John Lennon


Six Degrees of Salinger

Playing fast and loose with the Six Degrees of Separation game, American Masters looks into its archives to see what the great American writer J.D. Salinger has in common with the lives and careers of 11 other American Masters. Salinger was a fan of Judy Garland J.D. Salinger (1919 – 2010) was a contemporary of […]


Outtakes: Adam Ippolito

Adam Ippolito of Elephant’s Memory describes meeting John Lennon.


Outtakes: Jack Douglas

Record producer Jack Douglas talks about meeting John Lennon and the experience of producing Imagine.


Outtakes: Robert Hilburn

Pop music critic and author of Corn Flakes with John Lennon (And Other Tales from a Rock ‘n’ Roll Life) Robert Hilburn recalls a time when he met John Lennon.


Outtakes: Earl Slick

Earl Slick remembers meeting John Lennon. Slick, a well known guitarist, worked alongside John Lennon on what would become Lennon’s final all-new studio recording. The album titled Double Fantasy was released in 1980.


Timeline of Major Events

John Lennon’s time in New York, a substantial portion of his life post-Beatles, includes many of his important moments in his biography – for both his professional life and his relationship with Yoko Ono and journey into fatherhood. Follow the milestones covered in LENNONYC that formed John’s life as a solo artist and father.


Filmmaker Interview (and Podcast Extra)

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.

Episode 10: Klaus Voormann

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.

Episode 9: Earl Slick

In episode nine of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Earl Slick, legendary lead guitarist, who originally met Lennon during David Bowie’s Young Americans sessions. In 1980, Jack Douglas brought Slick on to play guitar for Double Fantasy.

Episode 8: Colin Hall of Mendips and Colin Hanton of The Quarrymen

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.