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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Cynthia Lennon

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cynthia Powell met John Lennon when they were art students, and he was a struggling musician. She died at the age of 75. You can hear her interview with Leonard from December of 2005.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A New Performance Inspired by the Genius of John Lennon

Friday, January 02, 2015

John R. Waters talks about the genius, music, and phenomenon of John Lennon, as well as Waters' new performance "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion."

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WQXR Blog

Timeline: The Beatles Meet Classical Music

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.

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Spinning on Air

A Day to Celebrate Lennon: His Best Works, and Thoughts from Yoko

Sunday, December 08, 2013

John Lennon wrote songs that reflected, inspired, and shaped our lives. With The Beatles, and during his solo career, Lennon questioned and challenged what a song could be, and gave us new possibilities. He was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980, and on this anniversary, we honor his life and legacy. David Garland presents a range of Lennon's famous and less-well-known songs, and speaks with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono about what the songs mean to her and the world.

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New Sounds

Tribute to John Lennon

Thursday, December 08, 2011

On this date, the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, New Sounds celebrates the influence that Lennon had outside his sphere.  We’ll hear music by Vijay Iyer, his "re-imagining" of "Imagine,” and Canadian electric guitarist/composer Tim Brady’s “Strumming: homage à John Lennon.”  Of the many homages, we’ll also hear a lovely meditation for piano and cello built around the chord sequence from John Lennon’s “Imagine,” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

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Features

Fans Get Another Week to Watch John Lennon-Yoko Ono Film

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Bed Peace" is a 70-minute documentary about bed-ins for peace Lennon and Ono held in 1969 in Amsterdam and Montreal. Check out the documentary here.

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Features

Sights and Sounds from the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, fans gathered at the Strawberry Fields Lennon memorial in Central Park, just 100 yards from the place he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980. Listen to their words and check out a slideshow of the memorial.

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New Sounds

Tribute to John Lennon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

On this date, the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, New Sounds celebrates the influence that Lennon had outside his sphere.  We’ll hear music by Vijay Iyer, his "re-imagining" of "Imagine,” and Canadian electric guitarist/composer Tim Brady’s “Strumming: homage à John Lennon.”  Of the many homages, we’ll also hear a lovely meditation for piano and cello built around the chord sequence from John Lennon’s “Imagine,” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. 

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It's A Free Blog

Remembering John Lennon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

My father worked on an apartment renovation in the Dakota in the late 1970s. That's when we met John and Yoko. I distinctly remember my father having such fond memories of them. He'd never really been a Beatles or John Lennon fan per se. My father was older than John and Yoko, from the generation before — Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington. Still, he always had nice things to say about them when he came home at night.

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Features

30 Years Later, New York Remembers John Lennon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

On December 8th, 1980 at 10:50 P.M., John Lennon was murdered outside his apartment building by deranged fan Mark Chapman as Lennon returned from his recording studio. Thirty years later, New Yorkers are still commemorating the Beatle that made our city his home. Here are some ways to remember Lennon around town on Wednesday.

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The Takeaway

John Lennon: 'Nowhere Boy' to 'Nowhere Man'

Friday, October 08, 2010

John Lennon would have turned 70 this weekend. A movie coming out Friday looks back fifty-some years ago, before anyone knew Lennon's name, when he was simply a teenager growing up in Liverpool, England.

The film, called "Nowhere Boy," focuses on John Lennon’s youth: growing up, discovering music, becoming reacquainted with his estranged mother and being raised by his fiercely protective Aunt Mimi.

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Features

From WNYC's Audio Archives: John Lennon, Beatlemania, the Press

Friday, October 08, 2010

In honor of John Lennon's 70th birthday, we dove into WNYC's audio archives and came up with these classic recordings of The Beatles talking to the press.

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Features

Life Is Indeed a Journey: WNYC's Soterios Johnson Remembers His Favorite Beatle

Friday, October 08, 2010

I find it so hard to believe that I, today, am older than John Lennon was when he was murdered on that December night in 1980.  By the end of his 40 years, Lennon had accomplished so much; he was and continues to be an undeniable cultural force. 

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Features

Remembering John Lennon: Fans Share Reflections, Favorite Songs with WNYC

Friday, October 08, 2010

Pop music legend and New Yorker John Lennon would have celebrated his 70th birthday this Saturday. To commemorate his birth, WNYC has gathered these thoughts and reflections from Lennon fans, including from some of WNYC's most favorite personalities.

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WNYC News

Today in History: John Lennon Killed

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

(Mychele Daniau /AFP/Getty Images)

(Mychele Daniau /AFP/Getty Images)

John Lennon was shot dead 29 years ago today.

The 40-year-old singer, songwriter, and peace activist was entering his apartment building, the Dakota, at around 11:00 p.m. when he was shot four times in the ...

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Studio 360

Sun(glasses) King

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I knew about otaku, the term for Japanese obsessively interested in particular cultural artifacts -- particular kinds of anime, arcade video games, 1950s L.A. jazz, whatever. But I had no idea how deep and odd the obsessions ran until today.

As I was wandering through the neighborhood of ...

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