imagine… – 15 May 2021 – 15/5/2021 – Saturday – BBC Two

Lennon: The New York Years
Summer 2011 Episode 3 of 6

Alan Yentob introduces Michael Epstein’s film uncovering John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s move to New York City, as Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. It was in New York that Lennon created some of his most famous work, writing most of his songs in his apartment at The Dakota on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Revealing the tumultuous life of one of the world’s most famous couples as they adjusted to life in the Big Apple, the film charts the ups and downs of their creative and personal lives – including their battle against the immigration services, and Lennon’s infamous “lost weekend”.

Michael Epstein’s documentary also features never-before-heard studio recordings from the Double Fantasy sessions, and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and his home movies.

The film includes exclusive interviews with Yoko Ono and with artists who worked closely with Lennon during this period, including Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen.

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