John Lennon: A fortnight of features

John lennon guitar

John lennon guitar

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TG209 (on sale 26 November) features John Lennon on the cover and the issue is a celebration of Lennon's often overlooked guitar talent, including seven pages of interviews and features studying his inspiration, gear and technique - from his days in The Beatles to his raw solo period.

"I'm okay," John once said of his guitar playing. "I'm not technically good, but I can make it f***ing howl and move." It's a statement that not only sums up Lennon's technique, but the brutal honesty that informed his songwriting. Over the next fortnight TG will be publishing a selection of interviews, videos and quotes from some of the myriad guitarists that have been influenced by Lennon in some way.

Check back tomorrow for the first interview.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.