Imagine if John Lennon Were Alive
Imagine if John Lennon Were Alive. That financial services company that did the James Dean ad should think about it…
He’d be turning 70 today. The rights to The Beatles catalogue may never have been sold to Michael Jackson. Bob Geldof and Bono would have had been up against a major contender for the title of “Planetary Peacenik”. And he and Yoko Ono would still be providing gossip fodder for the tabloids and paparazzi.
Born John Winston Ono Lennon in Liverpool on 09 October 1940, Lennon formed his first band, The Quarrymen, whilst still a teenager. The Quarrymen evolved into the band with whom he would find fame, fortune and, ultimately, frustration – The Beatles.
To help mark the occasion of what would have been his 70th birthday, EMI records, in a project that has been overseen been Yoko Ono, has re-released a selection of digitally remastered Lennon albums under the “John Lennon Signature Collection” title. And whilst the various albums are available packaged individually, the ultimate collectors’ item must the Signature Box: John Lennon collection:
- John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
- Double Fantasy Stripped Down
- Some Time In New York City
- Mind Games
- Walls and Bridges
- Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Milk and Honey
Plus two bonus CDs, containing:
- An EP of Lennon’s non-album singles (including “Give Peace a Chance”, “Power to the People” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”).
- A collection of rare/previously unreleased material including studio outtakes and home recordings.
The set is completed by a hard bound book containing rare photos, poetry, artwork, new liner notes and essays by Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and Julian Lennon.
As usual on John’s birthday, Yoko will again be in Iceland to ignite the Image Peace Tower, which stays alight each year for the two months between his birthday and the day of Johns’ murder, 08 December.
Yoko is embracing social media in a big way this year, and has asked supporters to attempt to send 1,000,000 tweets of Peace Wishes to the foundations’ Twitter account:
This Saturday, October 9th, I will relight IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland in memory of my late husband John Lennon.
Please ask all your friends to join us by Tweeting your wishes to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.
You can do this by coming to IMAGINEPEACETOWER.com where you can also watch the lighting live with us at 8pm in Reykjavík = 9pm in UK = 4pm in NY= 1pm in LA = 5am in Japan.
Tell all your friends.
Spread the word!
Let’s Tweet a million wishes for Peace for John’s birthday!
[I think the lighting ceremony time is 10pm tonight SAST ~ed.]
Here’s Yoko’s birthday message and an invitation to share your wishes with the world on YouTube:
Go on, I challenge all of you to do just that. Imagine Peace. Make a wish for peace. And then tweet it to the world.
As a side note of interest: Lennon and Ono’s son, Sean Taro Ono Lennon was also born on 9 October and shares his birthday with his dad. In his case, he was born in 1975, which was Lennon’s 35th birthday.