With new book, box set, John Lennon’s iconic ‘Imagine’ album is celebrated by Yoko Ono

The archival photos are jolting, and heart-rending, because you know where John and Yoko’s life story eventually takes them. Dressed in olive drab and gazing intently into each other’s eyes, the two don’t look like political rebels or rock icons. They just look like a young couple in love.

“There was a lot of warmth around us, and we loved it,” Yoko Ono says by email, answering questions about her new book, “Imagine John Yoko” (Grand Central), a scrapbook-like, slightly romanticized remembrance of recording John Lennon’s defining album “Imagine” in 1971. “John and I are eternal lovers.”

At 85, the artist and musician is busily organizing a crush of new projects around what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday on Oct. 9, including a six-disc box set of the remastered album, the re-release of their films “Imagine” and “Gimme Some Truth” (the former in select theaters and both on DVD/Blu-ray/digital platforms) and the just-issued John Lennon U.S. postage stamp. It’s a lot for an anniversary year that doesn’t end in an “0” or a “5,” but “it’s just the way things worked out,” she says.

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