The US vs. John Lennon

(PR) Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release the original soundtrack album to the highly-anticipated feature length documentary film, The U.S. vs. John Lennon. The soundtrack, available on CD and digitally on September 26, collects John Lennon�s most evocative songs, including �Imagine,� �Nobody Told Me,� �Instant Karma (We All Shine On),� �Happy Xmas (War Is Over),� and �Power To The People,� as well as two previously unreleased tracks, "Attica State,� recorded live at 1971�s �John Sinclair Freedom Rally� benefit concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the film�s instrumental version of "How Do You Sleep.� The CD and digital album packaging will include a liner notes essay written exclusively for this release by Yoko Ono Lennon. The controversial film, distributed by Lionsgate Films (Crash, Fahrenheit 9/11), will open in New York and Los Angeles theaters on September 15, followed by wide release at the end of September.

�Never in a million years, did we think that promoting World Peace could be dangerous. Were we naive? Yes, on that account, we were. John sings: �Nobody told me there�d be days like these.� That was his true confession,� says Yoko Ono Lennon, �These songs have become relevant all over again. It�s almost as if John wrote these songs for what we are going through now.�

The U.S. vs. John Lennon follows Lennon�s artistic and personal evolution between 1966 and 1976 as he broadened his personal and artistic scope, launching from his Beatles-rooted music legend pedestal into powerful, globally-resonating antiwar and social justice activism. As the Vietnam war exploded and America�s youth was increasingly under attack at home for expressing its discontent, Lennon�s counter-cultural activities were increasingly monitored by the FBI on behalf of President Richard Nixon�s administration (Nixon himself was briefed on Lennon�s activities). The film, through its captivating exploration of the government�s ongoing efforts to silence John Lennon, also clearly illustrates certain parallels to today�s political landscape, through insightful interviews with those who knew him best.

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