Thursday, 22 December 2016

John Lennon: The New York Years - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 18th November 2016

Susan Sarandon explores the major moments of John's life that occurred in the city he called home from the early 70s, when he and Yoko moved there following the break up of The Beatles, until his death on 8 December 1980. Featuring input from friends and family, who lived and worked with Lennon during his New York years, this programme highlights the career defining moments that were influenced by the Big Apple.

It was on John's first visit to New York in 1964, during The Beatles first US tour, that he was introduced to Bob Dylan. John was inspired by Dylan's lyrical creativity and Lennon's music would never be the same again. John and Yoko returned to New York whenever possible during the Beatles hectic final years and eventually decide to move there permanently in September 1971.

John and Yoko began recording their album, Sometime In New York City, with an agenda to protest against the social injustices they observed in the United States. With Phil Spector producing, and accompanied by members of the Plastic Ono Band, the album was completed in March of 1972 and remains the most overtly political recordings Lennon ever recorded.

In 1975 John retired from music to spend time as a "house husband", raising his son Sean at their Manhattan apartment, before returning to the studio with Yoko in 1980 to record the album Double Fantasy. But on 8 December, John murdered by Mark Chapman, who'd asked the former Beatle for his autograph only hours before he killed him.

John Lennon - New York City [EMI]
John Lennon - Power To The People [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Instant Karma [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Scared [EMI]
John Lennon And Yoko Ono - (Just Like) Starting Over [Geffen]
The Beatles - All My Loving [Apple]
Bob Dylan - Talkin' New York [Columbia]
The Beatles - Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby [Apple]
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band - God [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Long Lost John [Capitol]
John Lennon - How Do You Sleep [EMI]
John Lennon - Imagine [Parlophone]
John Lennon - New York City [EMI]
John Lennon - You Are Here [EMI]
John Lennon - Bring On The Lucie (Freda People) [EMI]
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Christmas (War Is Over) [EMI]
John Lennon - Imagine [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Attica State [Capitol]
John Lennon - Sunday Bloody Sunday
John Lennon And Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band - Woman Is The Nigger Of The World [EMI]
Yoko Ono - Song For John [Ryko]
John Lennon - I Know (I Know) [EMI]
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Featuring Elto - Power To The People [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Imagine [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Hound Dog
John Lennon - Cold Turkey [Parlophone]
John Lennon - Steel And Gas [EMI]
John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance [EMI]
John Lennon - I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier [Capitol]
John Lennon - Mind Games [Parlophone]

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