John Lennon Live in New York City

‘What a bad ass city…’

– John Lennon, 1972

John Lennon
Produced by Yoko Ono

Track Listing

  1. 3:39
  2. 3:18
  3. 5:30
  4. 3:51
  5. 3:40

  6. 5:00
  7. 4:21
  8. 3:10
  9. 3:17
  10. 5:29
  11. 0:59
John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Butterfly Studios, NYC. August 1972 Photo by Bob Gruen ©1972 Bob Gruen

‘The concert was held in Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972, to help improve the living conditions of the mentally handicapped children. Starting with the Toronto Peace Festival in 1969, John and I did a series of rock concerts as our statement of Peace and Love, and to spotlight various social issues effectively. All proceeds from the concerts were given to the needy. This one in Madison Square Garden turned out to be the last concert John and I did together.’

John Lennon Live In New York inner sleeve front and back

‘In ’72 the Vietnam War protest was at its height. The Feminist Movement was in a stage of awakening. Our concert material was mainly based on the album we released that spring called Some Time In New York City which was our political statement in songs a-la Bertold Brecht. The concert was filled with love of brotherhood and sisterhood. We passed out tambourines to the audience, true to our slogan “You are the Plastic Ono Band.” Everybody joined in on stage at the end when we sang ‘Give Peace A Chance’. People could not contain themselves and marched down Fifth Avenue after the performance, singing ‘Give Peace A Chance’,

This concert was our effort in Grassroot Politics. It embodied what John and I strongly believed in – “Rock for Peace and Enlightenment.”’

– Yoko Ono Lennon ’86

Recorded: August 30th 1972, Madison Square Garden, NYC
Released UK: 24 Feb 1986
Released USA: 24 Jan 1986

Sleeve notes

Plastic Ono Elephants Memory Band:
John Lennon: guitars, keyboards
Yoko Ono: keyboards
Stan Bronstein: saxophone
Wayne “Tex” Gabriel: lead guitar
John Ward: bass
Gary Van Scyoc: bass
Jim Keltner: drums
Rick Frank: drums
Adam Ippolito: keyboards

Produced by Yoko Ono
Recording Supervisor 1972: Phil Spector
Recording Engineers: Paul Hamingson, Tim Crich

Mixed by Rob Stevens, 1 Stone Productions Ltd.


Music and Sound Editing: Jonathan Wyporath
Mixed at Right Track, NYC
Mastering Engineer: Greg Colby
Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC

Recorded on August 30, 1972 at Madison Square Garden

Original recordings have been digitally remastered

Original Ticket Stub courtesy of Lynn Crawford

First Released 24 January 1986



Versions Available

1986 – Original Stereo version: LP, CD, 8 Track & cassette