Lennon documentary blocked by Ono.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971It seems that all things must pass through Yoko.  The long rumored John Lennon footage shot by Tony Cox will still not see the light of day.  This long rumored footage, to some, is as elusive as the white whale.  It is my hope that they get the legal channels cleared, and the public can truly see an unfettered Lennon documentary, albeit it shortened, as it was meant to be seen.  A historical document for what it truly was.  Let it be released, that will be our battle cry!  You know, it really sucks that this material will not see the light of day due to a petty issue like that.  It’s like we’re so close to seeing this material, as fans, however, close is not good enough.  Hopefully soon.

Here’s what we’ve read.

John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono has blocked the screening of a US documentary about the ex-Beatle.

3 Days in the Life uses film taken two months before the band split in 1970.

Executive producer Ray Thomas set up a free screening at a private school in Maine because he could not get Ono’s permission for a commercial screening.

But Ono said she had a copyright interest in the film and any screening would breach copyright. The school said it still hoped to host the film.

‘Long-running dispute’

The footage was shot by Ono’s former husband Tony Cox and was sold in 2000 for $1m (£760,000) to Mr Thomas and his backers.

Among other things, Lennon is seen composing songs, touring his 100-acre (40-hectare) estate and rehearsing for a BBC show in which he performed Instant Karma for the first time publicly.

There is no commentary and all action is unscripted, but the makers say it offers a unique insight into Lennon’s creative process.

Hap Ridgway headmaster of the Berwick Academy, said: “What we’ve learned since it all broke loose is that it’s a long-running dispute.”

Source: BBC

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