John Lennon: The New York Years

John Lennon drew inspiration from New York, the city he called home.  “I should have been born in New York man, I should have been born in The Village, that’s where I belong,” John  was heard to say.  “John Lennon: The New York Years Part 1” created by England’s Ten Alps Radio gives the listener insight into one of the most creative  times of John’s career.  The 2011 NYF  Radio Awards Gold winning  program highlights the enormous impact New York had on John Lennon, from the time he first visited with The Beatles in 1964, to his move there with Yoko Ono amidst the turmoil surrounding the break up of the Beatles in 1970 and then his Big Apple experiences until his death on December 8, 1980.

The program features archive audio of John Lennon recorded during the year’s he lived in New York as well as audio from Beatles press conferences and interviews in the 60’s, with new contributions from friends and associates who worked with John in New York (all recorded in different locations) along with voice links from Susan Sarandon – and set them all to a soundtrack of music which reflected the relevant content.  All of the John Lennon’s interview audio came from different sources, some recorded on planes in 1964, some recorded in an open office in 1970 and some from film and radio studios.

The winning entry begins with John’s first visit to New York with The Beatles in 1964 to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.  The program chronicles his meeting Bob Dylan, performing at Shea Stadium in 1965, launching Apple Corp in 1968, his post-Beatle Rolling Stone interview with Jann Wenner in 1970, protesting the imprisonment of Angela Davis and John Sinclair in 1971, recording the album, ‘Sometime In New York City’ with an agenda to protest against the social injustices he observed in the United States.  The piece also includes John performing for Geraldo Rivera’s charity concerts to benefit the Willowbrook Home, performing with Elton John at Madison Square Garden in 1974, fighting the Nixon administration in order to obtain his Green Card, recording the albums `Imagine’, `Mind Games’, `Walls & Bridges’, `Rock n Roll’ and `Double Fantasy’,  reconciling with Paul and Linda, and of course the birth of Sean.

The program features interviews with musicians, artists, photographers, and producers who worked with John and Yoko in New York including David Bowie, Elton John, Jann Wenner, Bob Gruen, Klaus Voormann, Allan Tannenbaum, Elliot Mintz, Jack Douglas, Jonathan Cott, Larry Kane, and May Pang.   Interviews with Yoko Ono and Julian Lennon are also featured.

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