She Loves You: my interview with John Lennon historian Jude Southerland Kessler—part 1


Continuing my focus on The Beatles this month (given the 50th anniversary of their first American TV appearance), I conducted an interview with my friend and Lennon biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler—on her just-released book, She Loves You.

The book—which begins in the spring of 1963 at the start of Beatlemania in the UK and ends with the conclusion of the Beatles' first visit to America in February 1964—is the third volume of her expanded biography of Lennon. Jude's two earlier books, Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, track Lennon's life up to that point.

Here's an edited version of the first half of our interview.

JOL: This is your third book on John Lennon. Is it still your plan to write about his life, up through the time of his death in 1980?

JSK: Yes, crazy as it may seem, I still intend to write six more Lennon books over the next 20 or so years. The project is growing in its reception with the public. We’re getting ready to print our fifth edition of "Shoulda Been There" and our second of "Shivering Inside," which has been sold out for almost a year now, but selling on Kindle.