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Listen to John Lennon slam the Rolling Stones

- October 10th, 2013

Unbeknownst to quite a few classic rock fans out there was the fact that John Lennon loathed Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.

No, this was no friendly rivalry, and the Beatles legend wasn’t ready to give peace a chance.

And as part of our weekly #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a little proof, packed in with a few F-bombs, that the same guy who wrote “All You Need is Love” definitely had no love for Sir Mick. He even went as far as calling him “a joke with all that f*g dancing.”

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The candid interview comes from a sit-down that Rolling Stone magazine boss Jann Wenner did with the Beatles legend back in 1970.

“They are (the Stones) not in the same class music-wise or power-wise. (They) never were and Mick always resented it,” Lennon said.

Listen to him go off for two minutes and forty three seconds:

What do you think of his comments? Agree? Disagree? Tell us below in the comments section.

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3 comments

  1. Matt | October 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    The thing is about John Lennon he was a peaceful person (hair=bed etc…blah blah blah) and that was great. But he also had an arrogant and very hard hearted side (see son Julian)..nobody’s perfect and this is just an off the cuff, shoot your mouth off kind of thing. I think people really read too much into interviews like these. Most people interview would rather drink turpentine and urinate on a brush fire so you have to take it with a grain of salt. I think Keith Richards response to “All you need is love” (“Yeah, trying living on it”) is the perfect tonic to this little artifact.

  2. biff henderson | October 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Remember this is 1970. John is absolutely right up to that point. Its David vs Goliath musically speaking. The Stones seemed to follow the Beatles as he points out. Doesn’t mean the Stones aren’t/weren’t an amazing band in the 60′s, just that the Beatles simply overshadowed them. However, the Stones made some phenominal music in the 70s and into the 80s which really overshadows any solo efforts from the fab four i think.

  3. Reg | October 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    John made a few valid points here…but the Stones body of work speaks for itself. In the end he comes off sounding jealous…which is unfortunate.

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