Today is John Lennon’s would-be 71st birthday, and it jogged my memory, reminding me of this lengthy 1970 interview. Conducted by Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone Magazine, this important conversation (listen via iTunes) was recorded shortly after The Beatles’ bitter breakup, and the emotions were still running high. Running over 3 hours, it is one of Lennon’s most extensive interviews, touching not just on the breakup, but also on art and politics, drugs, Yoko, primal therapy and more. It’s not always flattering, but it gives you a good feel for the man and the great artist.
The Rolling Stone interview is now added to our Cultural Icons media collection. For another interview from the same period, don’t miss John and Yoko’s appearance on The Dick Cavett Show in 1971. And note that Rolling Stone has a lengthy 7 part interview with Bono of U2: iTunes.