"The View" is a talk show on ABC which is filmed and broadcast
live at 11am EST each day. It is made up of five women (Meredith Vieira,
Star Jones, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters.. and they are trying to find
a fifth) with different backgrounds and therefore, different views.
The woman interviewing Julian, Rachel Campos, is the youngest and was
applying for the fifth position.
Rachel Campos: Being the son of a rock and roll
legend can be a double edged sword. It opens a lot of doors, but it
can also be a hard act to follow. Just ask Julian Lennon. His latest
album 'Photograph Smile' is all about coming to terms with the hand
that you're dealt. So, please welcome Julian Lennon.
Julian: Thank you. Thank you.
Rachel Campos: Let me just start off quickly. What
is 'Photograph Smile'? (Photo of the album cover shown.) What does
that mean to you, this album?
Julian: Well, I mean, a lot of
the songs I write are about experiences in life that I've either
had myself or, you know, the people around me have had. And, for
me, there's always been a distinct relationship between photographs
and music because they remind us of times and experiences in our
lives that, for instance photographs remind us of times and places.
Music, also, when you're falling in love or out of love for the
first time in your life, you know, there's normally a song that
Rachel Campos: That reminds you of that.
Julian: you know, and so they're very close
and so it deals with a lot of, you know, past history.
Rachel Campos: Well, speaking of times
in your life...there was an interesting quote that I recently read that
you sort of talked about how your father was sort of this icon in the
60's of peace and love and harmony and there was sort of a hypocrisy
about that in terms of your relationship with him. (Photo of John and
Julian taken in Scotland shown.)
Julian: Oh, sure.
Rachel Campos: Could you tell us a little
bit more about that?
Julian: Well, I mean
basically, you know, I think there's been a lot of misconceptions
about how we grew up, you know. It was very much the sort of spoon
in the mouth and lots of money, which was not the case at all. Um,
I mean, you know, he literally walked out the door when I was, you
know, 5 or 6. I may have seen him a handful of times after that. (Photo
of John and Julian taken in Scotland shown.) You know, it was really
that distant a relationship.
Rachel Campos: Have you gotten any backlash
from people who sort of feel like this, this image of him is sort of
tarnished or - because you've kind of come forward...
Julian: Well, I mean,
the truth hurts, you know
Rachel Campos: Right. Sure.
Julian: you know, which
is a sad thing and it's not tarnishing his image as an artist and
his music. It's just, obviously ah, from my point a view, it's very
much, you know, a father's,
Rachel Campos: Yeah
Julian: you know, which,
you know, I mean, the one thing he taught me what not to do was how
not to be a father.
Rachel Campos: Right. Um Let me ask you
this too, speaking of that. Yoko Ono's relationship with you is said
to be strained as well. (Photo of Yoko shown.)
Julian: (laughs) Yes,
Rachel Campos: (laughs) I guess that
was an understatement.
Julian: Yeah. Go on.
Rachel Campos: Tell me about that and
how this plays into it.
Julian: Well, I mean,
the situation is - ah I mean, it's long. I'll try and cut it short.
But, you know, the fact of the matter is, when he passed away, ah
you know, she was left - it was - the will and the estate was left
up to her discretion and so basically she - you know, we made an -
we came to an agreement or should I shall the only thing I could get
out of the estate. But, you know, it saddens me to see that number
one, a lot of his things were sold off to auctions which never came
into my hands or the rest of his family in England. Ah, you know,
and, and, you know, there's a lot of things that, you know, she owns
the rights to his name, his likeness, his looks, you name it. Ah,
and I find that difficult to deal with because, you know, at certain
times, you know, either Christmas or birthday, I would get an electric
blue silver tie ah with, with his sketching and drawings on it - mugs
and I'm going: 'This is not how he should be remembered.' No matter
how much the father-son relationship was, as an artist, you know,
he shouldn't be degraded like that.
Rachel Campos: Well, and as an artist,
I have to tell you, we are just so thrilled to have you and we really
are excited about seeing you play right now, so let's just get to that
Julian: My pleasure.
Rachel Campos: Alrighty. And now, here
to sing 'Day After Day' off his latest album 'Photograph Smile' (Photo
of the album cover shown.) here's Julian Lennon.
Julian and his band which included Greg Darling on keyboards, Matt
Backer and John McCurry on Guitars, performed "Day After Day"
with Julian finishing the last bit of the song on vocals only... it
was very beautiful performance. Following the performance Rachel
returned to the stage said: " Thanks Julian." to which he
replied: "My pleasure." and then Rachel plugged the CD: "The
CD is called Photograph Smile." and they went to a commercial break.