74: Lennonology with Chip Madinger: The Interview

October 7, 2016

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In this episode, Richard and Robert chat with Chip Madinger, co-author of Lennonology: Strange Days Indeed – A Scrapbook of Madness. Chip is also the co-author (with Mark Easter) of the acclaimed Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Compendium. (2000).    

Songs include “Nobody Told Me” and Aisumasen (I’m Sorry).

Find Robert’s books here.

Find Richard’s books here.

Find Chip Madinger’s and Scott Raile’s Lennonology sites here:




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    7 Responses to “74: Lennonology with Chip Madinger: The Interview”

    1. Grahame Says:

      I can not wait to hear this!!!


    2. WingsJer Says:

      Very good interview guys with Madinger. Even before the interview I never knew that Yoko was at the “Fool on the Hlll” sessions-wow, and I just recently saw the pic-big wow! Thanks for letting Madinger know that “Eight Arms” needs an update, I would love it. Miss him and his talks at the Chicago Fest and hope in 2017 he is back talking about the book. Also you could have asked him about his old co-author Mark Easter and whatever happened to him? I saw Easter last at the Chicago Fest about 10 years ago as he was just walking around the dealer room. I asked him the about an “Eight Arms” update and he gruffly said “no chance”…..must have caught him on a bad day.


    3. Rick Says:

      The question about Yoko’s influence on John’s art is both a fascinating one and hard to answer. Mr. Madinger gave, what I thought was, a rather anodyne answer about John’s foray into film (BLUF: who cares about very much about that?)

      I think Yoko was a net minus: I can’t believe John’s political focus would have been as central to his music and the latter would have been better for it. I think also that there would have been more of it in the ’70s. On the other hand, would we have had JL/POB or Imagine? No, so I’d better just shut my mouth and be grateful for what was.

      Thanks again to all for such terrifically entertaining and informative material. And the version of Aisumasen at the program’s closing was beautiful.



    4. David M Says:

      So Rodriguez thinks that Yoko didn’t love John? That just seems to be ridiculous to me. You guys have made some great podcasts but you both possess a number of idiosyncraticz prejudices that are in danger of making a lot of your good work


    5. David M Says:

      Devaluing a lot of your good work. See also Buskin’s simplistic assessment of McCartney’s solo work and some dangerous assumptions about Lennon’s drug use in the 70s.

      Rise above it guy’s!

      (Pressed submit too early)


    6. Pablo Ramon Says:

      The fact that John’s relationship with Yoko was “codependent” doesn’t mean it wasn’t “love…” I suspect it was a lot more complex and nuanced than any of us could possibly know…really, only Yoko knows the full and complete truth of what they meant to each other.


    7. rickylee369 Says:

      More Yoko bashing?

      All the assertions that Yoko helped break up the Beatles have some merit in the sense that it further split the four sides of the perfect circle, however, the idea that she kept them apart is laughable, especially in the case of George and Ringo. It seems obvious that it was Paul and John that had the problem. This is evident most obviously by the fact that George and Ringo both played on several John solo albums, with George particularly prominent in the Imagine movie. Neither Paul or John left the Beatles, only Ringo and George. Blame the Klein management issue which for the first time took away the ‘all four have to agree or it doesn’t happen’ rule. Blame the fact that George couldn’t get his songs taken seriously. Blame Apple being a drag. The fact is that Lennon recorded quite a bit with the Beatles after they split (without Paul). A few years after the initial shock of the split Paul was in a pretty big band (Wings) touring the world and making great music and the circumstances were not brilliant for a reunion. To be honest I don’t think the continuation of the blame game, or speculation is very healthy. There were (as is stated) a thousand cuts, Yoko was maybe delivered by a samurai sword, but she wasn’t the death blow. I am pretty sure that the guy who everybody praises for his unerring honesty, the subject of this otherwise excellent show, would say exactly the same. I am not sure why you wouldn’t take his word for it. Great music this episode. Peace.


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