Songs composed by late BEATLE John Lennon and his protege BRUCE BIERMAN are set to be released, decades after the tracks were written.

Little-known rocker Bierman struck up a friendship with the IMAGINE star in New York City during the 1970s and the pair soon began a composing and recording partnership.

Bierman says, "I was sort of John's protege. He loved that my interest in him was in learning from him and not the typical thing - to be seen with him.

"He despised that. The music we shared speaks more than I could possible say.

"If people are curious to hear what I did with John, I'll certainly find a way to share that. I am not exploiting anything, not attempting to profit at John's or anyone's expense."