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Glass Onion: On John Lennon

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A deep dive into the music and complex psychology of John Lennon, featuring interviews with such noted authors and podcasters as David Bedford, Dan Richter, Jude Kessler, Kit O'Toole and Ken McNab, as well as ex-Quarrymen bandmates Rod Davis and Colin Hanton

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A deep dive into the music and complex psychology of John Lennon, featuring interviews with such noted authors and podcasters as David Bedford, Dan Richter, Jude Kessler, Kit O'Toole and Ken McNab, as well as ex-Quarrymen bandmates Rod Davis and Colin Hanton

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@OnionLennon

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English


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Episode 100b- John Lennon In The 1960s (Part 2 of 2)

6/5/2024
And so we complete the milestone! Scott Phipps once again joins Antony to complete their whistle-stop, greatest hits tour through John Lennon and the 1960s. Scott gives us a brief sketch of each year through a few news events (some extremely random but no less interesting) before our two intrepid heroes each pick a Beatles/Lennon talking point, this time covering the years 1965 to 1969. Thanks once more to all those who’ve been on the Glass Onion journey. My heart has truly been touched by the interest shown in what has been a 5-and-a-half-year odyssey exploring the utterly unique creature that was and is John Lennon. He has been gone from this earth for over 43 years now, but – forgive the cliché – the music lives on, and with modern technology allowing us to access untold amounts of interviews, alternate takes, documentaries and the like, he’s arguably never been more alive than right now. Glass Onion: On John Lennon will continue, and the next couple of episodes are already well into the planning stage. For now, enjoy!! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Scott's Podcasts (Rainbow Valley, Reel Britannia, The Stinking Pause) https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/reelbritannia https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/stinkingpause https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/rainbowvalley episode links ‘The Other 1960s’ with Frances Rotunno (my mother!) https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-23-the-other-1960s-with-frances-rotunno The Beatles At Shea Stadium (original audio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E-W26eqfjM https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058957/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0_tt_8_nm_0_q_the%2520beatles%2520at%2520shea John Lennon in ‘How I Won The War’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxy48n7Y9xA John trips out at the Ally Pally! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z0Ph7ldFYg ‘A Day In The Life’ isolated tracks (majestic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMRxKp81t7o The Beatles react to Brian Epstein’s death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wmiPIa88c The Rock and Roll Years: 1967 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpaa5w6hbOc 'One After 909' on the roof! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z79S6S7_3D8 John Lennon vs Al Capp (full version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYxFO8o-t2E The Abbey Road Medley- vocals only (sublime!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXM77NdG_Jw Stevie Riks does Johnny Rotten https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYDMb4l8H68#

Duration:01:34:35

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Episode 100a- John Lennon In The 1960s (Part 1 of 2)

5/12/2024
What better way to mark Glass Onion’s century than with a traditional multi-parter? In the first of two shows to celebrate our milestone, Antony is joined again by Scott Phipps to take a whistle-stop, greatest hits tour through John Lennon and the decade that made him and which he helped propel into history. Scott puts on his ‘Rainbow Valley’ trousers (see show notes) to sketch out each year for us before we each pick a Beatles/Lennon talking point for discussion. This time we tackle 1960 to 1964 as our hero goes from pure rocker to public figure and part of a national obsession. He also starts to wonder if songwriting could be more than ‘I love you and you love me’. Thanks to all those who’ve been on the Glass Onion journey, especially those who’ve consumed every episode and left inspiring and generous feedback Enjoy!! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Scott's Podcasts (Rainbow Valley, Reel Britannia, The Stinking Pause) https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/reelbritannia https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/stinkingpause https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/rainbowvalley episode links The Beatles at the Star Club 1962 (cleaned-up, stereo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6PdWt4I7Ok Stuart Sutcliffe biographical information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Sutcliffe Lennon’s first Lost Weekend (‘The Beatles Naked’ podcast) https://player.fm/series/the-beatles-naked/episode-19-hamburg-spring-62-lennons-original-lost-weekend The Beatles at the Cavern 1962 (colorised) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgvoNvjRFY The Hours and Times (recommended film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hours_and_Times John talks about ‘In His Own Write’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxfjW6F9R6M Antony discusses ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ film on the ‘Classic Film Jerks’ podcast https://pod.link/488613190/episode/430c4f82adc8ddb2495be860d112fbb6 Scott discusses ‘The Big Freeze’ 1962-63 https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/rainbowvalley/id/24520524

Duration:01:15:52

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Episode 99.5- Paul Is Dead

4/1/2024
We felt it in poor taste to add show notes at such a sad time for the world...

