What John Lennon Thought About Late 1960s and Early 1970s Rock Stars

by Jeremy Spirogis
John Lennon wearing yellow glasses

John Lennon made a lot of his greatest work within the late 1960s and early 1970s — and he apparently paid important consideration to among the acts of that period. He as soon as opened up about his emotions on Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac and others who discovered success in that point interval. Interestingly, sure different musicians from the period admitted the Beatles impressed them.

John Lennon wearing yellow glasses
John Lennon | Ron Howard/Redferns

Some of the 1960s and 1970s rock icons John Lennon listened to

One of probably the most well-known books about John is a book-length interview known as Lennon Remembers. It incorporates a December 1970 interview John gave to Jann S. Wenner of Rolling Stone. As the ebook’s title implies, it consists of numerous John’s reminiscences. However, he additionally discusses modern music within the interview. 

“It’s interesting to hear Van Morrison,” John stated. “He seems to be doing nice stuff … he is one of them that became an American like Eric Burdon. I just never have time for a whole album.” It appears John meant Morrison and Burdon (the lead singer of War) turned American within the sense that they took numerous inspiration from American music.

[embedded content material]

“Moondance” by Van Morrison

RELATED: The Woodstock Guitarist John Lennon Felt Couldn’t ‘Play in the Real Sense’

I solely heard Neil Young twice,” John continued, “you can pick him out a mile away, the whole style. He writes some nice songs.” On the topic of folk-rock, John additionally discussed James Taylor. He admitted he wasn’t initially very occupied with Taylor’s music. However, he grew to love Taylor’s work increasingly as he heard him on the radio.

After that, John praised some of the standard bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s. “I like Creedence Clearwater [Revival]. They make lovely Clearwater music – they make good rock ‘n’ roll music. You see it’s tough if you ask me what I like, there’s numerous stuff I’ve heard that I feel is incredible on the radio right here, however I haven’t caught who they’re half the time.

[embedded content material]

“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

RELATED: The John Lennon Song That Was Inspired by a Horror Movie

The Beatles’ affect on standard 1970s musicians

Elsewhere within the interview, John stated he might inform the place all of the newer teams like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac “came from.” Specifically, he stated that he might take heed to newer teams and inform after they had taken some inspiration from the Beatles or different musicians.

Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac are very completely different bands, however you could possibly argue they each took some inspiration from the Beatles. There’s actually some similarities between Fleetwood Mac’s discography and the Beatles’ folks songs — and similarities between Led Zeppelin’s discography and the Beatles’ heavier rock songs. Interestingly, Far Out experiences the Beatles took some inspiration from Fleetwood Mac. Specifically, Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross” impressed the Fab Four’s “Sun King.”

[embedded content material]

“Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac

RELATED: When John Lennon Threw up for Hours Before a Show He Almost Didn’t Perform

The Beatles’ affect doesn’t finish there. According to Loudersound a number of different musicians who discovered success within the 1970s admitted the Beatles impressed them. These musicians embrace Gene Simmons of Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, and Robert Fripp of King Crimson. John had quite a bit to say about 1970s rock music — and it owed quite a bit to him.

Leave a Comment