This Sunday Rocktober 9th marks what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday. By nightfall Sunday night, hundreds of fans will have made the pilgrimage to Central Park's Strawberry Fields in New York City for a day of remembrance, sing-alongs, and celebrations dedicated to the memory of Lennon. Strawberry Fields, a triangular patch of land dedicated to Lennon by the city of New York and named after the Beatles' 1967 hit, sits directly across the street from the Dakota, Lennon's Manhattan apartment building, where he was gunned down on December 8th, 1980 at the age 40. Tomorrow is also Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon's 36th birthday.
Bidding closes on October 11th on a 1967 Lennon letter wrote to a fan extolling the virtues of Transcendental Meditation, according to Busisnessweek.com. The letter, in which Lennon tells fan Jean Harrison that she is "searching for something (truth) the same as everyone else," is being sold through Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Santa Monica and is expected to fetch up to $30,000. Last month the auction house sold the Beatles' contract for their 1965 North American tour closing concert at San Francisco's Cow Palace. The sale was notable for the concert restriction, which specified that the group would not play to a segregated audience.