Volume 78 - Number 50 / May 20 - 26 , 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Hall rocks Lennon show

Items from the life of John Lennon went on display last week at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Soho, at 76 Mercer St., in a new exhibit, “John Lennon: The New York City Years.” Co-curated by Yoko Ono, the exhibit includes Lennon’s green card from 1976, below, and letters of support from former Mayor John Lindsay and others, documenting the musician’s fight against deportation for his antiwar views. His iconic, sleeveless New York City T-shirt from 1973, right, is also on display. Original song lyric sheets from such hits as “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” are on view, as are Lennon’s never-before-seen, handwritten production notes on track listing and arrangements for songs on the “Double Fantasy” album, below right. Also included in the exhibit is the Fender Telecaster custom guitar, below left, the former Beatle used in a performance with Elton John at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28, 1974, when Lennon played “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” During the exhibit, there will be extended hours, from Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to midnight, with last admission one hour prior to closing. For tickets, call 866-9-ROCKNY or 866-976-2569, go to  www.rockannex.com or visit the box office at 76 Mercer St., between Spring and Broome Sts. For more information, call 646-786-6680.

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