John turns 70 today. Difficult to find words for or about him that yet haven't be said or written, so I'll let his pinsel expresss something visual for himself in my place.
This is the particular of a self portrait that he made in 1971.
I always wondered - "What among his records would he choose to represent himself, if he was here now to decide?" - And I often thought that the early years with Yoko must have been the most happy and creative for him, if her closeness allowed him to conceive masterpieces like "JL & Plastic Ono Band" and "Imagine". And the three "impossible " records full of alternative sonor material which he published between 1968 and 1971, give a precise characterization of his mood and inspiration, something complementary that can't be separated from his exquisitely musical albums, they should be considered part of the same artistic "construction". Therefore, in a way, I consider them representative of those years, important in the same measure of "Imagine".
For these reasons, I feel like saying a big 'Thankyou' to Yoko, a Lady I always admired.
"Two virgins", "Life with the lions " and "The wedding album"
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