“Yeah!” says an astonished John. “In 1920s California, a fashion statement was to have an outfit that would be appropriate in the summer. So you’d put on a bunch of tights and a short summer dress with a pair of pants, put on a belt and you’d be a flapper.
“But by 1937, everyone was wearing a pair of pants and a bow tie. For my part, my father, he wanted to get away from these things. He said ‘This is a stupid look’. So he started wearing tights.”
John’s father John Lennon’s first taste of rock ‘n’ roll as the son of a musician came in 1970 when he had an epiphany that rock ‘n’ roll had a voice.
“I’m sitting in L.A. in 1972 and a guy walks into the Beatles Club,” he explains, sitting on a leather couch in L.A.’s West Hollywood studio.
“He was in this old Cadillac and he was trying to look like one of the Beatles.
“So I said ‘Hey, man, I have something for you’. And he said ‘What kind of thing?’ And I said ‘You see this?’ He said ‘No, I’ve seen too much – I’ve seen you!’ So I offered him a bottle – I think it was a gin bottle.
“I said ‘Give it to me if you want a taste of what rock ‘n’ roll is like.’ And I handed him the bottle. ‘Ah, I love you,’ he said. ‘Well, I suppose we are now all very much alike.’
“But my father was a complete loser. He was very unhappy so he was always trying to get some kind of a solution to be a successful musician.
“So in 1978, I was invited to be one of the first Rock Star Players of The Year. Rock Star players were the stars on the circuit who made a living off of playing music and had become so popular in their respective city communities, they had to take an additional job and would travel the country or the world on the circuit.
“So I became an engineer working for Bill Graham because he was the only musician that would make a living doing these type of things which is how I ended up going to London.”
Rock stars at rock concerts
“When I was 15 or 16 I made my first record of the kind of thing that rock ‘n’ roll was
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