Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon donate Give Peace A Chance acetates to charities

Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon have donated 50 limited edition acetate discs to charities.

The 12″ acetates contain both songs from Plastic Ono Band’s debut single, ‘Give Peace A Chance’ and ‘Remember Love’.

The discs are intended for the charities to sell or auction to raise funds. It follows a similar initiative in 2022, when the acetates contained ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ were given to UK charities and record stores. Copies of that disc sold at auction for up to £7,000.

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Here’s the press release:

Yoko Ono Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon, in association with Abbey Road Studios and Universal Music Recordings, have made available an extremely rare and collectable strictly Limited Edition of 50 vinyl acetates of the Plastic Ono Band’s iconic single ‘Give Peace A Chance’ / ‘Remember Love’ originally released in July 1969, with this new version released on December 1, 2023.

In a note accompanying each record, Sean Ono Lennon says:

‘Happy Holidays. To raise the spirit of Peace and Love this December, here is one of only fifty Limited Edition acetates that have been hand-cut at Abbey Road. It’s yours – to sell, auction, raise money to help your charity or to fund your Xmas party – to GIVE PEACE A CHANCE and REMEMBER LOVE.

We’d like to follow the journey these acetates take and the goodwill that they spread – please use the hashtag #GivePeaceAChance and we’ll re-tweet and share their progress on social media to help promote the good causes and good vibes.’

The 50 double-sided 12″ acetates were individually hand-cut on the lathe at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by mastering engineer Sean Magee. These rare vinyl acetates are the latest ‘Ultimate Mixes’, produced by Sean Ono Lennon, mixed by Paul Hicks, engineered by Sam Gannon and executive produced by Yoko Ono Lennon.

Each edition is stickered and numbered out of 50 and includes a machine printed signature from Yoko Ono Lennon, making them incredibly collectable.

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GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Recorded on 1 June and first released as a single on 4 July 1969, ‘Give Peace A Chance’ is an anti-war song – written by John Lennon & Yoko Ono and recorded with a small group of individuals during their Montreal Bed-In for Peace – that rapidly became the anthem of the anti-war and counterculture movements worldwide, notably sung by half a million demonstrators led by Pete Seeger on Vietnam Moratorium Day in Washington, D.C. on 15 November 1969, and continues to be played on the radio and sung at protests and marches all over the world to promote peace and non-violence.

John Lennon: “I was pleased when the movement took up ‘Give Peace A Chance’ because I had written it with that in mind. I felt an obligation even then to write a song that people would sing in the pub, or on a demonstration. I remember hearing them all sing it – it was a very big moment for me. That’s what the song was about.”

REMEMBER LOVE

Also recorded on 1 June, ‘Remember Love’ – written by Yoko Ono and performed and recorded by John & Yoko in the same hotel room directly after recording ‘Give Peace A Chance’ – gently reminds us all to maintain a deep and fundamental connection with love for one another in all that we set out to do.

Yoko Ono: “You are the positive change. Be yourself, love yourself, and spread the idea of peace over our planet in your own way. If you do that with true conviction, our world will be a better place almost immediately.”

ABOUT JOHN LENNON

John Lennon is arguably the greatest songwriter of his generation. As founder and leader of The Beatles and also as a solo artist, Lennon has won seven GRAMMY® Awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards, Five BRIT Awards including two Special Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music, 21 NME Awards, 15 Ivor Novellos and an Oscar (Academy Award). He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Lennon in the Top 5 of the magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers Of All Time” list.
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ABOUT YOKO ONO

Originally from Tokyo, Yoko Ono was the first woman admitted to the philosophy program at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, where she studied for a year before moving to New York, where she studied writing and music at Sarah Lawrence College. Ono became an influential conceptual and performance artist prior to her marriage and artistic partnership with John Lennon. George Macunias, founder of the Fluxus collective, gave Ono her first solo gallery show in 1961. From the 1970s to the 1990s, Ono worked on music, both solo and in collaboration. The Whitney Museum of American Art presented a retrospective of her work in 1989, as did the Japan Society Gallery in 2000, and the Museum of Modern Art in 2015. She received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Yoko Ono lives and works in New York City.
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ABOUT SEAN ONO LENNON

Sean Ono Lennon is a British-Asian-American musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, artist, actor and polymath. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and brother to Kyoko Ono and Julian Lennon. He has been a member of Cibo Matto, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Plastic Ono Band and guested with many other bands. He is a prolific songwriter, film score composer and producer and runs independent record label Chimera Music with partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl.
chimeramusic.com / @sean_ono_lennon (Instagram) @seanonolennon (Twitter)

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