The sale coincides with two important landmarks for Lennon: These remarkable drawings and manuscripts come from the collection of legendary publisher Tom Maschler, who as Literary Director of Jonathan Cape in the s, was responsible for bringing both In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works to fruition. Having seen a superb sketch of his that a mutual acquaintance showed me, I met with John to suggest that he should produce John Lennon In His Own Write.
A collection of artwork explores the bond between father and son For John Lennon and Yoko Ono, art and life were never very far apart. So when they had a child, Sean, inLennon temporarily retired from the music business to help raise him; now the ex-Beatle's playful drawings from that period which came to a tragic end in with Lennon's death have been assembled by Ono into a children's book, Real Love: The Drawings for Sean, slated for hardcover release from Random House next month.
Ono, reached by PW at her Manhattan studio, recalled, "John and I wanted to have a child -- we were working on it. Then, suddenly it was going to happen. As Sean grew older, Ono said, "John kept trying to connect with him every day.
Of course, his way of doing this was drawing. The drawings are executed in Lennon's trademark stripped-down antic linear style. Accompanying these are the word-plays that marked his first published books of the s, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, which introduced the public to Lennon's skills as a cartoonist.
The artwork in Real Love has been augmented with color -- lavish polychrome treatments that have a decidedly s Photoshop-look to them. The decision, Ono said, was "artistic," adding that she has been employing the same graphic artist for the past 15 years to help "enhance" the extant Lennon material, but "not to overwhelm the drawing itself.
A thought balloon over the cat's head shows him dreaming of a mouse. Elsewhere, the allusions are more complex, as in "the camel dances and having danced moves on," which shows an exaggeratedly humped camel walking lazily past an Egyptian step pyramid.
Here the settings are primordial, suggesting an overall innocent mood of Edenic bliss. As Ono remembers it, the drawings were the result of "precious moments," made mostly when Sean was between the ages of two and five. A book of drawings reflects Lennon's relationship with Sean, who was five when his father was killed.
To Ono, they came to represent "a sweet moment that I was witnessing. She said, "I felt that the strongest of John's drawings were the ones that he had done for Sean.
It took all that time to happen in an organic way, rather than pushing it. These serigraphs are then provided to galleries for exhibition. Ono said, "Maybe [the book] came out of the exposure that John's artwork has been receiving for the past 10 years. Random House got excited because of the work that was being done by Bag One.
For Klimo, "The Beatles were the most important thing that happened in my childhood," a feeling she believes is widely shared. Kessler, herself a former year Random House veteran, held an auction for Real Love; Klimo was the high bidder, paying what she termed "a healthy six figures.
For me, it was an act of passion -- John was my Beatle. Was the deal complicated? It was strictly Sony in conjunction with Yoko's personal attorney. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! We've positioned it as a father-and-son collaboration, an outgrowth of John's active role as a parent.
We think it makes a good gift from father-to-son or from son-to-father. The first printing iscopies; in foreign rights, six publishers have signed on to join Random's print run or will be running the project separately themselves.
As for promotion, major advertising is planned, as well as TV and magazine interviews with Ono. The book will also be featured on Random House's Web site.
And a crossover retail strategy is already in motion. And the retailers have also taken a strong stand," Klimo said. Music stores, such as Tower and Musicland, have shown strong interest, as well as specialty catalogues such as BeatleFest.
I just like the fact that it's a lot of fun -- the word games and the drawings themselves. The playfulness of John is very important."Stand by Me" Released: 10 March "Ya Ya" Released: (Germany only) Rock 'n' Roll is the sixth studio album by John kaja-net.comed in , it is an album of late s and early s songs as covered by Lennon.
A Spaniard in the Works is a book by John Lennon, first published on 24 June The book consists of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his previous book, 's In His Own Write. Jun 04, · NEW YORK — Original manuscripts and drawings by former Beatle John Lennon, produced for two acclaimed books he wrote in the mids, .
'John Lennon is a remarkably gifted writer hilarious, clever and funny' Melody Maker First published in and , In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works are a brilliantly inventive and offbeat collection of John Lennon's stories, drawings and poems.
Read In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon by John Lennon by John Lennon for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android AN OMNIBUS EDITION OF JOHN LENNON’ S WHIMSICAL POETRY, PROSE, AND DRAWINGS, REISSUED IN CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH.
His drawings became illustrations for three best selling books (In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The Works, and Skywriting By Word Of Mouth), and his “Bag One” suite is in the permanent collection of the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City.