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Postby I am the Paulrus » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:41 pm

Lennon reveals all in new tapes

Friday, 2 December 2005

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4489772.stm

Singer John Lennon compared life in the Beatles with decadent ancient Rome in an interview to be broadcast in the UK for the first time.
The interview for Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970, eight months after the band split, will be aired on BBC Radio 4 at 1900 GMT on 3 December.

Lennon said the circle around the band was a "portable Rome" of money, sex and drugs. "Everyone wanted in," he said.

The singer was shot dead in New York on 8 December 1980.

Interviewer Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, believes the tapes show Lennon at his most honest.

"There wasn't a word in it that wasn't valuable or interesting," said Wenner.

In the interview, Lennon exploded the clean-cut image of "the Fab Four".

"Everybody around you wants the image to carry on," he said. "That's why some of them are clinging to it.

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"'Don't take away our portable Rome, where we can all have our houses and our cars, and our lovers and our wives, and our office girls and parties and drink and drugs.'"

Lennon also revealed the band's darker side on tour.

"If you couldn't get groupies, we had whores," he claimed. "Whatever was going.

"There were photos of me crawling round on my knees coming out of whorehouses in Amsterdam with people saying: 'Good morning, John.'"

Lennon claimed the photos and other revelations did not come to light because people did not want "a big scandal".

The singer also attacked his former songwriting partner and bandmate, Sir Paul McCartney.

"We got fed up of being sidemen to Paul after Brian Epstein (Beatles manager) died," he said.

"Paul took over and supposedly led us. What's leading us when you wander round in circles?"

Lennon claimed the pair's songwriting partnership had ended "around 1962 or something".

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"All our best work, apart from the really early ones like I Want to Hold Your Hand, were written apart."

Amid the anger, Lennon still expressed respect for his former partner McCartney. "He's capable of great work and he will do it," he said.

Lennon claimed he was driven to use heroin because of the treatment he and Ono received from "the Beatles and their pals".

"We were in real pain," he said.

Nor did band member George Harrison escape attack from the singer.

"He was working with two brilliant songwriters and he learnt a lot from us," says Lennon, who criticised Harrison's debut solo album.

"I wouldn't have minded being George."

Personal calm

Rival Mick Jagger, of the Rolling Stones, was also dismissed by Lennon as "a joke".

"I'd like to list what we did and what the Stones did two months later on every album," he said. "Mick imitates us."

The ex-Beatle also complained about the personal downside of his talent.

"It's not fun being a genius," he said. "It's torture."

On a more positive note, Lennon talked about the contentment he found with Ono compared with the other types of pleasure and gratification he had experienced.

"I've been through it all, and nothing works better than to have somebody you love hold you."
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Postby Highamster » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:48 pm

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Re: Lennon reveals all in new tapes

Postby kylestyle » Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:00 pm

John Lennon wrote:"It's not fun being a genius," he said. "It's torture."


I hope he was being sarcastic - otherwise that sounds like big-headed b.s to me. To me, that sounds like something a total knobhead would say.

Love John's songs and all... but if he's so full of himself that he considers himself a 'genius' then I'm sorry, that takes the cake. :?
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Postby Highamster » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:01 pm

The only way to tell would be to listen to the interview and check his tone.
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Postby 2 of 3 » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:21 pm

Actually, you'd have to see video to tell if he was joking or not. Probably 2 days later he said something else. :roll:
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Postby Highamster » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:47 pm

Their is no video though, It's only audio?
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Postby kylestyle » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:01 am

Yeah I would hope it's just John 'being John'.
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Postby ANGRY » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:49 am

of course it's john -being-john, but isn't that just what paul has quietly complained about during that whole period of time. yeesh ! the guy WAS self absorbed and egotistical to the max ! of course, it doesn't diminish the great work that he did musically...but let us not forget...John is the one who cheated on his wife, yoko put no magical spell upon him it was his decision. john allowed his relationships with the other beatles to falter, yoko did not hold a gun to his head. john walked away from julian, he was not held captive by yoko or anyone else. john did whatever the hel...heck he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it. a for blanket, idiotic statements like they never worked together seriously on songs from 62 on...well, i guess this puts the lie to whether or not paul can write without johns help...he obviously did...from 62 on! does anybody really belive that the beatles, as songwriters, went thru a bad spot form 62 to 68/69 ?...i think not ! this interview, obviously edited as a news excerpt here, will shed only enough light to remind those who've forgotten what an egotistical wanker john could be...( and, i guess yoko'd better be giving paul the right to re-assign the name credits now that john has absolved himself of any part of pauls '62 & up beatle catalogue !)
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Postby james1985 » Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:34 am

it was 1970!!!! of course he's not gonna be nice!! he was completely messed up in the head + heroin + his band breaking up
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Postby Genuine_Indian_Guru » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:14 am

interesting.....i'd like to hear that.
at least he said paul would do great things.
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