For the upcoming premiere of LENNONYC for American Masters on PBS, producer Jessica Levin and director/producer Michael Epstein sat down to discuss the making of the film and answer some questions about the creative process.
In episode ten of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Klaus Voormann, a longtime friend of John Lennon, who has played on solo projects and recordings by Lou Reed, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Harry Nilsson amongst others. He was a session bassist for Lennon’s albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine as well as Yoko Ono’s Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band.
In episode eight of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet both Colin Hall, the curator at Mendips, John’s childhood home, and Colin Hanton, the original drummer for The Quarrymen and hear them discuss about Liverpool, American Rock ‘N’ Roll, and John’s childhood relationship with his Aunt Mimi and his mother, Julia.
In episode seven of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Adam Ippolito, the keyboardist for Elephant’s Memory. Elephant’s Memory was a protest band of the 1960’s and 70’s in New York City’s East Village. The group became the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band after John and Yoko arrived on the scene in 1972 and asked them to be their backing band.
In episode six of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Gary Van Scyoc, the bass player for Elephant’s Memory, the band backing John Lennon and Yoko Ono during 1972 and appearing as the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band.
In episode five of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Roy Cicala, who worked for almost 20 years as a producer and sound engineer at Record Plant Studios in New York City. Known to be one of the best in his field, Cicala worked with John and Yoko all through the 1970’s. He was there and can attest to all of the madness and all of the magic as John put his music to tape.
In episode four of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast: After losing a friendly bet that “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” would never go to number one (it did), John Lennon played his last live show with his good friend Elton John. John and Yoko always claimed that this concert was the catalyst for their reconciliation. In fact, when Sean was born a year later they ask Elton to be his godfather.