John Lennon has always been my favorite Beatle. Mainly because he was a little different than the rest. He was mysterious, appeared more “artistic,” was the hippie that took political stands and was the one that wrote “Imagine,” “Instant Karma,” “Give Peace A Chance,” and “Working Class Hero.”
Although the Yoko stuff was goofy and didn’t seem to help anything related to The Beatles, looking back it’s a bizarre and fascinating story. I’m not saying that’s part of why Lennon is my favorite; I’m trying to process through exactly why Lennon is my favorite.
The more I learn, I’m not so sure Lennon is my guy.
Most pick Paul, so that’s out.
George is definitely next up for me.
I wanted to share a story about Mr. Lennon during his stint in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. The following quotes are from Paul Body, a musician and doorman at the Troubadour, pulled from Michael Walker’s book, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock And Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood.
Troubadour waitresses were legendary for brooking no bullshit from the clientele, as Lennon discovered on his fabled ‘lost weekend’ in L.A. during his separation from Yoko Ono. “Ann Peebles was playing and she had that hit, ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’,” says Body. Lennon, sitting in the club’s VIP section, called the Arena, “was way past drunk. And he was yelling, ‘Annie! I wanna suck you!’ Then he goes to the bathroom and comes back with a Kotex on his head and that was that.” Lennon, Kotex still stuck to his forehead, asked a waitress, “Do you know who I am?” “And Naomi, the waitress, says, ‘Yeah, you’re an asshole with a Kotex on your head’,” says Body…”The opinion of him was pretty low on the streets at that time, because he was just pretty much a drunk and a loudmouth.”
We all deserve a second chance, but based on the above and other stories I’ve read recently, it’s making sense why a lot of people really don’t have fond memories of John Lennon.
Either way, I’m still absolutely fascinated by the man and will continue to learn as much about his life as possible (and share it here).
In the meantime, check out Green Day’s powerful version of “Working Class Hero.”