August 12th, 2010
LENNONYC
About the Film

LENNONYC airs Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 8:00p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings)

December 8th will be 32 years since the death of John Lennon. LENNONYC takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s.

“New York became a part of who John and I were,” said Ms. Ono. “We couldn’t have existed the same way anywhere else.  We had a very special relationship with the city, which is why I continue to make this my home, and I think this film captures what that time was like for us very movingly.”

“The period that Lennon lived with his family in New York is perhaps the most tender and affecting phase of his life as a public figure,” said Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters as well as a producer of the Lennon film.  “Just as the generation that had grown up with the Beatles was getting a little older and approaching a transitional time in their lives as they started families, they saw this reflected in Lennon as he grew from being a rock star icon into a real flesh and blood person.”

“I have long been moved by the honesty and directness of John’s music,” said Michael Epstein, LENNONYC director, producer and writer.  “And, by using never-before heard studio talkback of John from this period, I think I was able to give the viewer a window into John Lennon that had not been put to film before.”

Following the breakup of the Beatles, Lennon and Ono moved to New York City in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life.  At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career, most of them written at his apartment at The Dakota on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, including Mind Games, Whatever Gets You Thru the Night, I’m Losing You, and Woman. He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes.

As much as New York made an impact on Lennon and Ono by offering them an oasis of personal and creative freedom, so too did they shape the city.  At a time when New York faced record high crime, economic fallout and seemed to be on the verge of collapse, Lennon and Ono became a beloved fixture in neighborhood restaurants, at Central Park, at sports events and at political demonstrations.

Lennon and Ono also bonded with millions of their fellow New Yorkers in their experience as immigrants.  The film traces their struggle to remain in the U.S. when the Nixon administration sought to deport them, supposedly based on a narcotics violation, but which Lennon insisted was in response to his anti-war activities.

LENNONYC features never-before heard studio recordings from the Double Fantasy sessions and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies that have only recently been transferred to video.  It also features exclusive interviews with Ms. Ono, who cooperated extensively with the production and offers an unprecedented level of access, as well as with artists who worked closely with Lennon during this period, including Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen (who took the iconic photograph of Lennon in front of the skyline wearing a “New York City” t-shirt).

American Masters: LENNONYC is a co-production of Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right Productions, Dakota Group, Ltd and THIRTEEN’s American Masters in association with WNET.ORG for PBS.   Director/writer is Michael Epstein.  Executive producers are Stanley Buchthal, Michael Cohl and Susan Lacy.  Producers are Susan Lacy, Jessica Levin and Michael Epstein.  Susan Lacy is the series creator and executive producer of American Masters.

American Masters is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Jack Rudin, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, and public television viewers.

  • ron reese

    A pre THANK YOU to PBS….it’s July as I write.”American Masters”…with John Lennon…can’t come soon enough. 30 years later……it was like yesterday. His music, his humor, his originality…..well….that will carry on forever. I miss him…along with countless millions. Thanks again “American Masters”…..looking forward to the fall….r3

  • kenny

    I love these programs…think they might cover roger mcguinn sometime?

  • Cynthia Flynn

    In the past 30 years I have missed John Lennon so much. So many times as our history unfolded since that awful night, I have wished he were here to comment, with his humor and blunt identification of greed and power disguised as religion or national pride. He was a great artist, because he spoke of his time and for his time but his work also looked forward to a better future that included all of humanity. The the human irony that both John and Yoko had their homeland bombed when they were small and remained so upbeat and positive in the face of so much anger and hate because they were against the war. That anger and hate is more evident to us all with the internet and 24 hour cable tv and we need to appreciate John’s work now more than ever. When the US and Britain invaded Grenada we were told it removed the spectre of the defeat in Vietnam. John might have had something very different to say. When the US and Britain bombed with shock and awe over weapons of mass distruction that were never found, John might have had something interesting to say.
    But worse that not having him here for that, he was not here to write songs for the times in which his youngest son and my only daughter lived. In the last interviews he talked about love and family and what gave him peace. Since his death, I too found that same kind of happiness. I hope as an American Master it helps this generation know John Lennon and the rest of us thank Yoko for no one has been better at keeping the flame away from the greedy when it comes to John’s life and work.

  • Paul

    Well said,Cyn.A huge loss that still continues to hurt.Yoko was robbed of her husband to grow old with and Sean was robbed of a father whose wisdom belied his age of 40.We were robbed of his insight and music.Really,it is an incalculable loss.While Geldolf and Bono certainly had their moments in garnering world attention,John would have stayed in the forefront fighting for those less fortunate.We love and miss you John.

  • Joseph

    I suspect it will be broadcast during pledge week.

  • Boogie O’Winston, PhD (Life)

    Never, never can I get over the loss. I wish he could have been the 90-year-old guru like he said he wanted. I still need to hear his voice every day, singing or talking. He’s just not dead, if you ask me, can’t be.
    To the 19 year old that I was then, that night was the worst: how can life be so unfair?
    30 years later, the question is the same and the answer is nowhere.
    What can we do? We play his songs to our kids, get those guitars off the fucking wall on the weekend and rock the fuck on, right, John?

  • Christine

    THANK YOU to PBS for featuring John. For the last over-30-years, since I first discovered the Beatles, he has been my favorite person in the world (well, other than certain people I’ve personally known and loved — but I think you understand). His life in New York is such an important part of his life, both as an artist/musician and as a human being in terms of what he accomplished, and discovered within himself, while he lived there. I’m so grateful that over the last year, more intense focus has been placed upon his life in New York — first with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex exhibit in NYC, and now with this show.

  • Linda

    Thank you so much to PBS for this broadcast! John Lennon was a creative genius…..loved by so many. I miss him and hate that he is no longer with us to make our lives richer!

  • Jeanne Dakini

    Imagine will always be my personal anthem…John we still feel your presence…thank you.

  • James

    Unlike other celebrities, John has always fascinated me in his honestly. Other celebrities today have a made up persona but John was always John, as he liked to say “Warts and all”. He was a true genius in every sense of the word but he never knew he was. He had insecurities and the regular up’s and downs and expressed them. He never hid them. He talent for writing beautiful and prolific songs is a rare gift. John was the greatest and will always be missed. Thank you American Masters for celebrating this true genius.

  • Steve

    John Lennon was one of the most remarkable human beings who ever lived.

    He was exceptional. And he fully embodied and shaped the times he lived in. He was a major part of the incredible changes we saw from 1964 to 1980.

