FINALLY, after thirty four long years, the number one thing on my Beatle dream/wants/bucket list has been to see, or find proof that the footage shot of John footage during the Double Fantasy sessions still exists.

That dream seems to be ‘one’ step closer with these screen captures surfacing showing John in the studio. Clips of Yoko from this session first surfaced in about 1984, but the John footage has been missing, presumed lost, or destroyed.

Wow .. lets hope the actual footage that these stills were taken from will soon see the light of day (If anyone out there can help me procure a copy, i can only imagine the levels of my undying gratitude).

44 Responses to “AMAZING!, AFTER 34 LONG YEARS.”

  1. Jeff says:

    Yes the double fantasy video footage and John’s diaries being published before I’m dead !
    Let’s hope !!

  2. Alex of Bronx says:

    I am SURE they are not destroyed, they will resurface in time and be released during a Christmas season sometime in the future………………

  3. GL says:

    this URL has 2 more screen captures from above

  4. anonymoustill says:

    Add the 12/8/80 studio chatter that Jack Douglas said he destroyed to the list.

    I always believed this clip still existed ever since parts made it to the Yoko Ono Then & Now TV clip from ’84 that Greg mentions.

  5. Jorge says:

    Wow, finally! I was also afraid that tape might have been destroyed because as John himself had said …..”I look like a bird” which I presume meant to Yoko that John didn’t look his best and she deemed it unwatchable.
    Check this page out

  6. Chris says:

    This would be a dream come true. I asked Yoko about the fun footage years ago. It was the few times she didn’t respond.

  7. Choclate Hippie says:

    Holy grail for serious Lennon fans 4 sure!!! I always thought if it were gonna be released it would gave been so in conjunction the the Lennon Anthology project….Better late than never!!

  8. Nick D. says:

    OMG! My prayers have almost been answered!

  9. Cara says:

    I’m sure more is on the way. So excited!

  10. don percy says:

    Oh whoaaa and woww! Like many others – the fact that Yoko’s footage had been seen – I was certain she wouldn’t destroy it – just keep it from us until the last possible moment. Yes peeps – we may just live to see this stuff (originally filmed performing Clean Up Time and I’m Losing You I think? – can someone please correct me on this?)

  11. Jorge says:

    Seems it was ‘I’m Losing You and (Just Like) Starting Over Don

  12. It hasn’t been Yoko holding this back, this and the other tape was not, is not in her possession.

  13. Nick D. says:

    Greg, how do you know that Yoko doesn’t have/own this footage?

  14. Chris says:

    Possibly Yoko would take legal action of the film was released. But that’s just my guess.

  15. JD says:

    Psst: Word is that this may well be available in the coming months…Not absolutely guaranteed, but a very good possibility..

  16. Delaware Dave says:

    Look, shame on Yoko for not releasing this video twenty years ago and continuing to be vague about its existence from the beginning. We all know John wanted the Double Fantasy sessions filmed for posterity as well as Yoko. It has NOT been destroyed, nor were any clips by Jack Douglas. Im sure they are safely locked away in his personal vault, to somehow see the light of day after Yoko is gone. Question is…will she out live all of us??!

  17. Matt says:

    This is gold for lennon fans..amazed it wasnt released years ago as probably the only film of him recording during DF sessions. Please release soon :)

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    You can think what you want, but, the wheels NEVER fall off of the merchandising machine…chugga-chugga-chugga

  19. don percy says:

    He doesn’t look so much like a bird – in fact, in these grabs – he doesn’t look unlike he did in the Stand By Me Promo – cap, dark glasses, big phones, prominent jaw line…cool…

  20. Alex of Bronx says:

    And what’s the story with this guitar ?

  21. Nick D. says:

    Did it belong to one of the Cheap Trick guys???

  22. Jeff says:

    It is a Sardonyx guitar. Tammy previously posted other photos by Roger Farrington (also in Ken Sharp’s book on Double Fantasy) of John in the studio in the black cowboy shirt and big black hat playing this guitar.

  23. A Different Chris says:

    Take me now, God, I have seen it all! Being a Beatles/Lennon nut, I was actually thinking about this recording session tonight. It’s what reminded me to check out the old Photo Blog, to see if anything new had been posted. Well lo and behold.

    First we got those Grow Old With Me takes, and now this. I love it.

