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John Lennon: Rebel. Radical. Revolutionary. The story of John Lennon’s post-Beatles years in the turbulent, political, and violent 1970s is told from the perspective of those who knew him best. BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, the host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast, DISGRACELAND. It features the fictionalized voices of David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Harry Nilsson, Richard Nixon, Mark David Chapman, and more. Just like John Lennon, this podcast sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks. Season 1, The Phil Spector Story, which tells the story of one of the most infamous record producers of all time, is available to binge now in its entirety. This podcast is explicit and features adult content.

Blood on the Tracks: The John Lennon Story iHeartRadio

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    • 3.5 • 187 Ratings

John Lennon: Rebel. Radical. Revolutionary. The story of John Lennon’s post-Beatles years in the turbulent, political, and violent 1970s is told from the perspective of those who knew him best. BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, the host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast, DISGRACELAND. It features the fictionalized voices of David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Harry Nilsson, Richard Nixon, Mark David Chapman, and more. Just like John Lennon, this podcast sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Because you can’t push the needle into the red without leaving a little blood on the tracks. Season 1, The Phil Spector Story, which tells the story of one of the most infamous record producers of all time, is available to binge now in its entirety. This podcast is explicit and features adult content.

    John Lennon & Holden Caulfield (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 10)

    John Lennon & Holden Caulfield (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 10)

    Holden Caulfield, the fictional narrator of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, comes to life to explain exactly why Mark David Chapman’s plan didn’t work – and exactly why Mark David Chapman is himself one of the greatest phonies of all time. Holden also imagines what the 1980s would have been like with John Lennon alive and well, making more music and marching in more rallies.
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    • 43 min
    John Lennon and Mark David Chapman (The John Lennon Story, Chapter Nine)

    John Lennon and Mark David Chapman (The John Lennon Story, Chapter Nine)

    Go inside the mind of the man who received messages from both God and the Devil. The man who thought he would step into the pages of a dog-eared paperback with one unspeakable deed. The man who took a dreamer from the world. Mark David Chapman tells the chilling story of just how and why he assassinated John Lennon.
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    • 41 min
    John Lennon & Dick Cavett (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 8)

    John Lennon & Dick Cavett (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 8)

    As the 1970s came to a close, John Lennon famously withdrew from the public eye to focus on his family life. He was no longer appearing on television shows and peace rallies to rail against the confusion and destruction wrought by the political powers of the world. But as one of those television hosts, Dick Cavett, attests, John was anything but dormant during this period. He nearly made a surprise live appearance on a late-night TV show. He nearly died when he went on a sailing expedition through the Bermuda Triangle. And as his public profile began to increase again, the private security that he and Yoko hired to protect them began to raise some very valid concerns.
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    • 39 min
    John Lennon & David Bowie (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 7)

    John Lennon & David Bowie (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 7)

    As the 1970s wore on, John Lennon found himself at a crossroads. Was he a pop singer or an artist? Would he continue to be a musician at all, or instead would he retreat into quiet family life? Enter David Bowie, who managed to find a way to help John be all of those things at once, while at the same time making Bowie bigger than ever in the United States. Bowie’s tales about John involve the usual vices, drugs like cocaine – but also some very unexpected and unorthodox hallucinogens on the backstreets of Hong Kong.
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    • 41 min
    John Lennon & Elton John (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 6)

    John Lennon & Elton John (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 6)

    Elton John and John Lennon had a special relationship. It very well may have been the deepest and closest relationship that John had with another musician after Paul McCartney. Elton explains how he and John hid out from Andy Warhol in a hotel room; how one of the most legendary bets in rock ‘n roll history led to John making an unexpected appearance at Madison Square Garden; and how John’s brush with UFOs makes us reevaluate just exactly what we think is real.
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    • 38 min
    John Lennon & Harry Nilsson (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 5)

    John Lennon & Harry Nilsson (The John Lennon Story, Chapter 5)

    Was Harry Nilsson a bad influence on John Lennon? Or was John Lennon a bad influence on Harry Nilsson? Harry ponders this very question as he takes a very inebriated stroll down a memory lane. It’s on this journey that John and Harry consume far too many Brandy Alexanders, Harry tries to get Paul McCartney to take a horse tranquilizer, Harry literally shreds his vocal cords, and John makes a heroic stand at RCA Records.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

james8008 ,

A different listen

So I’m a huge Disgraceland fan, but this show definitely has a different vibe from that show. I can see why this would be off putting for certain audiences, but at the same time I really enjoy hearing something different like this. Is it perfect? No, but Jake tried something different here and if you’re a fan of his then you’ll probably enjoy this podcast.

Wardster25 ,

Usually I’m one to call out Jake but….

This is great entertainment. I’m a mega Lennon fan. I realize liberties are taken here , but it’s so well produced. I’m in for the ride . Love it

taisia & ebert ,

Innovative, Interesting

People are crazy. In podcast land, this is what HBO did with shows like GOT. On a smaller scale obviously — and very niche to those that like the narrative and POV that all of Jake Brennan’s shows have. Love the series and flow. Love the structure. The reviewers that don’t like it almost likely still watch cable (snooze). Keep em coming.

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