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Photographer Kieron ‘Spud’ Murphy counts the shot of John and Yoko on the bed as one of his favourite photographs. ‘He’s yacking away, clearly in full motormouth mode, and she’s smoking a cigarette, just kind of looking down. I can still hear her saying, “Yes John, yes dear.”

In the aftermath of The Beatles’ break-up, and still in the first bloom of his love affair with Yoko Ono, John Lennon threw himself into a new life. The couple moved to Tittenhurst Park, a 26-room Georgian mansion in Berkshire, and in the summer of 1971 Lennon started his second solo album, Imagine, having installed a state-of-the-art recording studio in the grounds. The couple’s everyday existence quickly came to resemble a never-ending art project, as Lennon recorded with producer Phil Spector and Beatles colleagues George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and the couple embarked on an accompanying film.

The new book, Imagine John Yoko, collects intimate photographs from that time. Soon the couple would depart for New York, never to return to the UK in Lennon’s lifetime, but the book captures a time when a white mansion became a hub for their world-changing art.

‘Imagine John Yoko’, by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with contributions from the people who were there, is published by Thames & Hudson on Oct 9.
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Visitors to Tittenhurst Park found that Lennon and Ono were inseparable. ‘When I met Yoko is when you meet your first woman and you leave the guys at the bar and don’t go and play snooker and billiards. The boys became of no interest, other than that they were like old friends,’ said Lennon, above. ‘Yoko really woke me up to myself. She didn’t fall in love with a Beatle, she didn’t fall in love with my fame. She fell in love with me for myself, and through that, brought out the best in me.’

Photographer Kieron ‘Spud’ Murphy says he expected Yoko Ono to be ‘this dreadful woman who broke up The Beatles’, and instead found ‘an absolute sweetheart’ whom Lennon clearly adored. Murphy counts the shot of John and Yoko on the bed as one of his favourite photographs. ‘He’s yacking away, clearly in full motormouth mode, and she’s smoking a cigarette, just kind of looking down. I can still hear her saying, “Yes John, yes dear.”’

Julian, Lennon’s eight-year-old son by first wife Cynthia, had seen little of his father since his parents’ 1968 divorce. ‘When Dad moved to Tittenhurst, it was the first time he’d called me in quite a long time,’ recalled Julian. ‘It was an exciting thing for me to go and see him again after not seeing him for such a while. Tittenhurst was this enormous, palace-like place with 99 acres, golf-cart buggies, a lake, a little island. It was like a house of fun.

The grand house, with its vast master bedroom, below, was John’s choice – and somewhere he clearly felt comfortable enough to be photographed in the bathroom (far left). Yoko thought it was too large. ‘She wanted to live in New York in a loft,’ Lennon recalled. ‘I said, “Look kid, you were born rich; I was born poor, and I fought and made it.” But I sat in that house for a year, and I was not happy. I had all the possessions I wanted, but none of it was giving me any fun.’


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The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theaters around the world to present a one-night only world encore of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine” on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Music fans will be celebrating as John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s “Imagine” hits the big screen. Including previously unreleased cinema-exclusive bonus material, restored footage, remixed, remastered and immersive soundtrack mix, it is a unique opportunity to witness “Imagine” like you’ve never seen or heard it before!

“Imagine” is a cinematic collage of color, sound, dream and reality. Produced and directed by John and Yoko, who — with numerous guest stars including George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance and Jonas Mekas — create a world of imagination as rich and moving as the music that accompanies it.

The ground-breaking music film features a different visual treatment for every song, and follows John and Yoko during the recording sessions for Imagine in both the UK and New York, as they co-produced the record with Phil Spector.

“Imagine” has been restored frame-by-frame, from the original reels with the audio remix by triple Grammy Award-winning engineer, Paul Hicks. It is accompanied by 15 minutes of never-before-seen extras including studio footage of John and his band (including George Harrison, Nicky Hopkins from the Rolling Stones, Alan White from Yes and Klaus Voormann) performing ‘How Do You Sleep?’ and ‘Oh My Love’ in a specially created sound ‘raw studio’ mix that puts you in the center of the recording studio while the band play live.

“The people who all worked on ‘Imagine’ were Peace People and it was so enlightening and exciting all the way through to be one of them. Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.” — Yoko Ono

“Imagine” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.


