YOKO ONO AND SEAN ONO LENNON CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SONG ‘HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)
WITH THE RELEASE OF 50 RARE AND STRICTLY LIMITED-EDITION VINYL ACETATES TO SUPPORT UK GRASSROOTS MUSIC CHARITIES, NON-PROFITS, CARE ORGANISATIONS AND RECORD STORES FROM DECEMBER 5.
5 OF THE EDITION WILL GO TO HAND-PICKED MUSIC CHARITIES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS FOR THEIR FUND-RAISING
THE OTHER HALF WILL BE AVAILABLE AT RECORD SHOPS ACROSS THE UK, LAUNCHING AT TIM BURGESS’S VINYL ADVENTURES RECORD FAIR IN MANCHESTER
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THE ICONIC TRACK WAS FIRST RELEASED FIFTY YEARS AGO
Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon have made available an extremely rare and collectable strictly Limited Edition of 50 vinyl acetates of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s iconic single ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ (with The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Commmunity Choir) which will be released on December 5, 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original recording and release in 1971.
The first twenty-five of these vinyl acetates will be given to a selection of hand-picked music charities, non-profits and grassroots organisations undertaking great work across the UK music scene, ranging from venues and music education programmes to initiatives promoting gender equality, music therapy and more. Yoko and Sean have gifted these specially produced artefacts to allow each organisation to sell or auction the rare, highly collectable items to raise funding.
The other half of these vinyl acetates will be available at select record shops across the UK, in cities including Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Dundee, Belfast, London and more. The launch will take place at Tim Burgess’ Vinyl Adventures Record Fair in Manchester on December 5, with one edition available at his stall.
In a note accompanying each record, Sean Ono Lennon says:
‘Happy Xmas. This is one of only fifty Limited Edition acetates hand-cut at Abbey Road, it’s yours - to sell, auction, raise money to help your business or your favourite charity or to fund your Xmas party – to spread Xmas cheer. We’d love to see the journey these acetates take, and the goodwill that they spread – please use the hashtag #HappyXmasVinyl and we’ll retweet and share their progress on Social Media to help promote the good causes and good vibes.’
The 50 one-sided 12” acetates were hand-cut on the lathe at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by mastering engineer Alex Wharton. These rare vinyl acetates are the 2020 ‘Ultimate Mix’, produced by Sean Ono Lennon, mixed by Paul Hicks and executive produced by Yoko Ono Lennon.
Each edition is stickered and numbered out of 50 and includes a machine printed signature from Yoko, making them incredibly collectable.
Originally released in December 1971 ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ has evolved to become an iconic global Christmas classic and is now one of the most played and popular Christmas songs of all time. The song’s WAR IS OVER! (IF YOU WANT IT) chorus echoes an ongoing campaign of activism by John & Yoko who also used the title for billboard and flyer campaigns in prominent positions around the world, an initiative Yoko continues to the present day. Find out more at warisover.com.
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Further information on the UK charities, non-profits and music organisations receiving the vinyl acetate of ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ below:
UK Charities, Non-Profits and Music Organisations
Abram Wilson Foundation – abramwilson.com
Attitude Is Everything - attitudeiseverything.org.uk
Coda Club - jazzprofessional.com/CodaClub/index.html
Collage Arts - collage-arts.org
Earth Per Cent - earthpercent.com
Glasgowbury, Northern Ireland - glasgowbury.com
Help Musicians UK - helpmusicians.org.uk
Hen Hoose - henhoose.com
In Harmony Liverpool - liverpoolphil.com/about-us/in-harmony-liverpool/
Karousel Music CIC - karouselmusic.com
Movimientos - facebook.com/ovimientosUK
Moving On Music - movingonmusic.com
Music Broth - musicbroth.org
Music Venue Trust - musicvenuetrust.com
MusicPlace North West - musicplacenorthwest.org
Nordoff Robbins - nordoff-robbins.org.uk
Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast - ohyeahbelfast.com
Phoenix Arts Club - phoenixartsclub.com
SWIM - scottishwomeninventingmusic.com
The Brain Charity - thebraincharity.org.uk
The Glad Foundation - thegladfoundation.co.uk
Vibe Music Therapy - musictherapy.co.uk
Youth Music - youthmusic.org.uk
UK Vinyl Shops:
Tim Burgess’s stall at Vinyl Adventures Festival, Manchester
Source Murray Chalmers PR
December 2, 2021 6:30am ET by Murray Chalmers PR