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’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.
This Signed Collector’s Edition includes:
• This Signed Collector’s Edition is clothbound, debossed with tipped-in ‘polaroids’ front and back, and has a ribboned portfolio containing a hand-numbered and officially stamped giclée print of an unused proof for Imagine’s cover artwork (blue), exclusive to this edition.
• Personally signed by Yoko Ono in a numbered edition of 300.
• Expanded: an additional 176 pages; more than 150 new illustrations, including more artworks from the This Is Not Here exhibition and even more exclusive, previously unpublished archive photos of all the key players in situ; an entirely new chapter devoted to the singles from the period; more lyric sheets; further new insights and personal testimonies; and six almost 1 metre-long gatefolds of panoramas stitched together from rare film outtakes.
• This edition is limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, plus 10 copies retained by the artist, inscribed i-x