Julian Lennon displaying
Lennon admits that he has often struggled with dealing with the legend of his father, which grew ten-fold when John Lennon was gunned down by a crazed fan outside his New York City residence in 1980.
"It's certainly been a handful," he says of growing up with the Lennon name.
Despite struggling with his father's death and legacy, Julian released four albums between the years 1984 and 1991, with combined sales of five and a half million. But when Lennon's independent label Charisma records was absorbed by a larger label, he felt suffocated by this new control over his career. So he quit the music business.
But now, after a seven year break, Lennon is back with a new CD, "Photograph Smile." What convinced him to come back?
"I think the thing was that if I left behind the music industry, that the last four records were not a good enough legacy to leave behind," Lennon told Showbiz Today. "So I felt it was necessary for me to come back with an album that I felt complete with."
One song on the album, "Day After Day," is indicative of the autobiographic perspective Lennon takes in his songwriting.
"Basically, it's about a soldier who's at war, any war," says Lennon. "The only thing that keeps him going is the hope and faith that one day he's going to make it back to his friends and family and the people he loves. And that related to me and anyone who works away from home so much."
Background/Flowers from the 'Photograph Smile'
CD inlet by Angelika Letsch.
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