Classic Albums: John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

Classic Albums: John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

This special explores the making of John Lennon's first post-Beatles album.

In 1970, John Lennon released Plastic Ono Band, his first post-Beatles album. Widely regarded as one of his finest, it is a fierce, raw, emotionally painful yet beautiful collection of some of the most personal and cathartic songs he ever wrote, including “Mother,” “Love,” “Working Class Hero,” “Isolation” and “God.” John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band, part of the multi-part British documentary series Classic Albums, explores the making of the album and features interviews with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, bassist Klaus Voormann and others, along with archival footage and recorded interviews with an honest and open John Lennon. Classic Albums: John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band airs Saturday, October 10 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Drawn from Lennon’s traumatic early life, the songs on Plastic Ono Band address the fundamental and universal issues of death, isolation, anger, religion, class, fear and love. Most were written while John and Yoko were undergoing primal therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov at his center in California to deal with the root causes of their pain and neuroses.