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Julian Lennon - FUV Live - 2013

by Dennis Elsas

Julian Lennon was 21 years old when we first met and talked in 1984. He had just burst onto the music charts with the hit single and album Valotte. But his presence in the music world had been established years before for supplying his father John Lennon with the inspiration for "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" as well as being the subject of Paul McCartney’s Beatles classic “Hey Jude.”

With the platinum success of Valotte and a 1985 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, it seemed that Julian was destined to continue in his father's footsteps as a long-term recording and touring musician.

Four more albums followed over the next 13 years, but a growing sense of frustration and disappointment with the music business led Julian to pursue other artistic endeavors. He emerged as a talented photographer with well-received and critically acclaimed exhibitions.

However in 2011 he decided to return to making music and began work on a new album. Officially released worldwide in 2013 Everything Changes is his first album in fifteen years and the title seems to be the perfect description for Julian’s approach to his life and career.

Talking with him at WFUV in November 2013, he performed songs from his new album and we discussed a variety of subjects – including why he finally chose to reference a well-known Beatles lyric in his own music, reclaim his family legacy, recording with Steven Tyler and how a comment John once made inspired Julian to create the charitable White Feather Foundation.

You can hear highlights from this interview at my website and you can listen to the whole thing right here.

Enjoy.

[recorded: 11/12/13]

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Live in Studio A, 11.12.13
Photo by Deirdre Hynes
Live in Studio A, 11.12.13
Photo by Deirdre Hynes
Live in Studio A, 11.12.13
Photo by Deirdre Hynes
Live in Studio A, 11.12.13
Photo by Deirdre Hynes
Live in Studio A, 11.12.13
Photo by Deirdre Hynes
Live in Studio A, 11.12.13
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