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Imagine John Yoko

John Lennon Yoko Ono



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Thames & Hudson
09 October 2018
Personally compiled and curated by Yoko Ono Lennon, Imagine John Yoko is the definitive inside story – told in revelatory detail – of the making of the legendary album and all that surrounded it: the locations, the creative team, the artworks and the films, in the words of John & Yoko and the people who were there.

Features 80% exclusive, hitherto-unpublished archive photos and footage sequences of all the key players in situ, together with lyric sheets, Yoko’s art installations, and exclusive new insights and personal testimonies from Yoko and over forty of the musicians, engineers, staff, celebrities, artists and photographers who were there – including Julian Lennon, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Jim Keltner, David Bailey, Dick Cavett and Sir Michael Parkinson.

‘A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of Imagine, mainly by people who weren’t there, so I’m very pleased and grateful that now, for the first time, so many of the participants have kindly given their time to “gimme some truth” in their own words and pictures’ Yoko Ono Lennon, 2018

In 1971, John Lennon & Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed album Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, and at the Record Plant in New York. The lyrics of the title track were inspired by Yoko Ono Lennon’s ‘event scores’ in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as writer in June 2017.

Imagine John Yoko tells the story of John & Yoko’s life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments showcasing Yoko’s closely guarded archive of photos and artefacts, using artfully compiled narrative film stills, and featuring digitally rendered maps, floorplans and panoramas that recreate the interiors in evocative detail. John & Yoko introduce each chapter and song; Yoko also provides invaluable additional commentary and a preface.

All the minutiae is examined: the locations, the key players, the music and lyrics, the production techniques and the artworks – including the creative process behind the double exposure polaroids used on the album cover.

With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, this landmark publication is a fitting tribute to John & Yoko and their place in cultural history.
By:   John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 308mm,  Width: 240mm, 
Weight:   2.320kg
ISBN:   9780500021842
ISBN 10:   0500021848
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   09 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface * 1. Tittenhurst * 2. Recording Imagine * 3. Album Artwork * 4. Filming Imagine 5. This Is Not Here * 6. Legacy

Reviews for Imagine John Yoko

'Here, in a new book of interviews past and present, we see how their love affair, the making of the album and their pacifism intertwined' - Financial Times 'This book is near perfect' - Spill 'Fans will be particularly enchanted' - USA Today 'A Lennon fan could hardly ask for more' - Washington Post 'Deeply desirable ... especially for [those] who covet the rare and beautiful ... to see how this avant-garde duo lived and created art is powerfully inspiring' - Harper's Bazaar Australia 'Tells their love story like never before' - Rolling Stone 'Wonderful' - Choice 'Gorgeous' - i newspaper 'A luxurious scrapbook ... Beatles geeks will salivate over it' - Observer

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