Since its release on September 9th 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s paean for peace with ‘Imagine’ has become the sort of track that transcends the clutches of culture, grabs the lapels of society at large and gives it a rattle.
Now, it is set to celebrate its golden anniversary with a string of plans to mark the occasion, including a global participatory event. It’s the perfect way to remember a song that has reached every corner of the globe.
As Yoko Ono Lennon has announced: “John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other. The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time.
Adding: “John and I met – he comes from the West and I come from the East – and still we are together. We have this oneness and ‘the whole world would eventually become one’ is the sense that we will all be very happy together.”
She then concludes regarding the track: “All these instructions are for people for how to spend eternity, because we have lots of time.”
Joan Baez, who knows a thing or two about songs that present a different view herself, concurred placing it in her five favourite protest songs, and remarking: “I love the song because it’s beautiful; It has a beautiful lilt and it’s easy to sing.”
Thus, in order to give this truly transcendent anthem the birthday it deserves, on September 9, 2021, Yoko & Sean Ono Lennon, The Estate of John Lennon and Universal Music Group invite the world to join them with a Global Party to celebrate the 50thanniversary of ‘Imagine’ – the song, the album and the film.
As the official press release reads: “At 7:30 pm BST, fans around the world are invited to watch the Imagine film together, either online or in person at participating venues as Yoko Ono Lennon, Mercury Studios and partners including The Coda Collection, Hard Rock and Music Venue Trust make the film available to view for free.”
The event will also be accompanied by a simultaneous special edition of Tim Burgess’ Twitter Listening Parties.
The event will be shown on AXS in the USA, and in the UK for Sky subscribers in NOWTV and the SkyGo App, or you can rent and purchase the film from all the usual channels and independent stores. To discover the best way to watch the film in your country, click here.
For those in Newcastle, UK the Sage Gateshead is also hosting the event in person, welcoming “people back to its phenomenal Sage One venue with a free Surround Sound screening of the film, timed to sync with the interactive Listening Party.”
It will also be shown at Grassroots Music Venues across the UK with the Music Venue Trust. Check your local music venue for details and look for the hashtag #IMAGINE50 on Twitter.
All looks set for one truly befitting celebration, please enjoy introspectively.