Duration:00:32:13

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Episode 99- Gimme Some (More) Truth

2/15/2024
In the last episode before we notch up our century, Antony flies solo to muse on and discuss various items of Lennon interest. In order, these are the 40 anniversary of the ‘Milk And Honey’ album, the cancelling and virtues of the Lennon-penned Beatles song ‘Run For Your Life’, May Pang’s 2022 documentary ‘The Lost Weekend: A Love Story’, the work of Mike Williams and his theory on the impossibility of the recording of ‘Rubber Soul’ (Antony gets tied in knots at this point negotiating his position in the middle ground of the mainstream-conspiracy continuum!), and an extended look at the 2000 ‘Gimme Some Truth’ documentary. Finally there’s a look at the recent Apple TV documentary ‘John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial’ and David Whelan’s new book ‘Mind Games: The Assassination of John Lennon’, both of which naturally focus on the grisly events of December 8 1980. There are multiple audio clips as ever and what is probably a record number of links in the show notes. Episode 100 will appear in March Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com episode links John Lennon Real Life childhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P3crKoa8tg Antony’s ‘white reggae’ song ‘New World (Order)’ https://antonyrotunno.bandcamp.com/track/new-world-order Mike Pachelli guitar lesson for ‘Run For Your Life’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMLC8Hhb13s ‘The Lost Weekend: A Love Story https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19812518/?ref_=tt_urv Tony King as the Queen of England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx-DNpoKfVg Julian Lennon - Saltwater https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7vdP0VZ3dE Mike Williams on the impossibility of ‘Rubber Soul’ and other theories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccEhmQ0M4FY&list=PLAW3gU1yflm_lFhOhwLoIQRXg8ZHLhevX Olivia Harrison- ‘Hello Billy’ or ‘Hello babes’? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO1Q8qkVf6c Ably House play ‘I Feel Fine’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkugg_tWV0Q What did John Lennon play on George Harrison's songs? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtd-sug3i8c Trailer for ‘John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial (on Apple TV) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnSnkvGKuyI David Whelan’s Substack page https://substack.com/@davidwhelan David’s ‘Mind Games’ book https://freepress.org/article/book-review-mind-games-assassination-john-lennon David on the ‘Something About The Beatles’ podcast https://somethingaboutthebeatles.com/2024/02/09/275-anomalies-in-the-assassination-of-john-lennon-with-david-whelan/ The Man Who Shot John Lennon (1988 documentary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J8aMKRZZwQ Dr Stephen Lynn squirms! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkw25rVcn84

Duration:02:01:49

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Episode 98- John Lennon And Me

12/19/2023
We round off Glass Onion’s 5 year with a personal episode. Antony explores further his origin story with John Lennon and the ongoing relationship and fascination with the subject of our show (yes, it’s our show). You will also hear some writing that didn’t quite culminate in a book this year, and there’s some discussion of childhood, both Antony’s and John’s, and the glorification of it. Finally, did you know myopia was a superpower? Enjoy the show and see you in 2024! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com episode links Glass onion book intro (early draft) https://www.antonyrotunno.com/2021/07/30/introduction-to-glass-onion-conversations-on-john-lennon-draft/ Raw and melodic (Plastic Ono Band outtake 1970) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6SdkBQYvT0&list=PL4H5cduO6BifOIQ-rynn4G4ifrQFNwmV3&index=2 Gloriously weird John & Yoko (1972 film) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagine_(1972_film) Birth of the Beatles/John & Yoko: A Love Story (bad but strangely charming TV films) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1y_W75_ZMA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlTZRynp5j0

Duration:01:12:01

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Episode 97- John Lennon in 1967 with Tony Green (Part 3 of 3)

