Strawberry Fields Memorial
The genesis ofImagine begins between the pages of Yoko Ono’s book of poems Grapefruit. This is where John Lennon finds inspiration. He starts writing and makes his new song a plea for the unity of peoples. At the time, he was still part of the Beatles. The group recorded Let It Be and all its members seemed to want only one thing: to finish it and finally sail solo. The piano on which John Lennon works, an upright Steinway, will later be bought by George Michael. The artist defines Imagine as a soft rock ballad. When the time came to include it on the album of the same name, finally freed from his obligations to the Beatles, he approached Phil Spector, the legendary producer who invented the Wall of Sound. The latter sees Imagine as a kind of national anthem that is as commercial as it is political. Upon its release, the single quickly became the musician’s biggest solo hit.
Afterwards, John Lennon signed many hits but none of them managed to reach the same level of popularity as Imagine. On December 8, 1980, while returning from a recording session, he was murdered by Mark David Chapman to whom he had signed the same morning a copy of Double Fantasy, the last album of the duo John Lennon – Yoko Ono. The former Beatle was later cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester, without any ceremony. His widow addressed the fans who had come in large numbers in front of the Dakota Building and asked them to meet in the park for ten minutes of silent prayer. Several personalities pay tribute to the deceased. Around the world, there are also initiatives in this direction. Yoko Ono, on the other hand, supervised and financed the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park in 1985, on her late husband’s forty-fifth birthday. The music resonates almost constantly at this place of contemplation and sharing, where many people also went in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, giving the place a much greater significance, in keeping with the meaning of Imagine‘s lyrics.
A total of 200 artists delivered their own interpretation of the song Imagine.
Borrowing its name from a Beatles song, itself named after a park in Liverpool, the Strawberry Fields memorial is one of the liveliest places in Central Park. It’s where all the fans of John Lennon come to pay tribute to him.
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