Sean Lennon says people only see him as ‘the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko’

Musician discussed the burden of having famous parents in new interview

Sean Lennon has discussed in a new interview what it’s like to live in the shadow of famous parents.

The musician and composer, son of late Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono, recently told The Guardian that “no matter what I do, people see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko”.

Lennon, who is co-producing the next Fat White Family album as well as working with the group’s side-project Moonlandingz, has said that the “unrealistic positive or negative expectations of me, with regards to my being descended from a Beatle” remains the same despite varied efforts and collaborations in his career thus far.


“I feel like no matter what I do, there’s always going to be that element, and I kind of have to accept it and just do things anyway,” Lennon added.

He continued: “People have said, Why don’t you just do things under a pseudonym and then see what people’s true reaction would be?’ I always felt like doing that, though, would be sort of disrespectful to my dad and my family and myself. It’s like, oh, well, I can’t be proud of who I am? I didn’t want to hide.”


Lennon also stated that he’s as “committed to making music and art” as his mother Ono, who recently teamed up with Death Cab For Cutie and Tune-Yards for new album ‘Yes, I’m A Witch Too’.

“The only reason I’m interested in art and music at all is because of my parents. Respect for them is at the heart of everything I do. It defines me. I consider myself a momma’s boy, a poppa’s boy – I sort of hero-worshipped them as a child, then went to work making music on my own,” he said.

“I’ve made a decent living doing commercial work. I’ve done film scores, jingles for companies … It’s hard for me to sort of define myself. I just do my thing. I run a label, make music, I’m directing this documentary. I try to let my work speak for itself.”

Speaking about his father’s work, Lennon said: “Generally, I’ll say that my favourite period of the Beatles is that period starting with ‘Revolver’ – when they were really pushing the limits of progressive songwriting.”