Why is it that we can never seem to let musical icons who’ve been dead for three decades or more rest? I don’t know. Because it’s something to talk about, I guess. There’s apparently a new book out there, detailing the more personal aspects of John Lennon‘s life, and before you ask, no – Yoko Ono did not write this (or maybe she did, under a pen name). According to Radar Online:
A blockbuster new book has lifted the lid on the life of the late John Lennon, alleging the rock icon was bulimic, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
BackStage Pass VIP, reveals the human side of rock music legends, including Lennon, who died in December 1980, and describes the poignant struggles the musician had with eating disorders.
The book says Lennon was always hungry, loved to eat but “hated the feeling of being full” so he would often force himself to vomit after eating.
“Lennon was confused about his obsession with food,” said the book’s author, journalist, and pop culture historian, Debra Sharon Davis. “Lennon was surrounded by talented musicians, but many had drinking and drug problems – so it was hard for them to see Lennon’s purging behavior as extraordinary. One must also realize that at that time the public and the media were unaware of bulimia as an addiction and health risk – which made it all the more frightening for John Lennon. He literally had no point-of-reference on what he was experiencing.”
BackStage Pass VIP offers fascinating never-before-released interviews with Lennon’s close friend, the late singer/songwriter, Harry Nilsson, who shared his insights with the author in the 1980s.
“John and I were having a heart-to-heart. Then all of a sudden John went off about how powerful men had ravenous appetites and wanted to swallow the world whole,” recalled Nilsson. “And he thought that was why he had this horrible problem – being hungry all the time and overeating. He said he often fantasized about large quantities of ‘forbidden’ foods.’ He said food was ‘sacred’ to him and it frightened him. He saw it as ‘a great weakness’ and he referred to it as ‘a lack of discipline.’”
Davis goes on to explain Lennon’s eating disorder in greater detail. “Privately, John Lennon harbored food fetishes,” she explains. “For instance Lennon loved eating huge bowls of Rice Krispies with large scoops of ice cream on top. He enjoyed putting ice cream on everything when he could. There were also numerous bowls of snacks throughout his grand estate, Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot when he lived in England in the late 1960s and early 1970s.”
So, I don’t know. Does this really mean anything? To me, no. John Lennon was a cool dude and all, and he did some awesome things with his band, and he was artistic and the way he was taken from his fans sucked and stuff, but it’s like … come on. Get past it. John Lennon’s been dead for longer than a lot of his fans have been alive, and no amount of tell-all books is going to change that fact. So maybe the man actually had some issues. Is that so hard to believe? Is it really that unfathomable that bulimia has been around for this long? Or is it just because it’s all about John Lennon that people are wigging the f-ck out? I’m just not getting this. Where’s the novelty?
March 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
6For All of You Who Didn’t Know, or Forgot, Yesterday Was John Lennon’s Thirty-Year Death Anniversary
Rolling Stone magazine recently released Lennon’s last interview, taken just three days prior to his shooting on December 8th, 1980 (I wasn’t even born yet, criminy), which had all sorts of gems of insight and unintentional premonition:
On current-day musicians:
“These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship. They only like people when they’re on their way up … I cannot be on the way up again.”
His take on no longer being ‘the boss’:
“… And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he’s no longer God. They’ll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.”
On his own brand of world peace and spirituality:
“I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can … But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.”
On the eerie idea that the world prefers dead heroes to living ones:
“What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interesting in being a dead (expletive) hero. .. So forget ‘em, forget ‘em.”
On peace and shootings:
“I cannot live up to other people’s expectations of me, because they’re illusory. Give peace a chance, not shoot people for peace … I only put out songs and answer questions … I cannot be 18 and a be a punk … I see the world through different eyes. I still believe in love, peace and understanding, as Elvis Costello says.”
Crazy that this interview was done a mere three days before his untimely death – or, perfectly timely, if you believe in the inevitable and intricate design. Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, had this to say on the thirty-year anni of his death:
“On this tragic anniversary please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect. In his short lived life of 40 years, he has given so much to the world. The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today. John, I love you!”
RIP John Lennon, and may your idea of transcending peace and love for all continue to trickle down throughout the ages.
December 9, 2010 at 6:30 am by Sarah
The woman who was once a little girl who inspired the Beatles song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” has passed away. Lucy O’Donnell-Vodden, a childhood friend of John Lennon’s son Julian, passed away after a long battle with the autoimmune disease lupus at the age of 46. The news of her death was reported by the charity that she worked closely with St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust.
It’s said that Julian and his mother Cynthia are “shocked and saddened by the loss of Lucy.” It weird, because although Lucy was not someone that we followed closely throughout the years, I feel a little sad too. Mainly because in my mind, she’ll always be the little girl that inspired Julian Lennon to paint her.