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John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (Apple)/ Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band (Apple)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1971

BOTH OF THESE records are remarkable in some aspect, a sort of East-West five years after Butterfield and Allan Watts. Certainly, until this point, John ...

John Lennon: Please, Your Majesty, Can Our John Have A Free Pardon?

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, January 1974

Heavy breathing over the phone as ANDREW TYLER gets the lowdown from LENNON in L.A. Genius is police harassment, says the Walrus ...

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John Lennon: Happy Birthday to the Head Beatle

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, October 1964

Although The Beatles have never officially had a leader, John Lennon has always been regarded as Beatle-boss because of his major role in their success. ...

John Lennon: Beatle Rumors Ended!

Interview by Dave Hull, Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, April 1965

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of Beatle interviews by Dave Hull and Derek Taylor, who talked to John, Paul, George and ...

How Does a Beatle Live? John Lennon

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, Evening Standard, The, March 1966

IT WAS THIS TIME three years ago that The Beatles first grew famous. Ever since then, observers have anxiously tried to gauge whether their fame ...

Letters to the Editor: Lennon Vs. Christianity

Readers' Letters by Various Writers, KRLA Beat, September 1966

(Ed. NOTE: The BEAT has received hundreds of letters, both pro and con, concerning John Lennon's remarks about Christianity. Unfortunately, we do not have nearly ...

John Lennon: Fighting The Good Fight With All Of His Might

Comment by Derek Taylor, Disc and Music Echo, November 1968

THIS IS addressed to those who love Lennon, who call him John and who give thanks for his being alive, hard by, at hand, dear ...

Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Life With The Lions (Apple)

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, May 1969

JOHN AND YOKO DO THEIR OWN THING (Part 2) ...

Rolling Stones, John & Yoko et al Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca) An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us. ...

John and Yoko: Can YOU Afford To Laugh At Them?

Interview by Tony Norman, Top Pops, August 1969

In Vietnam, young men are killing each other every day. In Biafra, young children are dying of starvation. Across the Continents of the world there ...

John Lennon/Yoko Ono Interview

Interview by Miles, unpublished, September 1969

These tapes were made on September 23rd and 24th, 1969, at Apple. When Allen Klein fired Ron Kass, the head of Apple Records, John and ...

John & Yoko (part 1)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We had to do a lot of selling out. Taking the MBE was a sell-out for me". Part 1 of a new series by RICHARD ...

John & Yoko (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"People prefer a dead saint to a living annoyance like John and Yoko. But we don't intend to be dead Saints for people's convenience". Part ...

John & Yoko (part 3)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We're always together, like 24 hours a day. We're never apart by more than a 100 yards". RICHARD WILLIAMS concludes his exclusive series ...

The Beatles: It's Open Warfare

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1971

Why Beatles ended in a sordid mudbath.It isn't coincidence that these solo singles have just been released, says Alan Smith ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Doing The Rounds For Publicity

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1971

He knows it, I know it – the next Lennon album is the greatest says Alan Smith ...

At Home With The Lennons, Part 2

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1971

In which
 John burns down the Beatles 'cause he loves 'em ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, September 1971

JOHN SINGS LONG TRACK ABOUT PAUL ...

John and Yoko: A Press Conference at Apple

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1971

THERE'S A GLINT of spectacles. Gathering recognition as the sandy hair, short and unfamiliar registers. Take in the smart grey trousers and the conventional shirt. ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1971

All we need is Lennon ...

John Lennon

Essay by Felix Dennis, Ink, November 1971

"I still think that kids are more influenced by us than by Jesus". ...

Rocking Chair: Popular & Vital

Column by Michael Lydon, Fusion, December 1971

JAMES TAYLOR came on the jukebox in the bar last night, singing that pretty Carole King song about "Call me and I'll come running and ...

