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John Lennon 1980 footage -Insanely Uber Rare

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by WildHoneyPie9, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. WildHoneyPie9

    WildHoneyPie9 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    There isn't a lot of footage of John Lennon from 1980 but now we have some new material filmed on october 13, 1980 during Seans birthday party at Tavern On the Green in NYC. We can also see John and Yoko's art dealer and close friend Sam Green and Seans nanny Helen Seaman.

    Enjoy this wonderful footage. :)

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  2. Veggie Boy

    Veggie Boy still trudgin'

    Central Canada

    John looked happy, like he really had his act together, and was optimistic about the future.

    RIP John Lennon
  3. Doggiedogma

    Doggiedogma Forum Resident

    Nice video, like the Harlem Globetrotters pinball! Touching to see John and Sean together having fun.
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  4. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    Hardly rare as this footage has been around for almost 2 years now and much longer before that in private collectors hands. If this has stunned you then you obviously would be amazed at what is out there :)
  5. WildHoneyPie9

    WildHoneyPie9 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    There is a lot of footage from 1979 which has been on YouTube for years but this is kinda rare. We saw bits of it in the Imagine movie and a video but not the whole thing.

    Anyway, not everybody has seen this before so it's still cool.
  6. Brother Maynard

    Brother Maynard Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    Thanks for sharing. Not everyone has seen this.
  7. AlmanacZinger

    AlmanacZinger Zingin'

    The Land of Zaat
    You can really see that John was finally coming into his own. And that was going to be a positive effect for many other people in his life. What a crying shame.
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  8. AlmanacZinger

    AlmanacZinger Zingin'

    The Land of Zaat
    Feel free to post. Would be much obliged. The more Lennon clips, the merrier.
  9. sbsugar

    sbsugar Representing Benton County since 2010

    I had never seen this, thanks for posting...and making me cry a bit. Wow.
  10. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Never seen this, thanks. I don't think one can read much into it except John looks physically fit and alert.
  11. Dwight Fry

    Dwight Fry Forum Resident

    Gulfport, Florida
    Back in the 1990's, a Beatles collector bragged to me about owning hours of Lennon's private home videos, courtesy of Fred Seaman.

    It was one of those conversations where you try and politely end the conversation immediately...while slowly backing away...
  12. Forgive my ignorance, but is there any reason why John wouldn't have looked fitter, happier, more productive, in 1980, given that he had spent 5 years relaxing with family at his home? Getting back with Yoko and having Sean in 1975, the "lost weekend" was far behind, by the time Sean was born. I would expect a man in his late 30s to look and feel pretty good. Or, am I missing something?
  13. Veggie Boy

    Veggie Boy still trudgin'

    Central Canada
    There isn't anything unexpected about this. It is just incredibly sad seeing this and knowing what is going to happen less than two months later.
  14. noahjld

    noahjld Der Wixxer

    The Chapman footage?
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  15. oboogie

    oboogie Forum Resident

    I have seen pictures from the birthday party but I have never seen the filmed footage. Thank you for sharing!
  16. beatleroadie

    beatleroadie Forum Resident

    OK now give us the studio footage of John from 1980. Amazing how such little images and video we have from the making of what was John's planned "comeback" album. Did he not plan on promoting it much except for a few interviews?

    If I was Jack Douglas I'd have been hounding John and Yoko about getting a top photographer and filmmaker in the studio for some of the sessions.
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  17. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    He was booked to play the John Harms in Englewood NJ that New Years Eve and my local paper had a half page ad for the show right under the half page obit.
  18. mbleicher1

    mbleicher1 Tube Amp Curmudgeon

    Gosh, am I the only one who thinks he looks too thin, and maybe ten years older than he is?
  19. beatleroadie

    beatleroadie Forum Resident

    No you're not seeing things. In fact images and footage of John from 1974 (his alleged "lost weekend"), he looks very fit and healthy.

    It think it was only the first couple months out in LA that he went a little wild with booze, and after that he got pretty healthy and was in great shape. You an see his arms looking like he's been lifting weights in some sleeveless pics from 74.

    By 1980, he looks a decade older, and is very thin, almost frail, for sure. Reminds me of Bowie in 1974/75 at the height of his cocaine use and malnutricious diet.
  20. Dodoz

    Dodoz Forum Resident

    Yeah, I would never call John in 1980 "fit". Nowadays it seems that "fit" means "skinny", "thin", "anorexic", or whatever. Overly slim. It's not.
  21. No Bull

    No Bull Forum Resident

    Orlando Florida
    everyone looks happy and at peace. nice video.
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  22. Ram4

    Ram4 Lookin' good

    Damn this is hard to watch. So sad to know it would end a couple of months later.
  23. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    I think thin people were more normal in 1980, George was super thin for a while in the 70s. Nowadays not many people are truly thin.
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  24. drbryant

    drbryant Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Actually, he looks around 40 to me, and he seems to have the build of many Japanese men who eat at home and avoid take out places. The traditional Japanese diet has very little fat. Perhaps he spent five years eating “fish and rice” instead of “fish and chips”?
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  25. drbryant

    drbryant Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    If you have a link to more footage, please post. I would love to see it. What does it consist of?
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