Rediscovered Footage Of John Lennon Featured In ‘Look At Me’ Video

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Rare footage of Beatles co-founder and world-renowned musician John Lennon appears in ‘Look At Me’ music video from the 50th Anniversary box set of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

According to Rolling Stone, John Lennon Estate released the previously unseen footage features Lennon playing with guitar, interacting with friends, and hanging out with his wife Yoko Ono. In both color, as well as black and white, we see a rare side of the lyricist as ‘Look At Me’ plays over the video.

Capitol/UMe said in a statement, “In the video … we get a glimpse into the life of John and Yoko and behind-the-scenes of their filmmaking. We see John playing acoustic guitar in between takes, his drum skin from the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover (designed by Joe Ephgrave) and his psychedelic upright piano (painted by Marijke Koger and Simon Posthuma from the Dutch design collective the Fool), the film crew setting up shots, Yoko dancing around the swimming pool while John plays his steel string and a peek into their domestic life and the undeniable connection that bound them together.”

You can watch the video below:

The Beatles alumni started writing “Look At Me” in 1968, but shelved it until the release of his solo album in 1970 where it was co-produced by Yoko Ono and Phil Spectre. Two different versions of the song would be released including on 1998’s John Lennon Anthology and 2004’s Acoustic.

John Lennon also discussed ‘Look At Me’ and what the song meant to him personally.

“A couple of tracks, which one would suppose were written under therapy, like ‘Look at Me’, were written … about a year before therapy,” he said according to UCR. “But the theme was the same: ‘Look at me,’ ‘Who am I?,’ all that jazz. So that’s why I stuck it on that album. But actually it had come from beforehand.”


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