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John Lennon… Republican? Imagine That.


Was John Lennon a conservative at the end of his life? While that may be overstating thiings his last personal assistant claims he was a Reagan fan. From The Toronto Sun:

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.

While it’s really neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things I can believe the story. A lot of neocons were recovering communists and/or other stripes of leftist and this would fit that profile — especially coming off the disappointment disaster that was the Carter Administration. The story would also fit with someone who has a core of common sense and is an open-minded sort who is interested in learning.

21 comments to John Lennon… Republican? Imagine That.

  • I just read this. My initial thought: BS!… But then I am a reformed liberal who is passionate about my current views. I see that so much of what I thought before was naive, based on not enough information, my youthful feelings and wrong information.

    Now I can’t understand how liberals can be so blind to their Utopian ideals that have led, again and again, to totalitarian regimes – regimes that kill people via firing squads, genocide, gulags… and massive amounts of bad results.

    Only the delusional and youthfully naive could believe what liberals spout.

    Because my parents followed similar paths as John Lennon had – young parents who fell into the counter-culture movement; because I grew up with Beatles’ songs as my nursery rhymes… I’ve wanted to not feel frustration verging on anger at the naive spewings of John Lennon, asking the world to Give Peace a Chance when he abandoned his own son Julian.

    I just read pages I found from Fred Seaman, the personal assistant who is claiming Lennon became a closeted conservative, and wonder if John Lennon was still growing up.

    I mean, I did. I came out of my liberal haze, like a bad blackout – I shook my head at the naive tirades I spewed, fueled on misguided notions. Did John feel like I did? Was he, as Seaman mentioned, regretful that he left his first son behind?

    As a kid, I saw the pastel colored mid-sixties rage into the psychedelic late-sixties; I saw my neatly dressed young parents become disheveled hippies, who seemed to leave their senses behind with their grooming.

    John, his music playing constantly along with my childhood, was like a crazy uncle whose ideas weaved their way into my parents’ minds. So, while I love The Beatles’ music, I’ve had some issues with John.

    If true, and John had reexamined his political philosophies, I will consider him a more thoughtful and still evolving human at the time of his murder.

    To me, this news (if true) is big.

  • Rufus

    Welcome to Threedonia! and thanks for the long, well-worded, inaugural comment! Mark Steyn wrote a great piece about John Lennon that described this facet of his personality and his fans’ efforts to ignore or deny it. I’ll see if I can find it… and thanks again for the comment, “Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble…”

  • Rufus

    This article touches on the theme a bit, but it’s still not the awesome, Steyn piece… http://ricochet.com/main-feed/The-John-Lennon-You-Never-Knew

  • -fritz-

    Sorry, but Lennon’s life, be it good or bad has always been hazed in my mind by the unfortunate nude album cover shot(s) of him and the lovely(?) Yoko (Oh-No)! I’ve been busy with an icepick for the last 20 or so years trying to poke out my mind’s eye on that one!

  • I recall reading some quotes Mister Lennon made that were very conservative in their outlook, don’t recall now where that might have been…sorry.

    This “revelation” is something I file in the stack marked “interesting but so what” in that it re-enforces what conservatives already feel and for the Lennon devotees that skew to the left it is unsubstantiated rumor and I doubt there is anything that could get them to believe any different about their guy. But I may be wrong, it has happened before.

    • kbiel

      Here he rebukes a hippie fan with some common sense.

      And “Revolution” was a rebuke to the oxymoronic militant peaceniks who kept writing to the band asking them to ignite the communist revolution.

      I still think there is not enough evidence in total to say Lennon was some neocon or Reagancrat or ex-hippie, but he wasn’t quite the whacked liberal avatar that most people peg him as either.

  • There are also reports that John went through a born-again Christian period, in which he was an avid fan of Pat Robertson’s “700 Club.” Yoko managed to wean him away from that. I feel pity for the man, all in all, but personally consider his work more destructive than not, taken all together. But I have always taken pleasure in defying my own generation and its shibboleths. It’s probably just a contrary species of conformism.

  • JimmyC

    Note to 2012 Primary voters: The last time we had a true-blue conservative in the White House, he won over both Dennis Hopper and John Lennon. In addition to winning 49 out of 50 states, of course. Maybe we should try that again, instead of trying to kiss up to liberals by pushing another wishy-washy “compassionate conservative” into the spotlight. Just a thought.

  • Scott M.

    I like Ibsen,Lars!His last words weren’t the best,though.For that I submit Ethan Allen.Some two bit clergyman at his deathbed said to him,”Ethan,the angels are waiting for you!”.To which Ethan replied,”Well goddamn’em,let ‘em wait!”. Heh!

  • Scott M.

    I know the book,Lars,it’s called “Intellectuals”.A few of those other intellectuals were Rousseau,Marx,Sartre,Shelley.Among those wolves I would rate Ibsen a lamb.

  • Rufus,

    Thanks for your nice comment regarding my post, and for the Mark Steyn (love him!) link! I can’t wait to read it.

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