John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 50th Anniversary Book Due

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1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band. The album, which Lennon once described as “the best thing I’ve ever done,” was released on Dec. 11, 1970. The book, from Thames and Hudson, and credited to authors John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is tentatively scheduled to be published on Oct. 8. in the U.K. (There is no info yet on North America.) The book is available for pre-order in the U.K. here.

[That’s one week before a book simply titled Get Back: The Beatles, is expected to be published from Callaway Arts & Entertainment. There is no artwork or description yet for the Get Back book. The only information offered is its weight: 1.7 lbs. It’s available for pre-order in the U.S. here and the U.K. here.]

As of May 22, two months after we first wrote about it, no cover art for the Plastic Ono Band anniversary book had been revealed.

After the album was released in 1970 on the Apple label, it ultimately peaked at #9 in the U.K. and #6 in the U.S. To put the album in historical context, Lennon’s acclaimed LP, Imagine, was released nine months later in Sept. 1971.

Below is the information, based on the title’s listing on Amazon U.K., where it is priced at £39.95.

Described by Lennon as “the best thing I’ve ever done,” and widely regarded by critics as his best solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was released on 11 December 1970. With first-hand commentary by Lennon, Ono and other members of the Plastic Ono Band, and packed with previously unseen photographs by those who documented their lives, this incisive volume offers new insights into the raw emotions and open mindset of Lennon after marriage to Ono and the break-up of the Beatles, through heroin addiction and primal therapy under Arthur Janov, to the making of the album and revealing interview with Jann Wenner in December 1970.

After the Bed-In for Peace events held in Amsterdam in March 1969 Lennon and Ono decided that their future artistic endeavours would be credited to a conceptual vehicle, the Plastic Ono Band. The band featured a rotating line-up of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Alan White, George Harrison, Billy Preston and Jim Keltner, all of whom played live with Lennon and Ono, and contributed to their recordings. Primal therapy had a huge impact on Lennon’s song writing, resulting in the creation of tracks that are intensely personal and soul-baring, including ‘Mother’, ‘Working Class Hero’ and ‘God’. This book takes those lyrics as a starting point and explores Lennon’s life, career and self-perception, from ‘performing flea’ with the Beatles to authenticity as a solo artist.

Table of Contents

Preface by Yoko Ono • I Sat Belonely • Who are the Plastic Ono Band? • Mother • Collaboration • Hold On • Live Performance • I Found Out • Working Class Hero • Catharsis • Isolation • Remember • Love • Well Well Well • Recording • Album Artwork • Look at Me • God • My Mummy’s Dead • Emancipation

While John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band had no big radio hits, it’s best known song is “Mother.”

2020 will be yet another big year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of various 1970 Beatles-related titles. On March 10, it was announced that the Peter Jackson-directed film, The Beatles: Get Back, will be released in theaters on Sept. 4. That announcement noted, “the film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, Let It Be, and the entire 42-minute performance of their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop set on London’s Savile Row.”

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  1. Rick
    #1 Rick 27 March, 2020, 20:09

    Will the original Let It Be album be re-issued? As well as the Plastic Ono album?

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  2. Norm
    #2 Norm 1 April, 2020, 00:42

    According to recordstoreday.com, one of the greatest solo debuts in rock history, Paul McCartney’s McCartney, will receive a special 50th anniversary release in a limited-edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing on June 20th, 2020, if the date does not change. This album was originally released in April 1970, one month before Let It Be, and saw Paul getting back to basics. This 50th anniversary Record Store Day limited edition of McCartney should be pressed from a master cut by Miles Showell at half speed using the original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios and should be made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best possible reproduction. I expect for a John Lennon / P.O.B. limited-edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing at Black Friday RSD and I dream of Let It Be as a Get Back package for October 9th… or vice versa?

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