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John Interviews
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Yeah. He makes a comment somewhere about how he feels one way today, and will probably feel another way tomorrow. I relate to that so much. Every day we wake up it’s a new day, and every day is a new choice. 

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1.The Beatles 2.Sgt. Pepper 3.Abbey Road 4.Magical Mystery Tour 5.Rubber Soul 6.Revolver 7.Help! 8.Let It Be
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Here is a great short interview with John leading into Revolver

https://cosmicmagazine.com.au/…..r4A0TseSuM

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A big thing I love about John is his crusade to no longer be a performing flea, as he put it during interviews. To not smile or laugh when you don’t want to, and just be who you are, your authentic self – take it or leave it. Very liberating.   

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2 October 2020
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Timothy said
A big thing I love about John is his crusade to no longer be a performing flea, as he put it during interviews. To not smile or laugh when you don’t want to, and just be who you are, your authentic self – take it or leave it. Very liberating.   

  

I always admired that, as well as his use of sarcastic humour in interviews (even though it made him sometimes come across a bit blunt by people who weren’t used to it). 

‘Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it will get you the right ones’ – JL            (good quote to live by)  

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15 October 2020
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From the recent Lennon at 80 weekend on BBC Radio 2, a compilation of various interviews given to the BBC over the years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..5z1NwSuJfk

The featured programmes include his 1971 appearance on Parkinson alongside his wife Yoko Ono, performing his own poetry on Not Only But Also, talking to Bob Harris about his Rock ‘N’ Roll and Walls And Bridges albums on The Old Grey Whistle Test, an early ‘pop profile’ for the World Service with Brian Matthew and the 1969 interview with veteran New York Times War Correspondent Gloria Emerson.

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John interviewed by KRLA in Los Angeles on 25 August 1964.

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An interview with John conducted by Lisa Robinson on 24 September 1980:

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The full audio for John’s last interview on 8 December 1980…

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23 March 2022
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I just finished All We Are Saying, David Sheff’s Playboy interview from 1980. As with any John interview, I had a lot of thoughtsa-hard-days-night-john-7

When being asked about who wrote each Beatles song he responds to “Two Of Us “: “mine”. It could have just slipped out, because he started talking about something else straightaway, but I find it interesting as that song was definitely Paul’s but they did harmonize on it and many have speculated it was about the two of them (and not Linda, as Paul has repeatedly claimed). *ref Get Back  for more context on where I’m coming from here 😉 

I think Yoko’s contributions to this interview are worth noting. She had some democratic and flattering things to say at this point about the other Beatles, which I thought was classy. The way they both talk about (or rather don’t talk about) their first children is pretty heartbreaking: they seem willfully cut out of the picture, and not just by circumstances such as distance. I get the impression Johnandyoko like to imagine their lives as only being meaningful in the years they were together…not before and not during the ‘lost weekend’…which is romantic but also does a disservice to the other people and events in their lives that get demoted or demeaned. 

I love and admire John, no question, but oftentimes when I hear/read him go off on tangents I can’t help but roll my eyes. He had such a manic energy, sometimes his thoughts run riot and you sense he doesn’t actually have the conviction behind them but just likes to make bold statements. Like when he said Paul tried to purposefully sabotage his songs. He couldn’t have really thought that, right? And when he said Paul wrote “Get Back ” about Yoko and every time he sang the line in rehearsals, “get back to where you once belonged” he looked at Yoko? I mean…we’ve literally seen all the footage now, that’s madness.

A final takeaway: he seemed really down on ‘The Beatles’ as well as George and Paul individually (never Ringo as much, though he does get some oblique digs in) during these chats and I wonder where that bitterness was coming from in 1980 *besides I, Me, Mine*. Maybe he could have heeded his own words a bit more when he said, “I don’t want to come off niggling. It’s stupid inasmuch as the repercussions are not worth some sort of off-hand remarks about each other.”

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29 March 2022
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Just read A Long Night’s Journey into Day: A Conversation with John Lennon by Pete Hamill ©1975 Rolling Stone

 

John seems subdued and peaceful. He had just moved back in to the Dakota 3 days ago (after ‘the lost weekend’) so the interview seems to have caught him off-guard; I appreciate the lack of hubris and sarcasm for a moment.

 

I also like this paragraph in the opening, it’s maybe not entirely fair but also rings with at least a smidge of truth:

And yet… and yet, it seemed when it was finally over, when they had all gone their separate ways, when Brian Epstein lay dead and Apple was some terrible mess and the lawyers and the agents and the money men had come in to paw the remains, it often seemed that John was the only one whose heart was truly broken. Cynthia Lennon said it best, when all of them were still together: ‘They seem to need you less than you need them.’ From some corner of his broken heart, John gave the most bitter interviews, full of hurt and resentment, covered over with the language of violence.

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A never-broadcast interview with John Lennon , recorded by a Hull art student in 1964, is to be auctioned.

On the tape, Lennon tells 18-year-old John Hill he does not think The Beatles are “very good musicians” and admitted he got a friend to sit his art exam because the group were touring.

Mr Hill, who was studying at Hull Art College, recorded the reel-to-reel interview before a Beatles gig.

He found the tape in 2014 after it spent 50 years in a drawer.

More to the story here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-en…..r-61895115

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The interview sold for £3,100, bought by the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool. They hope to find a way of sharing the interview with guests.

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That’s amazing. It will be great to see the recording machine, photographs and magazine articles on display at the hotel as well as listening to the interview. I hope to stay at the hotel next time I’m in Liverpool. 

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