John Lennon's killer says there was "evil in my heart"
The man who gunned down John Lennon outside his New York City apartment building in 1980 told a parole board that he knew it was wrong to kill the beloved former Beatle, but that he was seeking fame and had “evil in my heart." Mark David Chapman made the comments in August to a board that denied him parole for a 12th time, citing his “selfish disregard for human life of global consequence.” Chapman killed Lennon on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, as he and Yoko Ono were returning to their Upper West Side apartment.news.yahoo.com
Biden mistakenly asks if deceased congresswoman is in audience
President Biden mistakenly asked if a deceased congresswoman was in the audience for a hunger conference that she was instrumental in establishing. The White House, in explaining the slip, said the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) was "top of mind" for her role in combating hunger.washingtonpost.com
Imagine That: Young John Lennon Once Told A Reporter The Beatles Weren’t Good Musicians
By Simona KitanovskaJohn Lennon revealed he didn’t think the Beatles were good musicians to a student journalist – who’d blagged his way into a press conference before a gig. In a remarkable recording, the legendary lyricist let slip the Fab Four counted themselves more as entertainers than musicians. In a wide-ranging, never-broadcast interview, Liverpool-born Lennon also said he’d be a layabout if he weren’t such a successful musician. Art student John, who wrote for his college magazine, paid to get into the concert but blagged his way into the pre-gig press conference where he recorded their chat. John was tasked to do a report for the art college magazine and the student rag mag.thewestsidegazette.com
New this week: 'Only Murders in the Building,' 'More Power'
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from Imagine Dragons, the reuniting of “Home Improvement” sitcom buddies Tim Allen and Richard Karn for “More Power” and the return of Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as unlikely crime-solving New York City neighbors in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.”.
Murakami plays antiwar songs on radio to protest Ukraine war
Playing James Taylor’s “Never Die Young” and going back to songs that marked the antiwar movement in the 1960s, Japanese author Haruki Murakami added his voice to protests against the war in Ukraine with a special edition of his Tokyo radio show.
Despite Covid hurdles, US orchestras find joy in music
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) rehearses for a show as the musicians resume live performances while navigating a maelstrom of Covid-19 rules. At the start of 2020, the NSO was planning its first international tour with conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic forced the ensemble out of the concert hall at the Kennedy Center in the US capital for 18 months. "I enjoy the present," Noseda says. "I am here and now is fantastic, it’s a gift for me to be here."news.yahoo.com
Treasure trove of rock memorabilia includes Kurt Cobain hair
Guitars from Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith as well as autographed memorabilia from The Beatles and even strands of hair from Kurt Cobain are some of the highlights of an online rock ‘n’ roll auction that ends over the weekend.
Dear Sir or Madam: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November
Paul McCartney appears during his One on One Tour in Tinley Park, Ill., on July 26, 2017, left, and poet Paul Muldoon appears at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York on May 21, 2019. McCartney's memoir, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present," will be released Nov. 2. (Photos by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. Irish poet Paul Muldoon is editing and will contribute an introduction. The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has been equally open about himself, but his 2010 memoir “Life” still sold millions of copies.
Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics
This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his "Wall of Sound" method and who later was convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. But while Spector made his mark as a revolutionary music producer, the stories of him waving guns at recording artists and being convicted of murder overshadowed his artistry. The reaction to Spector’s death resurrected some mixed feelings about his life and legacy. Some lauded his early contributions to rock music, while others struggled to forgive his volatile past.
Paul McCartney on creating "McCartney III" in lockdown, and remembering John Lennon
Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul McCartney recording "McCartney III." Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Yeah, yeah …' It's great, it takes you right back like a flashback." "I don't know, I don't know,' McCartney said.cbsnews.com
Paul McCartney on creating his new solo album "McCartney III"
Paul McCartney on creating his new solo album "McCartney III" While he was in pandemic lockdown, Sir Paul McCartney was writing new music for his latest solo album, "McCartney III," on which the 78-year-old not only served as songwriter and producer but also played nearly every instrument. Correspondent Seth Doane talked with McCartney about the former Beatle's "rockdown," and his songwriting relationship with John Lennon, who was killed 40 years ago this month.cbsnews.com
Fans, Ono, bandmates mark 40 years since John Lennon's death
Photos, flowers, and candles have been left at Strawberry Fields in New York's Central Park to remember John Lennon, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. The rock star and former Beatle was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by a fan on Dec. 8, 1980. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK – Fans remembered John Lennon with flowers, candles and songs Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of the former Beatle's death after being shot outside his New York City apartment building. It was Dec. 8, 1980, when the world-famous musician was with his wife, Yoko Ono, and was shot by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartments on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him," Ono said, referring to Lennon's two sons.
