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Monday, 19 October 2015

YES: John Lennon remembered by Alan White, Joey Molland + Tony Levin: Gimme Five



Turns out, John Lennon was just as mercurially intriguing to those who shared studio time with the late Beatles star as he was to those who simply purchased the music. Lennon – who would have been 75 today – remains an enigma, decades after his awful murder: A peace-loving street fighter, a house-husband activist, as inscrutable as he is compulsively listenable.

He’s remembered for his flinty impulse to create (Lennon wanted to write, record and release 1970’s “Instant Karma” in a single day), and his sometimes shocking honesty (not just when he was angry, but also within his lover’s admission on “Jealous Guy.”) He could be strikingly upbeat (releasing a goofball oldies set Rock ‘n’ Roll on Feb. 21, 1975, just before quitting the business for five years), and remarkably vindictive (who can forget the biting critique of his former band mate Paul McCartney on “How Do You Sleep?”).

Collaborators like guitarist Joey Molland, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Alan White were passengers on this amazing post-Beatles creative journey, contributing to signature moments from both the earliest and the last projects in John Lennon’s far-too-short solo career. Each joined us to provide new insight into both the man and those times, as part of an exclusive Something Else! Sitdown …

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