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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 24, 2023

Our latest Lennon odyssey starts with a review of the events of 1962, a tangential conversation in which Antony and guest David ‘Ghosty’ Wills freewheel into all kinds of other territory before setting the listeners up with some pre-1962 context on the Beatles’ progress on their own journey to musical and cultural world domination.

1962 was marked by a massive historical event, the Cuban Missile Crisis, which happened in the same year as the first appearances in the world of the Beatles’ music and a certain famous undercover spy known to absolutely everyone he meets, and as we often do in this series, we talk about the relative importance of these events in the grand sweep of history



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episode links

Vasily saves the world!

Operation Northwoods (please read)

1962 in all its glory

Fred Seaman vs Elliot Mintz (and Geraldo)

Other interviews with Lennon insiders

Lenny Bruce at Berkeley

Teach Yourself Paul McCartney (Stevie Riks)