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Glass Onion: On John Lennon

Welcome to 'Glass Onion: On John Lennon', a podcast deep dive into the music and complex psychology of an icon who lived many lifetimes within his 40 years. The show also looks a contextual look at the time in which he lived and includes discussions with people who knew him and many who have written about him.

By Antony Rotunno

Jun 27, 2024

Over 4 years on from our original episode about ‘Revolution 9’ (episode 25, in the show notes), we return to the topic with an audio version (including multiple sound clips) of a discussion that originally went out on video on Matt Williamson’s excellent you tube channel ‘Pop Goes The 60s’ back in March.

We discuss our origin stories with the track, it’s conception and recording, some of the ‘musique concrete’ works that influenced it, the other Beatles’ reaction to it and a few other things.

This is preceded by Antony’s thoughts on the new version of the ‘Let It Be’ film and some discussion/defence of Albert Goldman from a Mojo magazine special about John Lennon.

There are multiple links below to some interesting work, including quite a few avant-garde pieces that may not seem accessible but do have some rewards to be found if the mood is right, rather like ‘Revolution 9’ itself.



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The ‘Pop Goes The 60s’ you tube channel and the video version of this discussion


episode links

The original Glass Onion episode on Revolution 9


Revolution 9 songfacts


Revolution 9 isolated tracks


Revolution1 take 18 (the origin of Rev 9)


‘Avant-Garde’ and ‘Musique Concrete’


Giles Martin mixes critiqued


Liverpool vs Albert Goldman (1988)


One Hour with Albert Goldman


John Cage’s Rozart Mix


Gesang Der Junglinge


The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘War Games’


Luis Bunuel’s ‘Un Chien Andalou’


Dream Scene from the ‘Wonderwall’ film (1968)


2001: A Space Odyssey Stargate sequence


Salvador Dali dream sequence from Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’ (1945)