New John Lennon and Yoko Ono Documentary Announced


John Lennon and Yoko Ono cohost The Mike Douglas Show with guest Chuck Berry February 1972.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host The Mike Douglas Show with guest Chuck Berry, February 1972. (Photo by Michael Leshnov/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

New John Lennon and Yoko Ono Documentary Announced

Daytime Revolution chronicles the week in 1972 the couple co-hosted a popular American daytime TV show

For a week in early 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show, at the time the most popular daytime talk show in the United States. They discussed topics important to them, including environmental conservation and police brutality, and invited guests like Chuck Berry to chat and perform. Now Daytime Revolution, a documentary about those five 70-minute episodes, has wrapped production and is seeking a distributor, Variety reports. Check out a clip of John and Yoko performing “Memphis, Tennessee,” and “Johnny B. Goode” on The Mike Douglas Show below. 

Erik Nelson directed the 180-minute film, which comprises new interviews with surviving guests such as Ralph Nader, as well as archival footage of interviews with Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale and comedian George Carlin. Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon authorized the production, and served as creative consultants. 

Last year, Benjamin Gibbard curated the tribute album Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono, featuring covers of her work by David Byrne, Yo La Tengo, Sudan Archives, Japanese Breakfast, and more.

Check out “Kim Gordon, Tune-Yards, and 6 Other Musicians on Why Yoko Ono Matters” on the Pitch.

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