More than a few Beatles fans minds were blown with the release of previously unseen photos from John Lennon's historic June 1980 sailing trip to Bermuda. The journey, in which Lennon's boat plowed through a horrific storm — leaving Lennon the only member of the crew well enough to steer the boat — led to his creative renaissance in which he completed the songs for his final album, Double Fantasy. The photo spread is part of the booklet for the new Sean Lennon-produced Lennon compilation, Gimme Some Truth: The Ultimate Mixes, set for release on October 9th — what would have been the late-Beatle's 80th birthday.
The new shots feature Lennon between June 4th and 11th, 1980 on board the Megan Jaye, which sailed from Newport, Rhode Island's Newport Harbor to St. George's Harbour in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Only hours before his death on December 8th, 1980, John Lennon told RKO Radio that he felt the way the world viewed itself was clearly out of whack: “I don't believe that media are separate from society. I don't believe politicians are separate from society. I don't believe pop stars, football players, and movie stars are separate from society. It's just that we've developed this thing that for whatever reason, that we're broken up into these fragmented pieces; countries, races, sexes. It's a joke! It's as Neanderthal as the political system. I can't say what it should be, y'see, because I can only say: 'I don't believe in that stuff.'”