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The second of John Lennon’s post-Beatles solo endeavours, Imagine has been a firm fan favourite since its release on September 9th 1971. It acted as the follow up to 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and, in many ways, marked a continuation of the style Lennon had developed with the group in the immediate period following The Beatles’ split.

Both albums feature Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” production style, and many of the songs from Imagine feel as though they could have been plucked from that previous record. However, with Imagine, John Lennon had his sights set firmly on the number one spot.

Unlike John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, which was very well received by the critics but failed to capture the hearts of fans, Imagine was a huge hit in both the US and the UK. The production and arrangements on tracks like ‘Imagine’, ‘Jealous Guy’, and ‘Oh My Love’ represented from an angular and experimental sound to something polished, even, and sonically accessible.

‘How Do You Sleep?” was written in response to the lawsuit McCartney filed against The Beatles as well as to Paul’s own potent ‘Too Many People’, which he admitted had been targetted at Lennon.

The title track is, of course, the most recognisable song on the album. Written in the key of C Major and comprising of just 26 lines, it is a masterpiece of accessible songwriting. After the release of Imagine, the track became an anthem of peace and solidarity, with the public coming to regard it as one of the most defining songs of the liberal humanist cause. In that way, it has come to be seen as a song that captures the very essence of the human struggle against adversity.

As a whole, the album, typifies Lennon’s songwriting. and stands as one of the most brilliant solo albums of all time.

Imagine is an album of two distinct characters , it is a commercially accessible record crafted by Lennon out of a hunger to achieve greatness on his own terms and spread a message of peace and love across the entire globe, it is an album filled with mischief and confessional wit.



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Free screenings of the IMAGINE film + Tim’s Twitter Listening Party

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE with free venue & online film screenings + Tim’s Twitter Listening Party.

On Thursday 9 Sept 2021, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sean Ono Lennon, Mercury Studios, Tim’s Twitter Listening Party, The Coda Collection, AXS, WDR/ARD, Hard Rock, Sage Gateshead, Music Venue Trust and Universal Music Group invite you to join us for a Global Party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John & Yoko’s IMAGINE.

Simplest way to join in:
To join in online, watch the film here, and join the Listening Party JOIN US .. H E R E.


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To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Lennon’s landmark album Imagine, a strictly Limited Edition Double White Vinyl version of the album will be released on 10th September, featuring the new stereo Ultimate Mixes on Disc 1 and Album Out-takes on Disc 2, engineered and mixed by Paul Hicks and produced by Yoko Ono Lennon in 2018.

Features brand new stereo mix, album outtakes. A truly unique expanded edition of one of the most iconic albums of all time. This new edition (White Double Vinyl) takes us on incredibly personal journey through the entire songwriting and recording process – from the very first writing and demo sessions at John’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park through to the final co-production with Phil Spector – providing a remarkable testament of the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


Side A
1 Imagine
2 Crippled Inside
3 Jealous Guy
4 It’s So Hard
5 I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die

Side B
1 Gimme Some Truth
2 Oh My Love
3 How Do You Sleep?
4 How?
5 Oh Yoko!

Side C
1 Imagine (Original demo recorded at Ascot)
2 Imagine (Take 1)
3 Crippled Inside (Take 3)
4 Crippled Inside (Take 6 /alternate guitar solo)
5 Jealous Guy (Take 9)
6 It’s So Hard (Take 6)

Side D
1 I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die (Take 25)
2 Gimme Some Truth (Take 4)
3 Oh My Love (Take 6)
4 How Do You Sleep? (Takes 1 & 2)
5 Oh Yoko! (Bed Peace footage/Sheraton Hotel, Bahamas 1969)


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A new documentary is in works. The festival called Toronto Rock & Roll Revival featured John Lennon by himself in a solo performance that many believe led to the breakup of Beatles.

The film will be called ‘Rock & Roll Revival’ and will be directed by Ron Chapman. It will tell the story of the Toronto event in September 1969, held the same year as Woodstock and Harlem Cultural Festival.

The one-day music festival at the University of Toronto’s 20,000-seat Varsity Stadium was put together by young promoter John Brower with artists including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, The Doors and Alice Cooper. When the ticket sales were poor, the concert was almost cancelled. That’s when Brower invited John Lennon and he said yes.

At the time, John Lennon had been in the studio with The Beatles putting together the Abbey Road album and he didn’t have a band for his two solo albums so he got together a group consisting of Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Yes drummer Alan White and bass player Klaus Voorman, who designed the artwork for the Revolver record.
At the music festival, John Lennon,Ono and the band played songs including a cover of “Blue Suede Shoes,”as well as “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” The Beatles’ “Yer Blues” and a new song “Cold Turkey” as well as Ono’s “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow).”

It’s after the success of the music festival that John Lennon was sure of leaving The Beatles.
Pennebaker Hegedus Films is exec producing the project, which is produced by Vancouver’s Screen Siren Pictures,Toronto’s Chapman Productions, Paris’ Films A Cinq. Trish Dolman, Sally Blake and Ron Chapman produce the doc, which is written by Phyllis Ellis.

The film will shoot in Toronto, Los Angeles,New York, London and Berlin, ready for a spring release touring the festival circuit.

It will air on Crave in Canada and Arte in France and Germany.

Funding support was made possible by Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, Hot Docs Slaight Music Fund, and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund and the Centre National du Cinéma in France.

The film is distributed in Canada by Photon Films, and Myriad Pictures is the distributor outside of Canada.