Rolling Stone Magazine (German Edition), June 1998
This is Page One of a Three Page interview
taken from the German June 1998 Issue of Rolling Stone.
Special thanks to Nina for translating this and for the photos. Great job Nina! Thank you!
|History is full of them: genius, powerful, famous (or just filthy
rich) men and their descendants, who tried hard to carry over the legacy
of their fathers and in general failed miserably. And if - as
in the case of Julian Lennon - the father thinks he's bigger than Jesus,
the son only has the choice between Godfather or total failure. Or not?
In the meantime, if you sit face to face with Julian Lennon, already 35 years old, and close you eyes for a moment, you can't believe your ears. The same nasal and quite tiny voice, that from time to time sounds a bit condescending, like the genius Beatle who was killed in 1980. And the looking does the rest, only the black horn-rimmed spectacles with the orange colored glasses sets him apart from father John. But nothing of a tragically son-figure a la Ghetty Jr. or Mitchum Jr., because Julian Lennon is totally un-vain, very eloquent and extremely polite.
But if the son takes a break of seven years after his four albums - convincing: "Valotte" and "Secret Value..." , mediocre: "Mr. Jordan", poor: "Help yourself" - to come back in 1998 with the brilliant "Photograph Smile" (on which Julian more than once sounds like John during the Fab Four era), then you have to ask him - even if it could mean to be thrown out - how he lives or suffers with a name like Lennon and what motivation and self-discipline one need in order to not be dismissed as an outsider or go down as "the small Lennon" in pop history.
© 1998 Rolling Stone Magazine
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