Notes From An Artist

A Conversation With Jay Bergen

May 03, 2022 David C Gross and Tom Semioli
Notes From An Artist
A Conversation With Jay Bergen
Show Notes

 Listen to a series of revealing John Lennon stories hitherto untold – until now. In this riveting interview, attorney - author Jay Bergen recalls his time representing the former Beatle in 1975 in his case against Mafia-connected record mogul Morris Levy. Levy bullied Lennon, releasing an unauthorized album entitled “Roots” – which forced John to hastily bring out “Rock and Roll” to save his reputation which had been significantly damaged by the politically charged “Sometime In New York City” slab. Aside from the twists and turns in the courtroom, Bergen uncovers much about Lennon that fans never knew: his intense work ethic in the studio and deep knowledge of the process of record making; his views on controversial releases “Two Virgins” and “The Wedding Album,” Lennon’s fascination with New York City landmarks he'd never visited, and why Bergen feels that Lennon would not be pleased by the archival releases of his and The Beatles outtakes in recent years. Bergen’s tome LENNON THE MOBSTER & THE LAWYER available now from Devault Graves Books, with a forward by Bob Gruen.

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