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Gimme Some John Lennon: A list of new releases and events celebrating Lennon’s 80th birthday

John Lennon would have turned 80 years old on October 9, 2020. In recognition of this milestone birthday, Daytrippin’ has compiled a list of the many new releases and events taking place on or near that special day. These include TV and radio broadcasts, online events, new books and exhibitions around the world.

PBS TV programming:

Two shows re-airing on October 9, 2020
(1) Lennon NYC: American Masters (from 2010)

(2) Classic albums: John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
(check local listings for air dates)

RADIO specials
John Lennon at 80:
Sean Ono Lennon’s musical portrait of his Dad

Click here to listen to Part 1 with Elton John and Julian Lennon 

Click here to listen to Part 2 with Paul McCartney


WJCT’s Jacksonville Music Experience Presents
a four-day musical celebration of John Lennon with special programming.  
“Imagine: A John Lennon Tribute,” will air October 8-11  
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Executive Produced by Yoko Ono Lennon and Produced by Sean Ono Lennon, these 36 songs, handpicked by Yoko and Sean, have all been completely remixed from scratch, radically upgrading their sonic quality and presenting them as a never-before-heard Ultimate Listening Experience.



Click here for track listings and order links:
3-disc box set / 4 LP set –
2-CD set / 2 LP set –
Single CD –

New John Lennon books

Dream Lovers: John and Yoko in New York:
The Photographs of Brian Hamill

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Dream Lovers: John and Yoko in New York

John Lennon 1940-1980: The 80th Birthday Celebration

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John Lennon: The 80th Birthday Celebration

John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life

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John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life

John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the year Canada was cool

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John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Year Canada Was Cool

Online tribute concerts

40th annual John Lennon tribute concert by Theatre Within

The 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute will be seen exclusively free on this website starting on John Lennon’s birthday, October 9 at 7pm ET thru October 12 at midnight. The program will include unreleased performances from previous Tributes, plus new performances of John Lennon and Beatles classics. It will feature recorded performances from Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Merchant, Jackson Browne, Jorma Kaukonen and others.
More info:

“Remember Lennon: Imagine 80”
A special online concert event on October 9, 2020

The show is a speculative representation of a concert that Lennon may have performed had he still been alive and actually playing out. The production incorporates one of the world’s greatest John Lennon tribute artists along with a full backing band to present an evening of John Lennon’s Beatles and post-Beatles material live in concert. Showtime is 7pm EST.

Tickets available here:


In His Life – Morrison Hotel Gallery
Morrison Hotel Gallery reimagines what it means to be a dreamer in the digital age with its latest online exhibition, opening Thursday, October 1st, 2020 with select works of John Lennon on view by photographers Bob Gruen, Astrid Kirchherr and Allan Tannenbaum at both its Los Angeles and New York City outposts by appointment only.   

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Double Fantasy Exhibit in Tokyo

The Double Fantasy: John & Yoko exhibition is opening in Tokyo on October 9, 2020. It was originally held in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool in 2018, where it drew an unprecedented 700,000 visitors throughout its run. The exhibit includes over 100 items pertaining to art, music and film that John Lennon and Yoko Ono created together.

The exhibition will run until January 11 2021 at the Roppongi Sony Music Museum.
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We miss you, John Lennon!


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Breaking down The Beatles new Abbey Road 50th anniversary CD sets


The Beatles, Tittenhurst Park, August 22, 1969; © Apple Corps Ltd.

Many Beatles fans may ask themselves regarding the new Abbey Road 50th anniversary release whether to buy the Super Deluxe 4-CD boxed package or to just let it be with the 2-CD set? But help is on the way – we won’t let you down. Here is a breakdown comparing the 3 CD + 1 Blu-ray (audio) Super Deluxe package (approx. $90) versus the 2-CD Deluxe set (under $20).

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The Day The Beatles Met Elvis Presley


The most infamous rock and roll meeting of all time occurred when Elvis Presley met The Beatles. On August 27, 1965, John, Paul, George and Ringo along with their manager, publicist and assistants came to Presley’s house on Perugia Way in Los Angeles to meet their rock and roll idol.

