|Author:||John Lennon; Jean Jullien (Illustrator); Amnesty International; Yoko Ono Lennon (Foreword by)|
In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed album Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, and in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds and at the Record Plant in New York. The lyrics of its 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 tells the story of John & Yoko's life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments through artfully compiled narrative film stills, Yoko's closely guarded archive photos and artefacts, and stitched-together panoramas taken from outtake film footage that recreate the interiors in evocative detail. Each chapter and song is introduced with text by John & Yoko compiled from published and unpublished sources and complemented by comments from Yoko today. Fresh insights are provided by musicians, engineers and staff who took part, many of whom feature on the inner sleeve's enigmatic picture wheel, in which the identities are finally revealed. 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, Imagine cements John and Yoko's place in cultural history.
'This is a beautiful reimagining of John Lennon's immortal lyrics, tender and perfectly judged.' -- Chris Riddell
'Alongside John Lennon's classic lyrics, Jean Jullien's deceptively simple illustrations create a beautiful, touching book.' -- Malorie Blackman
'Never have we all, child and grown-up child, needed this more, the words and the song in our hearts, lifting our spirits, giving us hope, and determination too to find the road to understanding, conciliation and peace.' -- Michael Morpurgo
'I love this book, and I think John would have too.' -- Leigh Hobbs
"For fans of Lennon's song eager to introduce it to a new generation, Jullien's panoply of boldly outlined, lovable birds offers an accessible entry point to ideas of peace, kindness, and justice." * Publisher's Weekly *
"An inviting, relevant, and timely message of tolerance, inclusiveness, unity, and peace. Just imagine." * Kirkus Reviews *
"Effective and very poignant." * The Bookseller *
JEAN JULLIEN is a French graphic designer currently living in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art in 2010. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.