Beatles - The Beatles Assistant: 'Lazy Lennon Was Always Sleeping'

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The Beatles' longtime assistant Tony Bramwell is convinced the Fab Four would not have recorded as many classics in their later years had it not been for Paul McCartney - because John Lennon was too lazy to make it to the studio.
In new documentary Beatles Stories, the group's childhood pal and devoted sideman reveals Lennon's decision to live outside of London and his love of sleeping the days away in the country could have brought the Beatles to a crawl.
He explains, "John lived 30 miles outside of London; Paul lived next door to Abbey Road (studios), so Paul used to pop in anytime he felt (like it), walk round (in his) bare feet anytime, day or night.
"For John to do something, he had to get a chauffeur to pick him up (and) take him in... and he was a lazy b**tard. He spent a lot of time sleeping."
And Bramwell admits Lennon's attitude often became too much for his bandmates: "John and George (Harrison) never ever saw completely eye to eye. That's why George always shared Paul's mic. The Beatles, to John, were he and Paul - or just he."


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Joshua Rosenthal's picture

Joshua Rosenthal

To me, it sounds like Bramwell grew some nasty feelings towards John. I understand that Lennon was responsible for a lot of tension in the band, but I have trouble believing Bramwell when he calls John a bastard. Didn't either Paul or George (I don't remember which one) say in the Anthology that the two of them shared a mic because it looked good? Paul was left-handed and George was right-handed. Furthermore, wasn't John the original sole front man? It only would have made sense that he wouldn't share a mic.
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And the myth continues . . . if it wasn't for Paul, etc. I guess Tony Bramwell did not really know John Lenon, at a minimum ever read anything about him. It was not about laziness, Lennon was depressed, something he openly admitted on a number of occasions. Anyone who knows anything about depression knows sleeping is a symptom of the illness. If Bramwell was informed he wouldn't make such an ignorant statement, or perhaps if wasn't so enamored with Paul he'd know that. Need Paul brownie points Bramwell?
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It was no myth. It's pretty well documented. Most Beatles projects wouldn't have happened from 1967 onward, if it was up to John. He was either sleeping or too stoned. He was even too stoned to work half the time when he was in the studio. I think I believe someone that was actually there, then opinions from fans and weren't there.
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Tony Bramwell didn't really know John Lennon? Think you need to check your history on who Tony Bramwell is. He grew up with them in Liverpool and was with them all the way through the break-up. The man was CEO of Apple Records, so I think he KNEW John.
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I do agree with Joshua and Buzz,John didn't really like George in the early years, remember George was like 3 years younger and John kinda resented that. He did hang out with him in the later years but still felt George was inferior to him. How wrong he was, George proved that he was just as good when he did "Something"(the most beautiful Beatles song ever!)
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Some people need more sleep than others, especially creative types. I'm sure his mind was dreaming up good stuff as he slept.
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