Saturday, January 24, 2009

I Met the Walrus: How One Day with John Lennon Changed My Life Forever

by Jerry Levitan

In 1969, a determined 14-year-old Beatles fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto during his famous Vietnam protest bed-in with Yoko Ono, and convinced John to do an interview about peace. Four minutes of this exclusive 40-minute interview, in which John speaks candidly on war, politics, what it means to be a peacenik, the scandalous “Two Virgins” album, and the supposed subliminal messages in his music, is the basis for the recent 2008 Academy Award nominated short film, I Met The Walrus. Here for the first time in book form is Jerry’s fully contextualized and illustrated account of his experience with John, with all new illustrations from the film’s acclaimed illustrator, James Braithwaite, never-before-seen candid photographs of John and Yoko, and a DVD keepsake featuring exclusive video footage and the complete 40-minute soundtrack of the interview with John. A complete annotated typescript of the interview is also included plus Jerry’s memorabilia from that day – notes from John and Yoko, drawings and doodles from John and more. The result is a spell-binding, up-close one-on-one moment with John, a tribute to his extraordinary voice, boundless wit and timeless message. Jerry Levitan is a musician, actor, filmmaker, writer and lawyer. He produced and starred in the 2007 Academy Award nominated film I Met The Walrus, winning acclaim and festival awards from around the world

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