John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Now a Picture Book
Released by John Lennon in 1971, “Imagine” is a timeless—and 46 years later a hauntingly timely—song of peace and tolerance that has been performed by hundreds of musicians across the world. The lyrics to this iconic song will appear in picture-book format for the first time on September 21, the annual International Day of Peace, when Clarion publishes Imagine in partnership with Amnesty International. The book features a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon and illustrations by Jean Jullien. In boldly colored mixed-media art, the French graphic illustrator follows the journey of a pigeon spreading a message of friendship and hope to birds on land and sea.
This has the potential of becoming a real treasure or a big disappointment. I’ll be interested to see how Clarion and the artist handle the work, and will be hoping for the best.
Perhaps it will become the “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” of our generation in its new incarnation as a book.