Documentaries on John Lennon

Quite a number of documentaries have been produced on John. Again some of these, if not all, would invite criticisms: some favorable, some harsh from writers and critics, especially fans. This is just a collection of documentaries accessible in the youtube presented here for posterity and preservation.


I wrote before, “His life, times and career in 70 minutes.” Still maintain the same assessment. The cast of interviewees is almost ideal.

Inside John Lennon is next in line. IMDb has an anonymous writer sum it up: “INSIDE JOHN LENNON is an intimate account of the life and career of the most controversial Beatle. From his difficult beginnings in wartime Liverpool to riding the wave of Beatlemania to becoming a peace activist with his outspoken soulmate,Yoko Ono, John packed a lot into his forty short years.Hear touching and revealing stories from his sister, Julia. Find out how it felt playing alongside John from the Quarry Men themselves. Hear anecdotes from the Beatles’ first manager, Allan Williams. And, of course, there is frank, witty, and sometimes blunt commentary from Lennon himself.”

A Life of Controversies

youtube notes:“Singer, artist, activist – John Lennon’s life was lived in a blaze of publicity and often controversy. From his earliest days as a Beatles to the massive success he would enjoy as a solo artist, Lennon remained a unique voice in a world that was dten not ready for his views.

This amazing life and the lengths that the US government would undergo to keep tabs on Lennon are chronicled in this explosive documentary. Explore Lennon’s lasting legacy and the effects this unique artist would have on those he loved and the generations of fans around the world who would mourn his death in 1980.


youtube notes:”On December 8, 1980, Chapman left his room at the Sheraton Hotel, leaving personal items behind which the police would later find, and bought a copy of The Catcher in the Rye in which he wrote “This is my statement”, signing it “Holden Caulfield”. He then spent most of the day near the entrance to The Dakota apartment building where Lennon and Yoko Ono lived, talking to fans and the doorman. Early in the morning, a distracted Chapman missed seeing Lennon step out of a cab and enter the Dakota. Later in the morning, Chapman met Lennon’s housekeeper who was returning from a walk with their five-year-old son Sean. Chapman reached in front of the housekeeper to shake Sean’s hand and said that he was a beautiful boy, quoting Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”.

Around 5:00 p.m., Lennon and Ono left The Dakota for a recording session at Record Plant Studios. As they walked toward their limousine, Chapman shook hands with Lennon and asked for him to sign a copy of his album, Double Fantasy. Photographer Paul Goresh took a photo of Lennon signing Chapman’s album. Chapman reported that, “At that point my big part won and I wanted to go back to my hotel, but I couldn’t. I waited until he came back. He knew where the ducks went in winter, and I needed to know this” (a reference to The Catcher in the Rye).

Around 10:49 p.m., the Lennons’ limousine returned to the Dakota. Lennon and Ono got out, passed Chapman and walked toward the archway entrance of the building. From the street behind them, Chapman fired five shots from a .38 special revolver, four of which hit Lennon in the back and left shoulder. The death certificate gives the following description: “Multiple gunshot wounds of left shoulder and chest; Left lung and left subclavian artery; External and internal hemorrhage. Shock.”

At the time, one newspaper reported that, before firing, Chapman softly called out “Mr. Lennon” and dropped into a crouched position. Chapman said that he does not recall saying anything and that Lennon did not turn around.

Chapman remained at the scene, appearing to be reading The Catcher in the Rye, until the police arrived. The New York City Police Department officers who first responded, recognizing that Lennon’s wounds were severe, decided to transport him to Roosevelt Hospital. Chapman was arrested without incident. In his statement to police three hours later, Chapman stated, “I’m sure the big part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil.” Lennon was pronounced dead by Dr. Stephan Lynn at 11:07 p.m. at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.”

Expectedly, there are some redundant footages used in these documentaries, but there are also some new insights and details here and there; hence, these presentations. For example. in The Day John Lennon Died, Oasis’s front man, Liam Galagher, went up the rooftop of what used to be the Apple building in Saville Row and tried to relive the moment.




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