John Lennon - New Documentary Unveils Political Truths About 'Republican' John Lennon

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John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's 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 star 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'd met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event... Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that... He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.
"I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who's an old-time communist... He enjoyed really provoking my uncle... Maybe he was being provocative... but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.
"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."


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*yawn*Sounds like someone is stretching the truth to sell their documentary. Also, anyone who is a Beatles fan has heard the song Revolution which makes it pretty clear that Lennon was not a fan of radical communism. To quote: "But if you go carrying pictures of chairman MaoYou ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow".
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I've researched John Lennon for years, ever since I first did my senior term paper on him in high school. I've pored over biography after biography of Lennon himself, his friends, and the Beatles in general... I've spent years going through news articles, microfisches, statements from even before his Quarrymen days, anything and everything someone who did not personally know John Lennon could possibly get their hands on. While your completely inaccurate portrayal of him as a closet republican might go over with the casual fan who actually knows nothing about him and might help sell some copies of your little movie, it is obvious to anyone who really knows anything about John Lennon that his beliefs were unique and not able to be labeled "republican," "democrat," "liberal" or anything of the sort. Even independent seems to fall short of the true uniqueness of John's mind. The fact is John was a man who defied explanation and, what's more, LOVED pissing people off. He thrived on being inflammatory. If he were talking to a right-winger, he'd argue for the left. Visa versa if he were talking to a left extremist. John seemed to mostly have a problem with people who were so entrenched in their own beliefs that they shut their eyes to the rest of the world. To quote Strawberry Fields: "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." From what I've gathered over the years, he really did believe in peace, but it seems he had a sort of private cynicism that it could actually ever be - a cynicism that was, temporarily, quelled when he met Yoko Ono. He saw Yoko as a positive force and a refreshing change from the growing ambiance of cynicism that was slowly enveloping Western society. However, as time passed and the "honeymoon period" ended, so to speak, that cynicism seemed to sneak back up on him (Working Class Hero anyone?) toward the end. Anyone can tell you it's much easier to hold on to youthful, naive idealism before experience teaches you the true ways of the world. Mind you what I say here is not irrefutable fact (as I said, NO ONE was really capable of fully grasping John Lennon's mindset), just the result of years of research into one of the most fascinating minds our era has seen. So yes, he did get a little less "radical" at the end... but it wasn't because he was anything but what he always was: John Lennon.
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