“Imagine” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the 50th Anniversary Global Events
Yoko & Sean Ono Lennon, the succession of John lennon and Universal Music Group will host a worldwide party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John’s song, album and movie “Imagine” on September 9th. The event will honor one of the most famous and beloved universal songs and messages in the history of music.
“John and I were both artists and we lived together, so we were inspired by each other,” says Yoko. “The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I have met – he’s from the West and I’m from the East – and we’re still together. We have this unity and “the whole world would eventually become one” is the feeling that we will all be very happy together. All of these instructions are for people on how to spend eternity because we have a lot of time. “
The unique global status of “Imagine” was underscored once again at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, where it was reimagined by renowned composer Hans Zimmer for a worldwide audience of several hundred. millions. It started the celebrations for the Olympics and the song’s golden anniversary.
John & Yoko’s To imagine, one of the earliest conceptual musical feature films, was also released in 1971 and contains all of the songs from John’s To imagine album; four from Yoko Fly; and some additional parts. In 2018, under Yoko’s supervision, the film was completely reassembled in HD in 2018 from the original 16mm negative reels and cleaned and digitally restored frame-by-frame with the audio fully remixed in 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos by triple Grammy award. engineer and mixer, Paul Hicks.
At 11:30 a.m. PDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT / 7:30 p.m. BST on September 9, fans around the world are invited to watch the To imagine film together, online or in person at participating locations. Yoko Ono Lennon, Mercury Studios and partners such as The Coda Collection, Hard Rock and Music Venue Trust will make the film available for free, while Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess is hugely popular. Tim’s Twitter Listening Night will host a simultaneous online listening evening.
Thus, the experience of watching and listening to the music of the To imagine The film will be enhanced by a second screen Twitter experience, complete with quotes, photos and multimedia, led by Yoko Ono Lennon, the John Lennon Estate and many musicians, filmmakers and friends involved in the making of the album and the film, as well as fans who join the hashtags #timstwitterlisteningparty and # IMAGINE50.
Confirmed participants for Tim’s Twitter Listening Night are: Yoko Ono Lennon; the estates of John Lennon, George Harrison and Nicky Hopkins; more Sean Ono Lennon, bassist Klaus Voormann, drummer Alan White, cameraman Nic Knowland, factotum Dan Richter and MC Tim Burgess, and more to be announced soon. For more information, visit the Tim’s Twitter Listening Night website.
An appropriate suite
The event is an appropriate follow-up to the listening evening organized for the John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection box launch earlier this year. Watch the replay of this event here.
The Coda Collection, a unique streaming platform that features music documentaries, concert films and more, is proud to broadcast the To imagine film in the US and UK, allowing an even wider audience to participate in this special global event. The Coda Collection is available exclusively through Amazon Prime Video Channels. US audiences will be able to stream the film on the Coda Collection channel during and after the event via a seven-day free trial.
UK audiences can stream the film on Amazon Prime at no additional cost during the event. Twitter Listening Party tweets will also be able to be followed live on a custom page of the Coda Collection website. To explore The Coda Collection, including other John Lennon & Yoko Ono films, visit coda.co collection.
Hard Rock will also be part of the anniversary celebrations, showing the To imagine film throughout the day at select Hard Rock Cafes across North America and Europe. Several of its hotel properties in the United States and Mexico will also offer the film for guests to watch in their rooms. Fans are encouraged to check with their local Hard Rock Café for participation and viewing times.
Surround sound projection
UK, Gateshead sage will welcome people to its Sage One room with a free surround sound screening of the film, scheduled for the interactive listening evening. Concert halls across the UK will also screen the film for free, in collaboration with Trust for music rooms. The hashtag # IMAGINE50 will be visible on Twitter to indicate participating locations.
The film will also be available online in the US for AXS subscribers and in the UK for Sky subscribers on NOWTV and the SkyGo app, and to rent or buy worldwide from Apple tv, itunes Where Amazon prime; Or on Blu ray Where DVD. Find out here the best way to watch the film in your country.
On September 6 at 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT, AXS TV will broadcast both To imagine and the 1988 documentary Imagine: John Lennon. The screening will be hosted by Ahmet Zappa, co-host of AXS TV Rock my collection, and Katie Daryl, executive producer and host of Top Ten revealed. They will be joined by an impressive roster of notable musicians who will reflect on the impact of John and Yoko on their lives and how the To imagine the album and the song influenced their careers. The special will air again on September 8 at 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT and on To imagine The film will also be available for streaming through the AXS TV NOW app. Visit AXS.com for more information.
For those who wish to join the listening evening but prefer to watch the film later in the day, all the tweets of the event will be collected and made available to replay on this link on the Tim’s Twitter Listening Night website shortly after the event’s end time.
Immediately following the evening before Tim’s Twitter Listening Party, BBC6 Music’s Sean Ono Lennon and Chris Hawkins will host a special evening. # IMAGINE50 Aftershow Listening Party, with discussion and Q&A via Twitter Spaces at 1:40 p.m. LA / 3:40 p.m. NYC / 8:40 p.m. UK / 4:40 a.m. Tokyo. This audio-only event will feature many contributors to the album and film, with lineup to be announced soon.
On September 10, Capitol / UMe will release a Limited Collector’s Edition of To imagine in double LP on white vinyl, with the famous Ultimate Mix 2018 mixed by engineer Paul Hicks and supervised by Yoko Ono Lennon on LP1 and a multitude of extracts on LP2. The unique and augmented edition, Imagine – The ultimate mixes and releases, includes the original demo of “Imagine” as well as a multitude of excerpts that demonstrate the writing and recording process and present the evolution of the songs on the album.
Samples of almost every song on the record are included: “Jealous Guy” (Take 9), “It’s So Hard” (Take 6), “Crippled Inside” (Take 3, Take 6), “Gimme Some Truth” (Take 4), “I don’t wanna be a soldier, mum, I don’t wanna die” (Take 25), “Oh my love” (Take 6), “How do you sleep?” (Takes 1 & 2), and a first version of “Oh Yoko” from the Peace Bed rehearsal filmed in the Bahamas. The limited edition release can be pre-ordered here. A new collection of merchandise has also been released in the official store. See the full collection here.
The ultimate mixes and outputs included on the vinyl edition were originally released in 2018 on the six-record set, Imagine – The Ultimate Collection. The collection of 140 remixed and remastered tracks was fully licensed by Yoko Ono Lennon, who oversaw its production and creative direction. The set includes a variety of both immersive and intimate listening experiences, ranging from the ultimate mixes of the original album, which reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs, to raw studio mixes that allow listeners to hear the original, no-frills performances of Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, to enveloping 5.1 surround sound mixes and a Quadrasonic album mix, featuring the original four-speaker mix remastered in its Quadrasonic for the first time in nearly fifty years.
This deep listening experience, with dozens of never-before-seen demos, rare takes, and isolated track elements, also includes track-by-track audio editing. The documentary on evolution, detailing the development of each song from the demo to the main recording, including instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chat.
Dolby Atmos mixes and full stereo versions of Blu-ray content in the Box Set Edition Imagine – The Ultimate Collection are currently in production for streaming services, for release in bed on John’s birthday on October 9.
Pre-order the limited edition, double LP white vinyl Imagine – The ultimate mixes and releases, coming out September 10.