John Lennon's Imagine Piano
Read the CT article on the visit.
9/11, The Oklahoma City bombing, Virginia Tech, the Watts Riots, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy, all horrific acts of violence, all catastrophic, all senseless.
Imagine a world without violence, a world of peace. This sentiment echoes the lyrics to John Lennon’s 1971 song, “Imagine”.
The concept of the tour was conceived after the piano was showcased at the IMAGINE exhibition at Goss Gallery in Dallas, Texas, 2006
The photographs will feature in a book which will spread a worldwide message of peace, transcending time, cultures and boundaries.
The piano has been photographed at:
Dealy Plaza in Dallas, Texas where President John F Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd,1963
Memphis, Tennessee. at the National Civil Rights Museum (previously the Lorraine Motel) where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968
The Ford Theatre in Washington D.C., the site of President Lincoln’s assassination 142 years ago.
The Walls at Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, on the day of a prisoner’s execution.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial on the 12th anniversary of the bombing tragedy.
The site of the former Branch Davidian Compound where over 80 people died 13 years ago.
The home of Bill Clayton who committed suicide 12 years ago after being beaten by a gay hate gang.
In Texarkana at the site where the Phantom Murderer killed his 1st two victims in 1946
Outside the Courthouse in Marion, West Memphis where the West Memphis Three were convicted.
Blacksburg, Virginia. The location of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
Future planned photographs to be taken in the US and UK, include the site of the World Trade Center attacks and London bombings.
“Kenny and George’s deepest wish is to imagine a world of peace, a world without violence,” said Caroline True, creative director. "The selection of these sites evokes a deep sense of emotion for everyone. Capturing these images of this special piano on which a song of peace was composed is the heart of this project."
George Michael bought the Lennon piano at an auction in October 2000. Considered the most expensive piece of pop memorabilia, experts have estimated its value at US$8 million to $12 million. Michael and his partner, Kenny Goss, owner of Goss Gallery in Dallas, want to further strengthen the project’s peaceful message, by having “Imagine” performed on the piano at each stop. A video documentary and a published volume of the images are under development, with plans to donate proceeds to charity.
The song, “Imagine,” was first released in 1971 and was already John Lennon’s most famous post-Beatles song, but it took on a whole new life of its own following Lennon’s murder in December 1980. When first released, “Imagine” reached No. 3 in America and No. 6 in Britain but after Lennon’s death in December 1980, the song gave him a posthumous No. 1.
Lennon bought the piano in December 1970, had it delivered to studios at his home in Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire, composed and recorded “Imagine” on it. The piano is a simple upright style instrument, not the white piano which graced the cover of the album. In 1992, it was bought by a private British collector who put it up for auction in October 2000.