Sean Lennon once said that his father's one redeeming feature was that he could admit his faults. I hate the way that he treated Cynthia and Julian, there was no need for it even if they separated, he was an asshole. But I don't think Mick Jagger was much better in the way that he treated his girlfriends and especially the mother of his first child. Bob Marley who is also venerated was violent towards women.
If John had lived, I'd like to think he would've tried to mend his relationship with Julian, that's the sad thing - I think they were just starting to become close when he died.
From what I have heard, John was okay when he was clean and sober, but he couldn't handle drink or drugs. After a few drinks, he would get nasty. He clearly had anger management issues when he was a young man, and sought help for them after he left The Beatles. I think you have to admire that because it was rare for a guy to do that at the time. He traced it back to childhood issues. Both John and Paul lost their mothers at an early age. Paul dealt with his loss by becoming a control freak, John just became angry.
All musicians at that time drank heavily and most took drugs so they could keep doing shows. Many of them became addicted. I met someone who spent time with The Beatles in the early 1960s and he said that John was the most pleasant company, before he got weird.
Anyway, though he was troubled, he was talented and clever. I think he would've found more inner peace if he had lived.
· 4 years ago