John Sinclair: Free John & Yoko

Report by uncredited writer, Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1972

The new Plastic Ono Band comes to Ann Arbor to Free John Sinclair – Starring David Peel, Archie Shepp, Ed Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Commander Cody, ...

John Lennon: Sometime In New York City (Apple); Elephant's Memory: Elephant's Memory (Apple)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, August 1972

I'M LISTENING TO a tape of The New John and Yoko lp. If you thought, as I did, that Sometime in New York City was ...

Lennon-Ono: Deporting The Great Swan

Report by Jonathon Green, International Times, November 1972

NEW YORK: 'It is with great pleasure that we wish to add PEN American Center's great Roc's voice to the vast chorus of poetic larks and ...

John Lennon: Lennon Today

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1973

WHERE DOHENY DRIVE cuts Sunset at the edge of the Beverly Hills estate, there's a tobacconist shop that carries all makes and brands. It's called ...

Sanitary Lennon

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, April 1974

AFTER YEARS of the Dylans, the Tim Hardins, the jazz aficionados, and the Elton Johns, almost nothing could shock either the people or the environment ...

Lurching Lennon: Beatle Bounced

Report by Jacoba Atlas, Circus, June 1974

WHAT IS happening to John Lennon? Last month it was the infamous Kotex caper. Recently the former Beatle with the mellow voice was at it ...

Two Questions about Lennon

Report by Al Aronowitz, Rolling Stone, August 1974

NEW YORK – John was wearing shades, his chestnut hair glistening in the fancy studio lights, big ones over his cars, sitting in a booth ...

John Lennon: Walls And Bridges

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1974

IT'S A FINE, warm day here in London, Johnny. What's the weather like in New York? ...

John Lennon: Walls And Bridges (Apple)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, January 1975

WELCOME TO THE latest chapter in John Lennon's Identity Crisis. Fresh from troubles with the immigration authorites, the breakup with Yoko and public behavior reminiscent ...

Plastic Ono Band: The End Of Another Dream

Essay by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, February 1975

Idris Walters describes the strange marriage of rock'n'roll and conceptual art which produced some of the most arresting sounds of the last few years and ...

John Lennon Talks About Music, Money, Marriage, and Fame

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Viva, March 1975

ONE OF John Lennon's friends, Elton John, spends $5,000 for a pair of sunglasses and buys his manager a yacht for a birthday present. Another ...

John Lennon: Rock 'N' Roll (Apple)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, March 1975

IN OCTOBER 1973 John Lennon was reported cutting an album of oldies with Phil Spector. After only four sides had been cut, Spector was seriously ...

John Lennon: Rock On!

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1975

It's a busy time for JOHN LENNON – hit singles, a new album of oldies and recording with Elton John and and David Bowie. Plus ...

John Lennon's battle with the US Immigration Department

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, July 1975

JOHN LENNON, IN his battle of wits with the US Immigration Department, is looking less like the stoical pre-doomed crazy of old, and more like ...

John Lennon: Shaved Fish

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1975

SHAVED FISH is all of John Lennon's post-Beatle singles scooped up and dumped onto one album, spiced up with a few relevant album tracks and ...

John Lennon: Shaved Fish (Apple)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, March 1976

DID Y'EVER notice how each of the former Beatles has enjoyed a successive season in the sun as the rock critics' fave Fab Four survivor? ...

John Lennon Gets His Ticket To Ride

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1976

NEW YORK: John Lennon has won his five-year battle against the immigration authorities in the United States. ...

Beatle Freak: Lennon Talks

Report by Miles, New Musical Express, May 1977

DAVID PEEL and the Apple Band have released an album dedicated to that all-American cause of re-uniting The Beatles. ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1980

IN THE cocoon, something stirs. John Lennon – one of the people who used to be in The Beatles, a group reckoned to be hot ...

John Lennon: I Was Never Lovable – I Was Just Lennon

Obituary by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, December 1980

ONE OF THE more persistent myths surrounding John Lennon claims that he was brought up in poverty by working-class Liverpool parents. ...

