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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 three of LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast, meet Jim Keltner, one of the world’s most beloved session drummers. Over the course of a decade, Keltner and Lennon established a close friendship, playing together on six of Lennon’s albums. In this interview Keltner gives us perspective on Lennon as a person and as an artist.
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 […]