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John Lennon Tribute in NYC Tonight

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John Lennon and Beatles fans are in for a treat tonight (September 12th) at New York City’s City Winery for the Q&A performance presentation of An Evening Of Memories & Music With Those Who Knew & Worked With John. The chat, which is presented by Theatre Within, will feature Lennon’s last producer, Jack Douglas, who apart from other works with Lennon and Yoko Ono, was behind the boards for all of Lennon’s final 1980 songs featured on the Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey albums. Also appearing is the closet thing that the Lennons had to a personal photographer, the great Bob Gruen. In addition to his classic work shooting the New York Dolls, Aerosmith, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, the Clash, the Rolling Stones — and literally every major artist of the 1970’s — Gruen had unique insight to Lennon’s work and personality throughout the last decade of his life.

Legendary New York City DJ Dennis Elsas, renowned for his years at New York’s WNEW, and now, at the city’s public radio station WFUV, conducted what is easily Lennon’s most beloved radio interview on September 28th, 1974 when Lennon joined him on the air to premiere his Walls And Bridges album for his adopted hometown station. Performing on the show will be R&B great Betty LaVette.

The show, which has the personal approval of Yoko Ono, will be hosted by Joe Raiola — Theatre Within’s executive artistic director and a senior editor at Mad magazine. Tonight’s performance is a fundraiser for Theatre Within’s 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute on December 6th at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Spirit Foundation Charity, which was established in 1978 by John and Yoko. The annual show will feature Joan Osbourne, Marc Cohn, Raul Malo of the Mavericks, Betty LaVette, the Fab Faux’s Rich Pagano, Teddy Thompson, and Toshi Reagon.

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