The Snuff Of Dreams: The Death of John Lennon

Comment by Mick Farren, Soho Weekly News, December 1980

IT'S EASY IN more normal times to talk about the price of fame. By very definition the artist, the rock 'n' roll star is up ...

John Lennon

Obituary by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, December 1980

WHEN WE were growing up, my brother and I, he loved John Lennon especially. Our parents used to give us a Beatles album every Christmas. ...

John Lennon: Ghoulish Beatlemania

Essay by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, January 1981

WHEN A ROCK star dies in a plane crash or from an overdose of drugs and alcohol, the accident may seem tragic or repulsive, but ...

John Lennon 1940-1980: Nothing To Do To Save His Life

Obituary by J. Kordosh, Creem, March 1981

"...Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise 'cause all the serious people like Martin Luther King ...

John Lennon: My Brilliant Career

Obituary by Simon Frith, New York Rocker, March 1981

'Death Of A Hero' it said in big black letters across the front of the Daily Mirror, and if I hadn't known already I'd have ...

Yoko Ono: Life Without John

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, June 1981

IT IS FIVE months since the shots were fired. The Dakota Building shares in that relief which Spring fleetingly gives to New York. Beside the ...

Yoko Ono: We Are Only One

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, February 1984

How does the widow of John Lennon face up to a world that won't leave her husband's memory alone, three years after his death? In ...

Julian Lennon: The Lennon Legacy

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1984

Four years after a madman took out his father, JULIAN LENNON launches his own career in music. In his first major interview he tells Colin ...

A Strangely defanged portrait of John Lennon

Book Review by John Mendelsohn, San Francisco Chronicle, June 1985

ACCORDING TO LABOR Department projections, John Lennon biographers will outnumber Elvis Presley impersonators by mid-October. ...

Dead Aid/Instant Bad Karma By The Mersey: The John Lennon Memorial Concert, Pier Head, Liverpool

Report by Michael Gray, Times, The, May 1990

IT HAS TAKEN the music industry five years to transform the rock-stars-for-charity mega-event from Bob Geldof's coherent effort to ameliorate a real tragedy to this ...

That Lennon Concert In Full!

Live Review by Tom Hibbert, Q, July 1990

AS WE ENTER the scene, we spy a rockin' Reverend on the stage performing a boisterous version of an old Beatles' tune. ...

Some Time in New York City: John Lennon’s Manhattan

Essay by Steve Turner, Independent, The, August 1990

"I should have been born in New York," John Lennon once said. "I should have been born in the Village. That’s where I belong. Everybody ...

Eyewitness: The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, April 29, 1967, Alexandra Palace, North London

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Move... Some of Swinging London's swingiest played at the legendary International Times benefit at Alexandra Palace. Johnny Black rounds up a ...

Bob Gruen: Just Like Starting Over

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, August 1995

New Yorker Bob Gruen is famous in the field of rock'n'roll photography but his association with John Lennon overshadows everything. GRAHAM REID hears the stories. ...

Eyewitness: John & Yoko record 'Give Peace A Chance'

Retrospective by Paul Williams, Q, November 1995

Give Peace A Chance may not be the last word in protest performances, but it can lay claim to one of the weirdest musical births ...

My Blue Period: John Lennon

Interview by Miles, MOJO, November 1995

WE DID THESE interviews on September 23 and 24, 1969, at Apple. When Allen Klein fired Ron Kass, the head of Apple Records, John and ...

That's Another Fine Messiah You've Got Me Into

Comment by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, April 1996

John Lennon thought The Beatles were bigger than IT, some people think Elvis is/was IT and Michael Jackson seems to think he is IT. So ...

"Radically Festive": The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1996

On December 10, 1968, some of the most exciting talent in rock history gathered for an event all the more legendary for having been quietly ...

