The US Vs John Lennon


Or how the ex-Beatle became an international political activist, whose counter-culture opinions made him a sworn enemy of the Nixon administration (Tricky Dicky placed the musician under FBI surveillance and served him with deportation proceedings). Focusing on the years between 1966 and 1976 and made with the co-operation of Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, David Leaf and John Scheinfeld’s impressively researched and assembled The US Vs John Lennon illuminates both the rock star himself and the upheavals within wider American society during that era.

Overlaying the plentiful archival footage with a soundtrack which draws on Lennon’s own ’70s albums, this documentary also corrals an impressive crowd of talking heads, including George McGovern, Gore Vidal, Ron Kovic and Walter Cronkite. Of the extras, the Then And Now featurette draws out the worrying parallels between the Nixon and Bush Jr regimes.


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