John Lennon, the former Beatle, was shot dead outside his home in New York City on Monday (8 December).
STILL PHOTO (MONO) John Lennon at school age
CU ZOOM OUT GV Cavern club, Liverpool with lit sign outside
GV INTERIOR Beatles performing at Cavern Club
CU, SV AND GV Fans dancing and screaming (5 shots)
GV AND CU String quartet accompanies Beatles at recording session (3 shots)
STILL PHOTO John Lennon and second wife Yoko Ono in bed during honeymoon
GV AND SV EXTERIOR Beatles performing "Get Back" on roof of "Apple" studio in London, with passers-by looking up and people watching from windows (13 shots)
SV (COLOUR) John Lennon arriving at United States Supreme Court with policeman looking on (2 shots)
CU John Lennon speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: HAMILTON: "Even as a schoolboy John Lennon lived for music. At first it was skiffle.
"Then came concerts at a dingy basement club in Liverpool. By the late fifties, the nucleus of the Beatles was established.
"But at that stage they were singing other people's songs. (Music) Within two years of Brian Epstein taking over as their manager, a new phenomenon was sweeping across the country--Beatlemania.
"When flower-power arrived the Beatles appeared on the first world-wide TV satellite.
"Lennon began his second marriage by spending his entire honeymoon with Yoko Ono in bed, as a public demonstration against violence."
SEQ. 9: LENNON: "It's still where I like to be. It's still Paris or Rome to me like they used to be thousands of years ago, and I want to be here. I want to be able to be here and be in England and France or travel wherever I want. I don't expect to be, you know, hassled unless I'm going to Hungary or something, or Czechoslovakian then I'd expect it."
REPORTER: "Your defence must be costing you a lot of money."
REPORTER: "Is it worth it?"
LENNON: "It will be."
REPORTER: BILL HAMILTON
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Background: John Lennon, the former Beatle, was shot dead outside his home in New York City on Monday (8 December). The 40-year-old superstar was rushed to hospital with five gunshot wounds from a .38 revolver. But he died on the way in the arms of his wife Yoko Ono. John Lennon leaves a legacy of some of this country's most popular music. As a Beatle he inspired a generation. The BBC's Bill Hamilton looks at John Lennon's life.
SYNOPSIS: By the late sixties, John Lennon and the Beatles had reached the heights of their careers.
Then came legal problems. Lennon was barred from the United States because of a drugs offence, but eventually the Supreme Court set what became known as the "Lennon Precedent".