  24. Tammy says:

    Miss Tammy had a little birdy whisper in a certain orrifice that there is more to come, no scraping sounds from the bottom of the barrell just yet :-)

    The original ‘The long and winding road’ film from 1972 anyone? :-)

  25. Michael says:

    Yes, please!

  26. Kwai Chang says:

    The original Long And Winding Road???
    “Nell, yes!”

  27. Nick D. says:


  28. Cara says:

    The pre-anthology?! Wow!! Now THAT would be something, really would be something…

  29. Alex of Bronx says:

    It would be REAL interesting to see how they presented Beatle history BEFORE
    John’s death.

  30. Kwai Chang says:

    A REAL documentary would be made using ONLY footage of the band…
    NO interviews(footage)…of ANYONE!
    Narrative would be written (and narrated by) A Car, a ‘horse’ and a Tam!
    Derek Taylor could’ve handled the narrative…but, his prose is a bit esoteric for the ‘regular’ fan. Nell (Aspinal) would NOT be considered as a candidate because he was too close to be OBJECTIVE.
    Believe me, this IS the recipe.
    No anniversary hype…no Boxing Day street date…no BONUS anything.
    The ONLY thing I’m unsure of is what it should be titled…
    (Getting Back To Meet The Beatles…???…too corny)

  31. Kwai Chang says:

    An exception to be made for Chicago Press Conference interview
    (say “I’m sorry” to Jesus)

  32. A Different Chris says:

    On the subject of lost footage, I wonder what became of the recording of John’s 40th birthday party with Sean. As far as I’m aware, only those few brief seconds blowing out candles are known to exist ‘in the vaults’.

  33. Nick D. says:

    What about the footage of John & Yoko walking around Central Park? There has to more than a minute of that footage?

  34. stephanie says:

    Correct me if im wrong (as I often am) but as far as is known, Long & Winding Road is merely the collection of promo clips, concert footage, press conferences etc that Neil had assembled/gathered up to 1972. No interviews with the fabs were undertaken, not surprising as it had only been 2 years and the dust had not yet settled.

  35. Kwai Chang says:

    I think you’re correct. I was thinking that we really need a DEFINITIVE documentary that could be concise AND magical. There is no need to include complete versions of anything. A perfect merchandising op would be dvd/blueray collections of complete clips, promos, LIVE songs that would be in direct support of the documentary. But, the Beatles’ story is too fast and too full to include 3-5 minute ‘stops’ all the way through the timeline. Anthology’s lessons should be considered to make way for the righteous delivery of the greatest story that STILL wants to be told. If there was any magic apparent in Anthology, it was completely nullified by the 4-version-plus completeness of the story. The Beatles aren’t reliable witnesses…like Neil, they were too close. The 1962-1970 ‘group’ story could be distilled into a 90-100 minute narrative that is packed full of info…moves quickly…leaves your jaw hanging…and finally ends with the Tittenhurst Park footage dissolving back to the Cavern Granada footage…at which point, the viewer starts crying because The Beatles Story isn’t about The Beatles. It’s about what they did to me…and you!
    Peace, KC

  36. Lizzie says:

    Anxiously waiting in Rio de Janeiro…

  37. mcarp555 says:

    A DEFINITIVE documentary would probably have to be modeled upon Mark Lewisohn’s in-progress bio, which looks so far like it might be the closest thing yet to the ‘real’ story. Even then it must be able to overcome Paul’s attempts to bowdlerize or rewrite history, as he is so fond of doing.

  38. derek says:

    Anthology is pretty perfect in my view. I mean, if you like the Beatles…. Maybe some 70s archive interview clips of P, G & R would’ve made John’s contributions blend in better.

  39. maria.m says:

    reconstructing history

  40. Miss Tammy won’t be caught dissing the Anthology, not after the Fabs were kind enough to thank and credit me in it after working on the project.

    The long and winding road is just a collection of clips, the one gem on it that hasn’t surfaced anywhere else is an unseen performance from Let it be. I have info and plausible theories about the where’s, why’s and how’s this is all starting to surface, but I shan’t be putting them in print.

  41. MarkC says:

    This could be huge.

  42. Jeff says:

    Now, you have really piqued our interest! Funny that this level of intense interest, awe, joy, love, and attraction can be sustained over all these years.
    The wonder of it all, Baby, indeed!

  43. AMAZING!!, at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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