A new app focusing on the creatively fruitful trip John Lennon took to Bermuda in 1980 will be released later this fall. John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes will go on sale November 5 exclusively via the iTunes App Store, and will be playable on iPad and iPhone devices.
The program celebrates the time the late Beatles legend spent on the island, where he collaborated long distance with wife Yoko Ono in New York City on many songs that appeared on his final two albums, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey. The app will include intimate demos of such Lennon songs as “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Woman,” “I’m Losing You” and “Nobody Told Me.” It also will offer interactive features allowing the user to relive the stormy sailing trip John made from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda and to revisit a disco that served as a source of inspiration for Double Fantasy.
Money raised from sales of the app will benefit the WhyHunger charity’s “Imagine There’s No Hunger” initiative. Ono partnered with Hard Rock International to launch the anti-hunger campaign, which has supported programs helping to supply millions of meals to impoverished children in 22 countries. In conjunction with the release of John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, special app-themed T-shirts, bracelets and other accessories will be available for purchase at Hard Rock restaurants, hotels and casinos, as well as at HardRock.com.
“Writing Double Fantasy was a very exciting time creatively for both John and me,” Yoko says in a statement. “I think the album app captures the sense of discovery and the artistic dialogue that John and I shared at that time and provides a new way to help us imagine a world without hunger.”
For more information about the app, visit LennonBermudaTapes.com.
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