Paul McCartney and Yoko furious over John Lennon’s ‘gay lust’ book.

OK ladies and gentleman I’ve have begun reading this book, and I must not have gotten this far yet.  Boy oh boy does this little bit of news make the book that much more interesting.  The news sounds like something out of the tabloids to me.

This is not the first time that we’ve heard grumblings about John Lennon lusting after another man. We all know that allegedly John Lennon and Brian Epstein supposedly did or did not have some kind of tryst on a trip to Spain together in 1963.  It did happen, it did not happen, we really do not know for sure.

In this new book Phillip Norman accuses Lennon of further lust with his bandmate Paul McCartney and his own mother.   Now, that’s just taking things a bit too far.  I personally don’t believe it. 

Here’s a description of the book, John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman.

For more than a quarter century, Philip Norman’s internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world’s most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.

This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon’s much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore—his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book’s numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon—whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before—and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.

Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions—tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure—and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

I’ll give you my own thoughts on this once I finish the book for myself in a future review.  For now, this news leaves more than a few people (Yoko and Paul) steaming mad.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono are furious after a new book they helped with accuses John Lennon of wanting a gay relationship with Macca.

It also alleges Lennon fantasised about sleeping with his MUM.

Yoko, 75, agreed to be interviewed for John Lennon: The Life, written by respected Beatles author Philip Norman Paul McCartney also co-operated.

But she and Macca are now distancing themselves from it and Yoko has withdrawn her endorsement.

A friend said: “Both Sir Paul and Yoko are extremely angry and upset.”

Source: Daily Mirror


63 Responses

  1. I’ve read Johns interviews where he’s talking about his mother and I think because he didn’t grow up with her and because he was a teenager it was just normal curiousity. I haven’t read the book but perhaps Phillip Norman takes it out of context.

    As for having a crush on Paul, I can’t honestly say I’m surprised.

  2. I’m not surprised either re.Paul….I am more surprised that this has not been claimed before, frankly.

  3. I think that some part of those stories maybe true. If you heard john in a 1979 audio diary, he explains how he grab her mother´s tit in some weird moment when he was a teenager. That audio is part of the Lost Lennon Tapes. When i first heard about it i was stunt, but i really think that john was a really complex person about his sexuality.

  4. I really don’t believe the Paul McCartney rumor, and I understand how him and Yoko can be furious about it.
    How can you make such a blunt accusation on one of the best musicians of all time?

    • Funny how people can easily dismiss ANY kind of attraction that John and Paul might have had for each other.

      What’s the big deal? And would it really change your opinion of them if it ever came out that they did?

      NO wonder many in the BIZ had a deep fear of being outed as gay or BI in the 60’s and 70’s.

      Shanel said – “How can you make such a blunt accusation on one of the best musicians of all time?”

      Dig deep, read what you can on the dynamics of their complex relationship and really look at the lyrics to the songs they wrote to each other. Look at all the many photographs of the two of them together.

      Whether they had sex or NOT, there is no denying in my eyes that they had a deep connection between them that in my opinion verged on a romance and attraction that went beyond gender.

      It’s sad that people can’t grasp that in this day and age, that two men could be soul mates and could even love each other more than just friends; even if they never acted on it with sex.

  5. “I am more surprised that this has not been claimed before, frankly.”

    Same here. Not because I think its true but because so many claims have been made about John Lennon since his death. If there was even the slightest evidence of this it would have been revealed long ago.

    I remember that Paul has said that if John had been truly Gay he would certainly had known. That the endless number of female groupies that John hooked up with during their touring days was a clear sign to the the contrary.

    Not that it matters to me. It would not affect my opinion one way or other if John Lennon had been gay or bisexual. He is my hero. PERIOD.

    But as someone once sang “Just gimme some truth!” It a disservice to John’s legacy for these inaccuracies about him to be spread.

  6. Just some bullshit to cash in on the Lennon myth. And make people talk about him and debate him. If you really think about it, what makes legends interesting, is that you don’t know them, but you sometimes think you are, because you are close to the music. If Lennon was gay, we will never know, because the guy is dead. So it’a an ever circulating myth to keep his legend going. Probably he was just a normal guy, who happend to be good at making music.

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  8. doesn’t every boy / man have sexual fantasies about his mother or other boys once in a while – or at least once in his life?
    well, 99 percent will never admit it and 99,9 percent would never talk about it in public but I think there’s no reason to make a scandal out of it.
    we all know john was special … thank god he was …

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  10. Paul was close to him and would have known. They slept in the same bed on the road in the early days. Believe me, if it were true we would have known by now.