12/6/2023
We conclude our 1967 odyssey by picking up from mid-June and detailing all the main Lennon and Beatles events for the rest of 1967. The Beatles are linked by satellite to hundreds of millions, they almost buy a Greek island, the Maharishi enters their lives and they make their own TV special just in time for it to be shown in black-and-white among the traditional wholesome Yuletide entertainment. In between all this, the rather sad life of Brian Epstein comes to an end, John Lennon’s first solo film project is unleashed onto the world, and a few more classic Beatlesongs are created. We hope this deep dive into another incredible year for the Fabs and the world has pleased you. The hippy dream of course didn’t quite work but there was truly something in the air in ’67 and a communal spirit amidst the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the general madness of a crazy world. The next Glass Onion episode will be out in a couple of weeks Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com links to Tony Green’s work Review of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ https://countercultureuk.com/2022/09/13/a-month-in-the-life-peter-jacksons-the-beatles-get-back-reviewed/ Facebook page with links to novels and essays https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066601250572 episode links Our World 1967 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_World_(1967_TV_program) The Beatles perform ‘All You Need Is Love’ (colourised) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_paPrw0gAUo The Rutles ‘Love Life’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukIsUd0r0YM The Death of Brian Epstein https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5D3_NSLuyc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wmiPIa88c&t=67s Magical Mystery Tour film clip (John & Little Nicola) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTjP74avEpQ James Hargreaves tries to make sense of the film! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CTIlgC0P0Q Mr Creosote from ‘Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life’ (inspired by MMT film) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aczPDGC3f8U George goes to Haight-Ashbury https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I-ThafU1e4 John & George with David Frost (about meditation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rytubzzStM Paul and George ‘have a word’ with the Maharishi in Sweden https://webgrafikk.com/blog/paul-mccartney/sweden-1967/ The Fool On The hill session photo montage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B95SVtsBL7A The Magical Mystery Tour party (21/12/67) https://www.beatlesbible.com/1967/12/21/magical-mystery-tour-launch-party/ Sam Whiles dives deep on ‘Now And Then’ https://mccartneypod.podbean.com/e/now-and-then-history-review-paul-or-nothing-bonus-episode-125/

Duration:01:54:42

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Episode 96- John Lennon in 1967 with Tony Green (Part 2 of 3)

11/3/2023
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… Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com links to Tony’s work Review of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ https://countercultureuk.com/2022/09/13/a-month-in-the-life-peter-jacksons-the-beatles-get-back-reviewed/ Facebook page with links to novels and essays https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066601250572 episode links Strawberry Fields Forever video (in shimmering colour!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUH9z_Oey8 Strawberry Fields Forever take 26 (brass & strings score) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNtvnUEjJk A Day In The Life ‘video’ (orchestra overdub session) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usNsCeOV4GM A Day In The Life take 1 (echoey counting starts at 2.10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4txyItk5lXY John Lennon at the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream (music by Pink Floyd) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z0Ph7ldFYg Yoko Ono performs ‘Cut Piece’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFaYNusT9Cc Sgt Pepper’s launch party https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/1967/05/launch-party-for-sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band/ Who’s who on the Sgt Pepper album cover https://ultimateclassicrock.com/sgt-pepper-cover-art-whos-who/ ‘Paul Is Dead’ clues on the Sgt Pepper cover https://turnmeondeadman.com/paul-is-dead-clues-on-sgt-peppers-lonely-heart-club-band/ Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution (Howard Goodall) http://www.howardgoodall.co.uk/works/tv-presenting/sgt-peppers-musical-revolution Howard Goodall - The Beatles: A Musical Appreciation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQS91wVdvYc Cynthia Lennon ‘John’ audiobook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v97WjVEFJyI&list=PLfATtdZX-KZ6TAhRBbTdKv3j3XkxqB7Rt&index=1

Duration:01:41:40

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Episode 95: John Lennon In 1967 with Tony Green (Part 1 of 3)

