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By Ali DiEmidio

When I heard that Yoko Ono had created a memorial exhibit for John Lennon at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC, I couldn’t wait to travel to SoHo and check it out. If you haven’t been to the Rock & Roll Annex I highly suggest going – it’s the most fun you’ll ever have at a museum!

After participating in a walking tour of the Annex (which includes a mind-blowing 15 minute video on the key players of rock and roll through history) you reach the Lennon exhibit, John Lennon: The New York City Years. Located in a huge, all-white room with projector screens hanging from the walls and Lennon memorabilia as far as the eye can see, the exhibit includes iconic photos, articles of clothing, instruments, lyrics, notes and set lists, and even some of Lennon’s own photo collages. Four films covering Lennon’s life and activities in NYC are on display including his anti-war protests and live performances, not to mention interviews and artwork from Yoko herself. The last stop of the exhibit is a memorial of Lennon’s death and allows visitors to sign a petition to support stricter gun laws in the United States that, at the closing of the exhibit, will be sent to President Obama. This is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of John Lennon or simply of NYC.

JOHN LENNON: THE NEW YORK CITY YEARS is a limited engagement and tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex, NYC
76 Mercer Street between Spring and Broome Streets

Originally published June 2009
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