John Lennon: Reagan Fan?
Fred Seaman: John Lennon Would Have Voted for Ronald Reagan
According to Fred Seaman, John Lennon's former personal assistant, the Beatles star would have voted for Ronald Reagan if given the chance.
Of course, John Lennon was not a US citizen, and therefore could not vote in US elections.
It seems odd that John Lennon would support the man who as Governor of California, sicced the National Guard on anti-war protesters in Berkeley. Even if Lennon moved away from his radical past, it would seem strange to side with Reagan, who spent years actively opposing the efforts of people just like him, no matter how disappointed he was in Jimmy Carter.
If he could have voted, though, would Lennon have voted Reagan? We'll never know. John Lennon was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980. He was 40 years old.
John Lennon, the symbol, remains fixed in his fans' hearts and minds as the embodiment of "give peace a chance". However, John Lennon, the man, was of course constantly changing, as are we all.
Similarly, people are always surprised to hear that Jack Kerouac described himself as a conservative Catholic who lived with his mother for most of his life before dying due to complications from drinking. His real life was almost totally divorced from the Beat Generation image. Read Anne Charters' Jack Keroac: Selected Letters if you want your illusions shattered.
Fred Seaman's Lennon-Reagan bombshell is part of Seth Swirsky's Beatles Stories, a documentary currently on the film-festival circuit.
Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the former Beatle was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.
Of course, John Lennon was known for winding people up and pushing buttons- just ask Paul McCartney.