Thirty years ago, a few months before he was gunned down, John Lennon snuck into a New York recording studio with his wife, Yoko Ono, and made “Double Fantasy,” the first new music from the ex-Beatle in more than five years — and Boston photographer Roger Farrington was there to document it.
“There was a ton of secrecy around it,” Farrington told the Track. “Which is why Yoko wanted to use a Boston photographer. I got the job through Yoko’s Boston publicist and because my birthday and John’s birthday were a few weeks apart and our stars were aligned or something. But the deal was that I was supposed to act like I wasn’t with them. I was just supposed to be there. Like I was walking by, and there’s John, and I’m saying, ‘I think I’ll take a picture.’ ”
Lennon was coming off his self-imposed exile at the Dakota apartments, where he had been playing house hubby to Yoko and daddy to son Sean.