NYC man charged with harboring fugitive in trooper shooting
NEW YORK – A New York City man was arrested after he let a friend charged with shooting a Massachusetts state trooper stay at his place in the Bronx and then lied when U.S. marshals arrived, authorities said Monday. The encounter Friday resulted in a gunfight in which the fugitive, Andre K. Sterling, was killed and two deputy U.S. marshals were injured. The judge described the deputy marshals as “two of our own" because they protect the Manhattan courthouse and its occupants. Marshal Ralph Sozio called the deputy marshals' actions heroic. When the marshals entered, Sterling began shooting at them, leading to his death when the marshals returned fire, the complaint said.
Fugitive is killed, 2 US marshals shot in Bronx gunfight
A suspect in the shooting of a state trooper in Massachusetts was killed during a shootout with U.S. marshals in New York City early Friday that left two of the officers wounded. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK – A fugitive who shot a Massachusetts state trooper in the hand during a traffic stop two weeks ago was killed early Friday during a gunfight with U.S. marshals in New York City that left two of the officers wounded. The two deputy marshals injured in the 5:30 a.m. confrontation at a Bronx apartment were treated at a hospital and were expected to recover. Andre Sterling, 35, was killed in the shootout and his gun was recovered at the scene. Four Massachusetts state troopers were at the scene to maintain a perimeter.
On edge of 72, Stevie Nicks just wants to sing a song live
FILE - Stevie Nicks performs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York on March 29, 2019. During that time, she recorded the new single Show Them the Way" and edited her new concert film Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – It’s Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Stevie Nicks is singing on the phone. Nicks is 72 and doesn’t want to be homebound when she prefers to be singing live on the road. “This song really is a prayer.
Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online
FILE - A couple look at the "Lennon Wall" with a face mask attached to the image of John Lennon, in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 6, 2020. Like so many other events in the year of coronavirus, an annual tribute to John Lennon held in its adopted city of New York will go online. The five-hour event will be streamed for free on Lennon's birthday, October 9, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time on the LennonTribute.org website. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)NEW YORK – Like many other events, an annual John Lennon tribute concert that takes place in his adopted city of New York on his Oct. 9 birthday has been forced online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Raiola and other friends began their informal tribute to Lennon in 1981, less than a year after the former Beatle was shot to death.
Lennon's killer says he sought glory, deserved death penalty
Chapman said he was seeking glory and deserved the death penalty for the despicable act. (New York State Department of Corrections via AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. – The man who killed John Lennon in 1980 says he was seeking glory and deserved the death penalty for a "despicable” act. As in previous parole board hearings, the now 65-year-old inmate expressed remorse for gunning down the former Beatle outside the musician's Manhattan apartment building. At the time I deserved the death penalty. When you knowingly plot someone’s murder and know it’s wrong and you do it for yourself, that’s a death penalty right there, in my opinion,” he said.
Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77
FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Kingston since earlier this month. Grammy nominations for Hibbert included best reggae album of 2012 for “Reggae Got Soul” and best reggae album of 2007 for “Light Your Light.” Hibbert was ranked No. Married to his wife, Doreen, for nearly 40 years, Hibbert had eight children, including the reggae performers Junior Hibbert and Leba Hibbert. Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert ("Toots" was a childhood nickname) was born in May Pen, Parish of Clarendon.
John Lennon's killer denied parole for an 11th time
ALBANY, N.Y. The man who gunned down John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 was denied parole for an 11th time, state corrections officials said Wednesday. Mark David Chapman was denied after being interviewed by a parole board Aug. 19, according to corrections officials. Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, hours after Lennon autographed an album for him. I was too far in, Chapman told a parole board in 2018. Look at this, he signed it, just go home. But there was no way I was just going to go home.Chapman's next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2022.
Gregory Katz, acclaimed AP journalist, dies at 67
Katz, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who recently led the AP's coverage of Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, died Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo)NEW YORK Gregory Katz, an acclaimed correspondent for The Associated Press in London who recently led the news cooperative's coverage of Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, died Tuesday. With a graying, close-cropped beard and a series of stylish hats, the soft-spoken Katz exuded an air of relaxed sophistication. A lifelong New York Yankees fan, he would stay up late at night to listen to Yankees games on the internet from London. He wont listen, Katz wrote.
Spending starting to improve, some retail sales rising
(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. That's a 17 percentage point and 9 percentage point improvement over April, respectively. Lands' End said it is cutting about 10% of its corporate staff in the second quarter. Dick's Sporting Goods swung to a loss in the first quarter and sales declined, but the sporting goods retailer is seeing sales improve as stores reopen. While consolidated same-store sales fell 29.5% in the first quarter, they are only down 4% through the first four weeks of the second quarter.
