on Image via Wikipedia I was struggling to sleep last night so put in my iPod and checked out what podcasts I hadn't listened to yet.
There was an old Rolling Stones magazine interview with John Lennon. It was part five of the interview and now I need to try to get the first four parts because it was fascinating.
John was asked to talk about art and which artists he found interesting. He was very passionate about Yoko's work (naturally). He also talked about how underrated certain artists were.
He shared about some time he spent with Bob Dylan and said they were both very nervous around each other and that he considered Bob an acquaintance, not a close friend, but he admired his work very much and thought of him as a poet.
When asked how he felt about America John answered "I love America, and I hate it". He went on to talk about how he thought of Greenwich Village in New York to be greatest place on earth, like he should have been born there, not in Liverpool. He said he felt at home there more than anywhere else but that spending too much time in the city made him paranoid and he needed to get out to gardens, grass and trees to feel peace.
Yoko added her thoughts on just about everything John said and at one point he vehemently defended her against suggestion that she had anything to do with the break-up of The Beatles. He also made a few digs at Paul, but had nice things to say about George and didn't mention Ringo at all.
There was a lot more but what stood out to me was the many times he used the words "nervous", "paranoid", "frightened", "uncomfortable". I guess he had good reason to be. I miss him.