For the few of you who didn’t realize the significance of Google’s special logo yesterday and today, it is their first ever video doodle to commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday today. When you click on the logo on Google’s home page, you will see this tribute to the musician.
In addition, there are many other celebrations taking place around the world. After Yoko Ono’s concert in Iceland today, she will bestow the annual Lennon Ono Grant for Peace to four recipients before lighting the Imagine Peace Tower on Vioey island (You can view a live feed here: imaginepeace.com). This year’s recipients of the biennial award are Josh Fox, who wrote and directed the documentary feature film, Gasland, Barbara Kowalcyk, who created the Center for Foodborne Illness & Prevention, author Michael Pollan, and author, poet and activist Alice Walker.
Here is a video about the peace tower that Yoko made after the unveiling three years ago today. I must say, it’s a pretty amazing piece of art.
There are many other celebrations occurring all around the world. EMI has just reissued John’s solo catalogue in several formats. You can read about that here and if you’re a die hard fan, you can purchase the handsomely packaged 11 CD box set. If you live in or near New York City, you can venture over to Central Park this evening to see a free screening of Michael Epstein’s documentary of Lennon’s years in the city, LENNONYC. If you can’t make it, don’t worry, PBS, as part of their American Masters program, will be airing it on November 22.
Here is a preview:
So perhaps on this beautiful day, you will find time, in whatever manner you see fit, to honor one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our generation.