Imagine hearing Lennon in concert

Reviewed by Barb Van Atta

“Imagine … It’s easy if you try.”

Imagine there was no Mark David Chapman, and John Lennon was still alive and well and getting ready for his 70th birthday. He would round up a few of his mates (and Yoko, of course) and, disdainful of impersonal arena touring, opt for concerts in small theaters and clubs. He would pair up songs and pare down arrangements while bringing his lyrics – no, make that his poetry – to the forefront. Through wide, round, wire-rimmed glasses he would make eye contact with his audiences, establishing intimacy through anecdotes and interpretations. Read the rest of this entry »