American Masters: LennonNYC is 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 at the New York Film Festival on September 25th, and will be televised in the USA Monday, November 22 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). It will also be made available on DVD, for us non-US residents. In this clip see archival performance footage and interviews with the musicians and recording engineers who worked with Lennon – Jim Keltner, Jack Douglas, Roy Cicala, Andrew Newmark, Klaus Voorman, and Earl Slick – all discussing John Lennon’s particular genius.
American Masters LENNONYC – Beyond Broadcast
A series of podcasts is being produced in conjunction with the movie.
Each podcast will consist of slightly edited interviews conducted for the film American Masters LENNONYC introduced by Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters and a producer of LENNONYC and Michael Epstein, director/writer of LENNONYC. New “episodes” will post weekly every Thursday until the Thursday after broadcast on November 22. The final episode will be a question and answer session using the best questions submitted by users via email. The content will be available on the American Masters Web site (pbs.org/americanmasters) and iTunes. Users can check back in these locations or subscribe to keep up to date with the newest episodes. The first podcast will feature Jack Douglas talking about his long relationship with John Lennon including his time producing Double Fantasy. A highlight of the interview is Douglas’ account about a probable Beatles reunion for a Ringo album slated to be recorded in early 1981. According to Douglas, Lennon had told him both he and Paul McCartney had signed on to the album and each had written original songs for Ringo. Lennon’s songs, Stepping Out and Nobody Told Me instead appeared on Lennon’s posthumous album, Milk and Honey. Slated to appear on later podcasts are Bob Gruen, personal friend and Lennon photographer, Jim Keltner, drums on various Lennon/Ono albums, Elton John, musician, and Yoko Ono, multi-media artist and peace activist.