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Red Mole and John Lennon redux April 22, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.

We’ve had a request as to whether anyone know who took, or owns copyright of, this photograph here of John Lennon with a copy of Red Mole… Anyone able to help out? Replies to the usual email on the right hand side…


1. Ramzi Nohra - April 22, 2010

this was taken just after bloody sunday i presume?


CeasefireMagazine - April 22, 2010

Yeah, the background is basically the editor of Red Mole, Tariq Ali was good friends with both Lennon and Jagger (the Rolling Stones wrote a song about him called Street Fighting Man). Tariq Ali was also a long time Republican sympathizer himself and attended the funeral of Saor Eire’s chief of staff at which he gave a clenched fist salute.WbS might be interested in this Tariq Ali interview with Asian Dub Foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0gxmfRuXas in which he discusses his friendship with Lennon.


WorldbyStorm - April 22, 2010

I did suggest to the person that Tariq Ali might be well worth contacting. Any leads in that direction?

Cheers indeed CM for the ADF/TA interview. Much appreciated.


NollaigO - April 24, 2010

Tariq Ali’s acquaintance with John Lennon was far more ephemeral than


NollaigO - April 24, 2010

Try again!

Tariq Ali’s acquaintance with John Lennon and Yoko Ono was far more ephemeral than the video suggests. It lasted a few months during late 1971 and early 1972. When Red Mole was being relaunched as Red Weekly, Tariq wrote to John Lennon asking him to send a letter of support. Lennon, who was living in New York by then, returned the letter with some curt comments written on it. Pointing out that Tariq had only addressed the letter to John and not to John and Yoko, Lennon called Tariq a sexist! The letter was embroidered with flower drawings and the message No revolution without compassion!
Showing a total lack of appreciation of future commodity values, the comrades left the letter attached to a message board for many months and, IIRC, it did not survive the subsequent move of editorial offices.
As regards the copyright of the photo: While Red Mole did have access to a camra, they generally used a photography agency whose name I can’t recall. Tariq Ali’s email is publicly available from his website:
Contact: tariq.ali3 [at] btinternet [dot] com

Other links on the Lennon picture story:


WorldbyStorm - April 25, 2010

NollaigO, thanks a million for that. Most helpful. I’ll pass on that info.


2. HAL - April 22, 2010

The John and Yoko album “sometimes in New York City” was of this period .Absolute classic, and I have to admit I love the Yoko contributions.Banned ,so it’s a rare vinyl now.


ejh - April 24, 2010

the Yoko contributions

You mean the screeching?


3. HAL - April 24, 2010

There may not be much difference between screeching and singing if it’s done right.


CeasefireMagazine - April 25, 2010

I guess its a matter of personal preference but I found Yoko’s screeching a negative influence on an otherwise great album as well, to the extent that I much prefer listening to Eire Og’s rendition of “Bloody Sunday” rather than the Album version. Is it true that STINYC it was banned? I knew McCartney’s “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” was banned in Britain (despite going number 1 internationally) but I’ve never heard anything about Lennon being banned aswell


4. HAL - April 25, 2010

Sorry maybe not banned ,but extensivly boycotted in uk and usa mainly for using the N word.It was a very difficult album to obtain.The dandoline market being your best bet in Dublin.


5. Jim Monaghan - April 25, 2010

As well as McCartney, Lennon did a song in support of the Irish struggle.I have to say that I have little time for the later Lennon. The nonsense of “imagine” as he strolled down the driveway to hios grand piano.
On Tariq and funerals. It was the funeral of Peter Graham who while friendly to Saor Eire members was not as far as I know a member and definitely not their Chief of Staff.


6. Paul Wilson - April 25, 2010


As far as I can recall the track ‘Bloody Sunday’ was banned on British radio and TV. The album could be bought in all the shops.

I recall being at my grandparents in Longford and RTE were playing Imagine at the end of the night, but with the verse about religion excised they just repeated the previous verse in it’s place.


7. Jim Monaghan - April 25, 2010

Getting rid of the religion bit must have given someone some overtime in RTE. On a footnote my mother was from Granard.


8. Paul Wilson - April 26, 2010


My grandmother lived in Edgeworthstown and always remembered the night Granard was burned, they could see the flames on the horizon. They all fled to the churchyard and then later the gunfire from Ballinalee where the brits were driven off.


9. Brian Epstein - April 26, 2010

Come on lads, STINYC is shit. ‘If you had the luck of the Irish, you’d wish you were English instead’? ‘Repatriate to England all those who call it home’? And the fucking sceeching….nope, not a good record by any means. The first solo effort wasn’t too bad.


10. robm - September 16, 2010

Coming at this a bit late, I know, but I have just scanned in the original presentation of this photo from Red Mole 27 (September 1971) for my new blog- redmolerising.wordpress.com

The photo was credited to “Captain Snaps”. Whoever he or she may have been, I cannot say…



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