Some Time in New York City

Studio album and Live album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band with Elephant’s Memory & Invisible Strings

12 June 1972 (US)
15 September 1972 (UK)

Studio: December 1971 – 20 March 1972
Live: 15 December 1969

Lyceum Ballroom, London
6 June 1971, at Fillmore East, New York City




John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector

John Lennon chronology

Some Time in New York City
Mind Games

Yoko Ono chronology

Some Time in New York City
Approximately Infinite Universe

Singles from Some Time in New York City

“Woman Is the Nigger of the World”
Released: 24 April 1972

Some Time in New York City[1] is a studio album by John Lennon & Yoko Ono and Elephant’s Memory, and paired with the live album Live Jam as a double album.
Released in 1972, it is Lennon’s third post-Beatles solo album, fifth with Ono, and third with producer Phil Spector. Some Time in New York City fared poorly critically and commercially compared to Lennon’s previous two albums, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine.


1 Background
2 Recording
3 Music and lyrics
4 Release
5 Critical reception
6 Aftermath
7 Track listing

7.1 2005 CD reissue

8 Personnel

8.1 Studio album
8.2 Live Jam

9 References

John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in September 1971 and continued their involvement in political, peace and social justice causes of the counterculture era. When they eventually settled in Greenwich Village, in October,[2] they were quickly contacted by activists Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman who persuaded them to appear at a rally for left-wing writer John Sinclair, who was jailed for possession of two marijuana joints.[2] The Lennons also spoke out on the Attica Prison riots, jailing of Angela Davis and oppression of women. On 12 November, Lennon taped numerous demos of “The Luck of the Irish”, which was filmed, and titled Luck of the Irish – A Videotape by John Reilly.[2] On 9 December, Lennon and Ono flew to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the John Sinclair rally, which was due to start the following day.[2] On the morning before the rally, Lennon was recorded playing the song “Chords of Fame” with Phil Ochs.[2] At the rally itself, Lennon and Ono played tracks that would end up on Some Time in New York City: “Attica State”, “The Luck of the Iris