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Lennon Remembers: The Full Rolling Stone Interviews from 1970

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Published on the twentieth anniversary of his death, this candid book reveals new information on the breakup of the Beatles, fellow musicians such as Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, Lennon’s attitudes towards revolution and drugs, and his relationship with Yoko Ono. Featuring new introductions by Ono and Wenner, and containing substantial material never before seen in pr ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Verso (first published 1971)
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Todd N
Oct 15, 2009 Todd N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished a book early last night and wasn't sleepy, so I read this book again -- probably my 10th time reading it.

It's a mass paperback edition of the 1970 Jann Wenner Rolling Stone interviews with John and Yoko. It's John Lennon in full post-Beatles, de-mythologization mode. The first line in the interview: "If I could be a fuckin' fisherman, I would, you know."

In the interview John is alternately funny, self-pitying, angry, bitter, coy, self-contradictory, interesting, and forgetful. Just li
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
"Lennon Remembers is classic Lennon. It's not a sit-back-and-put-your-feet-up read... 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."
~ Yoko Ono, from the Foreword

I hardly ever read forewords, I want to get to the meat of the story and feel those numeral numbered pages get in the way. But, before starting Lennon Remembers, the 1970 Rolling Stone Interview conducted by Jann Wenner, I did. Yo
Kris Larson
Dec 04, 2013 Kris Larson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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DON'T read this if you love the cheeky, Hard Day's Night vision of the Beatles. It's an interesting snapshot of Lennon's mind on the day(s) he was being interviewed, and because he's so adamant in everything he says, you might come away feeling he really always hated the other Beatles and so on. But I think he was just a really young guy who didn't yet know how to handle a breakup very well, any kind of breakup. It's an interesting read, but don't get into it if you want your fuzzy Beatles feeli ...more
Hannah Lockhart
"You know, we all say a lot of things when we don’t know what we’re talking about. I’m probably doing it now, I don’t know what I say. You see, everybody takes you up on the words you said, and I’m just a guy that people ask all about things, and I blab off and some of it makes sense and some of it is bullshit and some of it’s lies and some of it is — God knows what I’m saying." - John

This quote pretty much sums up the quintessential essence of any John Lennon interview. He was a man who's opini
Feb 06, 2008 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - February 6, 2008

After decades of not much caring about The Beatles & John Lennon & whatnot, I recently made a movie called "Backwards Masking In Rocks" that references The Beatles & Lennon & Ono, etc.. & I discovered that I really DO like The Beatles. In my movie, Lennon et al are The Crystals & backwards masking allegations are made against ROCKS in general (rather than rock music). Now
Apr 01, 2010 Peacegal rated it liked it
Yeowch! Caustic and biting, this is certainly not the Beatles America embraced in 1964. Reading Lennon’s harsh opinions of Paul McCartney can be wince inducing. Lots of self-aggrandizing as well, from both Yoko and John.

