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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

Sep 26, 2023

Ken McNab and I complete our discussion about his new book 'Shake It Up Baby!: The Rise of Beatlemania And The Mayhem of 1963' and the general atmosphere and events of that breathless year. This time round, we cover the second half of the year as our four intrepid musical explorers continue their furious work rate and have their first proper brushes with the British establishment.

They also record and release their second album and yet more seminal singles, and slowly set their sights on the ‘land of milk and honey’ across the Atlantic while conquering their homeland completely and finding time to record the first of their special Christmas messages for their growing number of fan club members…

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Beatles 1963 timeline

The Beatles at the London Palladium (October 1963)

The Fabs rock out on Swedish TV!

The Beatles’ ‘rattle yer jewellery’ Royal Variety Show performance (colourised and sound-enhanced)

The Beatles Come To Town (Manchester 1963)

The Beatles Xmas Record 1963

Beatles Studio Outtakes (funny!)