In 1969-72, John Lennon remade his life and career, as he transitioned out of the Beatles into a solo career and married Yoko Ono. Three films on The Coda Collection document this crucial era in the legendary artist’s journey: “24 Hours: The World of John and Yoko,” “Imagine” and “Gimme Some Truth.”
John was my Beatle. In the '60s, when I was a pre-tween in London and the Beatles were gods, you were required to choose your favorite. So I thought about it: Paul was too smiley, so was Ringo, and George was a bit taciturn. But John was complicated. He was acerbic and angry, but there was a tear in his voice. So I grew into my teens in a bedroom covered with pictures of John. Which could be why, even decades later, if an opportunity to see John arises I'm there.
“Humans always tend to talk about rubbish, because they don’t really want to face the reality.” John Lennon offers this thought to a journalist in a scene from the 2000 documentary “Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine.” And the music on the 1971 album whose sessions are chronicled in the film certainly backs up his words — “Imagine” is the most complete and complex record in Lennon’s catalog, an expression of his greatest strengths as a singer and songwriter, and a triumph of reality, with all its contradictions, over rubbish.