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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

Aug 29, 2023

We complete our deep dive into 1962 in the outer world and in the Beatles family psychodrama, picking up from late July with Beatles events including a historic change of drummer, John Lennon’s marriage, the group’s first radio interview, their more than troublesome experience recording the simplest song in the world (Love Me Do), gigs with one of their biggest musical heroes Little Richard, and their final rather obligatory two trips back to Hamburg, the second of which yielded the infamous Star Club tapes

Ghosty and I’s casual chemistry (see part 1) yields tangents in some of the right places, and there are the usual array of diverse audio clips, the vast majority of which are relevant to the conversation…



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episode links

The Beatles’ first radio interview (October 1962)

The Beatles at the Star Club (fan clean-up in stereo)

The story of the Hamburg tapes (BBC 1973)

The Backbeat Band (Thurston Moore, Mike Mills, Dave Grohl)

Merseybeat Reunion in Liverpool (1971)

Rare interviews with Beatles associates

‘Love And Let Die’ review (Beatles and Bond book)