AMERICAN MASTERS: LENNONYC. John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York City. Credit: G
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Tuesday, Dec 4th - 7:00pm
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LENNONYC is the story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century and how he found redemption not in the public adoration he craved as a youth, but in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood. It is also a New York immigrant’s tale. Lennon came to New York City in 1971 seeking what every other immigrant has sought: freedom — the freedom to be himself and not “Beatle John,” the freedom to live a normal life.

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PBS is asking viewers nationwide to record and upload memories of John Lennon and his music to become part of “Remembering Lennon,” a new online video exhibition tied to AMERICAN MASTERS “LENNONYC.” Starting November 18, PBS will accept user-generated videos through its PBS Arts website (, which was launched earlier this year to give Americans the chance to experience the arts and explore the creative process through special virtual exhibits, videos from PBS national and local programs, and interactive features.

Check out the free new podcast series created for LENNONYC. New "episodes" will post weekly every Thursday until the Thursday after broadcast on November 22. The content will be available on the AMERICAN MASTERS website ( and iTunes. The first podcast features 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. Slated to appear on later episodes: Bob Gruen, Jim Keltner, Elton John and Yoko Ono.

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