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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

Apr 24, 2023

This episode starts with a ‘short intro’ of around 45 minutes, with yet more Coleman vs Goldman material, before continuing our in-depth look at John Lennon’s series of interviews for Playboy magazine in September 1980, which also included Yoko Ono.

The interviews offer a fascinating and multi-layered study of a highly eccentric artist and also form an integral part of the official narrative of John and Yoko’s relationship in 1980 before John’s sudden and brutal demise.

There are numerous audio clips to complement the conversation, including some of John from the interviews themselves. You will also hear from Arthur and Vivien Janov talking about Primal Therapy, and comedy genius Bill Hicks discussing drugs.


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episode links

The Playboy Interviews (more than 3 hours of audio clips)

trailer for May Pang’s new documentary

Jon Stewart’s highly-recommended book ‘Dylan, Lennon, Marx & God’

John and the Beatles rip through ‘Too Much Monkey Business’

John Lennon at ‘The 14-Hour Technicolour Dream’ (1967)

Bill Hicks at his brilliant best!