10/16/2023
1967 is a year that has gone into legend for various reasons. Was it the year of peace and love? Was there any real love in it at all? Or was it just like any other year, a heady mix of everything good and bad about the human race and society? Before looking at what was undoubtedly a ground-breaking and life-changing year for John Lennon and The Beatles, myself and my guest, writer Tony Green, have a look at the year of 1967 out there in the big, bad world. As is traditional in this series, we discuss some key events of the year, births and deaths, films and non-Beatles singles and albums Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com links to Tony’s work Review of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ https://countercultureuk.com/2022/09/13/a-month-in-the-life-peter-jacksons-the-beatles-get-back-reviewed/ Facebook page with links to novels and essays https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066601250572 Tony's 4th birthday party (a slice of 1960s working class life) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89oz2P3v-2Y The 'Forthlin Road' tapes https://earlybeatlessongs.weebly.com/forthlin-road-tapes.html?fbclid=IwAR3FBVOBGjNgN0M9UNdGm9xjmVna5uMfEob41FTbvO1A-ZNM5gkIehaaiao episode links The Rock and Roll Years: 1967 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhawQexXXJo&t=591s Dan Richter- From Beat Poets to Summer of Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m53Vnw_H4zc Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_Dreams_(book) The Six-Day War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHqJ6pgdE-c Monterey Pop documentary https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064689/ The 14-Hour Technicolour Dream https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_14_Hour_Technicolor_Dream Muhammad Ali refuses the draft https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHsa_vRBO-E Jimi plays Sgt Pepper (dramatisation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMmhHBr7WDA The Doors on the Ed Sullivan Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKd6yarfkxA The Rolling Stones- Let’s Spend ‘Some Time’ Together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtRCuKsvNEE The Who’s ‘explosive’ appearance on the Smothers Brothers show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiSKu7SbGNQ The Fog of War documentary https://watchdocumentaries.com/the-fog-of-war/

Duration:01:49:33

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Episode 94- Shake It Up Baby!- The Beatles and 1963 with Ken McNab (Part 2 of 2)

9/26/2023
Ken McNab and I complete our discussion about his new book 'Shake It Up Baby!: The Rise of Beatlemania And The Mayhem of 1963' and the general atmosphere and events of that breathless year. This time round, we cover the second half of the year as our four intrepid musical explorers continue their furious work rate and have their first proper brushes with the British establishment. They also record and release their second album and yet more seminal singles, and slowly set their sights on the ‘land of milk and honey’ across the Atlantic while conquering their homeland completely and finding time to record the first of their special Christmas messages for their growing number of fan club members… Links to Ken’s work can be found below Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com links to Ken’s 1963 book and his other work https://books.telegraph.co.uk/Product/Ken-McNab/Shake-It-Up-Baby--The-Rise-of-Beatlemania-and-the-Mayhem-of-1963/28593694 https://www.waterstones.com/author/ken-mcnab/1270697 Ken’s previous appearances on Glass Onion https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-17-and-in-the-end-with-ken-mcnab-part-1-of-2 https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-18-and-in-the-end-with-ken-mcnab-part-2-of-2 https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-54-john-lennon-albums-ranked-with-kit-otoole-ken-mcnab-part-1-of-2 https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-55-john-lennon-albums-ranked-with-kit-otoole-ken-mcnab-part-2-of-2 episode links Beatles 1963 timeline https://dmbeatles.com/history.php?year=1963 The Beatles at the London Palladium (October 1963) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eBdUjrkCZ4 The Fabs rock out on Swedish TV! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYpVNpXCAls The Beatles’ ‘rattle yer jewellery’ Royal Variety Show performance (colourised and sound-enhanced) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRr5uCSBvhw The Beatles Come To Town (Manchester 1963) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-_hRHRtN8Q The Beatles Xmas Record 1963 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzm8o3ytoRk Beatles Studio Outtakes (funny!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZupFJVh2dS0

Duration:01:24:10

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Episode 93- Shake It Up Baby!: The Beatles and 1963 with Ken McNab (Part 1 of 2)

