an hour. Meyers, 33, has had an ongoing battle with alcoholism, which has landed him in rehab three times since 2007.
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June 16, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'John never expected anything like this would happen - yet he would have loved the fact that it's happening. " The speaker is Yoko Ono. "John" is, of course, her husband, John Lennon, Beatle, peace activist, and artist, who was murdered in 1980. It's a shock to reflect that Lennon would have turned 70 last Oct. 9. An exhibition of his artwork, titled "Yoko Ono Presents 'Imagine Peace': A Visual Tribute to John's 70th Year," runs in Manayunk Friday through Sunday, to raise funds for North Light Community Center, on Green Lane.
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December 5, 2010 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
In an ever more digital world, there's a yearning to hold something tactile in your hands as you relive the careers of favorite artists. That's the idea, anyway, behind the annual gift-giving explosion of music boxed sets, which shows no signs of abating. This year, in addition to sets devoted to John Lennon, Selena, Michael Jackson, Hank Williams, Dinah Washington, and obscure soul man Syl Johnson, there are collections dedicated to Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the pioneering indie Matador label, and the songs of the Vietnam War. Few are cheap, most are worthy to be craved.
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