    We’ll always miss him, his voice, his music, his spirit. He inspired all of us who were alive during the sixties and seventies, as well as those who were born after his tragic and untimely death.

    We love you John Lennon. And we always will. Your spirit will be alive, within all of us, forever.

  • Paul in Ohio

    I am a staunch conservative (thought I would get that out of the way), but I love, just love John. I was 13 years old and at my locker at school when my friend Mike told me that Lennon had been killed the night before. I felt as though I was punched in the stomach. These days, because of my conservative views, I ignore the activism part of John and look only at the absolute musical genius. I bought the Double Fantasy album just before his senseless killing. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of that day…and every Dec. 8th I think of him when I realize what the date is that day. I won’t forget, ever. My wife thinks I’m nuts, of course, to have such a love for an artist and be able to ignore the ultra-liberal views John had. It is about the music, the sense of humor, the cynicism, the boy who told his Aunt Mimi that he was going to be famous.

    I’ve marked my calendar for Nov. 22nd and hope that PBS focuses on the music and his life more than the activism…because we can all relate to John Lennon regardless of political views, he was musical genius.

  • Susy

    Thank you to all involved in the making of this documentary. Thank you, Yoko, for sharing memories with us and allowing a glimpse into a life that so many of us loved. John will live on forever in my heart.

  • jo’shaughnessy

    Great writer. John Lennon hard to compare with todays artists. Living in that era was altogether different than now. I graduated in 1966 and the 60’s was my era. Everything seemed more naive than now. Many things not mentioned are now local knowledge. If our grandparents came back now, they would be in shock even though the 60’s were the years of rebellion, seems innocent compared to today. Just a thought thanks for paying attention.

  • Lenape Jack

    How different culture and life would have been with more of John. I still find it hard to talk about. Imagine?

  • karma

    Rest well, teacher.

  • Mark R

    I look forward to this important PBS effort. I agree with many of the comments regarding his ability to cut right through the BS, see what needed to be seen and say what we all wish we could have said. We could sure use some of that right about now. Despite the breakup, I like to remember the Boys as they were when they recorded Hey Bulldog. John never really liked his voice, but man, fire up YouTube and listen to him belt out – “You can talk to me, you can talk to me, when you’re lonely you can talk to me.” Unmistakeable Lennon, and the Boys were clearly enjoying the session. We love you and miss you so much. Thanks in advance to Yoko for providing some new looks and perspectives into your life with John. RIP.

  • Susan Cohen

    I was fortunate to see a preview of LennonNYC last night at the Paley Center in NYC.
    I just wanted to thank the film makers and all involved with the project for this wonderful gift to all of us Beatles and John Lennon fans.
    The film was like being a fly on the wall and experiencing some of John’s intimate moments. Most touching were the scenes of John and Sean – the joy on John’s face at being able to spend time and nurture Sean is priceless and moving. I was in tears by the time the film ended.
    This film is a wonderful tribute to John. As a born and bred New Yorker I am proud that he chose this city to spend his final years.
    John will continue to be missed for his wit, humour, talent and outspokenness and his genius.
    Thank you again for this film.

  • Paul Simmons

    Remember again our time of youth the pure excitement the music so real and alive we breathed and inhaled the lyrics and melody they live forever in our dreams and memory. I was glad to be there in the middle of history – Beatles concert Shea Stadium left field box seats 1966- in the studio WNET 13 John & Yoko art show(1972?) – Fillmore East Frank Zappa’s encore with John & Yoko June ‘71- 1974 lobby of New York Capitol Records John Lennon walks by to an elevator. Central Park vigil 12/10/1980 – interviewing Yoko for KFI radio Bel Aire Hotel CA
    love & peace thank you John & Yoko.
    PBS should show HOW I WON THE WAR , MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR and LET IT BE.

  • Jose

    THX John 4 all the good times. And THX 4 standing up 4 what’s right. I love U & miss you very much. May GOD BLESS, CYNTHIA, JULIAN, YOKO & SEAN & the rest of your FAMILY. JOHN LENNON 4EVER!!!!!

  • Tim

    “I didn’t mean to hurt you, I’m sorry that I made you cry” -John Lennon…………………but you did.

  • Leslie

    Kudos to you Cynthia Flynn….I could not have put it any better…

  • Diana Ross

    Paul, remember John Lennon had TWO sons, not just Sean. And Julian, his elder son, who sounds an awful lot like his Dad , musically, has just been honored because of his phenomenal photography.
    He is absolutely an amazing photographer…..
    John Lennon had two amazing sons!
    I often wonder what he would have been like at seventy….

  • Peter

    I cant deny it, as an Englishman I am very proud of John. His music, his achievements, his life. John once said that ‘New York was like London and then some’, well John Lennon was an amazing human being ‘and then some’. Thanks to PBS, thank god for PBS! America’s commensurate to the BBC.

  • Joe

    Looking forward to the new documentary.John had a rare ability to be totally honest.It ’s always refreshing to hear his humour and truth.

  • bec

    I was wondering if Lennonyc will be shown in Australia at any stage?
    I’ve been enjoying the podcasts immensely, and I think they’re a brilliant lead up to the documentary.

  • Christina

    I loved the Beatles and each one with his own talents. They are (were) 4 separate and distinct musicians. I do not care for Yoko, however. It seems like she hastened the Beatles breakup by doing things like sitting in on recording sessions, a no-no in their recording enclave. John was always the most unusual musician of the group. That was fine but when Yoko showed up, John’s music changed. John’s music became mure more poltical and militant. And yet while some of his songs were miitant, he was writing songs to Sean (but none to Julian) and had the audacity to tell us to “imagine no possessions, it’s easy if you try.” That’s as hypicritical as standing before a huge audience of African mothers holding their babies dying of starvation, holding Burger King and a Shake and telling them to imagine food, it’s easy if you try. It’s the same with posesions if you are desperately poor. Yoko seems pushy, even now. She sang, if you can call it that, Imagine at the opening of one of the Olympics. Who the hell does she think SHE is? I don’t see George’s widow going off singing and dedicating things after her dead husband. His work will live on, on it’s own, just as John’s would if she would only leave it alone. And I really can’t understand why Yoko tried for years to keep Julian Lennon from getting even a 50-50 share of John’s estate. If she REALLY cared about everybody, she should have encouraged John to love BOTH of his sons. Julian finally settled probate for $20 million. That’s a tremendous amount of money but nowhere near what she and Sean got. Yet she and partially John treated Julian like a lost cousin, all while John and Yoko were out saving the world. But speaking only musically, I did enjoy many of his songs, just not the heavy metal ones. This is just my humble opionion, no need to start WW 3 over it. I look forward to the show.

