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Hey Jude 50

Sunday, August 26, marked the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ biggest hit, “Hey Jude.” Here’s what Rolling Stone has to say about the song and it’s role as a high-water marker in The Beatles song catalog as well as their partnership as friends and as a band… “Hey Jude” sums up the [...]

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Losing Lennon

On December 8, 1980 John Lennon was shot dead in New York. Here’s The Day John Lennon Died… Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here to check out more Music posts

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Still Sinclair

This week I was reminded of long lost Labor Days in Detroit, marching with my father’s union as a little kid. Thinking about Labor Day and Detroit got me thinking about John Sinclair who famously got thrown in jail in 1969 after giving two joints to an undercover cop, before even more famously getting sprung [...]

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Vintage John Lennon Cartoon

Recently, I was browsing through stories via Flipboard and I came across this delightful piece about a vintage animated short film based on John Lennon’s instantly recognizable cartoon doodles. Here’s a bit from the Brain Pickings site… …six years after the beloved Beatle’s assassination, Ono commissioned independent animator John Canemaker to create a short animated [...]

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Lost Beatle

It’s the time of the year when we remember the “Fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe who started “The Beetles” with John Lennon before his untimely death at the age of only 21 on April 10, 1962. Stuart was the band’s original bass player as well as a dedicated painter who left the band to pursue a [...]

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John & Yoko TV Movie

Five years after his assassination, this made-for-television drama tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I wasn’t aware of John and Yoko a Love Story before my girlfriend discovered it online, but it’s definitely worth watching. The 1985 flick picks up at the height of the fallout of John’s comments about The Beatles [...]

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The Day John Met Paul

Yesterday we celebrated one of the most important days in the history of pop music. But, since nobody reads blogs on the weekend, I decided to save this for today… On July 6, 1957 John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time. Here’s the skinny from The History Channel… Only John was scheduled [...]

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Peter Watkins’ Unreal Realities

British filmmaker Peter Watkins is a docudrama pioneer who has combined documentary and dramatic cinematic techniques to deconstruct historic events and cultural trends. A pacifist and a radical, Watkins’ best work examines media in general and film in particular to ask questions about the relationships between media and audiences. A powerful and provocative filmmaker, Watkins’ [...]

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John Lennon's Close Encounter

The first single from John Lennon’s posthumously released 1984 album Milk and Honey, “Nobody Told Me” is a great little tune that contains a very interesting line. Produced by John and Yoko, the record – and especially this single with it’s retro vocal echo effects – reminds me of Lennon’s best work with Phil Spector, [...]

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