Wednesday, June 24, 2009

February 8-10, 1970 - Anthony Cox Tapes

Taped 8-10 February 1970

More than nine hours of private black & white footage of John and Yoko, circa February 1970, was uncovered in the States in March 2000. The amazing videotape, shot by Yoko's ex-husband. Tony Cox, was sold to a consortium of Beatles fans in America who planned to issue the footage as a documentary later that year. Cox talked about the tapes: "Several scenes focus on Lennon and Ono's visit to the Black House, a centre run by Michael X, a Trinidadian counterpart of Malcolm X, who was later executed for murder. The couple (John and Yoko) shoot a promotional film for the Black House and then smoke hashish with Michael X." Other scenes in the footage describe Yoko as being stoned, and John snapping at her, "As usual, she doesn't know what we're talking about." In an intimate scene, John is seen perched on the edge of the bed, humming and strumming, trying to pick out a tune that would eventually be the song 'Mind Games' while Yoko is seen tucked up in bed, apparently asleep. In another, they are talking about Yoko's new hairstyle. "It took years off her," John remarks. "She was an old hag before I met her." Other scenes include John discussing whether he should pay for a new lake at his Ascot estate or consider "conning Apple again!" Then, during a tour of London's sights, John gives vulgar names to landmarks such as Nelson's Column and refers to piles of rubbish in the streets as "Prince Philip's mess".

4 comments:

Victor Eremita said...

where did this snippet come from? this footage is impossible to find anywhere online... someone must have the whole thing somewhere!

lifeofthebeatles said...

This is a trailer for a documentary that was entitled 3 Days in the Life. The full film has never been publicly shown. Yoko recently won a court case prohibiting the producers from distributing the film.

Victor Eremita said...

Sorry, I meant- how did this portion of a never-publicly-shown, legally unreleasable movie find its way onto the internet? Surely someone has all of it and could be persuaded to leak the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

Big deal..can't understand a thing anyone says in it.