Julian Lennon Interview from
|Interviewer: Melanie Ambrose (Mel)
Presenter: Peter Luck (PL)
PL: The handsome musician (John Lennon) could do no wrong. He was- and still is idolized by tens of thousands, but not his son Julian. In this amazingly frank interview Julian lashes out as his father for abandoning him and his mother. It's strong stuff. And he also accuses Yoko Ono of manipulating his half brother Sean and stirring up a family feud over John Lennon's half a billion dollar estate. Today Tonight's Melanie Ambrose spoke to Julian Lennon in his London home.
["Day After Day" video clip]
Mel(background): He may look and sound like John Lennon but this 35 year old wants to be recognized for his own musical talents. For most of Julian Lennon's adult life living in the shadow of his famous father has been a heavy burden to bare. But seven years of soul searching has changed that- and now he's back with a new album and a new attitude.
['I Don't Wanna Know' video clip]
Mel (background): If Julian Lennon has upset Beatles fans in the past then surely this is not going to help. 'I don't want to know' is a send up of the Beatles. While Julian has spent years shying away from his father's legacy and, that of the fab four, he now feels confident to take it on.
Mel: The album is dedicated to...
Mel (background): Julian was four when his father walked out on first wife Cynthia to live with Yoko Ono. He saw him less than half a dozen times before his assassination by a crazed fan in 1980.
Mel: A hypocrite.
Mel:(background) Eventually Julian's mother Cynthia came out fighting for her son.
Jules: Mum got the sort of balls to call him up and said 'Look! Y'know... I know you've disappeared off into another world but you still have a son here and it's about time you spoke to him' So..y'know it was mum who forced him to start communicating with me again.
Mel (background): The family feud has intensified further with the release of Julian's album in the same week as that of his half brother Sean. While Julian broke his seven year silence at a press conference... Sean was launching 'Into The Sun' with sensational claims about his fathers assassination. But Julian says his younger brother is not to blame.
Mel: And you thought when you read that...
Mel: So an overprotective mother...
[Shows Jules standing on the balcony...leaning his
chin on his fist..:)
Mel (Background): The bitterness doesn't end there. Julian's had to fight for money from his father's estate the former Beatle left all five hundred million dollars of it to his widow. Only in the last two years has Julian agreed to a settlement although he's forbidden to disclose how much it is. But what upsets him most is Yoko selling off Lennon memorabilia. Personal possessions that have cost him thousands to buy back.
PL: And more of the revealing Julian Lennon in a moment. And... the musician's Australian connection.
PL: Ok part two of our exclusive Julian Lennon interview now. And the 35 year old has a passion other than music... and...it's Australia.
[Saltwater clip & Eyes Of The Soul]
Mel (background): The future of the planet is also something Julian deeply cares about. It was the inspiration for his hit single Saltwater which was used for this film 'Eyes Of The Soul'. The connection between Indigenous people and Animals led him on a journey to Australia.
[September 5th National Tree Day advertisement w/ Jules for Planet Ark (Real Audio) -- www.planetark.org background talking about Jules's love for the environment ]
Transcription by Sandy
Background/Flowers from the 'Photograph Smile' CD inlet by Angelika Letsch.
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