Even so, I’ll take this bad-mouthing, ego-tripping Lennon interview over the middle aged-soft and squishy one present in All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. At least this one had his wry sense of humor intact, and had me laughing out loud on
Dec 04, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lennon has been essentially sainted since he got shot. This book is great because it demonstrates what an arrogant asshole he could be. He talks all kinds of shit about Jagger, McCartney, and every other 60s British rock star. Worth a read for Beatles fans and Beatles haters.
Apr 21, 2014 Abel added it
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain" Lennon Remembers is a non-fiction book base on Rolling Stone interviews of John Lennon from the 1970s. I honestly loved this book even though its non-fiction.
In the beginning John Lennon states that the Beatles had become the new god or Jesus. John Lennon talks about how he doesn't believe in god , trying to say he doesn't believe in the Beatles. John Lennon took many bad things and got away with it. He admits having prostitutes , so he had a lot
Mar 05, 2012 Ray rated it liked it
I admit that I have not looked at this book since 1971. I was 15 and ready for the journey that any of the Beatles were ready to take their fans on. And I definitely wised up in the process- realizing I wasted hard earned money on albums like "Unfinished Music No.2" "The Wedding Album" and "Electronic Sound". But hey, I was the first of my peer group to then understand performance art.
During the time these interviews happened and for subsequent years, John made NYC his home. They often appeared
Marti Frank
May 21, 2016 Marti Frank rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to any fan of The Beatles or Lennon. This book shows a raw side of John that we don’t see in most interviews. This book is for anyone from young adult to elderly because of it quality content of hard hitting questions. Wenner asks questions to cause the reader to relate more to Lennon. This book is great for anyone who just really wants to know how The Beatles’ music was produced and what happened behind the scenes. This book shows the reader how John felt about the ...more
Jul 15, 2007 Frederick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beatles fans, people interested in sixties politics
Shelves: interviews, lennon
I read an edition published in the early seventies. I don't know how the current edition differs from that one, but I gather the current one is complete and that the one I read was a little more complete than editions published between then and the time of the current publication.
These are interviews John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave together to Jann Wenner, the founder of ROLLING STONE, shortly after the Beatles broke up in 1970.
It is valuable as a record of John Lennon's state of mind in 1970. Yo
Aaron Dome
Dec 17, 2012 Aaron Dome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you take it all back?

"If I could be a fuckin' fisherman - I would"

Thus begins this frank chronicle of the life and times of the founding member of the world's most famous (and arguably best) rock group. A cursing and often abrasive Lennon gives his first-hand account of the Beatles from their formation until 1970, complete with his raps on art, philosophy, and the brutal business of rock 'n' roll.

The original book - an heavily edited transcript of 1970 interviews with Rolling Stone's Jann
Jan 05, 2008 Ramin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bunch of interviews with John Lennon, usually with Yoko Ono, in 1970. It was right after John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (and before Imagine). And it was right after the Beatles breakup, so there was much discussion of that. In John's view, they broke up because he and Paul were egomaniacs going in different directions, not because of Yoko. (And apparently everybody were assholes to Yoko, except for Ringo and his wife.)

John talked about the musical influences on them, including Chuck Berry and Bo
Jan 26, 2014 Paolo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
E’ l’intervista integrale del 1970 per Rolling Stone fatta da Jann S. Wanner a John Lennon, con la presenza di Yoko Ono.

Più che un'intervista ragionata, studiata nei modi e nei tempi, sembra una discussione appassionata, pungente, irriverente. Solo dopo poche pagine sembra di stare lì, allo stesso tavolo con il giornalista, con Yoko Ono, un po' defilata, e John Lennon, che si agita, ride, sentenzia, canticchia. I Beatles si sono sciolti da poco e molte sono le domande sul gruppo, sui caratteri,
I was only 10 years old during the Summer of Love in 1968, so I can't say I was ever one of the screaming girl fans of the Beatles. Nevertheless, I'd grown up with a fondness for the "Lovely Lads From Liverpool" and their music. Having said that, these collected interviews were quite shocking to me when I read them in 1976. Here is a frank and poignant look at what life was really like on the magical mystery tour. That they managed to maintain a fairly squeaky clean image is remarkable given the ...more
Atticus Wittenmeier
May 24, 2016 Atticus Wittenmeier rated it really liked it
This interview between Jann S Wenner, Yoko, and John is one of the most interesting thing I've ever read. It was a great way to put time then into perspective of time now, it was a really cool way to turn back time as well. I especially enjoyed hearing the stories that John and Yoko expressed deep enthusiasm for and in general I loved hearing Yoko's third party commentary, it made the whole thing very dimensional. Every word that I read was incredibly intriguing and all in all a very interesting ...more
აუცილებლად წასაკითხი ლენონისტებისთვის. ლენონი თავის ამპლუაში, გულღია, პირდაპირი და ხანდახან მწარე ლენონი, რომელიც ბევრ რამეს იხსენებს ბითლზის და საკუთარი ცხოვრებიდან. ბითლზის დაშლა, იოკოსთან შეხვედრა. უთანხმოებები პოლთან ჯორჯთან, მაჰარაში და ინდოეთი, ჯონის დამოკიდებულება ბობ დილანთან, მიკ ჯაგერთან, ბითლზთან, პოლიტიკოსებთან და ა.შ. მოკლედ ბევრი რამეა, ლენონის, როკ ენ როლის და 60-იანი წლების მოყვარულებს მოგეწონებათ.
Aug 02, 2011 Apolla rated it really liked it
For a pacifist, John Lennon sure was angry... brilliant and acerbic, sharp and intelligent, these are not interviews which make particularly easy or pleasurable reading, but they are interesting and shed a certain light on the character of Lennon in the days immediately after the band broke up.

