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NEW BOOK: “IMAGINE” By JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO

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Imagine Hardcover – October 9, 2018

Press Release:

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

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

Imagine tells the story of John & Yoko’s life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments through artfully compiled narrative film stills, Yoko’s closely guarded archive photos and artefacts, and stitched-together panoramas taken from outtake film footage that recreate the interiors in evocative detail.

Each chapter and song is introduced with text by John & Yoko compiled from published and unpublished sources and complemented by comments from Yoko today. Fresh insights are provided by musicians, engineers and staff who took part, many of whom feature on the inner sleeve’s enigmatic picture wheel, in which the identities are finally revealed. 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, Imagine cements John and Yoko’s place in cultural history.

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DOUBLE FANTASY JOHN AND YOKO AT MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

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DOUBLE FANTASY – JOHN & YOKO
18 May 2018 to 22 April 2019
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DG

In a world first, the Museum of Liverpool will host this ground-breaking exhibition telling John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s story in their own words. The exhibition explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign.

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko is a free exhibition, celebrating the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film. They used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.
Featuring personal objects alongside art, music and film produced by both John and Yoko, the exhibition is drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed.
“I am so happy and grateful that we are having our Double Fantasy – John & Yoko show in Liverpool. This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too. We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us. In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other. Everything was made out of love. We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace. I feel John and I are still working together. I always feel his warmth next to me.” Yoko Ono Lennon

Taking a chronological journey, the exhibition starts with two unique individuals – a leading figure in the avant-garde art world and a global rock ‘n’ roll star. From a tender first meeting at Indica Gallery in London, it was 18 months later that the album ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ was issued. What followed was breathtaking in its rapidity and productivity until John’s tragic and untimely death on 8 December 1980.
Through interviews, quotes and lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, will be told in their own words for the very first time.

From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks, including:
• Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon, including ‘In My Life’, ‘Give Peace a Chance’, ‘Happy Christmas War is Over’ and ‘Woman’.
• ‘Grapefruit’ – Yoko’s artist book, which she gave to John as a gift in 1966. Published in 1964, the book represents a seminal piece of conceptual art and was a direct influence on the lyrics and ideas behind ‘Imagine’.
• Original artwork by both, including Yoko’s ‘Ceiling Painting/Yes Painting’, ‘Painting to Hammer a Nail’ and ‘Apple’ as well as ‘The Daily Howl’, a hand-made book by John from his childhood and numerous examples of his distinctive line drawings. The exhibition also features conceptual work the couple produced together, such as ‘War is Over’, Plastic Ono Band’ and elements of their first collaboration ‘Acorn Peace’.
• Many personal items, such as John’s wire-rimmed glasses, Yoko’s large Porsche sunglasses, iconic items of clothing, such as John’s New York City t-shirt, and items from their wedding outfits.
• An extremely rare Sardonyx guitar used by John on the album ‘Double Fantasy’, and the acoustic Gibson guitar, illustrated on by John, from their 1969 bed-in.
• John’s hard-won Green Card.
• Items from the the couple’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins in Amsterdam and Montreal.
• A rolling programme of the films that John and Yoko created, and music videos made under Yoko’s supervision. A music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors will feature album cover art.
• A recreation of the ‘Imagine’ mosaic circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York. An intimate and contemplative space, it will also reflect on the global impact of John’s death.

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko is a major part of Liverpool’s celebration of its 10th anniversary as European Capital of Culture.
This exhibition has been made possible with the kind permission of Yoko Ono Lennon.

Image: Photo by Keith McMillan © Yoko Ono

JOHN AMONG CELEBRITIES WHO DOUBTED HANGED MAN’S GUILT IN 1961 MURDER

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John and Yoko Ono, join James Hanratty Sr. to protest the controversial execution of Hanratty’s son, in 1969.

On Dec. 11, 1969, Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrived at the Odeon theater in Kensington to attend the premiere of Ringo Starr’s movie, “The Magic Christian.”
They stepped out of their Rolls-Royce and unfurled a banner that read, “BRITAIN MURDERED HANRATTY.”
The banner referred to James Hanratty who had been tried, convicted, and executed for murder seven years earlier. John and Yoko were just two of thousands of people who believed he did not commit the crime.
Lennon became interested in the case after a chance meeting with Hanratty’s parents, who convinced him that their son had been railroaded. John and Yoko took on the challenge of clearing his name.
Lennon has been dead for nearly 38 years and many of his causes have been forgotten. But controversy still swirls over the Hanratty case, and the question of whether Britain hanged an innocent man. The murder that landed Hanratty, 25, on the gallows happened on Aug. 22, 1961.

