This Friday, Oct. 9, Arkansas PBS is airing a “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” special to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday, and it’s a chance for you to meet a very different side of him.
If you’ve ever wondered why John fell so hard for Yoko ... there are some answers in the songs on this album. And you’ll hear more about it from Yoko herself – as well as fellow Beatle Ringo Starr – in the show.
You’ll also hear a singing voice from John that’s very different. This is not the “Twist and Shout” John ... or even the more quiet “In My Life” John. Except for a couple songs, the vocal never gets above a conversational tone.
There are a few songs when he does do some louder singing: his recent “Primal Scream Therapy” sessions had created such raw emotions that he actually took Ringo aside before they started recording and said, “No matter what I do – keep playing.”
The result of it all? The most intimate record John Lennon EVER recorded.
You have time to listen to “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” – either again or for the first time – before Friday’s broadcast, and I recommend it.
Take a break to hear John at his most personal, then watch “Classic Albums: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” with us on Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. I’m going to be live blogging here – and I hope you’ll comment and join the conversion – and I’ll also be weighing in from the airwaves on Arkansas Rocks Radio Network’s “The Magical Mystery Tour” show.
It’s going to be a great, immersive experience – so tune in, log on and turn it up! It’ll be a great night – and a great month – for music lovers on Arkansas PBS.
About the author: Tom Wood, music director and air personality of Arkansas Rocks Radio Network, has been a radio programmer and announcer in Little Rock for 40 years. Tom can currently be heard on the Arkansas Rocks Radio Network, with affiliates in seven Arkansas cities. He and his wife live in North Little Rock.