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John Lennon’s 80th birthday to be marked by launch of pop-up TV channel

A brand new pop-up TV channel is being launched to mark what would have been John Lennon‘s 80th birthday this week.

Sky, Virgin and Freeview will broadcast LENNON80 in honour of the late Beatle‘s birthday this Friday (October 9), which can embrace a mixture of previous footage and new content material.

Among the many programmes airing on the channel would be the well-known documentary Mattress Peace, which follows Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s well-known “Mattress-In for Peace” protest in 1969, in addition to appearances on Parkinson in 1971 and The Dick Cavett Present in 1971 and 1972.

The channel may also present three documentaries by Ono: her 2004 Tate Gallery Lecture, her Onochord efficiency piece and a present concerning the Think about Peace Tower in Iceland.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Image: Getty)

Moreover, there might be three new programmes introduced by BBC 6Music’s Matt Everitt together with John Lennon’s 25 Best Songs, which can depend down the best Beatles and solo songs penned by Lennon, with remastered music movies.

From The Lennon Archive will present some lesser-known music movies and uncommon gems from the Lennon household archive, whereas John’s Jukebox will showcase quite a few songs from the 1970s and 1980s that influenced Lennon in his solo years, together with songs by Sir Elton John, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

LENNON80 might be accessible till October 15, and has been put collectively and co-ordinated by music TV director Simon Sadler and Lennon/Ono archivist Simon Hilton.

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John Lennon at a rally in Hyde Park in 1975 (Image: Rowland Scherman/Getty Pictures)

“There will not be many artists worthy of a channel devoted to only one identify – however John Lennon is actually one among them,” Sadler stated.

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“To mark his 80th birthday we’re thrilled to have introduced collectively many traditional moments of John’s life – from his life at house, on the chat exhibits and the peace protests – as effectively bringing John’s solo music along with the songs he wrote for the Beatles for a uncommon outing on TV.”

Forward of Lennon’s birthday this week, Paul McCartney has reflected on how he met Lennon, as well as looking back on their songwriting partnership, for a brand new programme on BBC Radio 2 hosted by Lennon’s son Sean.

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