But Rolling Stone still sucks.
Chris Dean
Dec 09, 2015 Chris Dean rated it liked it
"I'm interested in expressing myself..that will mean something to people in any country, in any language, and at any time in history. And rock just happens to be the media which I was born into, that's all." As I finish this on the 35th anniversary of his death, his impact is still felt. This interview was very insightful as to what a complex individual Lennon was.
Nov 08, 2013 Susanne rated it liked it
Well, I don't know, I forget... fuck!

Lennon sounds like a spoilt child. I really do like his music, but closed this book with a feeling of disppointment. I had expected a bit more substance to what he had to say.
Oct 09, 2007 Elyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
These interviews offer an interesting perspective from John Lennon in 1970, still fresh from the break-up of The Beatles, in love with Yoko, immersed in political issues, etc. It's still worth checking out, even so many years later.
Feb 02, 2015 JT rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, own
Sure, John could be a jerk at times, but I still love him. I didn't like how Yoko would butt in and try to correct what John said. I am more of a fan of the cheeky, A Hard Day's Night and HELP! John, but it's a great read nonetheless.
Carlos Hugo Winckler Godinho
Que pessoa confusa que era o Lennon, não? Me parece que ele estava constantemente tentando chamar a atenção. Talvez tenha sido uma fase, como o livro da irmã dele dá a entender (cito porque li ao mesmo tempo), mas a imagem que se tem dele nessa entrevista não é das melhores.
Apr 29, 2008 Peter rated it it was amazing
One of the great interviews with any composer/performer. THis is where the ''genius' and 'Japanese fisherman' quotes come from... spends a great deal of time on the breakup/business dealing of the Beatles.

A must for any Beatles fan.
Jan 08, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A marvelous insight into John's state of mind in 1970--bitter, passionate, intense. Lennon spilled his guts, doing his best to demythologize the Beatles and himself. In the process, he created a new mythos.
Jan 25, 2008 Frank rated it it was amazing
This is one angry man--at least at this point. Pretty fascinating.

Fave (approximated) quote, when asked about the recently released "All Things Must Pass" album from George Harrison: "It's better than Paul's." Zzzzzing!
Mar 02, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Fascinating for the time, eventually proved to be somewhat less reliable than you'd think...Also, Lennon did it only after extracting a promise from Wenner that he wouldn't publish it as a book.

Oh well. :-)
Jul 30, 2013 Morris rated it it was amazing
If you're a Beatles fan and especially a Lennon fan, you'll want to read this one. It's like having John sitting with you and talking about his life and the Beatles. Yoko's there too. A great read.
Laura Resheske
Jul 23, 2008 Laura Resheske rated it it was amazing
I found this in a discount bin. Awesome book for anyone who has a thing for Lennon. Easy to read, simple and profound. Interview style really let's you just listen to Lennon like he's in the room. I definitely recommend this one for any one even mildly interested in John.
Mihir B
Jul 05, 2012 Mihir B rated it liked it
John Lennon was a creative writer, Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film, and in interviews.

Excellent book to read!!!
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Jann Simon Wenner is the co-founder and publisher of the music and politics bi-weekly Rolling Stone, as well as the owner of Men's Journal and Us Weekly magazines.
Wenner grew up in a secular Jewish family. His parents divorced in 1958, and he and his sisters, Kate and Merlyn, were sent to boarding schools to live. He graduated from high school at Chadwick School in 1963 and went on to attend the U
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