In one of the most iconic interviews of all time, John Lennon once let rip at the Mick Jagger, slagged off Paul McCartney, and, amidst it all, picked his favourite Beatles album of all time. It makes for quite possibly one of the most iconic conversations in pop culture history.
In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, in which he lashed out at Mick Jagger for copying the Beatles revolutionary sound as well as making remarks about the Fab Four in the press, John also shared his views on The Beatles.
In fact, during the interview, Lennon made repeated cutting comments about his former bandmates and, it has to be remembered, took aim at his songwriting partner Paul McCartney with an unrelenting sense of animosity. However, he wasn’t going to let Jagger have his own free hit at The Beatles.
He concluded by saying: “I was always very respectful about Mick and the Stones, but he said a lot of sort of tarty things about the Beatles, which I am hurt by, because you know, I can knock the Beatles, but don’t let Mick Jagger knock them.”
John picked 1968’s The White Album, I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better. The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”