Wednesday, March 30, 2011

John Lennon is briefly questioned regarding Manson in a 1970 Rolling Stone interview:

Rolling Stone: What did you think of Manson and that thing?

Lennon: I don’t know what I thought when it happened, I just think a lot of the things he says are true, that he is a child of the state, made by us, and he took their children in when nobody else would, is what he did. Of course he’s cracked, alright.

Rolling Stone: What about “Helter Skelter”?

Lennon: Well, he’s balmy, he’s like any other Beatle kind of fan who read mysticism into it. I mean we used to have a laugh putting this, that, or the other in, in a lighthearted way. Some intellectual would read us, some symbolic youth generation wants it, but we also took seriously some parts of the role… but, I don’t know, what’s “Helter Skelter” got to do with knifing somebody? I’ve never listened to the words properly; it was just a noise…


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Lennon's entire first paragraph seems sympathetic of Manson, but then he ends by saying...
"Of course he’s cracked, alright". LOLOL

That must be the British version of "whacked". LOL

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Interesting that lennon goes kinda easy on manson, considering eveything had just happened. 1970.

katie8753 said...

"what’s “Helter Skelter” got to do with knifing somebody? I’ve never listened to the words properly; it was just a noise… "

HA HA. Well said, John Winston Ono Lennon. It was just a noise.

It was a lot of noise at Spahn Ranch. That white album blasting all day.

Yeah Lynyrd, he's cracked and he's also "balmy". LOL.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...


"Cracked AND Balmy".

That was a good one!.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Bob... we're "getting it on"!

I seriously just lost my coffee all over the screen! LOL

Katie's been my co-pilot for a long time... so, if she wants to be Edith... that's fine with me.

After all... when Jean Stapleton left "All in the Family"... the spin-off "Archie's Place" sucked. LOL

katie8753 said...

Bobby, I love to run outta the kitchen with my apron on and say: "Aaahhhhchhhiiee, I'm so glad ya home. How was ya day at the blog????"

Then he says to me: "Edith, stop the stampede and just bring me a nice, cold beah? And get some dinner on the table - huh? Wup-te-do."

"Right away, Ahchie."


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...


Mary said...

You too crack me up!