‘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’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 artworks – including the creative process behind the double exposure polaroids used on the album cover.
Beautifully packaged in a luxurious hardback format, IMAGINE JOHN YOKO will be published on 25 October 2018, as a long-overdue and fitting tribute to one of the most important songs, albums and creative collaborations of the 20th century.