The Beatles were the ones who pushed for the meeting. After all, it was Elvis who was one of the main influences for John Lennon to start the band. “Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles,” Lennon famously remarked in later years.

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50th anniversary of The Beatles ‘White Album’ to include unreleased recordings

The Beatles 1968

The Beatles at Thomson House, London. 28 July 1968. © Apple Corps Ltd.

On November 9, Apple Corps will release a 50th anniversary version of The Beatles’ 1968 ‘White Album.’ The album’s original 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

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Review: Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary remix brings the classic Beatles album into the 21st century

“Sgt. Pepper – Wow! Was it really 50 years ago today? Can’t be true…”
– Paul McCartney in April 2017

On May 26, The Beatles will release a new remixed version of their groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album on CD and vinyl, and this 50th anniversary edition is a vibrant achievement. Giles Martin and Sam Okell took the original master tapes from the classic 1967 Beatles album and enhanced the sound to bring it up to date to the stereo standards of the 21st century.

Beatles Sgt Pepper 50 deluxe

Mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, this is a vast improvement over the 2009 remastered Beatles CD version. This is the first time the album has been remixed. The original four-track session tapes were the source and Giles Martin used the original mono mix produced by his father, Beatles producer George Martin, as a guide.

When comparing the 2009 remastered Sgt. Pepper CD to the remixed 2017 version, it’s like going from black and white to color. The 2009 remastered version almost sounds muted when compared to the 50th anniversary remix due to the fact that the sound of the vocals, guitars and drums are all brought to the front.

Paul McCartney commented on the remix in a recent Q&A with Japanese fans: “It’s very clear. So whereas the old mix was just sort of a general mix, this time you can hear every little instrument. And it was quite surprising to hear, ‘Ooh, I’d forgotten we did that.'”

Beatles Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary

The sound is so clear and enhanced that you can even hear McCartney shouting in the background at the end of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise).” You’ll also hear an unexpected addition to the end of “Within You, Without You.”

Ringo Starr also raved about the new remix. A friend of Ringo’s reported that “it originally was recorded on a 4-track with a lot of overdubs, which buried the drums. Now, the drums have been lifted and come through as they should. He was pleased.”

The remixed Sgt. Pepper CD is definitely worth getting, no matter how many previous versions you have. While you can just get the remixed CD by itself, here’s why you should get the Super Deluxe edition.

If you love to hear outtakes and get a glimpse into how The Beatles’ song process took place, you’ll especially enjoy Disc 2 of the Deluxe package. Here you get 18 tracks including five takes of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and five takes of “A Day in the Life.” These outtakes include an alternate attempt at creating the dramatic piano sound at the end of “A Day in the Life”, instead with all of The Beatles humming in unison. Note that Disc 2 on the Super Deluxe version is different from the outtakes included on Disc 2 of the 2-CD Deluxe set.

Disc 3 offers 15 additional outtakes for the diehard Beatles fan. Disc 4 offers the entire album in the original mono mix, along with 6 additional mono tracks including “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane.”

If you are not that interested in outtakes, the Super Deluxe package is still worth the money because of the lavish hardcover book and The Making of Sgt. Pepper documentary on DVD and Blu-ray.

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The Making of Sgt. Pepper documentary was made for the 25th anniversary of the album’s release and contains great interviews with Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin. The highlight is watching George Martin sit at the engineering controls in the recording studio and isolate either the vocal or instrumental tracks on several of the songs and discuss The Beatles’ recording process.

The six-disc Super Deluxe set comes with a 144-page hardcover book the size of an album. The book includes chapters written by different writers on various aspects of the album. Topics include the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate.

The book also features rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original ‘Sgt. Pepper‘ print ads. Last but not least, there is a complete list of every person featured on the Sgt. Pepper cover. You could spend hours and hours looking at that.
Take your time and savor every aspect of the Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary Deluxe edition. By the time you get through it all, the new White Album reissue project will be ready!
– Trina Yannicos
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