American Masters: LENNONYC

American Masters: LENNONYC

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Photo: John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Credit: © Ben Ross

As the world remembers John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday on October 9th, American Masters presents 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.

LENNONYC, from Americann Masters, premieres Friday, October 9, 2020 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. “New York became a part of who John and I were,” said Ms. Ono. “We couldn't have existed the same way anywhere else. We had a very special relationship with the city, which is why I continue to make this my home, and I think this film captures what that time was like for us very movingly.”

Following the breakup of the Beatles, Lennon and Ono moved to New York City in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life.  At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career, most of them written at his apartment at The Dakota on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, including Mind Games, Whatever Gets You Thru the NightI’m Losing You, and Woman.  He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes.

LENNONYC features never-before heard studio recordings from the Double Fantasy sessions and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies that have only recently been transferred to video.  It also features exclusive interviews with Ms. Ono, who cooperated extensively with the production and offers an unprecedented level of access, as well as with artists who worked closely with Lennon during this period, including Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen (who took the iconic photograph of Lennon in front of the skyline wearing a “New York City” t-shirt).