What John Winston Ono Lennon did next
Andy Stephens is now the manager of Susan Boyle. Rocketed to fame, the 49-year-old singing phenomenon faces unrelenting pressure for the rest of her life, thanks to a rapacious media and a viral gossip culture. To be sure, few of us would change places with the beleaguered SuBo, for all her millions. Stephens seems the right man, then, to offer a telling vignette of John Lennon enjoying a rare moment of privacy at Abbey Road in October 1970.
“It was about two in the morning. He asked me to have a look out the front. There were always fans hanging around the railings outside the studio. This particular night, I told him all the fans had gone. John got hold of Yoko and they turned left and walked up Abbey Road. They came back 15 minutes later. John had a wonderful grin on his face. I mean, just a wonderful, wonderful grin. He said, ‘You’ve no idea what it’s like to go for all that time without getting hassled.’ It was such a buzz for him. He’d gone for 15 whole minutes without being stopped.”
The following August, he and Yoko moved to New York.
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