Airs Friday, May 3 at 9:00 PM on WVIZ/PBS
In October 2010, John Lennon would have been 70-years old. In December 2010, he will have been dead for 30 years. Yet, his art still haunts us. It still matters deeply and it is still deeply relevant. It still speaks to millions of people. This film establishes Lennon as an American artist. It is, essentially, a classic immigrant tale: Lennon and Ono left London in 1971 in search of freedom, both artistic and personal. We hear Lennon’s song New York City and follow into their life—their commitment to peace and political activism, their struggles to remain in America and, of course, the greatest music from that period and the concert footage from Lennon’s first two albums, Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. With unprecedented and exclusive cooperation from Yoko Ono, access to never-before-seen material from the Lennon archives and conversations with those closest to him—Ono, Elton John, the photographer Bob Gruen, Ringo Starr—AMERICAN MASTERS tells John Lennon’s story as it has never been told before—and as it will never be told again.