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Glass Onion: On John Lennon

Welcome to 'Glass Onion: On John Lennon', a podcast deep dive into the music and complex psychology of an icon who lived many lifetimes within his 40 years. The show also looks a contextual look at the time in which he lived and includes discussions with people who knew him and many who have written about him.

By Antony Rotunno

Nov 3, 2023

In this episode we start to work our merry way through the Lennon/Beatles events events of this most swinging of Beatleyears, reaching mid-June. 

The Fabs start off by releasing what could be their greatest single ever and then turn their full attention to creating what is surely at least their most famous album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. We cover the recording, album cover, launch party, release and legacy of ‘Pepper’, as well as some of the other songs recorded around the same time and used for other singles and projects. 

In amongst all this, John Lennon trips out in public at one of the premier British psychedelic events of the hippie era…



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Strawberry Fields Forever video (in shimmering colour!)

Strawberry Fields Forever take 26 (brass & strings score)

A Day In The Life ‘video’ (orchestra overdub session)

A Day In The Life take 1 (echoey counting starts at 2.10)

John Lennon at the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream (music by Pink Floyd)

Yoko Ono performs ‘Cut Piece’

Sgt Pepper’s launch party

Who’s who on the Sgt Pepper album cover

‘Paul Is Dead’ clues on the Sgt Pepper cover

Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution (Howard Goodall)

Howard Goodall - The Beatles: A Musical Appreciation

Cynthia Lennon ‘John’ audiobook