How? (song)

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Song by John Lennon
from the album Imagine
Released9 September 1971 (US)
8 October 1971 (UK)
Recorded25 May–5 July 1971
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector

"How?" is a song from John Lennon's second solo album Imagine, released in 1971.

Lennon recorded "How?" on 25 May 1971 at Ascot Sound Studios, during the sessions for his Imagine album. String overdubs took place on 4 July 1971 at the Record Plant, in New York City.[1]

Robert Christgau deemed the song "psychotherapeutically lugubrious" and confusing.[2]


Personnel per the Beatles Bible.[3][better source needed]



  1. ^ Madinger, Chip; Raile, Scott (2015). LENNONOLOGY Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness. Chesterfield, MO: Open Your Books, LLC. pp. 239, 247. ISBN 978-1-63110-175-5.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "John Lennon: Imagine". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "How?". The Beatles Bible. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
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  5. ^ Legendary heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne has recorded a cover version of John Lennon's "How?" to benefit Amnesty International. The track is being released today (Tuesday, October 5) via iTunes.
  6. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Sings John Lennon in Charity Video » Cover Me". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
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