John & Yoko ‘Biography’ Special Coming to A&E

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A&E Network will premiere the two-hour “Biography” documentary “John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky” on Monday, March 11, at 9pm ET/PT. The special, according to an announcement from A&E, “traces the untold story of the making of John Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine, and recounts a story of hope for a world divided yet still desperately in need of peace, justice, empathy and love. The album, and its iconic title track, exemplify the extraordinary genius behind the music that defined a movement and marked an era.”

“John said: ‘Is it any good?’

“I said it’s a #1 record. ‘He said: ‘Are you really sure?'”

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Utilizing never-before-seen footage of Lennon and Ono from their private archive, the special, says the announcement, “delves into the depth of the creative collaboration between the couple and explores how the art, politics and music of the pair are intrinsically entwined. Ultimately, the documentary draws parallels from the past to the present using the couple’s underlying message of radical engagement.”

The special features interviews with the people who witnessed the period first-hand, including Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, David Bailey (photographer), John Dunbar (gallerist who introduced the couple), Dan Richter (Yoko’s neighbor and John’s former personal assistant) and Eddie Veale (studio designer), some of whom have never spoken publicly on camera before.

The Emmy award-winning “Biography” provides what it calls “a definitive look at the most fascinating people through bold storytelling and exclusive access. Extensive on-air and branded digital content, including short form, will continue to roll-out on all platforms, including Biography.com, the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.”

Biography’s “John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky” is directed by Michael Epstein and produced in association with A&E Network by Eagle Rock Films with Peter Worsley as producer and Geoff Kempin and Terry Shand serving as executive producers.

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