(CBS) John Lennon: Musician, advocate…closet Republican?


The singer’s former assistant claims in a new documentary that Lennon was a Ronald Reagan fan and a conservative at the time of his death. The Toronto Sun reports that Fred Seaman, Lennon’s assistant from 1979 until his death in 1980, made the revelations in the documentary “Beatles Stories.”


“John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter,” Seaman reportedly told filmmaker Seth Swirsky.


“He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the ’70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me,” he continued.


Seaman added that Lennon was embarrassed by his earlier radicalism.


“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist. He enjoyed really provoking my uncle. Maybe he was being provocative. But it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism,” Seaman reportedly said. “He was a very different person back in 1979 and ’80 than he’d been when he wrote ‘Imagine.’ By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”



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