9/22/2023
Following the shows on 1962, we seamlessly move to 1963 with the welcome return of Ken McNab to talk about his new book 'Shake It Up Baby!: The Rise of Beatlemania And The Mayhem of 1963'. After Ken gives some thoughts on Peter Jackson’s ‘Get Back’ (his previous appearances on Glass Onion were prior to its release), we cover the events of the first half of the year and the slow creep of Beatlemania. The Beatles move from also-rans to bill-toppers while covering an incredible amount of ground criss-crossing the country on British tours. They also record and release their first album and a couple of seminal early singles, John Lennon becomes a father and John and Brian Epstein go on holiday… Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com links to Ken’s 1963 book and his other work https://books.telegraph.co.uk/Product/Ken-McNab/Shake-It-Up-Baby--The-Rise-of-Beatlemania-and-the-Mayhem-of-1963/28593694 https://www.waterstones.com/author/ken-mcnab/1270697 Ken’s previous appearances on Glass Onion https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-17-and-in-the-end-with-ken-mcnab-part-1-of-2 https://glassoniononjohnlennon.com/episode-18-and-in-the-end-with-ken-mcnab-part-2-of-2 episode links Beatles 1963 timeline https://dmbeatles.com/history.php?year=1963 The Beatles at Stowe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIrVGg68X2Y Please Please Me album remastered https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF8degF-CITi6MhbrOOuk10yLb6JZLiSY Helen Shapiro on a programme about child stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SObQe7eqN-U

Duration:01:07:17

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Episode 92- John Lennon In 1962 with David 'Ghosty' Wills (Part 3 of 3)

8/29/2023
We complete our deep dive into 1962 in the outer world and in the Beatles family psychodrama, picking up from late July with Beatles events including a historic change of drummer, John Lennon’s marriage, the group’s first radio interview, their more than troublesome experience recording the simplest song in the world (Love Me Do), gigs with one of their biggest musical heroes Little Richard, and their final rather obligatory two trips back to Hamburg, the second of which yielded the infamous Star Club tapes Ghosty and I’s casual chemistry (see part 1) yields tangents in some of the right places, and there are the usual array of diverse audio clips, the vast majority of which are relevant to the conversation… Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Ghosty's podcast and you tube channel https://wesayyeah.podbean.com/ https://www.youtube.com/@GhostyTMRS/videos episode links The Beatles’ first radio interview (October 1962) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJeaoHe3Bus The Beatles at the Star Club (fan clean-up in stereo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6PdWt4I7Ok&t=30s The story of the Hamburg tapes (BBC 1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u1HvaJW2rk&t=368s The Backbeat Band (Thurston Moore, Mike Mills, Dave Grohl) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J6T3PFuRHk Merseybeat Reunion in Liverpool (1971) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPzzi5ZQJMA Rare interviews with Beatles associates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bR3A9bjqiI&t=307s ‘Love And Let Die’ review (Beatles and Bond book) https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/05/love-and-let-die-by-john-higgs-review-the-beatles-james-bond

Duration:01:39:39

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Episode 91- John Lennon In 1962 with David 'Ghosty' Wills (Part 2 of 3)

7/27/2023
In this episode, Antony and Ghosty start discussing the Beatles/Lennon events of 1962, covering January to June. Particular focus is put on the Pete Best issue and the death of Stuart Sutcliffe, not to mention John Lennon’s contentious and highly unique reaction to that death. Every year in the Beatles story from around 1960 was packed with activity and full of psychodrama, and 1962 is no exception. As ever, there are interesting audio clips to complement the conversation, and our two intrepid Beatle commentators go on tangents in most of the right places… Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology and Alternative media) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Ghosty's you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/@GhostyTMRS/videos episode links Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle (documentary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1Yrwyfk2NQ Eric Taros & Richard Buskin deep dive on Lennon’s first ‘Lost Weekend’ post-Stu Sutcliffe’s death https://player.fm/series/the-beatles-naked/episode-19-hamburg-spring-62-lennons-original-lost-weekend ‘Guess the Beatles song’ challenges from the David Bennett Piano channel (search the channel for more) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJOzoPNkP_A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OJG-EVqs3k Aunt Mimi interview from 1981 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRqU2teFtw8 Aunt Mimi vs George Harrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENf_GINUQq0

Duration:01:29:10

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Episode 90- John Lennon In 1962 with David 'Ghosty' Wills (Part 1 of 3)

