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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

Dec 6, 2023

We conclude our 1967 odyssey by picking up from mid-June and detailing all the main Lennon and Beatles events for the rest of 1967.

The Beatles are linked by satellite to hundreds of millions, they almost buy a Greek island, the Maharishi enters their lives and they make their own TV special just in time for it to be shown in black-and-white among the traditional wholesome Yuletide entertainment.

In between all this, the rather sad life of Brian Epstein comes to an end, John Lennon’s first solo film project is unleashed onto the world, and a few more classic Beatlesongs are created.

We hope this deep dive into another incredible year for the Fabs and the world has pleased you. The hippy dream of course didn’t quite work but there was truly something in the air in ’67 and a communal spirit amidst the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the general madness of a crazy world.

The next Glass Onion episode will be out in a couple of weeks



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Our World 1967

The Beatles perform ‘All You Need Is Love’ (colourised)

The Rutles ‘Love Life’

The Death of Brian Epstein

Magical Mystery Tour film clip (John & Little Nicola)

James Hargreaves tries to make sense of the film!

Mr Creosote from ‘Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life’ (inspired by MMT film)

George goes to Haight-Ashbury

John & George with David Frost (about meditation)

Paul and George ‘have a word’ with the Maharishi in Sweden

The Fool On The hill session photo montage

The Magical Mystery Tour party (21/12/67)

Sam Whiles dives deep on ‘Now And Then’