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John Lennon And Yoko Ono Documentary, ‘Above Us Only Sky’ Airs On Channel 4 Tonight

Billed as “the untold story” of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, the documentary also explores how Lennon and Ono’s art, politics and music were intrinsically entwined.

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Photo: Iain Macmillan © Yoko Ono

A new John Lennon and Yoko Ono documentary entitled John And Yoko: Above Us Only Sky airs at 8.30pm tonight, 24 November, on UK television’s Channel 4.

According to previous reports in Variety, Above Us Only Sky’s producers Eagle Rock have secured previously unheard audio including the first demo of the legendary ‘Imagine’ for the documentary, as well as never-heard-before interviews with the one-time Beatle. Previously unseen footage will show him and Yoko working together in London.

Billed as “the untold story” of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, originally released in 1971, Above Us Only Sky also explores how the art, politics and music of the pair are intrinsically entwined. It also includes interviews with Yoko Ono, John Dunbar, Dan Richter and Eddie Veale, some of whom have never spoken publicly on film before, as well as never-seen-before footage of Lennon and Ono from their private archive.

“I feel in the big picture the fact that John and I met was to do this song,” Yoko says in her interview in the film.

Other voices in the documentary include David Bailey, the photographer who famously captured the couple in a 1971 photograph that ended up on the cover of Vogue. Lennon’s eldest son, Julian, is also part of the film. Emmy Award Winning and Oscar nominated Michael Epstein, of LennoNYC fame, directed the new documentary.

“The message of ‘Imagine’ is just as powerful today as it was when John and Yoko wrote it nearly fifty years ago,” Epstein told Variety in September. “I look at the world see it overcome with hate and engaged in wars seemingly without end, and I truly miss John’s voice. We need him now more than ever. And that is what we hope to do with ‘Above Us Only Sky,’ show how John and Yoko’s message of peace and love still matters.”

Terry Shand, CEO of Eagle Rock added: “With exclusive access to the extensive Lennon video, audio and photo archive, including much previously unseen material as well as interviews with a wide range of people directly involved with the recording, Above Us Only Sky is an exciting opportunity to tell this story fully for the first time.”

As uDiscover Music previously reported, the six-disc box set edition of Imagine: The Ultimate Collection was released on 5 October. The new edition features four CDs and two Blu-ray discs, offering the new ‘Ultimate Mixes’ of the album, which reveals new levels of sonic depth and definition to the work; the ‘Raw Studio Mixes’, which invite the listener to hear Lennon’s unadorned performances of the songs with the Plastic Ono Band; 5.1 surround sound mixes; and a ‘Quadrasonic Album Mix’, which presents the original four-speaker mix of Imagine for the first time since release.

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Chris Corman

    November 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I miss both John and George message of love are truly what the world needs and missing too often anymore

  2. Sherie Burgher

    November 24, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    When will it show in US?

    • Michelle Marie Bailey

      November 24, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      This is my question also, I would love to be able to watch this tonight!!! Wondering if it’s possible like will it be on Netflix or Amazon prime ?

  3. Connie Patrick

    November 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I love John Lennon so much. His music and his heart made and makes an impact on this cruel world to this day. God rest your precious soul.
    Will the US get to see this program on our television stations? I truly hope so. It looks very interesting.

    • Michelle Marie Bailey

      November 24, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I hope so too !!!!

  4. Heywood

    November 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Will there be footage of him beating her? How about tapes of the emotional abuse of the kids?

    • Michelle Marie Bailey

      November 24, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      RUDE!!!

    • Michael

      November 25, 2018 at 11:58 am

      What an idiot you are,he never beat women,latch video of his first wife saying he slept her once when he was 17,she then said he never touched her again in ten years?

  5. Heywood Jabloeme

    November 24, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Will there be some video of the ass-whooping? Tapes of the emotional abuse of the kids?

    • Devamitta

      November 25, 2018 at 1:25 am

      No perfection in this human life for any of us. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  6. Malcolm Mawer

    November 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    When this record was first released as a single, it didn’t make the top 20. After John was killed, the Record companies put it out for commercial and sentimental reasons. The lyrics were idyllic trash, and certainly didn’t represent his own views and lifestyle. His tragic death, robbed us of his best work and talent, only for Yoko and the parasites to fight over his children’s inheritance and to keep regurgitating every scrap of Tat they can get their greedy hands on. RIP

    • Tom

      November 24, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      In 1971-72 it was #1 in Britain, the U.S, Canada, Japan, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, and Australia. How does it feel to be so stupid?

      • Geraldine Rogers

        November 25, 2018 at 3:12 am

        Hope we get to see this in the US I love john Lennon. Wish he was still with us rest in peace.

      • Jenny darby

        November 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm

        Well said !!

  7. Helena

    November 24, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    When will we see this in the US?

  8. MICHELLE BAILEY

    November 24, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Please let us know as soon aso possible when we can view this in the US!!! Can’t wait, love John! Gone too soon,but never forgotten may he rest in peace❤

  9. Brannon Walker

    November 24, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I hope this pops up on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. In today’s political climate and the lack of inspiration in music, art, and theater I am so thankful I lived on this planet during the time John Lennon did. He was a gift and we killed him.

  10. Donnie Fox

    November 24, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I work the spread the word of peace every day

  11. Pat

    November 25, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Yes, when in US…

  12. Alice Rodriguez

    November 25, 2018 at 4:28 am

    I can hardly wait to see this here in the USA! I love John Lennon and what he gave to us in his music..

  13. Jenny darby

    November 25, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Well said Tom !!

  14. Sheila Barnett

    November 25, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Missed it last night and it is not available on catch-up.
    Why on earth not?

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