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In the mind of John Lennon.


Obeying to the unwritten rule that wants every intimate, fanciful or completely real detail about the lives of the prematurely lost big stars being leaked, whispered and rumored, there are not, I guess, many things that we don’t know about John Winston Ono Lennon. For many people, of course, the name Lennon is simply a synonym for “Imagine”, this timeless melodic anthem on forbearance and the good human ideals, which John composed in 1971, a year after the breakup of the Beatles. Somewhere deep in our collective subconscious there is also the knowledge of the chronic conflict with Paul McCartney, the other pole of the legendary British band. And some more studious might know that, unlike the pacifist, feminist and bland pronouncements of his late life, in his youth Lennon mistreated, as he confessed, his girlfriends. He was very jealous, you see.
In general, however, despite the overload about his works and his days, something must have escaped our attention. Personally I found delightfully unexpected something that the forever cool Lennon confessed to Chris Charlesworth of the Melody Maker in an interview in November 1973. Referring to the boredom and embarrassment that the live shows caused him now, the composer, lyricist and performer of so many beloved songs said: “This is also something that turns me off when I play live: the fact that you have to do the same thing, again and again, every night and the audience is waiting to hear the songs which they have associated you with. I remember that I sang “Imagine” twice in one day, when I did a rehearsal and I died of boredom. I have nothing against this song, of course. Instead, I'm very proud of it, but I cannot sing it and sing it again every night. And on the other hand, it is hard to remember the lyrics. Singing for example “Come Together” for the TV show in Madison Square Garden, I actually said at some point “She's got hairy arsholes”, instead of the lyrics and no one got it.”The truth is that this interview -which he had given at a time when he had stepped a bit back from the whirlwind of publicity, mainly as a result of his persecution by the Nixon government after his anti-militarist initiatives against the war in Vietnam - illuminates various lesser known aspects of the personality of the iconic singer. The reporter, therefore, found in the most quiet corner of the most noisy bar of Beverly Hills, a visibly thinner and short-haired Lennon, willing to loosely talk about everything, drinking beer and smoking his favorite Gauloises.While his charged confession that it was too hard to be John Lennon in public is not surprising –he could neither go to the concerts that he wanted to nor when he attended, as a politicized being, the hearing of Watergate in Washington his fans let him in quiet- another statement is certainly startling: “It is very rare that I consciously sit to write a song with a deep meaning”. But that was always Lennon: a simple kid of Liverpool, who was nurtured by the streets, a true self sarcastic Englishman, who then ... baked his brain cells in the psychedelia of the sixties and in the watered Hindu mantras, in order to un-crystallize a worldview of looseness and spontaneous tolerance.As for the perpetually legendary reunion of the Beatles, John, with his similar cynical laxity, said: “There is always the possibility. As long as I can judge by talking with the others (three), nobody would have a problem to work together again. But even if we did something I'm sure that it would not be permanent”.