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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

Feb 15, 2024

In the last episode before we notch up our century, Antony flies solo to muse on and discuss various items of Lennon interest.

In order, these are the 40th anniversary of the ‘Milk And Honey’ album, the cancelling and virtues of the Lennon-penned Beatles song ‘Run For Your Life’, May Pang’s 2022 documentary ‘The Lost Weekend: A Love Story’, the work of Mike Williams and his theory on the impossibility of the recording of ‘Rubber Soul’ (Antony gets tied in knots at this point negotiating his position in the middle ground of the mainstream-conspiracy continuum!), and an extended look at the 2000 ‘Gimme Some Truth’ documentary.

Finally there’s a look at the recent Apple TV documentary ‘John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial’ and David Whelan’s new book ‘Mind Games: The Assassination of John Lennon’, both of which naturally focus on the grisly events of December 8th 1980.

There are multiple audio clips as ever and what is probably a record number of links in the show notes.

Episode 100 will appear in March



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episode links

John Lennon Real Life childhood


Antony’s ‘white reggae’ song ‘New World (Order)’


Mike Pachelli guitar lesson for ‘Run For Your Life’


‘The Lost Weekend: A Love Story


Tony King as the Queen of England


Julian Lennon - Saltwater


Mike Williams on the impossibility of ‘Rubber Soul’ and other theories


Olivia Harrison- ‘Hello Billy’ or ‘Hello babes’?


Ably House play ‘I Feel Fine’


What did John Lennon play on George Harrison's songs?


Trailer for ‘John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial (on Apple TV)


David Whelan’s Substack page


David’s ‘Mind Games’ book


David on the ‘Something About The Beatles’ podcast

The Man Who Shot John Lennon (1988 documentary)

Dr Stephen Lynn squirms!