Lennon Tribute Album Due; Meanwhile Lennon Sketchbook On Auction Block

Next month the first John Lennon tribute album, Working Class Hero: A

Tribute to John Lennon, will be released. The album will hit records

stores on October 10th, one day after Lennon's birthday. Fifty percent of

artist royalties, producer royalties and record company net profits will be

used to fund programs for spaying and neutering cats and dogs. The album

finds the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing "I Found Out," Flaming Lips

covering "Nobody Told Me," Collective Soul redoing "Jealous Guy," George

Clinton remaking "Mind Games" and Screaming Trees tackling "Working Class

Hero." Other songs covered are "Instant Karma" (Toad The Wet Sprocket),

"Imagine" (Blues Traveler) and "Isolation" (Sponge). Meanwhile, Lennon's

teen-age sketchbook,

complete with a self-portrait of the late Beatle squeezing his

pimples, will be auctioned this coming Thursday according to the

Reuters wire service. The sketchbook will be auctioned by Sotheby's,

and could fetch $154,500 at the sale, which will take place in London. In

what may be a new low in the taste arena, Lennon's bathroom

suite complete with black marble bidet , will also be auctioned. "People

will buy strange things,'' a Sotheby's spokesman told a Reuters

reporter. Also being auctioned is Paul McCartney's lyric sheet, complete with

corrections, for "Getting Better'" from the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely

Hearts Club album.