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John Lennon & David Bowie

John Lennon & David Bowie

As the 1970s wore on, John Lennon found himself at a crossroads. Was he a pop singer or an artist? Would he continue to be a musician at all, or instead would he retreat into quiet family life? Enter David Bowie, who managed to find a way to help John be all of those things at once, while at the same time making Bowie bigger than ever in the United States. Bowie’s tales about John involve the usual vices, drugs like cocaine – but also some very unexpected and unorthodox hallucinogens on the backstreets of Hong Kong.

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John Lennon & Elton John

John Lennon & Elton John

Elton John and John Lennon had a special relationship. It very well may have been the deepest and closest relationship that John had with another musician after Paul McCartney. Elton explains how he and John hid out from Andy Warhol in a hotel room; how one of the most legendary bets in rock ‘n roll history led to John making an unexpected appearance at Madison Square Garden; and how John’s brush with UFOs makes us reevaluate just exactly what we think is real.

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John Lennon & Harry Nilsson

John Lennon & Harry Nilsson

Was Harry Nilsson a bad influence on John Lennon? Or was John Lennon a bad influence on Harry Nilsson? Harry ponders this very question as he takes a stroll down a very inebriated memory lane. It’s on this journey that John and Harry consume far too many Brandy Alexanders, Harry tries to get Paul McCartney to take a horse tranquilizer, Harry literally shreds his vocal cords, and John makes a heroic stand at RCA Records.

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John Lennon & Keith Moon

John Lennon & Keith Moon

Keith Moon, wild man drummer for the Who, has plenty of his own stories to tell, from chopping up hotel rooms with a hatchet to dunking a Lincoln Continental in a Holiday Inn’s pool. He was one of John’s frequent fellow partiers during John’s “lost weekend” in Los Angeles, which was longer than a weekend and even more lost than you’d initially assume. And as Keith Moon explains, the trouble that he and John got up to during that lost weekend was more than fun and games: it nearly got John Lennon killed.

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John Lennon & Phil Spector

John Lennon & Phil Spector

To settle a copyright lawsuit, John Lennon begins a disastrous recording project with one of the most disastrous producers in the biz: Phil Spector. The former “tycoon of teen” attempts to helm John’s rock ‘n roll covers album in Los Angeles, which quickly devolves into drunken hijinx, all while a threatening music executive presents serious challenges. Plus, Spector reveals the reason why John and Yoko wanted to be in the United States in the first place – and it’s not what you think.

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John Lennon & Richard Nixon

John Lennon & Richard Nixon

As John Lennon becomes the most famous political dissident in America, President Richard Nixon becomes increasingly paranoid. Nixon defends his legacy as well as the lengths to which his administration went in order to silence the rabble rousing ex-Beatle. Nixon’s own fears led him to believe that John wouldn’t just sway the youth vote, but that he would violently disrupt the country. Nixon’s tales include wiretaps, riots, and even the Godfather himself, James Brown.

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Chapter Nine: Phil Spector and Lana Clarkson

Actress Lana Clarkson meets Phil Spector for the first and last time on a fateful and fatal night in February 2003. She doesn’t know who he is, but is gradually charmed by the stories he tells about The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers, Tina Turner, The Ramones, Elvis Presley, and more. When they end up at Spector’s Alhambra castle, a tipsy night of good fun quickly devolves into a deadly night of head games and murderous mischief.

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Chapter Eight: Phil Spector and Darlene Love

Darlene Love was the anonymous voice behind many of Phil Spector’s earliest chart-topping teenage pop symphonies; songs like “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s the Boy I Love” bear Darlene’s uncredited but unmistakable vocal. Darlene talks about how she struggled to pull herself out of anonymity and into the spotlight, but how every attempt was thwarted by the same person behind the recording console: Phil Spector. With cameos by George Harrison, John F. Kennedy, and Sam Cooke, Darlene story is a story about the battle for legacy in the face of a madman’s oppression.

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Chapter Seven: Phil Spector and John Lennon

From Let It Be to Imagine to an infamous “lost weekend” in Los Angeles, no Beatle had more facetime with Phil Spector than John Lennon. John reminisces on drunkenly being tied to a bed, having a gun fired at him in the studio, and lawyering up simply to get his own session tapes back. Every crazy story has the same crazy common denominator: Phil Spector.

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Chapter Six: Phil Spector and Debbie Harry

Blondie frontwoman and siren of the ‘70s NYC punk scene, Debbie Harry talks about making the jump from the Big Apple to the City of Angels, with stops at The Whisky, KROQ, American Bandstand, and, of course, Phil Spector’s mansion. Her story is also The Ramones’ story, and both the beauty and the beasts share the good, the bad, and the downright weird in their tales of working with pop music’s most reclusive and abusive record producer.

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Chapter Five: Phil Spector and Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen recalls his time with Phil Spector as a time of great confusion and soul searching. It’s also a time of bad omens, punctuated by being held against his will and being held at gunpoint. Despite cameos by Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, and trips to islands off the coast of Greece and Zen retreats in California, Leonard’s memories keeping coming back to one word: guns.

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Chapter One: Phil Spector and Lenny Bruce

Phil Spector’s own personal Socrates, Lenny Bruce, reminisces on the unforgettable time he spent with the Tycoon of Teen. Lenny’s tales involve censorship and the long arm of Johnny Law, Frank Zappa and Merv Griffin, and family secrets revealed after late night deli runs. All this and more in the season one premiere of Blood on the Tracks.

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