  • E.Gibson II

    I agree whole heartedly with Ms. Flynn, very well written, I love John’s genius,music,honesty and John himself, always…………………………….

  • Cynthia Lee

    After all these years I still miss John Lennon–the man, not the Beatle. I’d long since let the Beatle thing go, but yet still loved him. At least his music is still with us. I cannot wait to see the documentary.

  • Jessica N.

    I cant wait to see the documenrty of John Lennon. I love his music :) :)

  • jason irwin

    in response to Paul from Ohio (october 2nd) all I can say is Huh? Lennon’s activism was a powerful part of his personality and music. How can you not focus on that? It’s like just having a documentary on MLK as a Christian minister, and not mentioning the Civil Rights crusade. Or George W. Bush’s presidency and not mentioning Iraq.

    jason irwin
    piuttsburgh, pa

  • Rob Mack

    Lennon inspired me so much that I moved to New York City from CA over 30 years ago and I still live here.

  • Matthew Auerbach

    Quite simply, the most enjoyable rocker of all time…
    Funny, profound, silly, sometimes misguided, always passionate…
    Without him (and his three boyhood pals), I would have never picked up a guitar…
    Never written a song…
    Never been in a band…
    Never gotten involved in self-expression…
    In short, I would’ve been someone else…
    And I like me…
    And I love him…
    Here’s to ya, Johnny Rhythm…
    Now count to 4 and start the next song…

  • Dr. Robert

    The dream is over.

  • lesley

    xoxo. WoW. ha still hangen in there. I admit i needed a reality check & great lesson learned & learning! I lOVE aLL

  • Bradsbythe1st

    The music sings for itself. The words speak for themselves. Everything else has already been said. What else is there…

  • Pat

    John Lennon also has a daughter. Native born American. Bronx born in Lebanon Hospital. Soon she will appear. Beatle fans will be angry with Yoko for hiding this secret and preventing the daughter from getting her truth.

  • joseph

    john you were taken by that little scum of the earth whom i shall never forgive,i cant see how anyone could ever forgive him even though john stood for peace so greatly,i can only imagine what we would have gotten from john had he survived.im quite sure john would have made so much great stuff for us to enjoy as we already have so much,just think,30 years of johns brilliancy taken away,sorry to sound so selfish but it also makes me sad to think the pain that he must have went threw.im sorry yoko and sean for all of your sufferings.thank you pbs for the special and even more thanks to yoko for all of johns stuff kept alive.

  • John Carucci

    Thanks John for writing the soundtrack of my life…”We all shine on”

  • Margaretbeatlelover

    The thing for me about John Lennon is that I feel I have a very private and personal relationship with him because of how deeply he has influenced and affected me. When I look at postings such as these I remember that there are millions of others out there who may love John as much as I do. Wow! Yet even though I am occasionally reminded of this fact, I still feel that he is there just for me! Maybe even more-so now that he is in the great beyond because we can feel that he is truly hearing our conversations, or prayers “as it were” with him. I know he hears me and I have always “heard” him as he has taught about truth, compassion, value. He was a hurt child and had a hard early life but the ping-pong ball of anger and confusion burst open on the opposite side of that rally into an uproarious concern for needing depth of love and truth and setting the lost world right. And in the end, I still and always will feel that John is there just for me and that I love him more than anyone else! Do millions of others feel this too? (I guess I’ve felt that way since I was ten and saw him at Candlestick Park!) But we ALL (the world) need to share him now, don’t we? Love you John! And love you Julian too! That is one incongruence I will never understand. It will be interesting to see if/how this dilemma is addressed in the show. I look forward to this program!

  • Andy

    Most of these comments read like they were written by 5 year olds with crushes on their kindergarten teacher. For sure he was a great musician, but he was extremely human and not a god. He put on his pants just like the rest of you. Do you really need a hero or god that badly? Evidently you do.

  • Rick

    A flawed genius with a wicked and sardonic sense of humor. An idealistic and conflicted humanist who made us confront the best and worst of our own nature. He was Gandhi, Mark Twain, Peter Sellers, Ogden Nash, and Buddy Holly all rolled into one. At the heart he was a true rock n’ roller who survived the greatest rock n’ roll band in history, only to be violently murdered when, ironically, he had seemingly found the peace he was searching for. Thirty years later I still miss him. Thanks, John.

  • karen jennings

    Why is Lennon on “American Masters”? He wasn’t American. He was an interesting pop figure–but he wasn’t American (at least not to my knowledge). Did he obtain US citizenship at some point?

  • JimmyJilangali

    I agree with several points Christine made. John’s life with Cynthia and Julian has been reduced to, as Julian has said, “a puff of smoke.” I feel so sorry for Julian and he’s even said several times that when people come up to him and say “your Dad was so great”, it hurts him because John was not so great to Julian. Maybe it’s nice to see John & Yoko on the Mike Douglas show calling random people and telling them “I love you”, but have you ever once thought how that must have made Julian feel? Lennon was a genius, but as a father and husband, a complete amateur.

  • sweet baby james

    i met and talked with john at the filmore east in 1971 when he and yoko preformed with zappa and the mothers of invention. i was on his security team for the time they were in the theater.there are a number of photos of the night’s happenings taken by at least two photogs.
    our conversation was private but others were in a group while they sat in the orchestra seats.
    he was attentive ,aware,friendly but polite ,i remember .
    yoko was interested and friendly in everything around her,also very kind and dignified when spoken to.i hope she still has the chop sticks i had eaten my dinner with earlier that night,she received them with respect ,it would be something awesome to know a simple gesture and high honor.

  • Jon Bennett

    I’m sad for all the music we don’t get to hear :{

  • Amanda Brimhall

    I was only one when he was taken from us… I have studied his life, music, and love for Yoko. When we had the big Tea Party elections all I could think of what a diffirence he could have made, and by seeing what role he played in the vietnam war we could have used his voice. I don’t think that anyone know the power behind his voice and what he belived in!!! I feel robbed in such a sensless killing… May you rest in peace John and know you will always be remembered!!! even my 10 year old loves you and your music and what you beleived in!!!

  • teesimmons14k

    Remembering when I was in NY to welcome the beatles, John Lennon captivated the citiens of NY and the world as he and his three other group members made an everlasting impressions on the world….. Their music (like the bible) will never die and will transcend even through the 25th Century.

