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John Lennon & Yoko Ono 24 Hours 'The World of John & Yoko Part 2/2

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Published on Apr 16, 2011

"The world of John and Yoko" was a fascinating documentary for which a BBC camera crew followed John and Yoko for five days at the start of the final month of the 1960's. The programme was broadcast as part of the "24 Hours" series and screened in colour on Monday 15th December 1969 (10:30pm-11:05pm). The first day's shooting (Tuesday 2nd December) co-incided with the Lennon's appointment with ATV who were filming John's section of their forthcoming "Man Of The Decade" programme, the BBC cameras filmed the ATV cameras filming John and Yoko. The following day (Wednesday 3rd December) the 24 Hours team had John and Yoko to themselves, they recorded them in bed, playing a Mellotron, watching Granada TV footage of the Beatles playing at the Cavern in 1962, in their Rolls-Royce travelling to London with assistant Anthony Fawcett, and various scenes at their Apple office including meetings, telephone conversations and the heated exchange with the New York Times journalist Gloria Emerson. On day 3 (Thursday) the cameras captured a remarkable and little known recording session at Abbey Road studio's; John, Yoko, Mal Evans, Anthony Fawcett, Geoff Emerick and several others participated in an exercise that was intended to form the basis of a fourth avant-garde album in the Lennon/Ono series, the first "item" committed to tape was a long section of group laughter overdubbed with percussion and chanting, item two involved participants queuing up to take turns in whispering something into the microphone. The recordings were never released. On day 4 (Friday), the BBC crew witnessed the re-make of the Lennon's experimental film Apotheosis in Lavenham, after which they recorded the couple at the Bull hotel in Long Melford. Filming was concluded at the hotel the following morning. 
As agreed in the contract for the programme, all of the footage - used or unused - was then handed over to John and Yoko to use as they saw fit, a wealth of which eventually turned up on the 1988 documovie "Imagine:John Lennon"

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    • Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins
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