September 9th, 2010
LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast
Episode 1: Jack Douglas

The first podcast for American Masters: LENNONYC features Jack Douglas talking about his long relationship with John Lennon including his time producing Double Fantasy. A highlight of the interview is Douglas’ account about a probable Beatles reunion for a Ringo album slated to be recorded in early 1981. According to Douglas, Lennon had told him both he and Paul McCartney had signed on to the album and each had written original songs for Ringo. Lennon’s songs, “Stepping Out” and “Nobody Told Me” instead appeared on Lennon’s posthumous album, Milk and Honey.

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Each podcast will consist of slightly edited interviews conducted for the film American Masters LENNONYC introduced by Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters and a producer of LENNONYC and Michael Epstein, director/writer of LENNONYC. New “episodes” will post weekly every Thursday until the Thursday after broadcast on November 22.  The final episode will be a question and answer session using the best questions submitted by users via email.  The content will be available here on the American Masters Web site and iTunes. Users can check back in these locations or subscribe to keep up to date with the newest episodes.

Slated to appear on later podcasts are Bob Gruen, personal friend and Lennon photographer, Jim Keltner, drums on various Lennon/Ono albums, Elton John, musician, and Yoko Ono, multi-media artist and peace activist.

  • James B. King

    The American Masters series is without question one of the finest productions in television history.To be exposed to these wonderful artists in a way that is informative and highly entertaining is a credit to the gifted producers, writers, archivists ,researchers and everyone else involved with these programs.

    I look forward to John Lennon in November. Thank you!

  • peggy

    When will Part 2 and others be posted here?

  • colin fitzpatrick

    Hi Peggy -

    New episodes post on Thursdays during the day. We will have a new one for you tomorrow! Please check back on the homepage tomorrow afternoon for the second episode of the podcast.

  • Diane

    This is wonderful. Thank you for putting it on and I look forward to the broadcast on Nov. 22.

  • Deborah Carrino

    I love this. It’s about time John got his just deserts. He was, side from being a genius musician, a phenomenal human being, who in my opinion still doesn’t get enough credit for his efforts in the Peace movement.

  • deborah carrino

    lovely, and sad… i miss him so.

  • deborah carrino

    Thank you for putting this out for us. It’s almost never that you get this kind of intimacy and in depth emotion from people who were close to John. Years ago, I listened to WNEW’s “Lost Lennon Tapes”, and they had interviews with many people, and played John’s music. But this is so much more personal and revealing. Thanks for this extensive coverage. I will watch the broadcast in November, too.

  • Maya H.

    saw the film at the woodstock film festival tonight. an incredibly poignant & wonderful experience for all of us who love john & yoko.

    thank you jack for sharing all that you did, especially the story of you & yoko going to the studio & gathering together all the recent tapes of john you could find & listening to them right after john passed. it strangely gave me comfort tonight, to hear that you had both had found some comfort doing this 30 years ago.

    all the best ~ maya h.

  • Waldo

    A Beatles reunion on record already took place, on the Ringo track, “I’m the Greatest.” All 4 took part in the recording.

  • Paul

    While all four did contribute to the album that track comes from titled RINGO, only John and George play on “I’m the Greatest.” Paul did write the song “Six O’Clock” on the album.

  • Jack D

    These interviews are a fantastic source of information. On a technical note I just wish the interviewer is higher up in the mix as quite often I can’t make out what questions are being asked.

  • michael crisci

    Excellent! So happy PBS is doing this. Can’t say thank you enough!

  • Jack ?

    Ok so my question is that if in 2010 we are to believe the recall of these people then should we disregard the recall from 7 years ago? My point is a statement by Mr Douglas where he speaks about Lennon showing him the photo of Mark Chapman and him on DEC 8.
    This is a non reality as the photo taken was by Paul Goresh and was not even developed that same day and was not a Polaroid.There were no other photos taken of the two that evening.
    Here is Jack’s statement dec 2003

  • Katherine

    This series is fantastic! Thank you for sharing all of these recordings- I can’t wait for the film! Will you be airing either of the Yoko interveiws on the podcast? Did you get a chance to speak to Sean?

  • Richard

    I hope they speak to those who knew Lennon such as Paul, Ringo, Julian, Cynthia, Sean, Yoko, George Martin the Beatles producer and others- not random people today

  • Annie Ayva

    Amazing but sad | looking forward to see the Film



  • Steven

    Film was great, brings me to the day, Aspen had a memorial…it does not seem like 30 years already!

  • John

    Bluebarry – click the “Video” button at the top of this page and you can watch the entire documentary online.

  • William Murray

    Where is the Yoko Ono interview?

  • Graham

    Yeah that is what i wanted to hear too ! There is so much stuff here. You can see how less is used in this great movie.

    Maybe it will turn up !

  • everst69

    these interviews are just pricless it gives you so much insight of went on in the studio and johns state of mind at this time.

  • Rod

    Its heartbreaking that we now know John Lennon was desperate to hook up with Paul McCartney again in the studio for Ringo’s album. The Beatles was John’s band and it was a band he always loved and in 1980 he was starting to tell people his love for The Beatles and Paul being like a brother to him. I miss John Lennon so much x

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