    This is a most moving film that I will love to watch again….. to augment this Monday’s broadcast…. Solid Gold 14k will feature “Lennon – An Audio Biography. This program will feature John Lennon’s music, as well as the story of his life… If you wish to listen this special will air on Wednesday December 8th from 8-11pm, Thursday from 3-6pm and Saturday from 7-10pm (All times Eastern)…. type in Solid Gold 14k dot com to tune in….

  • LC

    I’ve always liked his music but why is he an American Master? Wasn’t he British?

  • Debbie

    I certainly hope they include his son Julian in this documentary. It would be really hurtful to him if they didn’t.

  • K. Croteau

    I find everyone’s comments and testimonials moving to say the least. I thought I was the only who still mourned his loss. Like so many here I miss him so. I love you John.

  • geri

    I can’t wait for the special! We miss you John!!

  • Curtis Mayfield

    Beautiful idea to broadcast this on a week where we Americans can be so thankful. John may not have been American by birth, but he loved American rock n’ roll and r’n'b… and brother, that’s good enough for me. His inspiration became our inspiration, he came and he gave, and we gave it right back! John, we hardly knew ye but we won’t forget you… We All Shine On Like The Moon, The Stars and The Sun…

  • Laura

    Say the name JOHN LENNON and there is nothing more to say.
    It’s such a pain even after all these years. I’ll never forget him or his message for peace. Also…bless you YOKO.

  • erwin.elhan

    i like him when he say something,never think,nevertough so he is agenius man.generation by generation never end, thanks yoko,you still continue do something for the people who love him.

  • erwin.elhan

    we love you john

  • Al Robinson

    As a lifetime musician and entertainer who was very much indeed influenced by his music and his courage to say what what was on his mind, i can’t help but wonder how much better music(and maybe the world) would be today if he were still with us. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him and miss him.

  • Michael Kearney

    There’s sense in all of the comments I’ve seen here. Rather than berate the person who volunteered as a ‘conservative’, I applaud their honesty, as others are applauding Lennon’s. Lennon was no perfection, no icon other than in and through the media. He wasn’t unique as a political animal but quite like that person in YOUR vicinity or periphery whose politics and opinions cant quite be categorised on ‘the grid’. He stood for that person and inside all of those who admire Lennon, thought they themselves may not understand it, is a free non-aligned thinker, either enjoying him vicariously or because they have not quite realised the message which is ‘DO IT YOURSELF’ (as was even Jesus’ message if you see through the commentaries)

    But Lennon made a mistake in aligning with this and that in the early seventies in some attempt to rebel against the universalism paracticed (to this day) by Paul McCartney. And he drew fire as a result.

    The truth is Lennon was neither aligned with liberalism or conservativism. These are mediated concepts designed to establish and retain power for various sliques and elites. Lennon was about overcoming these, facing and accepting contradictions and trying to get to somewhere new and better, the task of the entire human condition

  • Brian

    John was someone special! His honesty, talent and conscience made him my favorite musician and it is a position he’ll always hold. I wish I had met him and I would love to meet Yoko.

  • Tom Degan

    When a celebrated person passes on, we may pause and reflect for a moment on his or her life and career, but then we move on. We may watch with appreciation the brilliant performance of a long dead James Dean in the film Giant and think not a thing about his absence from our lives. That’s not the case in this instance.

    I sure do miss John Lennon.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  • Mark H

    Karen, I am assuming that JOL is featured on “American Masters” because he loved NYC, was an American national (”green card”) and very likely would have become a US citizen had he not been murdered.

  • toni plazarin

    miss jonh and yoko they was a true love story. and the good they did for the country.

  • Lupe

    I had the chance to meet John during the 70’s in New York. It was towards the end of the Vietnam war. I had arrived to anti-War rally early and there he was a couple of feet from me with Yoko waiting along with the crowd for the rally to start. I saw him and my heart sank, I starting shaking, regrettably I choose not to approach him because I felt I was going to make a fool of myself. History sometimes places people in roles that they never imagined. Here he was an ex-Beatle, weathy,handsome with his amazingly innovative and inspirational wife ( a Japanese princess that survived the dropping of the atomic bomb to become an advant garde artist in New York) waiting to give voice to those ravished by war. Lennon sang ” Mama, I don’t want to be a soldier” and became a symbol for all that suffer instead. And I the little Beatle fan from New York learned to marched right alongside him.

  • Lupe

    I had the chance to meet John during the 70’s in New York. It was towards the end of the Vietnam war. I had arrived to anti-War rally early and there he was a couple of feet from me with Yoko waiting along with the crowd for the rally to start. I saw him and my heart sank, I starting shaking, regrettably I choose not to approach him because I felt I was going to make a fool of myself. History sometimes places people in roles that they never imagined. Here he was an ex-Beatle, weathy,handsome with his amazingly innovative and inspirational wife ( a Japanese princess that survived the dropping of the atomic bomb to become an advant garde artist in New York) waiting to give voice to those ravished by war. Lennon sang ” Mama, I don’t want to be a soldier” and became a symbol for all that suffer instead. And I the little Beatle fan from New York marched right alongside him.

  • JOHN

    I FOUND JOHNS’ MUSIC ALOT OF TIMES AWKWARD TO PERFORM, BUT ONCE I WORKED A BIT MORE ON IT I GOT ALOT OF FEELING OF REWARD IN HIS STYLE AS WELL AS HIS LYRICS.

  • bobelcnu

    Who wrote “I am a staunch conservative…but I love John Lennon”? God, stop apologizing. We can all appreciate the guy. If you need to apologize or explain that you are a conservative, then the whole message is stupid. Lennon had nothing to do with conservative or liberal. He was a supremely talented musician. He wasn’t capable of saving the world, so let’s all take a reality breath. I loved the guy for what he meant to me, and you all love him for what he meant to you. That’s it. His death was a tragedy, and let’s enjoy the gifts that he gave us: several alblums and a lot of video and a lot of fun. He also led the changes in music (along with McCartney) that “rocked” the music world in the 1960’s. You can love his work, even if you are a conservative–as if that had any relevance to the discussion. That’s like saying “I’m a Jew, but I just love Michaelangeol (or Bach, or Parkening)”, etc. It’s totally irrelevant.

