John Lennon

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Housekeeper's Letter Reveals Lennon's Dark Side

She says he was cheating husband, bullying father

(Newser) - When the Beatles were soaring in popularity, the John Lennon that the world didn't see was a lousy husband and father, according to newly unearthed divorce papers. In a letter to lawyers in 1968, the Lennons' housekeeper, Dorothy Jarlett, described how the atmosphere in the house became increasingly tense... More »

Rolling Stones' Sax Player Dead at 70

Bobby Keys played with John Lennon, Buddy Holly

(Newser) - Bobby Keys, who played saxophone for the Rolling Stones—as well as the likes of John Lennon and Buddy Holly—has died at 70, the Telegraph reports. The Texan may be best known for his solo on the Stones' hit "Brown Sugar." He began playing with the band... More »

Scientists Name Tarantula After John Lennon

Meet Bumba lennoni, which bears no resemblance to the Beatle

(Newser) - Researchers inspired by what they described as John Lennon's mission to "make this world a gentler place" have named a not-so-gentle tarantula after him, reports NBC News . Bumba lennoni lives in the Brazilian Amazon and, sadly, bears no weird resemblance to Lennon. (Unlike a swamp-dwelling Mick Jagger namesake... More »

7 Celebrity Ghosts

These stars have supposedly been spotted after their deaths

(Newser) - It's one thing to see a ghost—but a celebrity ghost? The Stir rounds up 15 late stars rumored to haunt the living, including:
  • Michael Jackson: A TV crew claims to have spotted his ghost at Neverland Ranch.
  • Marilyn Monroe: Her ghost has reportedly been sighted at her grave,
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John Lennon's Killer: 'Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'

Transcript of Mark David Chapman's parole plea is released

(Newser) - The man who killed John Lennon got turned down for parole yet again earlier this month, but at least Mark David Chapman seems to realize that he acted like "an idiot" on that December day in 1980, reports the Journal News . A newly released transcript of his parole hearing... More »

Netscape and Joe Camel, Class of '18 Never Knew Ye

Saturday morning cartoons not a big thing for them

(Newser) - Kids these days, with their Firefox and Chrome … Members of the incoming Class of 2018 probably never used Netscape or got hooked on Saturday morning cartoons, according to an annual list apparently aimed at making you feel old. Beloit College in Wisconsin notes in its yearly Mindset List that... More »

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Yet Again

Mark David Chapman told 'no' for an 8th time

(Newser) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said today. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980,... More »

'Unseen' John Lennon Letter Rants About Pee Incident

Music legend sells out his two pals for urinating in studio

(Newser) - It was a letter dubbed "A Matter of Pee." In it, an irritated John Lennon wrote to producer Phil Spector that it was Who drummer Keith Moon—a hell-raiser with a thing for blowing up toilets and TVs—and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson who urinated on a recording console... More »

John Lennon: Last Beatles Album Was 'Hell'

Old interview comes to light, will go up for auction

(Newser) - The Beatles announced their split in April 1970, and a newly surfaced interview with John Lennon recorded the previous year further reveals just how bad things had gotten, reports the Telegraph . Lennon and Yoko Ono talked with Village Voice critic Howard Smith after the group had finished recording Let It ... More »

Dentist's Plan: Clone John Lennon Using Tooth

Michael Zuk bought the rotting molar for $31K

(Newser) - Remember when a Canadian dentist bought one of John Lennon's teeth for $31,000 in November 2011? Turns out Michael Zuk wanted to do more with the molar than display it on a shelf. Zuk hopes he can use the decaying tooth to clone the dead Beatle. Seriously. Zuk... More »

Beatles' Signed Sgt. Pepper's Fetches $290K

Shatters previous record

(Newser) - The Fab Four shattered another record yesterday, when a ultra-rare signed copy of their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album fetched a rather staggering $290,500 at auction—significantly topping the $30,000 that the auctioneer had predicted. "I consider this to be one of the top... 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 »

For Sale: Rare Color Pics of Beatles in '64

65 slides from first US tour set for the auction block

(Newser) - Unpublished early color photographs of the Beatles' first US tour will be sold at a UK auction. The photos were taken during the band's 1964 visit to the US, when color film was expensive and most images of the group were in black and white. The collection of 65... 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 »

No Parole for Lennon's Killer

Mark David Chapman denied release for 7th time

(Newser) - The seventh time wasn't the charm for John Lennon's killer. Mark David Chapman was today denied parole, in yet another appearance before a parole board. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, and has appeared before the... More »

John Lennon's Killer Up for 7th Parole Hearing

Mark David Chapman killed the former Beatle 32 years ago

(Newser) - For the seventh time since 2000, Mark David Chapman, the murderer of John Lennon, is up for parole, reports Reuters . The parole hearing is scheduled for this week, says a spokesman for New York state's Department of Corrections, and a decision on whether to release him is expected by... More »

Mel Gibson Glad Lennon Was Shot: Screenwriter

And he 'hates Jews,' adds Joe Eszterhas

(Newser) - Yet another potential reason to dislike Mel Gibson: He was happy when John Lennon was shot, says screenwriter and almost-collaborator Joe Eszterhas. And that's only part of a laundry list of serious complaints Eszterhas bares about Gibson now that the two have had a major falling out over a... More »

Coming Soon: Beatles 2, Featuring Beatles' Kids?

James McCartney says he, Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison are up for it

(Newser) - Today in Terrible Ideas: The Beatles' offspring just might form a sort of "Beatles 2" band—at least to hear one of Paul McCartney's kids tell it. "I'd be up for it," James McCartney tells the BBC . "Sean [Lennon] seemed to be into it,... More »

Fans Slam Cee Lo for Changing 'Imagine' Lyrics

Singer altered 'and no religion too' at Times Square bash

(Newser) - Not everyone is thrilled with Cee Lo Green's lyric change on New Year's Eve, MSNBC reports. When singing John Lennon's "Imagine" at New York's Times Square celebration, he changed "Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too" to "Nothing to kill... 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 »

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