New Documentary To Chronicle John Lennon And Yoko Ono’s Early Relationship

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Set for release this year, new documentary film The Ballad of John and Yoko will chronicle the marriage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

DUDESKI, the company behind forthcoming documentary Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, will produce and direct the project.

They were hounded by the media,” producer Nick Reynolds shared of the film to Express. “[The film] will focus on the events that took place during the first years of their relationship.”

Indeed, this was an eventful time, one of extramarital affairs, nude album covers, drug busts, bed ins, heroin addiction, car crashes, and, of course, the inevitable demise of the Beatles.

The film will coincide with the 50th anniversary John Lennon and Ono’s marriage, which occurred on the island of Gibraltar, March 20 1969.

Lennon and Ono tied the knot shortly before the release of Abbey Road in September that same year.

The Ballad of John and Yoko takes its title from a song of the same name, which John Lennon wrote during the pair’s Honeymoon in Paris.

It was very romantic,” Lennon stated to Rolling Stone in 1970. “It’s all in the song, ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’, if you want to know how it happened, it’s in there. Gibraltar was like a little sunny dream. I couldn’t find a white suit – I had sort if off-white corduroy trousers and a white jacket. Yoko had all white on.”

Despite in John-centric lyrics Paul McCartney also contributed to the song, which the Beatles released as a single.

John was in an impatient mood,” Paul recounted in biography Many Years From Now, “so I was happy to help. It’s quite a good son. It has always surprised me how with just the two of us on it, it ended up sounding like the Beatles.”

The film is yet to receive a release date.


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