  • bixbybridge

    The 4th message in this string struck me. I can imagine Paul McCartney writing it. Cynthia’s comments go for millions who lived and loved the Beatles and John. My sense of John was a man who in his final years was taking a big step back from ’show biz’ as he called it to live a more normal life. In those years I suspect he found the love and peace he so beautifully called out for in his music. I just wish he had been more careful, hired security, something damit! But that wouldn’t have been John, would it? And I wish that he hadn’t turned his back on all the close people who loved him those last years to hole up in an apartment albiet with Yoko and Sean. More then anyone in this whole drama my heart breaks for Julian. His pain and loss for his father came long before his father’s death. ‘Carry that weight a long time’ Julian. God bless Paul McCartney for befriending Julian during the hardest years. I hope he will publish his photos some day. Count one edition sold! I am looking forward to the film and I hope it does John justice. Just know that John was much bigger then just ‘a musician’ or ‘artist’. He was the seeker of truth and beauty of his generation. Elton John was right. No one can replace that gardener.

  • Holly Dobrzenski

    John Lennon may not have been an american, but, the fact IS, John got the AMERICAN youth to finally think and act.
    John DID obtain citizenship and had every right to protest for a cause the many so called americans wanted to, but didn’t have the guts to do.
    The world was NEVER the same when John took off and will NEVER be the same ever again!
    Congrats to John for an award and an honor so LONG over due!!!!
    The music, the world and the emotions will NEVER be seen again with anyone.
    Forever-John and The Beatles will live and teach the world how simple life “could” be if we all could live with love!!!!

  • Will

    This man had the ability to make us think, feel and want to be better people all at the same time. The only person in my life time he is any way comparable to was Martin Luther King! His song Imagine may well one day change the world and form the basis or a universal (non)religion, more a way of thinking and being!
    We missed John, and Martin, the day the US went into Iraq. We missed them when Afghanistan was invaded. We missed them when Bush became president. We missed them every time one person committed and injustice on another. They were the spokesmen of our time.
    Some day the life work of John Lennon will be revered among all peoples.
    They would not have stood idly by, or kept their tongues. They would not have turned their backs. They would have stood up and be counted.
    I wish we were more like them!

  • just elizabeth

    i love John Lennon so much just like many of the people in this world. i could talk for days about how great this man was but i just want to say that he will live forever through his songs and in our hearts…..i wish i could have met yu. thank yu

  • Carter Moody

    John Lennon did obtain U.S. citizenship, after the illegal government wiretapping and political attempts to deport him–by the Nixon and Ford administrations–were halted in court. He even attended Jimmy Carter’s inaugural ball, with Yoko, Carly Simon and James Taylor at the same table (Newsweek, late January or early February, 1977). So Karen Jennings, posting on Nov. 19 at at 11:45 am, wondered how could ‘American Masters’ include this documentary. The U.S. became John Lennon’s adopted country, and despite the crooks in the White House at first (and efforts by then-Sen. Strom “segregation” Thurmond, S.C.), New York, Los Angeles and most of the rest of us adopted him. His first #1 U.S. album, “Walls and Bridges,” and first #1 U.S. single, “Whatever Gets You Through the Night,” recorded in New York, came in Fall 1974, right in the face of the crumbling, corrupt administration.

  • gimme some truth

    There is also the image of a brash young man, that often is forgotten about—somewhat offensive, hard, and never quite comfortable in his own skin. Lennon jig would be considered so offensive today—and far from politically correct. In the Beatles anthology all three Beatles explained John Lennon’s dance was really making fun of mentally disabled (retarded) people. All the Beatles were uncomfortable with requests to visit with mentally disabled children—and John went as far as making fun of them on stage to cover that John himself was sometimes uncomfortable on stage. Lennon usually pushed the limits of comedy in front of cameras and on stage and often “cripples” and “spastics” were his targets.

  • Nick olivo

    Not to take anything away from the Beatles, but John Lennon was the Beatles to me. He changed my life musically. Although John was not perfect, he was able to make some beautiful music, which was perfect. I have listed below some videos that I have recorded to honor him. I don’t know if they will show up on these comments.

    IMAGINE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzIIH7I_zM&hd=1

    IN MY LIFE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUZTKnOnKr0&hd=1

    Strawberry Fields Forever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hxhu4dH1Hpw&hd=1

  • jason irwin

    people who think they have some access or personal relationship with lennon or any other figure who influenced them are insane!

  • Jeanie Brown

    Isn’t this a lovely version of Imagine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJCjNcp3YyI

  • Jose

    Umm…great comments, but you might be letting nostalgia cloud his potential influence…had he lived he probably would’ve been some other aged rocker that is cool to have around, but no-one taes seriously…Roger Dalton anyone?

  • Sal Fradella

    Perhaps the most amazing accomplishment of The Beatles is that this incredible body of music was written and recorded in less than eight years – yes, eight years that not only changed the world but will transcend time. I

  • Jrey

    Thank you John….that’s about all I can say….miss you so much; your music, your humor, your genius….Thank you.

  • jean piersol

    Very tired of seeing Yoko all over this show. What about the music – some of the greatest music of all
    times – even if Yoko and John did not thinks so. The creative process would have been more interesting to
    visit than all the drama queen stuff. Terrible YOKO and john show. Will not be watching tonight. JP.

  • direwolf

    I can’t believe its been 30 years. A Monday night, driving an 18 wheeler to Canada when i heard the news, listened to both US & Canadian reports on the radio, with major & interesting differences in perspective.

    To Karen, you are clueless if you have to ask why he is being featured.

    To the conservative Americans who murdered Lennon, may you rot in hell, you know who you are.

  • Pennylane

    Thank you pbs for not forgetting Lennon and letting present and future generations (like my son) become more familiar with such a talented individual.

  • Ron

    I will always remember where I was when I learned of his assassination. Why is it that the assassins of great human beings (John, JFK, MLK,, Abe and Bobby) were successful, while the would-be assassins of those whose values undermined the development of a progressive society (Reagan, Wallace) were unsuccessful. Didn’t John sing about karma and how would you interpret that here.

  • Josh

    I was only two years old when John was shot so I had no clue what was going on at the time. But my mother raised me to their music so much to a point that it’s as if I were alive when The Beatles were still around. To that I’m grateful. They still have a big influence on the types of music I listen to today.

  • Nikki

    I thought I posted this earlier today, but I don’t see it… just to say let’s not forget the other half – Sir Paul. The genius of the sound came from the combination of both of these great creative minds. I personally didn’t think either did AS WELL a part as they did together. We tend to immortalize the deceased into more than they are. Let’s stay realistic and never forget that it was indeed McCartney/Lennon as much as it was Lennon/McCartney.

