John Lennon

Cut Piece (1964) performed by Yoko Ono in New Works of Yoko Ono, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, March 21, 1965.
Photograph by Minoru Niizuma.
© Minoru Niizuma. Courtesy Lenono Photo Archive, New York

Yoko Ono Is For Everyone

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In October 2000, right around what would have been John Lennon’s 60th birthday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened one of its most extensive exhibits ever, in honor of Lennon’s life and (mostly non-Beatles) work. Amidst the expected artifacts — handwritten lyrics, grammar-school report cards, the white baby grand from the “Imagine” video — sat one that was horrifying: a bag from New York’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital containing the clothes Lennon was wearing on the night Mark David Chapman shot him outside the Dakota. Coupled with Lennon’s glasses, caked in 20-year-old blood, this corner of the exhibit was intended as an emotional climax. Even at 13 years old, the weight of these artifacts impressed upon me a jaded anger: How could someone have violently ripped Lennon from this world when all he wanted was to make it a peaceful place?
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25 Love Songs That Need to Be Retired

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Valentine’s Day: that special day of the year when every cheesy love song you can think of gets exhumed and played again and again and again. Even avowed Hallmark Day non-skeptics can agree that there are some love songs that we could all do without hearing again, be it on February 14 or… well, any other day of the year, really. Like the 25 that follow, for… Read More

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How to Get Away With Pop Music Plagiarism

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This week, the big topic of conversation among music fans is whether the chorus of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” sounds enough like Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Won’t Back Down” to warrant the 12.5 percent songwriting credit recently awarded to Petty and his co-writer, Jeff Lynne. Copyright infringement as it applies to songwriting plagiarism goes beyond merely how a song sounds, and if a songwriter even intended to copy the work of another. The field has become more and more litigious in recent decades, and to an outsider, the situation can look a bit creatively limiting. Sometimes people do go to court and win, but many big cases settle out of court on the basis of subconscious plagiarism. What a scary landscape to live in as a musician — being responsible for inadvertently copying someone else’s work you’ve never even heard.
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Vintage Photos of Pop Culture Icons Hitting the Slopes

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Winter is officially here — and depending on your tolerance for the freezing cold, that means it’s also ski season. The snowy slopes feel like one of the few places a celebrity can blend in and evade the cameras, which is why vacationing at the most exclusive resorts around the world has been a decades-long pastime for the fabulous and wealthy. We also imagine the humbling act of balancing two feet atop icy hills gives them an odd thrill. In the spirit of the season, we’ve collected some fantastic photos of pop culture icons hitting the slopes that will hopefully inspire you to strap on a pair of skis. Enjoy the vintage fashions and stunning surroundings, below.
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Longform You Have to Read: Lives of the Muses

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In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the tangled lines of inspiration and sex in the stories behind some of art’s greatest muses.
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Beatles Tributes, Ranked

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For 50 years, popular culture has been paying tribute to The
Beatles. Innumerable covers of all qualities litter YouTube. Entire television specials are dreamt up, even now, to honor their contributions to music history. Every album anniversary is an opportunity for nostalgia of some sort, be it a tribute record, a Cirque du Soleil production, a video game, or a big-budget movie musical. And that’s not even counting the cover bands, with their cheap Liverpudlian accents and their even cheaper suits.
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Absurd, Uncanny Photos of John Malkovich Recreating Iconic Snapshots

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Everyone’s favorite Siri spokesman John Malkovich has graciously lent his talents to photographer Sandro Miller, who’s given the world the gift of Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters. The idea’s pretty self-explanatory: Miller recreates indelible images, from Andy Warhol’s self-portrait to Diane Arbus’ image of identical twins, with Malkovich replacing the original subjects. The effect’s sometimes eerily exact (with a mustache, Malkovich is sort of a ringer for Albert Einstein) and sometimes hilarious (no amount of makeup is going to hide the fact that Malkovich is not Marilyn Monroe). Click through for the full experience.
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

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The Beatles took America by storm during their first visit to the U.S. in 1964. Just one month after their historic television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band started working on a film that would bring Beatlemania to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night captured the boyish charm of the four lads from Liverpool (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison) who would change the face of popular music the world over. “Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time,” Janus Films writes. Criterion has restored the movie from the original 35mm camera negative for a first-time Blu-ray release that hit last month. In celebration of the release, A Hard Day’s Night is screening in select theaters this weekend. Here are 25 fun facts about the moptopped movie in preparation for your viewing.
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