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Scott Cook and Julian Lennon make music together

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Photo by Brian Chilson.

Scott Cook, lead singer of Kyoto Boom and guitarist in the Moving Front, has recorded a duet with Julian Lennon. The song, written by Cook, is a tribute to Lucy Vodden, a childhood friend of Lennon's who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Vodden died last month, at 46, after a long battle with lupus. (While in nursery school, Julian Lennon showed his dad a picture of Lucy with diamond eyes. After the song was released, Lennon spent the rest of his years denying that it had anything to do with LSD.)

The tribute, "Lucy," is available for purchase at, where a portion of the song is streaming. Fans can pay either $1.29, $2.29 or $3.29 for the same song; the higher prices just reflect a larger charity donation. All proceeds from the sale go to benefit lupus research.

Even before the duet, Cook had partnered with theRevolution, a new music company founded by Michael Birch, former CEO of Bebo. Lennon is also a partner.

Cook said today by phone that he recently formed an LLC, which owns the rights to all of his music future and past, and theRevolution is buying half of that LLC. A press release about "Lucy" said the company "is focusing on turning the MUSIC business into the MUSICIANS' business." To that end, Cook said that it would be actively trying to license his music in whatever way it could — to other artists, for commercials, for film soundtracks. Whatever profits come from those deals, Cook and theRevolution split.

Both Lennon and Cook will release solo albums early next year, too. Cook said he's planning to record soon, likely in Miami.

This isn't Cook's first foray enter professional music. In the '90s, he led local pop heroes Ashtray Babyhead, a band that evolved into the Kicks, which toured nationally and released two albums. Ed Phillips of XS Entertainment, who represented the Kicks and now has a management role in Cook's LLC, connected the musician with theRevolution.

Cook was recently in New York for two weeks meeting with theRevolution partners, and, in the midst of listening to songs he'd put to tape, they happened on "Lucy," which he'd written "five or six years earlier," and "the bells started ringing."  Lennon suggested the track be released immediately as a digital charity single, and a few quick rewrites later and Cook and Lennon were recording.

On Sunday, Cook flies back to New York to film a video for the song.

He said he's still a member of Kyoto Boom and the Moving Front. The former will likely book a gig in December, while the latter is covering R.E.M. on Halloween at White Water.

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