  • thomasjopenlander

    many of us stop and ask “WWJL” what would JL, do. or say Lennon would say………. when we see this so called life unfold or feel our cultures swirl around in ways we can’t believe. BUT how many of us, me included have the guts to move on this inspiration. Yes we miss him.

  • Toy Subs

    Thanks to all of you who see him as a brilliant musician who truly cared about his huge family. Our band played his songs most nights, like here when we opened for Steve Vai (Dear Prudence):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HQ_y11twpc

    Many thanks John. Thank you PBS.

  • Joe

    I was fourteen when John Was killed every time i play a song by him i feel fourteen again we miss you John

  • di

    caught the show on PBS; it was very interesting to see him in this light., talented, tormented, introspective. Never knew much about his youth, but this certainly explains some of the outcome from Mr. Lennon. Thanks for sharing your music with everyone!

  • Karen Forrest Metallo

    I miss him soooooo, I can’t stop crying. :0 (
    Thank you PBS for the great show. He will live forever

  • Steve Harbison

    An “American” Master was documented in a masterful way. …It was 30 years ago while reading an interview with John and Yoko, that I heard the news of his death from a radio station in Nashville. It was surreal!! And, upon seeing this documentary, it still remains surreal as to why someone would assassinate an artist, family man and human being. We are blessed to be living in a time of such an artist. He gave so much and took so little. Thank you, PBS, for providing this Michael Epstein masterpiece.

  • Mags Walsh McCloskey

    Bravo PBS, and thanks to Yoko for sharing her soulmate with us once again……Such a brillant artist was he…..
    Imagine a world of peace……we can make it if we try.
    Knowing there is a strong likelihood that our President and First Lady was watching this documentary this evening gives me hope.
    Let’s not let Johns dream ever fade away.

  • Jason Lam

    Thank you. This was amazing.

  • Lisa A. York

    Major Kudos and Thanks to PBS, Michael Epstein, Susan Lacy, Jessica Levin and the whole Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right Productions team! Your AmericanMasters documentary was beautifully written, shot and edited. I didn’t think I’d tear up after all these years, but seeing the visuals married with his own stories and the other interviews had me crying as in 1980. And I thank you for not mentioning the reason for or the person responsible for his passing. Simply: a beautiful piece of work and a wonderful tribute to his life and music. Again, thank you.

  • Dale

    John was my hero! What a very talented artist who was just beginning to enjoy the better side of life with its many ups & downs. PBS you did a great job! Sorry it took 30 years to make. Keep up the great work!!

  • Annonymous

    I wasn’t born until 5 years after johns death, but nonetheless I grew up listening to his music with the beatles and to his later stuff as I got older. Truly a remarkable musician/artist/friend/lover/father.
    I was looking forward to this broadcast and enjoyed it very much. It really showed John’s emotion though the struggles he faced and how he manged though it in the end to find his real true happiness. Its heartbreaking thinking of everything he had left to accomplish, and everything he had yet to share with the world had he still been with us these past 30 years.

  • Donald Scott II

    I just watched LennonNYC , WOW!
    That was perfect. It could not be improved upon.
    And for it to be the ” American Masters” I would like to think John would have been very pleased as well.
    Proud to be an American? Could’nt be more.
    Thank you.
    DII

  • MacKenzie

    He was so inspirational.

  • alexandra s.m.

    Thank You for an incredible programme!
    I was twelve at the time of his death and had just discovered the Beatles.
    LennonNYC has put so many things in perspective, I wish everyone saw it!

  • Shelley

    Extraordinary man! Thankful for his legacy, think what might have been. Inspired, carry on the dream. Peace, love, liberty and justice.

  • Diane

    Very much enjoyed these 2 programs. The Beatles had a major impact on our country and John was the most creative in my opinion. It is sad that he came to a tragic,young death. I do find it quite sad however,that he treated his first son as he was treated by his father,he was unable to learn from his own abandonment,and because of that he does not have my total respect at all.

  • Bernice stine

    An awesome film,i’ve read many books,seen movies,but never really knew that Lennon did so much to help the father that was never in his life while he was growing up. it was sad to see that he pretty much didn’t take much time with his son Julian,i think that is why he tried being a good dad when Shawn was born,he really tried to be the dad he never had.each November 22ND i burn a white candle in memory of a man who was a gifted Artist,but most of all a man who only wanted a better world for us all rest in peace John ,you may be gone but never will be forgotten

  • Ess Jane

    Lovely bit of work that, good on ya. Favorite moment: Sean singing “With a Little Help From My Friends” which is my go-to anthem for world getting-alongedness. Props to Yoko for enduring the slander and slurs; clearly she did more to keep John from falling apart than she ever did to break up the Beatles.

  • Nanci

    Great show! Thank you for the review of history and for showing the real John……and to echo many who have commented before me, I also feel badly for Julian. I still remember watching Julian perform at a college on Long Island when I was a student, thinking how much he sounded like his dad. He had his own sound, but one could not mistake the family tone! How sad that John never really got the chance to also be a loving parent to him, as he had to Sean. I will never tire of listening to his music……even when it’s my seventieth birthday!

  • Gerald in Sacramento

    A really wonderful film about a remarkable man. Thanks to all responsible for this production.

  • Paulo

    It just finished. Owesome Documentary!! Thanks Jonh!

  • Gregory Schlott

    Well Done!! I have never sought to comment on a TV show. The images and testimonials were pure, honest and concise. Being 53, I grew up on the Beatles and understood the impact of the break up, the follow-up albums, and the struggles of each member. That much talent in one 4 peice band is unheard of today.
    I, personally, thought I understood and was in tune with the years 70-80 of John and Yokos’ life. I was so wrong. Thank you for allowing me in to the REAL life and struggle of both. I expected to cry at the end. I didnt.
    The makers of this film presented these years as a story and in doing so, insisted that we should celebrate his life and artistic accomplishments rather than mourn is untimely death. John was not a deity. He was a true and insiteful man. Again, Thank you all for providing this film to the world. Gregg

  • Miguel

    …Why is he on “American Masters”? Wasn’t he British??? Oh please… enough with that silly question… He’s there because he’s the Universal Man… people forget that he became an official member of the country of Utopia in the 70’s…

  • melodee

    i loved and respected him so much. it’s the next morning and i’m still crying. but it’s a good cry. thank you for treating his death so respectfully. thank you for showing his influence, not only in the music world, but on us, the common people. he said in his music what we felt but could not communicate.

