John Lennon: Verbatim

Marking what would have been his 75th birthday, Archive On 4: John Lennon: Verbatim (Saturday, 8pm, Radio 4) is an excellent self-portrait compiled from yards of old interviews. We get Brian Matthew asking him what he thought of the recent Shea stadium show (50 years ago this summer), but most of the rest doesnt require the services of a questioner. Lennons statements sound like answers to impertinent questions: whether hes talking about the lyrics of the Beatles Girl, his avant garde adventures with Yoko Ono, or his Elvis Presley impressions on Double Fantasy, he always adopts a faintly combative tone. Its this, and the music, that makes this programme work so well.

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