An Animated John Lennon Interview with a 14 Year-Old

In my early teens, I received John Lennon’s Skywriting By Word of Mouth, a posthumously published anthology of poems, stories, riffs and drawings that continued the ear- and eye-candy Dada established in Spaniard in the Works and tunes like I Am The Walrus. The book had all of the anarchy, but none of the angst, an early teen needs while working up his own rebel chops. Moreover, Lennon’s free-associative style served as something of a junior league primer for the James Joyce in which I’d later (attempt) to steep.

Had Joyce included some pen and ink drawings, it might have gone better. To wit, below is a film that uses the soundtrack of actual interview conducted with the ex-Beatle by 14-year-old Canadian and animated in style that owes some of its DNA to Lennon’s own hand. The work is a fascinating pairing of found material and creative commentary.

By Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell is the writer-director of Pill Head and the upcoming Wolf Story, and author of the novels Quantum Deadline and the Late Projectionist, and the editor of the Bohemian and Pacific Sun. As a writer-filmmaker he creates and examines storytelling as an art, business and lifestyle. If you're in, or interested in the trade, sign up for his newsletter below. Learn how he went from small-town newspaperman to a feature film director here.

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