Yoko Ono: Starting Over

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

YOKO ONO was a lightning rod for the Sixties' most vicious currents. John Lennon was a man she'd barely heard of, a man she fell ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Various Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

A LOT of claims are being made for Yoko Ono. That those first albums she made with Lennon in the late Sixties weren't the random ...

John Lennon: So This Is Christmas…

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Uncut, January 1998

UP ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF THE St Regis Hotel in New York City, John Lennon is learning to type. P...I...M...P, he types. I AM ...

Yoko Ono on John Lennon

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, January 1998

AND SO THIS is Christmas. Well, nearly. The stores in Manhattan are already sparkling with trees and tinsel, and here in Central Park, the traditionally ...

John Lennon: The Lennon Anthology (Parlophone)

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 1998

Four CDs of unused takes and unreleased post-Beatle home recordings, divided into four periods: Ascot, New York, The Lost Weekend and Dakota. Comes with intriguingly ...

John Lennon: The John Lennon Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, December 1998

WE GET USED TO THE VOICE. THE SOUND of a largely self-educated, rawly-talented, troubled and often wildly erratic Englishman who, by means of the various ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple/EMI)

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, April 2000

Straight reissue of classic album, with digital remastering treatment. ...

John Lennon: From the Quarrymen to the MBE

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 2000

"THAT WAS THE day," said John Lennon. "The day that I met Paul, that it started moving." ...

Memories Of John Lennon

Memoir by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, 2001

THE FIRST TIME I heard John Lennon’s voice was in mid-January 1963 in my father’s white Triumph Vitesse car, travelling from Skipton to York, going ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band/Double Fantasy

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, February 2001

The dream is over… ...

How I Almost Met the Late John Lennon

Memoir by John Mendelsohn, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

LEGEND AND VH1 have it that when Elton John made his Los Angeles debut at the Troubadour in August 1970, he blew everyone away, and ...

John Lennon

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Uncut, November 2002

THE LAST THREE YEARS OF the decade he had to an almost unbelievable extent inspired and defined had been for John Lennon a sullen, hellish ...

The Ballad of John & Yoko

Retrospective and Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, September 2003

IT'S THE summer of 1969, and John and Yoko are in bed in room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal. They are in their ...

John Lennon's Primal Scream

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut Legends, 2005

IN 1966 JOHN Lennon had approached Godhead status for a generation when he sounded the call to "relax turn off your mind and float down ...

Lennon Online

Comment by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2005

When You Can't Really Function You're So Full Of Fear, A Digital Downloader Is Something To Be ...

Learning The Game: How John Lennon Learned to Stop Worrying and Love His Inner Geek

Essay by Tim Riley, Rock's Backpages, November 2006

LONG BEFORE "POST-MODERN" became pure jargon, Buddy Holly put quotes around his "normalcy" to disarm rock machismo. ...

The Vulnerable Beatle: John Lennon's Narrative-like Solo Catalog Tailor-made for Digital Delivery

Retrospective by Mark Kemp, Paste, October 2007

ONE OF THE MORE telling songs in John Lennon's solo catalog is the tender 'Look at Me.' Not the well-scrubbed version on his first album, ...

Yoko Ono: Special Occasions

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, January 2008

THOUGHTS FROM YOKO ONO ON THE EVE OF JOHN LENNON'S BIRTHDAY (OCTOBER 9, 2007) IN ICELAND, WHERE SHE INAUGURATED THE IMAGINE PEACE TOWER IN HIS ...

John Lennon: Give New York A Chance

Guide by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, December 2008

FEW EXILES have been so cherished by a city as John Lennon was by New York. Certainly, none has ever left such a legacy of ...

Sympathy for the Devil – A Kind Word for Albert Goldman

Essay by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages, April 2009

ALBERT HARRY GOLDMAN is inarguably the most controversial music biographer of the last generation. His biographies of first Elvis, then John Lennon, have been spit ...

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