    Beatle Bob
    (Bootleg reviewer: Bootlegzone/910/Yahoo Beatleglist, etc)

  11. John would be laughing at all of us…

  12. Maybe John and Paul were secretly in love with each other? Maybe that’s the reason why The Beatles broke up? They were so jealous of each others wifes and couldn’t stand to look at each other in the arms of a girl? Maybe The Beatles really were a gay band, and desperately wanted to be The Village People? With a few adjustments we can actually rewrite history and make it happen: A Hard Gays Night, A Gay in the Life, Blue Gay Way, Good Gay Sunshine, Yestergay, Eight Gays A Week. You see? The Beatles were probably a gay band in disguise and it’s time for Paul and Ringo to come out of the closet. There’s no need to hide you’re love away anymore.

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  14. I really, really hope that John Lennon and Paul McCartney did have a secret love affair. It would have been so sexy!

  15. I heard somewhere, maybe it was Entertainment Weekly, that while doing interviews with Philip Norman, Yoko brought out a recording from Apple Studios. The recording featured John calling out to Paul in a subservient, almost sexual tone, and Ono allegedly said something along the lines of “This is why I think [John] had the hots for [Paul].” And then she stopped giving interviews (that much is confirmed) but idk if that was why

    It seems strange that she would randomly produce the tape and start the gay rumors herself, but I don’t know. And if the tape does exist… I mean, come on, no one was ever as silly as the Beatles. It was probably a gag.

  16. It’s almost comical that so many of you think that Paul would tell the truth about this, if asked. He lies constantly in interviews.

    • . . . . . .. . . wow . . . .. .. .. its amazing how stupid the people who believe in this bull are . . . . just amazing

  17. About the level of discussion, that is a key element for where contexts are put up with each person and/or generation. In those days – for those who crave for or hate memories – all these issues were open. It’s just today that all this stuff has gone back into lies and closets, so there´s this justification mania. Back to right or wrong, eh, folks? All prudish ole’ girls again.

  18. Avilos -“Not that it matters to me. It would not affect my opinion one way or other if John Lennon had been gay or bisexual. He is my hero. PERIOD.” –

    I agree with the comment above!

    And with >Wolf ‘s comment…. “I think there’s no reason to make a scandal out of it.”

    BUT it would of been a huge scandal in the 60’s and 70’s. I’m thankful it’s getting better today.

  19. Who cares if John was bisexual or into Satan or into donkeys? He is dead..Let him rest.

    • I agree with you, Peter. I love John for the man he was and the music he gave us. I couldn’t care less what his sexual preferences were. That’s HIS business. Let the man rest in peace everyone. He gave us an incredible gift. Can we not just remember and love him for that?

  20. Well, If John Lennon was Gay or Bi sexual.. who fucking cares? The man made beautiful music.. and now he’s dead.. so I don’t know why everyone’s talking about it now. It’s pointless.. Let the man Rest In Peace for cryin’ out loud.

  21. I for one cannot stand Philip Norman. In his book Shout! he says that Sgt. Pepper’s was all John’s idea and that Paul wishes he could think of something as good. Well, we all know that Sgt. Pepper’s was completely Paul’s. I’m not saying Paul was better. I believe they were equals. But Shout! casts John as the magic behind the Beatles and casts Paul as the sidekick. And thats just not so. I wouldn’t believe anything Philip Norman says or writes because he clearly doesn’t care about accuracy.

    • So very true, besides Phillip Norman is a jack a** for saying stuff like that, I dont think he needs to be writing that sh** and just let Johnny rest in peace.

  22. I dont give a rats a** if lennon was gay,bisexual or came straight of Hell. The Man is G-R-E-A-T. And honestly, i think its just a snarry attack on the Genius. The Man is LEGENDARY!!!!!!

  23. I would like to think that Paul and John had a secret relationship, but its not like Paul is going to answer yes to that. Then it wouldn’t be secret, would it?
    But, either way, John and Paul are great musicians and nobody should care about their sexuality or anything else. Just enjoy the music.

  24. Frankly, it’s really nobody’s business whether John or Paul were gay. I think the most disturbing thing (to me, anyway) is that people can’t accept that two men could love each other and be as close as those two were without being gay. They read everything into their music; even believing that the romantic songs they wrote were for each other. Honestly, if you’re of the mindset of believing they were homosexual lovers, it would be easy for you to read every little expression of affection in a song as a “love letter” to the other to support your assumptions. I’ve never even entertained the notion that they were gay..but if they were, so what?

    ..and as for Paul being a liar in interviews, that just seems rather ridiculous. I just read an old Playboy interview with him and he couldn’t have been more candid. That said, if an interviewer asked him if he and John were gay lovers or if John lusted after other men, he has every right to side-step the question or refuse to openly acknowledge it. That doesn’t make him a liar; just someone who would rather not discuss something so personal (and perhaps sacred) in public. It’s his business and nobody else’s. I don’t see how fame makes it a given that one is required to reveal the most personal of details of one’s lives. People should just let it go and stop trying to speculate, or worse, accuse when they don’t even know for sure if it was true.

    Lastly, I know that John used to make comments that suggested he was gay/bi or was “after” Paul..but I also know that he had a very cheeky wit–they all did. This is just another example of reading too much into things. Let it go. The only person who really knows the truth is no longer here to tell it.

