Yoko Ono has triumphed again in her ongoing Chinese Commmunist censor campaign to keep the late John Lennon‘s reputation as hallowed, pixie-dusted and Ono-sanctified as possible. Truly, this woman’s avarice and manifest control-freak compulsions are a spiritual canker sore on the Lennon legend.
A little more than two weeks after she withdrew music-rights permission for a 90-minute documentary called John Lennon: Working-Class Hero (possibly because it contained a reported interview with Lennon’s first wife Cynthia, who “allegedly complains on-camera that drugs and Ono were responsible for the break-up of their marriage”), Ono has reportedly blocked a small-time, backwoods world premiere of Three Days in the Life, a Lennon documentary shot in 1970 by Ono’s ex-husband Tony Cox.
The doc was to have been screened last night (i.e., Tuesday) at the Berwick Academy, a private school in southern Maine.
An AP story posted yesterday said that Ray Thomas, the doc’s exec producer, “culled raw footage that was shot inside Lennon’s apartment down to a two-hour film covering a pivotal time in Lennon’s career. The footage was shot by Cox over a three-day period in February 1970, two months before the breakup of the Beatles. Lennon is seen composing songs, touring his 100-acre estate and rehearsing for a BBC show in which he performed ‘Instant Karma’ for the first time publicly.
“Thomas and his partner, John Fallon, were unable to get an artist release from Ono, whose lawyers contend has a copyright interest in the film. That’s why they chose to do free screenings at high schools and colleges, starting with Berwick Academy. Thomas and his partner, John Fallon, were unable to get an artist release from Ono, whose lawyers contend has a copyright interest in the film. Ono’s lawyers said even a nickel-and-dime showing at Berwick was forbidden, which led the cancellation.