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Instant Karma

John Lennon Instant Karma


In 2003, David Clark was hired to serve as the CEO of Art for Amnesty, an arts organization based in Dublin Ireland to create and oversee Amnesty International’s global art and music initiatives.

At the time, a major project was already underway: an all-star lineup of bands and musicians were preparing to record a CD featuring each artist’s version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” One immortal song, interpreted twelve ways.

It was an interesting idea, but Clark wondered: “If we’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime collection of all-stars coming together to interpret John Lennon, can we turn it into something even bigger? What can we do that would have the greatest global impact for Amnesty?”

Yoko Ono discusses Imagine


Clark had a thought. Yoko Ono had been gracious enough to give permission to use “Imagine.” How would she feel about an all-star lineup paying tribute to all her husband’s greatest hits, with all the proceeds benefiting Amnesty International?

At first, Amnesty felt it was asking too much. But Clark pointed out that both Yoko Ono and John Lennon had been card carrying members of Amnesty, were passionate supporters, and identified closely with the cause. Few things could be a more fitting tribute.

yokoAmnesty agreed, and the ask went to Yoko to use her husbands entire catalogue of music. Yoko graciously agreed, and 66 amazing bands and musicians came together to record 34 immortal John Lennon Songs. The result: a double album, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The album featured artists like U2, Green Day, R.E.M. Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, Jakob Dylan, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Black Eyed Peas, Willie Nelson, The Cure, Jack Johnson and Snow Patrol.

The album has gone double platinum and raised over $4 million dollars for Amnesty International.  In gratitude, Irene Khan the Secretary General of Amnesty International presents Yoko with a platinum record.


Nobody Told Me – Abdel Wright
Give Peace a Chance – Aerosmith ft. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Imagine – Afroreggae
No. 9 Dream – a-ha
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Angelique Kidjo with Naima
Love – Audrey de Montigny
Imagine – Avril Lavigne
Oh Yoko – Barenaked Ladies
Beautiful Boy – Ben Harper
Woman – Ben Jelen
Nobody Told Me – Big & Rich
Power to the People – Black Eyed Peas
Mother – Christina Aguilera ft. Bigelf
I’m Losing You – Corinne Bailey Rae
Watching the Wheels – David Usher
Jealous Guy – Deftones
Power to the People – Dj Emjay & The Atari Babies
Hold On – DobaCaracol
Instant Karma – Duran Duran
Oh My Love – Elvira Nikolaisen
Mother – Emmanuel Jal
Mind Games – Eskimo Joe
I Don’t Want to Face It – The Fab Faux
Look At Me – Finger Eleven
(Just Like) Starting Over – The Flaming Lips
Beautiful Boy – Freshly Ground
Mind Games – Gavin Rossdale
Working Class Hero – Green Day
Imagine – Jack Johnson
God – Jack’s Mannequin ft. Mick Fleetwood
Oh, My Love – Jackson Browne
Gimme Some Truth – Jaguares
Gimme Some Truth (Spanish) – Jaguares
Gimme Some Truth – Jakob Dylan ft. Dhani Harrison
Imagine – James Stewart
Imagine – Josh Groban
Jealous Guy – K-OS
Bless You – Leeroy
Cold Turkey – Lenny Kravitz
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (Peu Importe Si tu Passe la Nuit) – Les Trois Accords
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night – Los Lonely Boys
I’m Losing You – Madrugada
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Maroon 5
Watching the Wheels – Matisyahu
Imagine – Me’Shell Ndegeocello
Borrowed Time – O.A.R.
Woman – Paddy Casey
Grow Old With Me – The Postal Service
Working Class Hero – Racoon
Real Love – Regina Spektor
No.9 Dream – R.E.M.
Well Well Well – Rocky Dawuni
Isolation – Snow Patrol
Love – The Cure
One Day at a Time – The Raveonettes
Instant Karma – The Sheer
Instant Karma – The Waking Eyes
Working Class Hero – Tina Dickow
Instant Karma – Tokio Hotel
John Sinclair – Trevor Menear
Instant Karma – U2
Give Peace a Chance – The Voices of Asia
Crippled Inside – Widespread Panic
Imagine – Willie Nelson
Oh, My Love – Yellowcard
Jealous Guy – Youssou N’Dour