On Oct. 4, the Grammy Museum will unveil a new exhibition, “John Lennon, Songwriter,” to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the musician’s birth on Oct. 9.
Facility’s memorabilia-filled show will be complemented by an Oct. 3 evening with Lennon’s widow and creative partner Yoko Ono at the museum’s 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.
The L.A. Live facility will also host the West Coast premiere of PBS’ “American Masters” doc “LENNONYC,” on Oct. 4. Pic will bow Nov. 22 on the pubcaster.
A Nov. 3 concert featuring Lennon’s compositions, “Imagine There’s No Hunger: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon,” at the new Hard Rock Café in Hollywood will benefit the Grammy Museum and non-profit group WhyHunger. The Hard Rock will mount its own Lennon installation beginning Oct. 4.
“Lennon’s songs are as insightful and empowering as ever, and they continue to inspire and change the world,” Grammy Museum executive director Robert Santelli said. “We are grateful to Yoko Ono for choosing the Grammy Museum as a temporary home to display of these memorable and important pieces that illustrate the breadth of her late husband’s career.”
Grammy Museum exhibit will take in Lennon’s early influences, his pre-Beatles days in the Quarrymen, his international fame with the Fab Four and his solo career.
It will feature an interactive studio exhibit; rare film footage; Lennon’s guitars and typewriter; drawings and handwritten lyrics; his wire-rimmed glasses and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” costume; and his 1980 Grammy for “Double Fantasy.”
Opening will be prefaced by “We Are Plastic Ono Band” perfs at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre on Oct. 1-2, featuring Ono, son Sean Lennon and guests including Lady Gaga.
On Oct. 5, EMI will issue several Lennon catalog releases, including a comprehensive edition of his solo albums, a themed box, and a new stripped-down version of “Double Fantasy.”