Category: john lennon

John Lennon, Hyde Park London, May 18, 1967, by Shaun Kenneally 

(my edit)

The Beatles goofing around on the Mad Day Out, eerily heartbreaking, July 28 1968, by Tom Murray

Paul McCartney and John Lennon, December 17, 1961, by Albert Marrion, via beatlesource.

Albert Marrion recalls “This photo session was done for [Brian] Epstein as a friendly gesture against the wishes of my partner… I took about thirty photographs…but discarded all but sixteen negatives because many showed Lennon and McCartney acting up and spoiling the pose. No doubt, those negatives should have been kept, looking back.”

Wow. Just wow.

John & Sean in Japan.

John & Yoko with their black cat Salt. (They also had a white cat named Pepper.)

John & Yoko, London 1970, by Penny Tweedie

David Bowie, “The Jean Genie”, first aired on Top of the Pops January 4, 1973, then lost for nearly 40 years!

The video itself is extraordinary – 100% live, no miming,

drenched in fuzz,

and Bowie capping off the glam jam with a quote from John Lennon’s harmonica solo from “Love Me Do (!!!) – but so’s the saga of the video’s rediscovery in 2011. 

The BBC had taped over the original recording (as they tended to do in those days), and thought it was gone for good. It featured a unique spherical lens (it starts at about 1:30 in) developed by one of the cameramen that day, John Henshall – who, it turns out, had taped Bowie’s performance for himself, as a demo for anyone who might be interested in hiring the lens (and his services) for their own projects. He had no idea that anybody had been looking for it, because it wasn’t lost to him. He’d never mislaid his copy of it!

This really is Bowie at his absolute glammiest, already moving well past Ziggy into something that didn’t really have a name. I know that the 1972 TOTP performance of “Starman” shook a lot of people up, but it struck me as musically quite conservative. Kind of dull, really, apart from some admittedly outré dress-up and posing. 

Not so this, my friend! Even though this version of “The Jean Genie” nods at its roots all the way back in 1963, which already seemed more like a century ago than merely a decade, it’s clearly already a million miles ahead.

And it really is a bit of an extra kick to have the rest of the story here:

John Lennon & Yoko Ono on The Dick Cavett Show for the September 9 release of Imagine, aired September 24, 1971, by Ann Limongello

The Beatles recording The Saturday Club for BBC radio, Playhouse Theatre, May 21 1963, via multiplusbooks. These are adorable!

John in Karuizawa Japan, from John Lennon: A Family Album. Photo by Nishi F. Saimaru.