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This "biography" evolves around the nearly 240 hours of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era. This effort includes a 36 song soundtrack. Includes some very personal and insightful footage, never before made available to the public. Written by Todd Tidyman

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Discover John...the angry youth, the musician, the radical, the husband, the father, the lover, the idealist...through his own words and personal collection of film and music.


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The producers transferred all available footage and recordings to laser discs, logged each one into a database and used a computer to access cuts and assemble the edit. This was an early version of non-linear editing. See more »

Quotes

John Lennon: [Yoko is preparing tea while George Harrison is visiting]
John Lennon: This is actually a Beatle wife fixing the tea for one of the fab four ex-Beatles.
George Harrison: Fab three.
John Lennon: Fab three. I'm sorry.
George Harrison: I see Beatle Bill making a pig of himself.
John Lennon: You see much of the Beatles these days, the other Beatles?
George Harrison: I saw Beatle Ed.
John Lennon: Beatle Ed? How is he?
George Harrison: He was all right, but he was just going off on a tour.
John Lennon: Beatle Ed's not doing too well these days, is he?
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Featured in Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon (2003) See more »

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Oh Yoko
Written by John Lennon
Published by Lenono Music
administered by SBK Blackwood Music Inc.
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An insightful look at the life of a complex entertainer.
14 June 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a well done Andrew Solt documentary made up with some wonderful never-before-seen home movies. The late musician's own narration makes for an eerie portrait of the former Beatle. You will see John Lennon as being witty, sarcastic, determined and loyal; but also childish, bawdy, and irreverent. This multi-talented musician will be loved and remembered for generations to come. Over 30 songs make up the soundtrack. Very worthwhile and musically historic.


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