Curfews give sweeping powers to cops, but are often flouted
In New York City, an 11 p.m. curfew was originally put in place this week for what appeared to be the first time in nearly 80 years. On an overall calmer night in New York City, de Blasio said the relative quiet was due partly to the curfew. " New York City has used curfews in specific locations like parks sometimes with controversial results. New York City on Monday found out an unintended consequence of a curfew is keeping away law-abiding protesters. It also sends a subtle message, said New York City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium Sets Out for Sea and Space on the Jam Cruise
We're talking about the Claypool Lennon Delirium, the match-made-in-heaven super duo of Les Claypool and Sean Lennon. If you've ever wondered what the Beatles would sound like as a spacey prog-rock band, the Claypool Lennon Delirium are happy to sate your curiosity. Needless to say, Sean Lennon is no ordinary psych-rocker. The timbre of his voice is spot on, and with the Claypool Lennon Delirium, his music takes the same sardonic tone that colored so many of his father's songs with the Beatles. The Claypool Lennon Delirium on the Jam Cruise.miaminewtimes.com
Beatles lawsuit, filed in South Florida, alleges trademark infringement
The Beatles, Britain's top rock band, relax in London over tea in 1963. The group from left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A lawsuit filed in South Florida on behalf of a London company owned by former members of the Beatles is seeking damages and injunctive relief against a group of defendants allegedly profiting from products featuring trademarked phrases. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks to quash the sale of counterfeit goods using the trademarked phrases "The Beatles, "Beatles" and "Yellow Submarine." The defendants in the lawsuit are described as "individuals, partnerships and unincorporated associations."
Abbey Road endures more traffic mayhem
Kramer, 40, is here because of "Abbey Road," the seminal album the band released on September 26, 1969 -- 50 years ago Thursday. To mark the special occasion, an anniversary edition of "Abbey Road" will be re-released on September 27. She has an original copy of "Abbey Road," has met Paul McCartney and even owns a signed guitar of his -- which none of her kids are allowed near. Porter says: "When he got to Abbey Road he just burst into tears -- it was too much for him. Porter added: "Abbey Road is the place that everybody wants to see...You can't do a Beatles tour in London without seeing Abbey Road.
11 of the best Beatles songs of all time
That got us thinking about legendary Beatles songs. But as longtime Beatles fans, we decided to choose 11 to mention here as among the best of the best. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"It's hard to describe this "White Album" song. "A Hard Days Night"Of course, this list comes down to personal preference, and we lean toward the Beatles' later work. Is it even possible to listen to this song without thinking, "Beatlemania has arrived in the United States"?
Alan White Is the Most Famous Drummer You've Never Heard Of
Alan White just might be the most famous drummer youve never heard of. You've also heard White's skills on John Lennon's Instant Karma! with its popping, innovating drum breaks, and Imagine, Rolling Stones No. So White did what anyone would have done if theyd been interrupted by some prankster while making Sunday morning breakfast. Yes was just a quality band with a lot of great music, he says of the band he ultimately chose. Mostly, he just loves to play music and is looking forward to coming to South Florida.browardpalmbeach.com
The Best Songs Of All Time—According To Critics And Fans
Ask 20 people what the best song of all time is, and you’ll probably get 20 different answers. However, in an effort to create a list of the all-time greatest songs, we considered the views of professional music critics and fans alike, via Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Ranker’s The Best Songs of All Time. 33 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. 3 on the Billboard R&B chart, became an unofficial anthem for the Civil Rights Movement and was named as one of the top 10 best songs of all time by Mojo Magazine. Other accolades include 13th place on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll and 37th place on VH1’s Greatest Hard Rock Songs.thedelite.com
John Lennon bus initiative targets musical kids
John Lennon bus initiative targets musical kids Founded by Yoko Ono and musician Brian Rothschild, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus gives school children with musical aspirations the gift of a lifetime: The chance to record music and shoot a video in a state-of-the-art studio. Jim Axelrod reports.cbsnews.com
10/20: Potentially deadly airbag recall reaches millions; John Lennon bus initiative targets musical kids
10/20: Potentially deadly airbag recall reaches millions; John Lennon bus initiative targets musical kids The owners of nearly five million vehicles with a potentially deadly airbag defect are being urged to bring them in for repairs. So far, more than 11 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled; and, Founded by Yoko Ono and musician Brian Rothschild, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus gives school children with musical aspirations the gift of a lifetime: The chance to record music and shoot a video in a state-of-the-art studio.cbsnews.com