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Yoko Ono to Get 'Imagine' Credit, as Lennon Wanted

After more than 40 years, Lennon's widow will get credit on his famous song

(Newser) - More than 40 years after the release of one of John Lennon’s most famous songs, Yoko Ono is on her way to receiving the co-writing credit her husband thought she deserved. Variety reports that on Wednesday, National Music Publishers Association CEO David Israelite announced that the process is underway... More »

7 Best Lines From Yoko Ono's Awesome Us List

Admit it, you always wondered whether she liked the Dougie or krumping better

(Newser) - Jezebel is calling it "the Best-Ever Us Weekly '25 Things.'" The Frisky calls it "f---ing perfect." Vulture calls it "the Most Yoko Ono Listicle Ever." Yes, Yoko Ono's contribution to Us Weekly's recurring feature, "25 Things You Don'... More »

Yoko Ono: John Lennon's Killer Is Still Dangerous

Plus: why she never left the Dakota

(Newser) - Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, was last year denied parole for the eighth time; he and his wife reportedly wrote to Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, asking for forgiveness. But, in an extensive interview with the Daily Beast , Ono says Chapman should never be free. "... More »

Yoko Shares Photo of Lennon's Bloody Glasses

In tweets pushing for gun control

(Newser) - Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of Yoko Ono's marriage to John Lennon, and she marked the occasion by offering a personal—and graphic—statement on the gun-control debate: She tweeted a photo of Lennon's bloodstained glasses. "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in... More »

12 Weird Celebrity Duets

Ozzy Osbourne and ... Jessica Simpson?!

(Newser) - Get ready for the smooth sounds of Michael Bublé and ... Reese Witherspoon? Yep, the two are pairing up for a duet on the Canadian crooner's next album. Fortunately we already know Witherspoon can sing, thanks to her role in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, but one has to... More »

McCartney: Yoko Didn't Break Up the Beatles

John Lennon was going to leave anyway, Paul says

(Newser) - All those years you’ve harbored a grudge against Yoko Ono for breaking up the Beatles … and now it turns out you can let it go. "She certainly didn't break the group up," Paul McCartney says in a new TV interview set to air next month,... More »

Don't Let Fracking Destroy My Home

Sean Lennon warns of the environmental dangers of fracking

(Newser) - In the 1970s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought a beautiful farm in an idyllic spot in Delaware County, NY. Now some gas companies intend to "tear through our wilderness" to make room for a hydraulic fracking pipeline, their son Sean writes in the New York Times . "Natural... More »

John Lennon Peace Sign Sells for $154K

He made the placard during a 'bed-in' with Yoko Ono

(Newser) - A placard that got prominent play during a "bed-in" peace protest by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 has fetched the handsome price of $154,000, reports Bloomberg . The sign reading "Bed Peace" was on the window behind the couple as they staged their weeklong protest in... More »

Yoko Ono Has a Most Unusual Twitter Strategy

...which seems to be: 'follow everyone'

(Newser) - If Yoko Ono is following you on Twitter, don’t feel too special: At the moment, she’s following 693,368 people, the most of any Twitter user. She took over the top spot sometime during the past six months—it used to be occupied by President Obama, notes Time... More »

John Lennon's Letters to Be Published

'Pen and ink were his medium,' says publisher

(Newser) - "Society only likes dead artists," John Lennon once wrote in a heartbreaking letter. "I'm afraid Yoko and myself cannot oblige." That note was scooped up by a private collector for $13,000, but soon some 200 other letters, postcards, and doodles of Lennon's will be available... More »

Yoko Ono on John: 'We Were a Couple Who Laughed'

She writes essay for Times on anniversary of Lennon's death

(Newser) - It's the 30th anniversary of the day John Lennon was gunned down in front of the Dakota, but today his widow's memory focuses upstairs, in their kitchen, in the middle of the night. He's making tea for them, gently teasing, "Yoko, Yoko, you’re supposed to first put the... More »

Lennon Talks of 'Dead Heroes' in Final Interview

Rolling Stone releases story on 30th anniversary of death

(Newser) - John Lennon chillingly discusses the media's thrall with "dead heroes" in the last interview of his life, just released by Rolling Stone on the 30th anniversary of the ex-Beatle's death. In a heart-breaking reflection made just three days before he was gunned down, Lennon also talks of all the... More »

Yoko: It Was Paul Who Saved My Marriage to John

Despite feud, McCartney came to former bandmate's aid

(Newser) - Marking what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, his widow Yoko Ono revealed yesterday that it was Paul McCartney who saved their marriage. Despite the bandmates' well-known post-Beatles feud, McCartney came to Lennon’s assistance during the infamous “lost weekend,” when he ran off with his... More »

Yoko Ono Slams Parole for John Lennon's Killer

He's 'still a threat,' says widow

(Newser) - Yoko Ono spoke out yesterday against parole for John Lennon's killer, saying he remains a threat to her, her family and himself. Killer Mark David Chapman appealed for freedom at his last parole board hearing, arguing that he's a changed man, and is ashamed and sorry for gunning down Lennon... More »

Rock's Worst Career Moves

Bob Dylan's Christmas album is just the latest in a long line

(Newser) - Bob Dylan’s decision to record a Christmas album is certainly ill-advised—“fans may have stuck by him throughout the musically self-destructive late '60s, the God-bothering late '70s, and the Grateful Dead-collaborating-Madonna-imitating mid '80s, but surely even Bob's fans have a limit,” writes John Matthew Hall for the... More »

NY Exhibit Features Lennon's Bloody Death Duds

Memorabilia displayed in city he loved

(Newser) - A new exhibit of John Lennon memorabilia includes a bloodied hospital bag holding the clothes he wore the night he was shot to death, reports the Guardian. The bag is the most jolting display of the new show launched by Lennon's widow at the Manhattan annex of the Rock and... More »

A Bundchen in the Oven?

Plus, Susan Boyle forced to change phone number, more

(Newser) - Gisele Bundchen visited the OB/GYN yesterday—gasp!—with hubby Tom Brady, thus prompting the requisite pregnancy rumors from the New York Post. Elsewhere:
  • Poor Susan Boyle, inundated by late-night phone calls, was forced to change her number, the Sun reports.
  • Liam Neeson recently called late wife’s Natasha Richardson’
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Lennon's Rejected Royal Medal Found

Cheeky Beatle returned honor to Queen in peace protest

(Newser) - The symbol of the royal honor John Lennon didn't want has been found forgotten in a royal vault, the Times of London reports. Lennon was awarded the Member of the British Empire honor in 1965—prompting some others to turn in theirs—but sent it back to the palace in... More »

Paul Wants to Release 'Beatles Holy Grail'

Long-lost experimental track was once vetoed by the other three

(Newser) - Paul McCartney says it's time to release an avant-garde Beatles track that features gargles, shouts, and distorted guitar, the Guardian reports. Recorded during Penny Lane sessions in 1967, the 14-minute Carnival of Light was played publicly only once at an electronic music festival. McCartney, who is releasing his third avant-garde... More »

Lennon Not a Nice Guy, New Bio Says

Tell-all portrays him as callous, abusive; Ono calls it 'too mean'

(Newser) - Not everything John Lennon could Imagine was so nice, the New York Post reports. The ex-Beatle callously cheated on his first wife, groped a girl in front of Yoko Ono, and upset Ono by treating her like a lay du jour when they first met, a new biography says. But... More »

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