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Lennon Remembers: The Full Rolling Stone Interviews from 1970 Hardcover – October 17, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Publishing; New edition (October 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859846009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859846001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lennon Remembers is classic Lennon. It’s not a sit-back-and-put- your-feet-up read ... it’s like a jolt on your nerves like bad, bad espresso. People with weak stomachs should close the window before reading. You might just feel like jumping out.”—Yoko Ono, from the Foreword.

“A must-have for anyone who loves and remembers Lennon.”—San Antonio Exporess

“Arguably the most legendary interview ever conducted with a major celebrity.”—Library Journal

“As riveting a document as it was three decades ago ... there is still nothing to rival this interview in the annals of rock journalism—it has lost none of its power to shock.”—Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone

“Finds Lennon in fine form, still bitter about the breakup of the Beatles, full of optimism about his future solo projects, opinionated, emotional and full of life. It captures his mercurial character more exactly than any other book on the Beatles I’ve read.”—Independent on Sunday

“This is the only voice that will ever articulate what it was really, really like to be in the Beatles when it all went wrong—caught in a moment, rasping, raving, and flaming mad.”—Uncut

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Jann Wenner is the founder and editor of Rolling Stone magazine. These interviews were conducted with Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York City during December 1970.

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John Lennon pours out his heart in this book.
James Latimer
It's remained an integral part of my Lennon collection and still makes for some excellent reading.
Candace Scott
This is an essential read for the fan or Beatle historian.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In the "Forward" by Yoko Ono, she says, "There was no one like him and there never will be. And I miss him." If you are like me, I'm sure you will agree that these are the truest words in the book for each of us. All profits from this book go to gun control projects.
Let me describe what this book is. It contains a fully retranscribed and corrected complete text of the interview that Jann Wenner did with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in early December 1970, parts of which later appeared in Rolling Stone. Much of this material you have never read before. There are also reproductions of Lennon's handwritten notes of song lyrics from the album "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" that are discussed in the interview.
In the introduction to this new edition, Jann Wenner characterizes the material here as "a candid, often painful, running commentary on fresh and urgent matters . . . and a self-portrait . . . ." "[I]n 1970 the Beatles were the biggest phenomenon on earth . . . ." [This was] "the first time . . . any of the Beatles stepped outside of that protected beloved fairy tale and told the truth." John Lennon later said that he didn't really believe everything he divulged in this interview. But it sounds pretty real to me as I reread it now. This is a man in intense psychological pain, and who has been for some time.
What, then, is revealed in the book? Aside from the usual stories about drugs and sex from touring, what struck me as most interesting was that Lennon considered what the Beatles had been a fraud artistically. "We were just a band who made it very, very big -- that's all." "But as soon as we made it, the edges were knocked off." "I'm not technically very good [on guitar].
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Colored by the recent break up of The Beatles, Lennon Remembers can't completely be taken at face value. Lennon himself later dismissed many of the comments he makes in the book. Still, there are many sections where Lennon comes clean about The Beatles and his own problems. While it lacks objectivity, Lennon Remembers does provide a snapshot glimpse into The Beatles and their contemporaries that other books fail to do.
There's a boatload of bitterness that colors Lennon's comments about his working relationship with Paul McCartney. Lennon would later retract many of the things he said and elaborate on why he fibbed or didn't tell the whole story. For a fuller, more complete view of The Beatles and Lennon, I'd recommend Lennon's Playboy interview published shortly before his death as well as The Beatles Anthology. Both provide a bit of fair balance missing from Jann Werner's interview. Lennon himself was initially upset when Werner published these interviews in book form as he agreed to do them provided that didn't occur.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David K. Richard on October 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The original interview conducted by Rolling Stone editor and founder Jann Wenner was a revelation when originally printed in late 1970 early 1971. Lennon is an interesting interview subject and Wenner asked all the pressing Lennon/Beatle questions of the day. Lennon unfortunately revealed in his 1980 Playboy interview that most of what he said about his relationships to the other Beatles and particularly McCartney and their songwriting in the Rolling Stone interview was a lie designed to destroy the Beatles myth once and for all. His views on world peace never changed. Lennon was very good at manipulating the media when he had something to say or new product to release. This book is an interesting facet into the head of John Lennon in the early seventies. If you want to relive those early days when it seemed like the world could change if we all just tried hard enough then this book is for you. He was destined to become a Saint and shall always remain one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mylz on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the "Forward", Yoko describes the interview as unsettling:

"You will probably feel like getting up and walking around the room after every paragraph...It's a jolt on your nerves like bad, bad espresso. People with weak stomachs should close the window before reading. You might just feel like jumping out."

With words like that, you might expect to be deeply disturbed by the impending interview. Or fearing worse, you might even soil your trousers. Was John a necrophiliac? Did he like to wear ladies' stockings? Did he sleep with Phil Spector?

All that really managed to surprise me was how easily he used the word 'fags' to describe gays despite the fact that he had many gay friends and co-workers. However, I can't imagine anyone having to don a helmet or feeling as though they couldn't stomach this interview. I read it in two sittings.

If anything, Lennon Remembers gives me a negative impression of John. At the time of this interview, he seems highly judgmental, bitter and more egotistical than I had been familiar with. On the other hand, 1968-1970 were tough times for John and Yoko: the Beatles and the press treated them harshly - especially Yoko; their experiments - both artistic and political - were often criticized by a trite, conventional media; Yoko had suffered a miscarriage, etc...all of which might have contributed to the tone of the interview. Often accustomed to the edited and fun-loving John, I have no doubt that this interview will reveal his human fallibility...even to his most die-hard fanny-licking fanatics.

Jann Wenner, as interviewer, frequently comes across as a broken record: 'What do you think of Paul's album? What do you think of George's album? of Dylan's? What do you think of Sgt. Pepper's? Rubber Soul? Abbey Road?
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