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The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presents Come Together NYC
Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr & Jeff Bridges get in bed with The Lennon Bus presented by OWC to support student activism in association with Join Sleep Club. All donations are split evenly between The Lennon Bus & No Kid Hungry.

  • John Lennon’s former bandmate and his widow were joined outside City Hall by actor Jeff Bridges, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • The stunt was part of a Beatles-themed ‘bed-in,’ inspired by Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s famed Vietnam War protests in 1969
  • Starr quipped: ‘It’s an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko’
  • It was part of the fifth annual ‘Come Together: NYC’ event, which marked the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
  • The mobile production studio provides audio, video, digital media and broadcast experiences to students of all ages

“Come Together: NYC” event marked the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile production facility that “provides hands-on creative experiences to students of all ages.”

This year’s theme was “activism.” Students gathered and sang “Give Peace A Chance,” carrying signs saying “Hair Peace,” “Bed Peace,” and “Imagine Peace” – all a recreation of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous “bed-in” protests of the Vietnam war in 1969.

During event, Yoko Ono, Ringo and Bridges,climbed onto a large white bed, surrounded by a cheering crowd of children and dignitaries.
‘It’s an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko,’ joked Ringo, sporting an all black ensemble and his signature sunglasses.

Ono, laying beside her late husband’s bandmate, smiled and said: ‘I think that maybe John is hearing us. Give peace a chance… just remember that we are creating the world.’
After a band performed Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ during which Mayor de Blasio flashed the peace sign while holding Ono’s hand.
Bridges joined the festivities in his capacity as a national spokesman of the non-profit group Share Our strength to promote the childhood nutrition program No Kid Hungry.


It’s just another bed in bed peace for peace and love Imagine peace. ?✌️?????

Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges and more joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to stage a Beatles-themed “bed-in” to support New York City schools.

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On the Lennon bus – peace & love ?✌️?????



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Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr And Jeff Bridges Come Together For John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is returning to New York City, with a goal of improving the educational experience for youngsters throughout the slain rock star’s adopted hometown.

The bus — described as “a state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on creative experiences to students of all ages” — will drive into the city to launch the fifth annual Come Together NYC residency on Sept. 13.

OWC Giving Away Once in a Lifetime Trip for Two to NYC in September: Winner will see Ringo Starr in concert and attend launch of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus’ month-long “Come Together NYC” residency… visit  HERE.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “activism,” the event will kick off at 10 a.m. from the steps of New York City Hall with a “Bed-In” featuring Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, iconic rock photographer Henry Diltz, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson, with the group coming together with the goal of inspiring student activism in honour of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s headline-grabbing non-violent protests to support the idea of world peace.

“John would be very proud to know that this project encourages young people everywhere to embrace their creativity, and share their ideas for peace. I am so happy to be celebrating its 21st year,” said Ono in the announcement.

“What a great way to have peace, love and music Come Together and honour John’s life,” added Ringo.

“Wake up, dream big and Come Together!” remarked Bridges. “Together with Sleep Club, I’m so proud to be part of this event. I’m amazed to see what people can get done when they dream big and turn those dreams into reality. John and Yoko dreamed big and the Lennon bus is a great example of making dreams come true.”
Throughout the month of September, the Lennon Bus will be making stops at various schools throughout New York, working with a new Lennon Bus curriculum titled Come Together, which is intended to “engage students in conversation and creative activities around topics including peace, empathy, immigration and activism.”

In addition, “visitors to the Lennon Bus will receive an exclusive look at the latest in music products, and audio, video and broadcast technologies, found on board. Students will also hear firsthand about potential career paths from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar networked facility that travels year round throughout the U.S. Participants will spend a full day developing an original project, creating the music, video, and images needed to take their ideas from concept to delivery.”


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Death Cab For Cutie are back with a new single. “Gold Rush”, from the band’s new album ‘Thank You For Today’, samples a track from Ono’s 1971 album ‘Fly.’

“Gold Rush” is the first single from Thank You For Today, Death Cab For Cutie’s forthcoming ninth record, and second without founding member Chris Walla.

The album will be out August 17th on Warner Music. “Gold Rush” also features a sample of Yoko Ono’s “Mind Train,” a 17-minute track taken from her 1971 John Lennon-produced album Fly. Listen to “Mind Train” below:


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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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