Robert Sandall explores five songs written by Lennon about key relationships in his life.
John Lennon often wrote songs about his personal relationships with people and places. Sometimes bitter, sometimes loving, these songs are intimate accounts of his friendships and influences and provide a snapshot of what was happening to him at key moments in his life.
Music journalist and broadcaster Robert Sandall talks to family, friends and biographers about five such songs that shine a light on a particularly important period or person.
Monday: Help! A cri de coeur from a man for whom fame wasn't always comfortable.
Tuesday: Strawberry Fields Forever Was Liverpool's most famous son a working class hero?
Wednesday: Julia How his mother's distance and death shaped Lennon's work and life.
Thursday: The Ballad of John And Yoko.
Friday: How Do you Sleep A pointed question to Paul McCartney
Presenter Robert Sandall is a music journalist and co-presenter of Mixing It on Radio 3. He has presented a number of programmes on Radio 4 including Love and Haight about San Francisco in 1967, and a four part analysis of punk culture Silver Jubilee - the legacy of Punk.