  25. Howard Stern’s comments on Paul say more for me then anyone’s. also, in Q magazine, when asked how he would spend the day with John if John came back for one day, Paul replied, “In bed.”

  26. John was a helluva man with a good heart and I for one don’t care what his sexual preferences were as far as men and women go. All I know is that he’s always been a hero to me and always will be. RIP John.

  27. I am with one of the above commentors….had they been lovers that would have been extremely hot. Hubba hubba.

  28. Y’know… It isn’t really that scandalous in the book. Besides, Philip deliberately leaves some “gay clues” about John out of the book. He doesn’t claim John was gay ( a far cry from it),just perhaps that he might have had some passing romantic/erotic feelings towards John (or that he wanted to “experience” things like he later on said in an interview) and goes even further by saying that Paul was dead straight. No romance there, huh. Personally I believe it’s much more likely that Brian and Paul had “something”.

  29. I correct myself: Brian and John, not Brian and Paul. The thought of it made me laugh

  30. Ummmmm? Really people? What the fuck is up with this? All i have to say 🙂

  31. Absolutely obvious to sentient human being. Ofcourse Lennon & Paul were by sexual. Paul never had a rewarding relationship after Lennon left him for Ono…
    The video “Coming Up” seems to mock Ono while extending a warning to Lennon that he was threatening his life with his antiwar, anti-establishment stance. The establishment would kill him, citing as common…the lone nut assassin, just days after Pauls release of Pauls song “Coming Up”

  32. But Paul and John r best friends that couldn’t happen

  33. John was a real peace maker he cared a lot 😔

  34. Every time two famous makes are friends everyone seems to think they’re gay. What, two men can’t be best buds anymore? Hate the media nowadays…

  35. John, according to Tony Barrow in the video ‘The Beatles Biggest Secrets’ was an intrepid sexual adventurer who would turn nothing down in the Hamburg days of the Beatles. In my opinion, John was not gay, but was simply bi-curious at that time. I think he preferred men to women, but you could see that there was someting effiminate about him all of his short life. I don’t care – I just loved his music!

  36. The years back then were very busy new and celebratory, people stayed around with similar attitudes but time faded a lot of it away due to the music business pressures…

  37. That’s not suprised ..i’m suprised that so many people are blind to their relationship.

    People, GET OVER IT… sooner or later the truth comes out.

  38. That’s not surprised..i’m surprised that so many people are blind to their relationship.

    People, GET OVER IT… sooner or later the truth comes out.

  39. Can you people imagine the scandal and horror that would have been put on John and Paul if they came out? IT HAD TO BE A SECRET.
    [Lennon] adds that he had never met an attractive woman that had sexually aroused him to any great degree. Quote from here ––Yokos-History-65180902.html

    • I agree. It would have been a huge scandal. Even nowadays, I’m sure a lot of people would go against them.
      I have no idea if what they had was sexual or not, but there is no question in my mind that they loved each other very much and that what they had was the closest to a love affair.

      I remember that quote.

  40. Why hasn’t any one said that it was YOKO who made the allegations. SHE brought it up!! I read the book. SHE is the one with the axe to grind. She wants us to get disgusted with John and flip our love over to her (never will happen).

    • Yes it was Yoko. Which if anything makes it much more interesting. I read the book too and though I’m not a fan of Norman’s, I can say that it was fairly good.

      I am not a fan of Yoko either. She gives me a headache every time I see her, but I don’t think she was trying to make us disgust John. For some reason I think that she meant what she said. She really thinks that John’s feelings for Paul were much deeper tnan the public thinks. And she may be very much right about that. If you listen to early recordings of her, she speaks about it and how John and Paul were “strangely” close and if Paul had been a woman she (Yoko) wouldn’t even stand a chance with John. And I honestly agree.

      Now, if those statements were true. There is not reason to dislike John. A person’s sexual orientation is no reason to stop loving them. What is so wrong with one man loving another man? and what if the other loved him back? it’s just love.

      • I’m not surprised at all by the speculation about John and Paul being lovers. I tend to believe they were and it’s fine with me. I love that they loved each other in however way that manifested.

        Everyone seems down on Hoffman, calling him a sleeze and his book about John trash. Yoko and Paul are said to be furious about his claims that John was gay, etc. My question is if this is true, why did Paul authorize Hoffman to write a bio of him, knowing that the possible gay relationship would be covered? By authorizing this book and giving the OK for inner circle people to talk to Hoffman, looks like Paul trusts him to tell the truth, and Paul already knows what that truth is.

        Paul himself has said there are things about John that he can’t talk about while Yoko is living. Also, Yoko has said that John told her nobody had ever hurt him as much as Paul. That sounds like something lovers would say. If you really were just pals and band mates, Paul wouldn’t have had the power to hurt John so much. Will Paul someday set the record straight about his real relationship with John? Maybe. I’d love to know, but does it really matter?

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