In what may be the most devastating news to left-leaning Americans since John F. Kennedy rose from the dead to vote Republican (remember that?), an upcoming documentary claims that John Lennon was not always steadfast in his radical views as fans perceived him to be. In fact, he was embarrassed of his former self by the time he entered the 1980’s, and secretly supported Ronald Reagan.
According to Fred Seaman, an assistant to the former Beatle, Lennon was more likely to get a rise out of provoking liberals into debate and playing devil’s advocate. “John . . . made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter,” the assistant said. He goes on to say, “He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”
All this and more can be seen in the new documentary, Beatles Stories, from director Seth Swirsky.
Not to take the wind out of anybody’s sails, or affirm John Lennon as being a closeted conservative, I will say that this seems more likely to be a part of John’s well-known habit of being so provocative, and, well, a jerk. Remember, this is the Beatle who said that Ringo wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles, and that none of his own work with the band was any good. So everything that John did should be taken with a grain of salt, and a reminder was that he was a stickler for being a stickler.
On the other hand, this is also just one man’s account of remembering a guy who died 30 years ago. So, y’know. . . Salt.
Anywho, there’s a preview of the movie below.