Washington Killed Lennon,
So Says Son Sean
by David Sapsted
Lennon's youngest son yesterday blamed the fatal
shooting of his father almost 20 years ago on
a conspiracy backed by the United States government.
Lennon, who made his debut as a solo artist
last month, told New Yorker magazine that the
ex-Beatle was a "counter-cultural revolutionary"
who the American government could not ignore.
He said: "He was dangerous to the government.
If he had said, 'Bomb the White House tomorrow',
there would have been 10,000 people who would
have done it. These pacifist revolutionaries are
historically killed by the government.
who thinks that Mark Chapman [who shot Lennon
outside his New York apartment in 1980] was just
some crazy guy who killed my dad for his personal
interests, is insane. Or very naive. Or hasn't
thought about it clearly. It was in the best interests
of the United States to have my dad killed. Definitely.
And, you know, that worked against them because,
once he died, his powers grew . . . They didn't
get what they wanted."
The young Lennon, 22, told the magazine that his
childhood with mother Yoko Ono was "as close to
normal" as it could be, except that he had two
armed detectives as companions. Like his father,
he has an elder Japanese girlfriend - 37-year-old
Yuka Honda - and is passionate about racism, rain
forests and sexual harassment. He is also a big
Beach Boys fan.
his half-brother Julian's singing career faded
quickly, Sean Lennon told New Yorker he wanted
to be known for his own style of music. He said
"The more I make my own path, the less people
will associate me with my parents. If you go to
a high school and ask kids to tell you the difference
between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, they don't
even know what band they were in."
New York Police Department's exhaustive investigation
into John Lennon's killing found no evidence that
the disturbed Chapman did not act alone.
young Lennon's debut album, Into the Sun, has
recently appeared in American record shops. In
1995, he sang with his mother on an album, Rising.
He said of his new album: "This is a time when
a lot of people are making records that are negative
and sad, and I just wanted to do the antithesis
of that, so I tried to do something that was light
and romantic and beautiful and positive. I felt
that would be a kind of rebellious thing to do."
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