Sean Lennon & The Beach Boys' Al Jardine Remake 'Give Peace A Chance' For Bono
Sean Lennon has joined forces with Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine to record a new, mainly A cappella rendition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's global peace anthem, "Give Peace A Chance." The two gathered at Lennon's New York City apartment, along with Jardine's collaborator Larry Dvoskin, to cut the track, which will be among the many works, starting today (June 11th), that will be projected on the side of London's Tate Museum.
The project, which is being spearheaded by Bono's advocacy organization -- the ONE -- is the kickoff to the week-long "agit8", an artistic statement geared to force the world leaders meeting next week for the G8 World Summit to take a stand against world poverty. Artists are urged to record a new rendition of a notable protest song. Jardine, on his own, has also recorded and submitted his version of Pete Seeger and Lee Hays' folk classic "If I Had A Hammer."
Al Jardine set the scene for the historical session with the 37-year-old Lennon: "He meditates infrequently and so I said, 'Why don't we meditate together?' And he says, 'Yeah, wow, that'd be great!' And so I sort of started the session and then, about 20 minutes later, we came out and did this beautiful structure that we had gone over the night before, wasn't it? Over at his place. He's very, very smart. He tunes right into the A capella. . . the four-part harmonies that we did. His very favorite thing to listen to is from the (Beach Boys') Smile album, called, 'Our Prayer.' So, he wanted 'Give Peace A Chance' to have that vibe to it."
According to various sources, other artists also participating in the project include Sting, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons, Tom Morello, Kid Rock, Chris Daughtry, and will.i.am, among others.
There's been no announcement whether these new recordings will eventually be released to help benefit the cause at a later date.
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