February 6, 2023

In December 2020, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, a registered music charity in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, was gifted certainly one of solely fifty restricted version acetates (quantity 44), hand-cut at Abbey Street Studios, of the 2020 Final Mixture of Completely happy Xmas (Conflict Is Over) by John Lennon & Yoko Ono – first launched fifty years in the past, in December 1971.

The reward got here with the instruction from Sean Ono Lennon ‘to promote, public sale, increase cash to assist your charity or to fund your Christmas social gathering’. The Oh Yeah Music Centre has been an ‘open doorways to music’ since 2007, so it was determined that essentially the most becoming approach to honour this unimaginable reward was to reinvest it in a programme of help for rising abilities.

“We’re extremely grateful and excited to make obtainable to the general public a bit of iconic music historical past. The very best half about it’s that each single one that enters the raffle to win the collectible vinyl will likely be doing their half to help future artistic generations – which cuts to the core of what Oh Yeah is all about” – Charlene Hegarty, Expertise Improvement Supervisor

100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go in the direction of ‘The Carol Clerk Bursary’ supported by Oh Yeah Music Centre and in partnership with Dig With It Journal. By getting into the raffle to win this extraordinarily uncommon and collectable merchandise, you might be additionally contributing to the way forward for consultant music journalism in Northern Eire for feminine and non-binary writers.

The ‘Carol Clerk Bursary’ is known as in honour of a trailblazing music author from Belfast. Carol wrote her first story for Melody Maker in 1974 when she was nonetheless in school (‘Bombs, Boredom and No Bands’). Finally, she turned the Information Editor of Melody Maker and in addition wrote revered books on The Pogues, The Damned and Ozzy Osbourne.

The bursary was launched with the blessing of her daughter Eve earlier this yr. Sadly, Carol died of most cancers in 2010, aged 55. With an important stroke of serendipity, Carol Clerk was an acquaintance of Yoko Ono. You’ll be able to learn a dialog between Carol and Yoko right here.

You will be in with an opportunity of profitable by getting into the raffle at £5 per entry. You’ll be able to enter as many occasions as you would like through this hyperlink; https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/super-limited-edition-happyxmasvinyl-acetate

Additional data;

The 12” vinyl report is stickered and numbered out of fifty and features a machine-printed signature from Yoko, making them extremely collectable. Public auctions through eBay have fetched £5,000+.

Additional data on the restricted version vinyl;

http://www.johnlennon.com/information/happy-xmas-war-is-over-50-acetates-for-the-Fiftieth-anniversary/

Additional data on the Oh Yeah Music Centre; https://www.ohyeahbelfast.com/

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