Before there was David Mamet, left-wing artiste-turned-conservative, there was…John Lennon?!?
From the Toronto Sun:
John Lennon felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, according to his last personal assistant.
Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the former Beatle was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.
In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.
He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter….
“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.”
Soon, I imagine, we’ll hear from all manner of former Beatles fans and hangers-on, and maybe former Beatles themselves, about how this story is hogwash.
Or maybe the band members weren’t kidding when they recorded this…
– By Kyle Wingfield