Sunday, April 26, 2009


In 1969, 14-year-old Beatles fanatic Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrator James Braithwaite created an animated film using the original recording as the soundtrack. "I Met the Walrus" was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short.


Peaceworker said...

Thanks for giving my friend Jerry's wonderful short film some exposure. For your NYC readers, I am having a book launch Give Peace A Chance: John and Yoko's Bed-in for Peace 1969 May 12 at the Gershwin Hotel at 8 pm. Fun and funky evening with a preview of the images opening June 12 at the Woodstock site the Bethel Woods Museum, author talk, music, silent auction of prints from the book, fundraiser for 60s writer Paul Williams (Crawdaddy! founder) who suffers now from cripping dementia - a result of a cycling accident. Visit for more info.

Bob Rini said...

Thanks for the note. That sounds like a wonderful event -- I would certainly attend if I wasn't on the West Coast.

So readers will know, Paul Williams started the first magazine of rock criticism, Crawdaddy! In 1995 he had a traumatic bike accident that resulted in the onset of dementia, and now requires full-time care.

To help the benefit, and find more info, please visit Paul's website here.

Bob Rini said...

More on what looks like a wonderful collection of photographs of John and Yoko in Toronto, 1969.

"Ah, this is what we came for really...
It's, eh...'Give Peace A Chance' so sing along with it.
I've forgotten all the bits in between but I know the chorus so..."