NBC United States 25 October 1984
Part 2 of a 2 part interview done by NBC's Bryant Gumbel of the Today Show
This is part of an exclusive conversation taped earlier this week with a brand new musical talent, the one whose voice feels like the return of an old friend.
There's no question that 21-year-old Julian Lennon sounds like his father, the late John Lennon. In fact, it may have first kept some critics from giving Julian his due. The fact is, he wrote all but one of the songs on his just released first album Valotte, named for the French chateau that was his home while he composed. It is an outstanding first work for an artist who only recently decided to try a career like his father's.
I don't mean to embarrass you but you are a very polite, and very nice soft-spoken young man. You are not at all what you are portrayed to be in the London press. How did you come away with such a bad image there?
Do you still feel they're picking on you a little bit?
Let's take a look at your up-to-date work, your first video to be released, this is the title song from the album Valotte. It was directed by Sam Peckinpah and set to premiere next week on MTV. We've been given permission to show a little bit of it so we'll take a peek.
(Video clip of "Valotte")
You sound like your dad and I hope you take that as a compliment.
I had read an article that from you that said, "Everyone thinks I'm rolling in money but that's just not true." Would it be accurate to say that, even to this point, you're still very much dependent upon the generosity of Yoko for funds for you?
How would you characterize your relationship with her?
Do you ever see yourself recording with her down the road - with Yoko?
And although there is a considerable gap in age, we're told Sean has a deal of talent. You ever see yourself recording with him or is that something you're opposed to?
And your future, as difficult as it is to ask, do you fear for your life?
On a final note, I don't mean this to be too inside, but do you ever think you'll see the feather float down the room?
For the record, your dad had told you that would be the signal that he's okay.
I'm sure he's watching. Julian, continued success. Thank you.
Much appreciated. Two quick notes on Julian's direct influence on a couple of Beatle records. Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" to Julian after Cynthia, his mother, and John split. And "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" it didn't stand for LSD, Lucy was a friend of Julian's and he put some diamonds on a piece of paper and John happened to see it and there was the song.
Transcription & Captures by CJ Burianek
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