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John Lennon's music collection
3 June 2014
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I wonder if its mentioned anywhere what John Lennon 's music collection was like right before his death.  I wonder if he was the type to go out and get the latest Bowie album or Stones & Elton John. 


I also wonder how much of Yoko's influence open the door to the experimental arena with music.  I wonder if John has some Steve Reich or John Cage albums.


Just curious



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4 June 2014
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Interesting question.

I am pretty sure he had some Bowie albums... and who was the singer that he and Paul admired? Harry Nilsson right?

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4 June 2014
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I know he kept a lot of his old 45s. He played Bobby Parker's "Watch Your Step" on NYC radio in '74 and in his last interview with RKO he talked about still owning copies of Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and Elvis Presley's "I Want You, I Need You , I Love You."

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4 June 2014
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He had a massive collection of Beatles bootleg vinvyl LP's, having an arrangement with a local store to keep one copy of anything new that came in for him. 


Will note this excerpt of the Playboy Interview John and Yoko did in December 1980

PLAYBOY: "What are your musical preferences these days?"

LENNON: "Well, I like all music, depending on what time of day it is. I don't like styles of music or people per se. I can't say I enjoy the Pretenders, but I like their hit record. I enjoy the B-52s, because I heard them doing Yoko. It's great. If Yoko ever goes back to her old sound, they'll be saying, 'Yeah, she's copying the B-52s.'"

ONO: "We were doing a lot of the punk stuff a long time ago."

PLAYBOY: "Lennon and Ono, the original punks."

ONO: "You're right."

PLAYBOY: "John, what's your opinion of the newer waves?"

LENNON: "I love all this punky stuff. It's pure. I'm not, however, crazy about the people who destroy themselves."

PLAYBOY: "You disagree with Neil Young's lyric in 'Rust Never Sleeps'-- 'It's better to burn out than to fade away....'"

LENNON: "I hate it. It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo. They're saying John Wayne conquered cancer... he whipped it like a man. You know, I'm sorry that he died and all that. I'm sorry for his family, but he didn't whip cancer. It whipped him. I don't want Sean worshiping John Wayne or Sid Vicious. What do they teach you? Nothing. Death. Sid Vicious died for what? So that we might rock? I mean, it's garbage, you know. If Neil Young admires that sentiment so much, why doesn't he do it? Because he sure as hell faded away and came back many times, like all of us. No, thank you. I'll take the living and the healthy."

PLAYBOY: "Do you listen to the radio?"

LENNON: "Muzak or classical. I don't purchase records. I do enjoy listening to things like Japanese folk music or Indian music. My tastes are very broad. When I was a housewife, I just had Muzak on, background music, 'cuz it relaxes you."

PLAYBOY: "Yoko?"

ONO: "No."

PLAYBOY: "Do you go out and buy records?"

ONO: "Or read the newspaper or magazines or watch TV? No."

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4 June 2014
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I know that he was fascinated by reggae. And I've heard that he liked some songs by Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, and Genesis. And one time he destroyed someone's stereo because he was trying to find "I Can Help " by Billy Swan, and it wasn't on the radio. He also really liked "Coming Up " by Paul McCartney . And once he fell down and worshipped Elton John.

For an insight into what he liked in the 60's, watch the documentary, "John Lennon 's Jukebox," or buy the accompanying 2-disc compilation. It will show what he stole when writing a few of the Beatles singles.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

4 June 2014
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There's an anecdote in Philip Norman's bio of John crossing paths with Billy Joel (while both were sailing their boats off Long Island, if memory serves) and yelling out "Billy! I have all your albums!"

Also, despite his claim that he didn't purchase records, I've read elsewhere that when he found a new record he did like, he'd buy 3 copies - one to play, one to keep sealed, and one to lend to friends.

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