  • Linda Mancilclas

    WELL done. Thank you.

  • Karen

    An absolutely brillant film. As I was only 12 or so when the deportation issue was hounding John, I never understood the entire scenario, but this film clarified it for me. I thought the film was a honest portrayal and offered a balanced view of John as well as all the people in John’s life during those NYC/LA years.

    I was 18 when he was murdered and I’ll never forget hearing of the news, as I suspect is the case for all of us. An incredible artist, musician and one who was taken from the world all too soon (think about all the music we never got a chance to hear). What a legacy he left, though.

  • Jclynch

    Thank you, PBS, for such a wonderful insight into John Lennon post Beatles. And thank you, for allowing Yoko Ono to have a voice–for too long, she has been the “dragon lady”–this film shows, no matter the brilliance, John was, at times, a troubled, insecure man who hurt the people closest to him–but she never stopped loving him and their life together was ultimately, a beautiful one. It’s all quite moving, but the later footage with Sean is just heart breaking–because you know what the future holds. I was 6 years old when he was killed, and I recall sitting in the rocking chair with my mother, rocking with her while she cried. She said, “the greatest man the world will ever know was killed today.”

  • kathy kirsling

    John Lennon! You are so missed!
    Both PBS shows were incredible! What a struggle thru life but to come out focused and having great direction and love and support of his wife and son! That is what we all wish for in our lives! Yoko I admire the way you still hold John dear to us all and show him as a Great artist in so many ways.
    I feel so awed and inspired to have been in the right place at the right time to have seen The Art showing that you Yoko held in Boulder, Colorado on September 22, 23, 24, 2006. It was intitled Yoko Ono presents Come Together The Artwork of John Lennon.
    My 37 year old son had just been diagnosed with cancer; inoperable, and I was just numb, alone, in agony at being so helpless, and in walking along the Pearl Street Mall, I came to The Number 9 Gallery.
    I felt such comfort and peace amongst all that John had created.
    These are my thoughts that I wrote down of my time spent there “with” John:
    Nothing is impossible, Mike
    Maintain a positive attitude. All things possible thru Love and Kindness.
    Rembember Love
    See above our problems and rise above
    # 9 Gallery # 9 Dream sketch 1979 Highest of dream states possible
    Q is for intestines which hurt when we dance
    The Hole of my Life— a void that needs to be filled in life to be successful
    -symbolic of the challenge we must deal with
    1979- Borrowed Time— Life is too short
    Day Tripper— finding out someone not what their supposing to be

    Instant Karma

    I lost my son to his cancer nine months after his diagnoses- he left this world at 0842 on April 22, 2007
    I love you and miss you so Mike!

    I miss you John, thank you for comforting me on that September day in 2006

  • Lennon = Peace

    I was only 13 when he was assasinated. I can’t imagine the pain I would have felt if I had been an adult during this awful time, truly knowing what a tremendous loss the world suffered.

    I was so mesmerized watching this show and learning more about him and was very happy that this show focused on his life, rather than his death. His message of **peace and love** is incredibly inspiring and I wish there MORE Lennons in this world. He was one of a kind, though. The honesty and energy that came through in his music touches us all.

  • Kevin

    Thank you for a well done program. Especially for the ending, which made no mention of his assailant. This omission was appreciated.

  • jclynch

    I left a comment as soon as I came in to the office, but I guess it never made it? Anyhoo…
    thanks for this, PBS. I appreciated so much the personal stories and sincerity in this film from all who knew John during this post Beatles era. It was refreshing, too, to give voice to Yoko Ono–for too long she has been painted the dragon lady, and by all accounts, her love for John was raw and precious. Her dedication to preserving his memory is admired. He was, at times, a terribly conflicted person, artist, man, who deeply hurt those around him. Loved seeing his “rebirth” right along with Sean–such an intimate look into their lives at such an amazing time. I was only 6 when he was killed–I remember the very moment, sitting in the rocking chair at our home in West Virginia, rocking with my mother while she cried. She told me that “the greatest man the world knows has died.”

  • Michael Chlanda

    A truly great show LennonNYC. Regardless of what one thought of him, he tried to be his own man, later on, rather than an “image”, a packaged product. Like all of us, he had his dark sides, but ultimately, he triumphed over them. Unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to realize all that could have been. To quote the late George Harrison: “Someone, the devil’s best friend, someone who offended all”, a reference (probably) to the idiot who took Mr. Lennon’s life. An insignificant nobody who took out a significant individual. Yet, John might have just said “Let It Be”, even though these words were sung by Paul. Still, a tragedy.

  • Shaiyel

    It was good, wasn’t it! I LOVED the way pictures were drawn as John was describing Sean’s characters in his drawing. How letters were ALL our friends.

    And the VERY BEST – and funniest – Sean stating and singing “A Little Help with From My Friends” was his very favorite! It seemed like John wasn’t really happy that his VERY own son likes Ringo the best! (who sang lead on that song) It’s also interesting how an artist becomes divorced from one’s own creation (challenge recollecting the lyrics Lennon/Mccartney)

    SO much to like – the ending – no mention of who shot…..

    And full recognition what an absent father did to Julian. Something people held against him thinking he just “loved” Sean (any other kid) more.

  • John

    Excellent Documentary!!!

    Well Done.

  • Patricia Moore

    Thank you for a great show, it was so well done and brought back many memories. My family originates from Liverpool and I am going to buy the dvd for my neice and nephew for Christmas. They have been to Liverpool a number of times and as they get older they ask questions about each of the Beatles. This is a great collectors piece.

  • peyton

    Lennon Naked, Beatles Rock the Kremlin and Lennonyc all excellent programming, quality time on PBS! Don’t blame Yoko. John was in an unhappy kind of misery (trapped by Cynthia, Beatles, conventional society) that only Ms. Ono offered a way out of. She understood him better than anyone and offered the freedoms and emotional closenes he needed.

  • Barry Gaynor

    It was comforting to learn that towards the end of his short life, John Lenon had overcome his personal problems, he had matured and become a decent person, and he had found peace and joy.

    What an extraordinary and talented person he was. What a terrible loss was his death.

    I was struck by the great love he had for his wife, Yoko Ono, and by the special relatioinship and close bond they had. I am, of course, sad for the loss she, his family and his friends must have suffered.

    –Barry

  • Ginny Bales

    Please rebroadcast this film and announce when you will do so.

  • Alexandra

    Thank you PBS.

