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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 7: Adam Ippolito of Elephant’s Memory

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.


John and Yoko in The Village

Rarely seen archival footage by filmmaker Jonas Mekas captures John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s early years in Greenwich Village – surrounded by New York City staples such as Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg. Watch a clip from American Masters: LENNONYC. Coming to PBS November 22, 2010


“New York City” at the One to One Concert

See John Lennon perform “New York City” on stage at the One to One Concert, at New York City’s own Madison Square Garden in 1972. Watch American Masters: LENNONYC. Coming to PBS November 22nd, 2010.


John and Yoko Walk in Central Park

Watch archival footage from 1980 of John and Yoko walking in Central Park. Hear John talk about the personal freedom he has found living New York City.

Episode 5: Roy Cicala

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.

Episode 4: Elton John

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.


Preview Excerpt

Watch a clip from the AMERICAN MASTERS: LENNONYC, a new film that takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s.  The film premieres nationally Monday, November 22 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). In this clip see archival performance […]