6/24/2023
Our latest Lennon odyssey starts with a review of the events of 1962, a tangential conversation in which Antony and guest David ‘Ghosty’ Wills freewheel into all kinds of other territory before setting the listeners up with some pre-1962 context on the Beatles’ progress on their own journey to musical and cultural world domination. 1962 was marked by a massive historical event, the Cuban Missile Crisis, which happened in the same year as the first appearances in the world of the Beatles’ music and a certain famous undercover spy known to absolutely everyone he meets, and as we often do in this series, we talk about the relative importance of these events in the grand sweep of history Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Ghosty's you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/@GhostyTMRS/videos episode links Vasily saves the world! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSrp_P6Bjo Operation Northwoods (please read) https://allthatsinteresting.com/operation-northwoods 1962 in all its glory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962 Fred Seaman vs Elliot Mintz (and Geraldo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6vsM_s8T0U Other interviews with Lennon insiders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OZnsKtLKiQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwaQUwIsSeI Lenny Bruce at Berkeley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klrml3tI29E Teach Yourself Paul McCartney (Stevie Riks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y5n1iuH2H4

Duration:02:01:38

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Episode 89- All We Are Saying: The 1980 Playboy Interviews (Part 3 of 3)

5/25/2023
We complete our latest Lennon journey with the conclusion of my analysis of some of the more telling quotes from the series of interviews conducted in September 1980 for Playboy magazine by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This episode contains a lot of clips from the original audio of the interviews and focuses mainly on John's comments about who wrote what in the Lennon-McCartney catalogue, including John#s analysis of the deeper meanings behind the song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. I have also included (by kind permission) an extended segment from the excellent 'Yesterday and Today' podcast that deals with a certain seafaring adventure that John undertook in June 1980 and which would have a profound effect on him. Finally, there's a little bit of music from your humble host... Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com episode links The full available audio from the interviews https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRDfBGagFkU Rubber Soul film (about the 1970 and 1980 John Lennon interviews) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB8Z1LRBmTA The Hours and Times (recommended film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104448/ The 'Yesterday and Today' podcast https://yesterdayandtodaypodcast.wordpress.com/ 'Between The Lines' (the John Lennon album that never was) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChcRIP_qWw David Whelan's interview with Howard Hughes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZKgtLQQD1g 'Jealous Guy' documentary (Lennon and Chapman) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akCP_PPSgQg

Duration:01:37:31

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Episode 88- All We Are Saying: The 1980 Playboy Interviews (Part 2 of 3)

4/24/2023
This episode starts with a ‘short intro’ of around 45 minutes, with yet more Coleman vs Goldman material, before continuing our in-depth look at John Lennon’s series of interviews for Playboy magazine in September 1980, which also included Yoko Ono. The interviews offer a fascinating and multi-layered study of a highly eccentric artist and also form an integral part of the official narrative of John and Yoko’s relationship in 1980 before John’s sudden and brutal demise. There are numerous audio clips to complement the conversation, including some of John from the interviews themselves. You will also hear from Arthur and Vivien Janov talking about Primal Therapy, and comedy genius Bill Hicks discussing drugs. Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com episode links The Playboy Interviews (more than 3 hours of audio clips) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRDfBGagFkU trailer for May Pang’s new documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v07NzukoZU Jon Stewart’s highly-recommended book ‘Dylan, Lennon, Marx & God’ https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/dylan-lennon-marx-and-god/F92AB6BF8A2314460A5FEDFA7B2F62EB John and the Beatles rip through ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9KNdAUhy_g John Lennon at ‘The 14-Hour Technicolour Dream’ (1967) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z0Ph7ldFYg Bill Hicks at his brilliant best! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emlq_4imaik

Duration:01:42:32

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Episode 87- All We Are Saying: The 1980 Playboy Interviews (Part 1 of 3)