    John Lennon, you are still alive to us.

  • Susan

    I haven’t thought this much about John Lennon in decades. It was really nice to see him finally content, but then… so sad. I wonder what he would have been doing at 70. He may have been a mess, but he was also extraordinary.

  • Susan

    I didn’t like Lennon Naked. But Lennonyc was great.

  • Susan Thompson

    I think that all the comments show that John will be forever remembered. Which is close enough to me for immortality. He is, he was. Not a god, but an wonderful example as an imperfect human beings and he had just as many trials as we, we have the ability to respect , enjoy, seek truth and peace for our time here if we care enough to take the time to find who we are. He had the time and the guts to figure life out, for himself, be who he was through his music, his poetry and etchings, and his private life. We can ask no more from anyone, agree with him or not, it’s not ours to say.

    I’m seventy years and still miss him! And, I do thank God for all his gifts and talents.

  • Don Brhel

    there are certin tragic evens that happen that you will never forget and where you were at the moment, the killing of jfk,mlk,jr, rfk ,911 and of cource John Lennon . i will never forget howard cosell saying during MNF of John Lennon murder.will remember that as well as i will remember is songs.

  • deborah d. lattimore

    What a magnificent documentary. Thank you. I never knew much about Lennon’s life; just his music. You really captured the essence of the man and his vision. Thank you for this insight and education. And finally Yoko is portrayed in a positive and accurate light! Well done.

  • corrine

    @ Pat, concerning John’s American daughter: He conceived her during his years with Yoko, here in the U.S. There are others like her and I would encourage her to speak out. It is a shame to be so insecure and ego- driven that one has to hurt and separate their “loved” one from his friends and family and procure films to satiate an inferiority complex. This is what we see in Yoko. Any psychologist would classify their relationship as severely co-dependent and this film is living proof of it. If she were really concerned about peace and love she would have wanted John to be friends with Paul, to have a relationship with Julian, and would have been a uniting force in his life. Wake up, people! Just because you have a lot of money to make films to masturbate your ego doesn’t mean you are the epitome of lovingness. The world has lost out on songs that would have been composed by Lennon and McCartney in the 1970’s and John has lost out by leaving behind a trail of broken friendships and family relationships. THIS IS TRULY THE SADDEST THING EVER!

  • Drewsifer

    Ugh… how utterly pretentious. This is obviously made by someone who refers to New York as ‘The City,’ one of the most self-aggrandizing leaps of imagination possible… and further, about sort of a do-nothing, pseudo intellectual. MR Lennon had some fine music, but frankly, despite his sainthood, never successfully embraced philanthropy in any meaningful way, unlike Paul McCartney, for example.

  • mark

    please pbs rebroadcast

    tell us when

    i missed it on monday

  • gloria

    Great Documentary! Being a Beatles-4-Ever fan… I got to learn more about John’s life in his post Beatles days. A talented individual whose contribution to the musical world will never be forgotten….
    Thank you PBS!!

  • Sharon Buchs

    This was wonderful! Thank you PBS and thank you Yoko. We New Yorkers loved John and I still cry when I think of the music he would have created had he lived. It says a lot about John, and his influence, that this man who our parents were so nervous about in the 60’s is now being honored on PBS, the station those same parents MADE us watch back in those days!

  • Beth Zois

    I’m amazed at the number of comments here. Obviously others were as moved as I was. Thank you PBS. Thank you Yoko for sharing your story.

  • Bernadette Dyer

    Pick pocketed 6/76, my “green card” was stolen. Upon leaving Immigration 7/26/76 after receiving Emergency Travel Certificate, I ran into a small crowd outside Immigration. I was speechless. John Lennon and Yoko were being interviewed about John receiving his “green card”. My autograph was a smile from him. It’s now your 30th Anniversary. IMAGINE!

  • Matthew

    I watched the show last night. It was beyond wonderful and I want to thank PBS for broadcasting it. John Lennon’s death remains such an enormous tragedy for me and countless millions, 30 years later. His music and art, his personality and humanity can never be replaced. His passing has made this world a much colder and emptier place. True, we still have his music and we can watch movies and videos like this one. But it will never be the same.

  • E. T. Nada

    John is a dear friend to all those who maintain and nurture real peace in their hearts and beings. It is an essential impulse that will outlive all the violence and ignorance within our presently tumultuous and sad species. John Lennon is a pointer for the possible direction that Earth humanity needs to take to realize its vast, and for the most part, as yet untapped conscious potential. Real Peace, Real Love, Real Creativity. It’s easy if we try…

    Interestingly, our 11 year old daughter, who is a wonderful singer, asked me to delete about 4 gigabytes of music, old and brand new, off of her iPod. A friend had given her the iPod as a gift, along with a huge number of songs to listen to and appraise. When she asked me to do the erasure she said, “Dad, could you please erase everything – except The Beatles.” Despite all the Lady Gagas and Taylor Swifts, etc., etc., the favorite song of this eleven year old seems to be “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds”. I don’t think there can be a greater tribute to the transcendental value of any work than through the unsolicited and spontaneous appreciation of an open and loving being – such as our daughter. And the world is full of such wondrous individuals. All we have to do as adults is to provide them with the conscious environment to realize their full stature as awake and unconditionally creative beings… Imagine… And then make it so…

    Thank you John for the untold and unappreciated efforts you made on behalf of not only those who lived with you during your lifetime, but for all those yet to come who will need the strength and truthfulness of the impulses you so clearly articulated, living impulses that will finally make all of us together and as one, TRULY HUMAN.

  • Elaine Capobianco

    WOW, I almost missed it. What a remarkable gentleman!!! We are blessed that he shared his creativitity with us and it was not always easy for him. It was so sad that someone cut off his beautiful growth and special life with his family. He had finally come to really enjoy and appreciate life. He had so much love from himself to share with those he loved and, again, it was sad that someone had to end his life in such a horrible and abrupt manner, but again we are blessed and thank you to those who put this show/documentary together for we have learned so much more about John, such a simple name and such a complex gentleman, yes I say gentleman, for he was quite a gentleman.

    Love to John and Yoko!!!

  • JT

    I really hope one day they put out all that concert footage unedited. He played two shows that day in NYC, both recorded. The audio for both is in existence. One is released, the other is on Wolfgangs Vault. For Paul Simmons, there is film of John and Yoko jamming with Zappa at the show you were at. You’ll find it.

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  • Terry

    Look at what he gave us – then gets shot dead! Still no sane gun policy!

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