YOKO ONO VISITS JOHN´S TWO CHILDHOOD HOMES IN LIVERPOOL AFTER OPENING A NEW EXHIBITION OF HIS POSSESSIONS FROM HER PRIVATE COLLECTION

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*A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon
*While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where the Beatles legend grew up
*It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013
*She also  posted of a photo of herself in Lennon’s old bedroom online, writing: ‘I love you John. Yoko’

A frail-looking Yoko Ono was spotted visiting two of John Lennon’s childhood homes on Friday after traveling from her New York home to Liverpool.She was in the city to open a museum show dedicated to their relationship, filled with exhibits from her own private collection.
While in Liverpool she visited Mendips, the home where Lennon spent most of his childhood, and took a photo of herself in his bedroom.

Uploading the photo to Instagram, she wrote: ‘This is John’s room in Menlove Avenue. I feel John here with me…I love you John. Yoko.’
She previously owned the property, having bought it at auction in 2002 before donating it to the National Trust, which now preserves it. Yoko was also seen leaving John’s earliest home, at 9 Newcastle Road, which she bought at auction in 2013 for more than three times the asking price. The same decorating team that renovated the Mendips home were spotted at the Newcastle Road property after it was purchased. John lived at Newcastle Road from his birth until age five, when the breakdown of his parents’ marriage saw him move to Mendips to live with his Aunt Mimi.
Newcastle Road is just a few yards from Penny Lane, which inspired one of The Beatles most famous songs, while Mendips is where the band had some of their earliest rehearsals.

The exhibition to Yoko and Lennon, entitled Double Fantasy – John and Yoko, is being displayed at the Museum of Liverpool until April next year.
Included in the items on display are Lennon’s iconic wire-framed glasses, a rare Sardonyx guitar used by Lennon on the album Double Fantasy, and artwork made by the pair.

Yoko Lennon said: ‘I am so happy and grateful that we are having our Double Fantasy -John & Yoko show in Liverpool.
‘This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too.
‘We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us.
‘In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other. Everything was made out of love.
‘We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace. I feel John and I are still working together. I always feel his warmth next to me.’

Yoko visited Liverpool museum in order to open the exhibition, which is filled with items from their life.

source:dailymail

‘DOUBLE FANTASY – JOHN AND YOKO’ AT MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

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The exhibition, opening on May 18, explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign.

It celebrates the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film ..
They were two dreamers who used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.
Featuring personal objects the exhibition is drawn from Yoko’s own private collection, some of which has never been displayed before.

Proud Yoko says: “I am so happy and grateful that we are having our Double Fantasy – John & Yoko show in Liverpool ..
“This is where John was born and I know John would be very happy too.
“We were a very simple couple just loving each other every day and I just wanted to show the simple truth of us.
“In our personal life we were pretty simple people, and we made all sorts of things with love for each other.
“Everything was made out of love.
“We found that we were both very strongly interested in world peace.
“I feel John and I are still working together.
“I always feel his warmth next to me.”

Taking a chronological journey, the exhibition starts with two unique individuals – a leading figure in the avant-garde art world and a global rock ‘n’ roll star.
From a tender first meeting at Indica Gallery in London, it was 18 months later that the album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins was issued.What followed was breathtaking in its rapidity and productivity until John’s tragic and untimely death on December 8, 1980.

Through interviews, quotes and lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, will be told in their own words for the very first time. From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks, including ten fab reasons to see John and Yoko’s homecoming exhibition:

Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon, including In My Life, Give Peace a Chance, Happy Christmas (War is Over) and Woman.
Grapefruit – Yoko’s artist book, which she gave to John as a gift in 1966. Published in 1964, the book represents a seminal piece of conceptual art and was a direct influence on the lyrics and ideas behind Imagine.
• Original artwork by both, including Yoko’s Ceiling Painting/Yes Painting, Painting to Hammer a Nail and Apple as well as The Daily Howl, a hand-made book by John from his childhood and numerous examples of his distinctive line drawings.
The exhibition also features conceptual work the couple produced together, such as War is Over, Plastic Ono Band and elements of their first collaboration Acorn Peace.
Many personal items, such as John’s wire-rimmed glasses, Yoko’s large Porsche sunglasses, iconic items of clothing, such as John’s New York City t-shirt, and items from their wedding outfits.
An extremely rare Sardonyx guitar used by John on the album ‘Double Fantasy’, and the acoustic Gibson guitar, illustrated on by John, from their 1969 bed-in.
John’s hard-won Green Card.
Items from the the couple’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins in Amsterdam and Montreal.
A rolling programme of the films that John and Yoko created, and music videos made under Yoko’s supervision. A music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors will feature album cover art.
A recreation of the Imagine mosaic circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York. An intimate and contemplative space, it will also reflect on the global impact of John’s death.