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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

May 25, 2023

We complete our latest Lennon journey with the conclusion of my analysis of some of the more telling quotes from the series of interviews conducted in September 1980 for Playboy magazine by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

This episode contains a lot of clips from the original audio of the interviews and focuses mainly on John's comments about who wrote what in the Lennon-McCartney catalogue, including John#s analysis of the deeper meanings behind the song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

I have also included (by kind permission) an extended segment from the excellent 'Yesterday and Today' podcast that deals with a certain seafaring adventure that John undertook in June 1980 and which would have a profound effect on him.

Finally, there's a little bit of music from your humble host...



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episode links

The full available audio from the interviews

Rubber Soul film (about the 1970 and 1980 John Lennon interviews)

The Hours and Times (recommended film)

The 'Yesterday and Today' podcast

'Between The Lines' (the John Lennon album that never was)

David Whelan's interview with Howard Hughes

'Jealous Guy' documentary (Lennon and Chapman)