Unguarded Moments: John Lennon in the Studio
In February, 1972, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Elephant’s Memory — a downtown band with good connections in the antiwar movement — set up at the Record Plant to begin recording the overtly political “Some Time in New York City” album. The sessions lasted just over a month: Lennon’s idea, at that time, was that recordings should be a form of journalism — that once he had an idea, he should pop into the studio, record it quickly and with few production flourishes, and get it out.
Just before the sessions began, Mike Jahn — then a pop music reviewer for The New York Times (and the first to hold that position), now a novelist and blogger — wrangled an invitation to attend one of the early sessions. (He believes the date was Feb. 22.)