3/18/2023
John Lennon’s series of interviews for Playboy magazine in September 1980, which also included Yoko Ono, are not only a fascinating and multi-layered study of a highly eccentric artist but also form an integral part of the official narrative of John and Yoko’s relationship in 1980 before his death and of the genesis of the songs for their joint album ‘Double Fantasy’. This episode is the first of a 3-parter that picks out some interesting extracts from the book ‘All We Are Saying’, based on the transcripts of the interviews. A lot of the narrative promoted by John & Yoko in these interviews has been reasonably debunked, including the obvious and provable point that John's songs for 'Double Fantasy' were worked on for years rather than being the product of pure inspiration. The overall contention over what the truth is has helped form the Coleman-Goldman continuum that has been a almost frequent topic of study on this podcast Before the main topic, there is also a recommendation and critique of Madeline Bocaro’s epic new 500-page book on Yoko Ono, whose narrative fits neatly with the interviews being studied in this episode. There are numerous audio clips to complement the conversation, including some of John from the interviews themselves. Enjoy! Feedback to glassonionpod@yahoo.com Support the show at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/antonyrotunno OR https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Antony on Luke’s English Podcast talking about meditation https://teacherluke.co.uk/2022/03/16/ episode links The Playboy Interviews (more than 3 hours of audio clips) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRDfBGagFkU link to Madeline Bocaro’s new book on Yoko Ono https://madelinex.com/2021/12/19/my-new-book/ Madeline and Dan Richter on the ‘Things We Said Today’ podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=177VFkC1oC4 ‘John Lennon’s Original Lost Weekend’ (episode of ‘The Beatles Naked’) https://player.fm/series/the-beatles-naked/episode-19-hamburg-spring-62-lennons-original-lost-weekend Double Fantasy Revisited (‘Something About The Beatles’ podcast) https://somethingaboutthebeatles.com/243-double-fantasy-revisited-part-one/ https://somethingaboutthebeatles.com/244-double-fantasy-revisited-part-two/ Kirby Ferguson’s ‘Everything Is A Remix’ website, documentary and TED talk https://www.everythingisaremix.info/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJPERZDfyWc https://www.ted.com/talks/kirby_ferguson_embrace_the_remix Huxley vs Orwell (dystopia and modern reality) https://allthatsinteresting.com/amusing-ourselves-to-death-comic ‘Amusing Ourselves To Death’ audiobook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX2_8NteDrQ ‘Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah’ by Richard Bach audiobook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI1yf916CJQ

Duration:01:34:33

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Bonus Episode #13- John Lennon Compilation Albums (Antony on 'When They Was Fab' podcast)

1/28/2023
Compilation albums come in many shapes and sizes and some can be justified while others rely on good marketing and glossy packaging to persuade consumers to part with their hard-earned money for the same material. This is an appearance by your humble host on the ‘When they Was Fab’ podcast back in December 2020 discussing the mind-boggling number of John Lennon compilation albums that have been foisted on the public since 1975. The conversation is preceded by a long introduction from Antony discussing various talking points from a recent reread of ‘The Beatles: The Authorised Biography’ by Hunter Davies. Enjoy! Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.com OR Support the show at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com ‘When They Was Fab’ podcast https://www.whentheywasfab.podbean.com/ ‘When They Was Fab’ review the Two of Us TV film (previously reviewed on Glass Onion Episode 86) https://podtail.com/en/podcast/when-they-was-fab-electric-arguments-about-the-b-1/2023-02-two-of-us-2000-tv-movie/ Antony on ‘2Legs: A Paul McCartney Podcast’- John & Paul’s relationship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta4Xz6UA2Y0&t=3s Antony on ‘Pop Goes The 60s discussing ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfcvNY5rJpFw-N0V_rwWBKsx-4d2zpz0I episode links List of John Lennon compilation albums https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon_discography#Compilation_albums Hunter Davies Beatles Authorised Biography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles:_The_Authorised_Biography Paul McCartney with Hunter Davies- May 1981 https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/interview/interview-with-hunter-davies/ Jimi Hendrix great one-liner with Dick Cavett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPrjyLhmcWI The Chilis do ‘I Found Out’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_XWqaBKXXs Cheap Trick rip through ‘Cold Turkey’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKUvXGyYUWY Yoko Ono Give Peace A Chance 2005 Remix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO2bHSTQvdo SATB podcast on Philip Norman https://somethingaboutthebeatles.libsyn.com/website/54-philip-normans-mccartney

Duration:01:40:41

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Episode 86- Two of Us: The Ballad of Lennon & McCartney

