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I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« on: February 22, 2008, 03:19:07 PM »

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan managed to track down John Lennon at the hotel during his peace bed-in in Toronto. He ended up wangling an exclusive interview with John. The article of his adventure is here:

http://www.levitanlawyers.com/press/1.html

My system's too slow to play the video, but apparently you can hear the interview here:

http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1935

Enjoy!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 06:24:47 PM »


Wow. What a fantastic, fortunately un-professionally-filtered recount of a young interviewer's experience. Thanks for posting that!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008, 06:25:40 PM »

the text is too small. i don't want to hurt my eyes since i've got an exam tomorrow.
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008, 08:45:20 PM »

Lucky kid!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008, 12:26:06 AM »

Well, he made his luck. He certainly put in the legwork to run John down! :)

Blackmath, don't hurt your eyes. You can play the sound link instead if you have a fast connection.

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Wow. What a fantastic, fortunately un-professionally-filtered recount of a young interviewer's experience. Thanks for posting that!
What's so amazing (among other things) is the kid was just winging it. He moved from world peace into John's work into Beatles collaborations, all without a pause. So glib; No wonder he became lawyer! :) Still, I'm sure this is what the Beatles craved-- real interactions from their fans, and Jerry certainly qualified.
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008, 08:34:16 AM »

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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 01:50:34 AM »

Nice little interview.

The story has an "Almost Famous" feeling to it.

The animation snippets are funny and creative. I hope it wins today.
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 02:41:32 AM »

How cool! Thanks, Paul!  :)
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008, 07:01:59 AM »

It lost to "Peter and the Wolf."

Too bad.
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2008, 03:07:10 PM »

Thanks, Ligger.

Well, I suppose interviewing a wolf is more dangerous than interviewing John, but it's great Levitan's effort was acknowledged anyway.
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2008, 03:45:43 AM »

Just stumbled across this fascinating film on You Tube

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I MET THE WALRUS
"In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit, and timeless message. "
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2008, 03:55:51 AM »

Nice and interesting, thanks. Not much wit from Preacher John here (more "Power to the People" than "All You Need is Love"), but we love him anyway!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2008, 12:13:43 AM »

Yeah, I saw that the other day. Really cool!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2008, 06:27:26 PM »

That is so neat. The video is nice too.
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2008, 10:45:04 PM »

thanks for posting this!!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2009, 09:52:14 PM »

I don't know if someone has previously posted this or not, but I thought it was super cool!  :)

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrator James Braithwaite have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short.

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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2009, 12:55:21 AM »

Wow that animation was incredible! Haha I loved how when John said something along the lines of, "They need to get out from under their parents' wings" they had a little mock record of Paul on a Wings album :D
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2009, 02:19:30 AM »

I saw this book at Borders but I didn't get it  :(
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2009, 03:14:26 AM »

^There's a book about this too? That would be so cool to look at!
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Re: I Met the Walrus - 1969 John interview
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2009, 09:19:58 AM »

I don't know if someone has previously posted this or not, but I thought it was super cool!  :)

Using the search function could have put you on the right track. ;D
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