Can John And Yoko Find Happiness As Tourists In A Big Town

Can John And Yoko Find Happiness As Tourists In A Big Town
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There is no pretence at journalistic objectivity in this report by Lillian Roxon about John Lennon and Yoko Ono ‘mingling with the citizens’ of New York. From her decisive ‘Well, it’s about time’, Roxon asserts her approval.

She recounts the famous couple’s wanderings about town, from shopping for antiques with Andy Warhol to seeing David Peel and the Lower East Side, a group that only performs in parks.

In accord with the style of ‘New Journalism’ popularised in the late 1960s and 70s, Roxon inserts her opinion into the story by saying, ‘The news that John was out and about was the best I’ve had in years’. Her personal but authoritative delivery adds to the sense that we are hearing news as it happens from a trustworthy source.

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This is an episode of the radio show Discotique – a two-minute ‘daily newscast from the world of music’ produced in 1971 and syndicated on 250 radio stations in the United States.

The cover image for this title is from 'John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono on their honeymoon in Amsterdam held a press conference in the Hilton Hotel' (1969). Published under Creative Commons 1.0. Photographer: Eric Koch.

Notes by Beth Taylor