Imagine (song)

October 1971

Imagine is a song written by John Lennon and was published in 1971 on his eponymous album Imagine, and on 11 October 1971 as a single.

The piece has become one of the classics of pop music. It is a vision free from religion, nationalism, and private ownership of a company. At the same time the song is a call for peace and is considered an anthem of the peace movement. Also known is the music video for Imagine, the Lennon at his villa in tits Hurst Park on a white grand piano playing shows while his wife Yoko Ono opens all the windows to flood the room with natural light. In addition, next to the entrance is a statue to see that Lennon had been used on the cover of the Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967 ) in right foreground.

For album Imagine Lennon and Ono turned a (partly documentary ) film, which was shown in full length in December 1972 on American television. With the song Imagine twisted material Lennon presented the song in the Dick Cavett Show for the first time publicly since Lennon there at that time was not yet possible to rehearse with a live band. The show, which also Yoko Ono collaborated, was recorded on September 7, 1971, coincidentally, almost to the day, thirty years before the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in consequence of which the U.S. radio group Clear Channel Communications the song on a list of 166 songs put that " lyrically questionable ' and not to send the default, this time being.

In 2004, the U.S. music magazine Rolling Stone published a list of the " 500 Greatest Songs of All Time ". This list is Imagine by John Lennon in third place.

Meanwhile, the song is often interpreted in the jazz genre; here are about the versions of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Herbie Hancock to name ( with Pink, Seal, India Arie & Jeff Beck), Toots Thielemans or Vijay Iyer. In the rock genre example, there are versions of Mandoki Soulmates and A Perfect Circle.