12/16/2022
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are inextricably linked, and what more is there to say at this point? Well, I give it a shot in a podcast of 3 sections, looking at common Lennon/McCartney tropes and assumptions, giving a guitar & vocal lesson on the song 'Two Of Us' and then walking you through the highly entertaining 2000 TV film 'Two Of Us', directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and starring Aiden Quinn and Jared Harris. There are a record number of clips included here and it's hopefully a pretty epic ride to end the year of 2022. Here's to more Glass Onion in 2023 so keep listening! Enjoy! Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.com OR Support the show at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com episode links Superb series called ‘Understanding Lennon/McCartney’ (breathless345 channel) https://www.youtube.com/@breathless345 ‘The Music of Lennon & McCartney’ 1965 TV special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNdREJjnLg The 2000 ‘Two Of Us’ TV film https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9EE7621F8B595506 Mae Brussell broadcast from 14th December 1980 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgLhWbvRw0E James Corbett’s tribute to Mae https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-212-remembering-mae-brussell/ Recommended book (Lennon and Doggett- what can go wrong?) https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Art_And_Music_Of_John_Lennon.html?id=16h6ju_-5dYC&redir_esc=y Beatles Jazz & Soul Covers ('Under The Covers' podcast) https://anchor.fm/underthecoverspodcast12/episodes/Beatles-Jazz--Soul-Covers-e1mdirq Ian Hart as John Lennon in ‘Snodgrass’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek89aSrwMN0

Duration:02:09:51

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Episode 85- Describing John Lennon with Luke Thompson (Part 2 of 2)

11/21/2022
The completion of Luke and Antony's discussion of John Lennon, originally recorded for ‘Luke’s English Podcast’ last year. We complete our description of John using adjectives of personality, and then discuss his lyrics, including his lyrical progression, and offer numerous examples courtesy of Antony’s voice and guitar and Luke’s deep knowledge of Beatles songs. This and the previous episode are especially recommended for students of English and non-native speakers but we hope these edits make them accessible to all. Enjoy! Please (x many) like, follow, share, subscribe, rate, review etc… Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.com OR Support the show at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Glass Onion you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/@glassoniononjohnlennon6696/videos Luke's podcast and our previous collaborations: https://teacherluke.co.uk/ Meditation https://teacherluke.co.uk/2022/03/16/762-meditation-learning-english-with-antony-rotunno/ Monty Python And The Holy Grail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMtOOBpRBaA The Corporation https://lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com/e/episode-33-the-corporation/ episode links John Lennon discusses his first book 'In His Own Write' with help from 3 friends https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhec4z-l32k John reads ‘The General Erection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw1Tco2n7kI The Rutles- ‘All You Need Is Cash’ film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f36fkktbM0Q The Rutles- ‘Get Up And Go’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amiBTezWKqQ The Brave Sir Robin song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYFefppqEtE

Duration:01:22:25

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Episode 84- Describing John Lennon with Luke Thompson (Part 1 of 2)

10/27/2022
Luke Thompson, a fellow English teacher and podcaster, hosted Antony on his podcast back in June 2021, and this is the Glass Onion version of that talk, split into two parts. This part of the discussion centres on trying to describe John Lennon using adjectives of personality, so this episode is especially recommended for students of English and non-native speakers. There are some warm-up questions as well and we go pretty deep into the multi-faceted enigma that was John Lennon Enjoy! Please (x many) like, follow, share, subscribe, rate, review etc… Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.com OR Support the show at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpod Twitter handle https://www.twitter.com/OnionLennon Antony's website (music, podcasts, blog, life coaching) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Antony's 'Life And Life Only' podcast (on Psychology) https://www.lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Glass Onion you tube channel https://www.youtube.com/@glassoniononjohnlennon6696/videos Luke's podcast and a link to our 2022 talk on meditation https://teacherluke.co.uk https://teacherluke.co.uk/2022/03/16/762-meditation-learning-english-with-antony-rotunno/ episode links The Beatles receive their 'purple hearts' from Harold Wilson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7qfH29RVPA Nowhere Boy (John meets Paul) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbQzWhScW9c Beatles Jazz & Soul Covers ('Under The Covers' podcast) https://anchor.fm/underthecoverspodcast12/episodes/Beatles-Jazz--Soul-Covers-e1mdirq Cynicism and free thought https://lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com/e/episode-2-cynicism-and-free-thought

Duration:02:03:41