Did Julian Lennon Sell off the Rights to the Beatles Rooftop Concert?
If you’re like me, I’m one who felt sorry for Julian Lennon when his father, John Lennon’s estate was probated and Julian got nothing. Yet, according to further research, Lennon did benefit from his father’s wealth, but it is undisclosed as to whether any of the settlement had to do with the Beatles Rooftop Concert or Get Back Sessions.
Most of us Beatlemaniacs are familiar with the years of disgruntlement that Julian voiced in public over his father’s estate, which went directly into the control of the elder Lennon’s widow’s control. For years, we have read about the resentment that Julian held for Yoko Ono, and most of us empathized. Yet, here is some interesting information that followed. According to the Wall Street Journal (2007), the terms were undisclosed and therefore, it is not clear whether he owns the rights to any songs played on the Beatles Rooftop Concert.
But, if you’re like me, I wonder why Julian cried for years about not receiving anything in inheritance, while he ends up selling off the rights to his father’s (Lennon-McCartney) songs to Primary Wave Music Publishing, a year-old New York City concern. While the details have not been disclosed, the deal is described as significant. As part of the deal, Wave Music Publishing committed to marketing forthcoming album.
After reading extensively and listening to interviews given by Julian Lennon, it seems that the ex-Beatles’ son has blamed his father for his numerous character flaws and decisions, including one not to have any children of his own. According to an article in Britain’s the Telegraph, the younger Lennon states:
“He was young and didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” Julian said. “That’s the reason I haven’t had children yet. I didn’t want to do the same thing. No, I’m not ready. I want to know who I am first.”
Later articles and live interviews seem to portray the younger Lennon as one who has forgiven his father and even Yoko Ono for being the primary recipient to her husband’s estate which is valued at nearly one billion dollars ($800 million) according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Yet, again, the distribution of funds that came out of the 2007 settlement does not enumerate as to whether any of the Get Back Sessions or Beatles Rooftop Concert music was either owned or sold off by Julian Lennon.
“Did Julian Sell the Rights to the Beatles Rooftop Concert?” was written by Brenne Meirowitz. Copyright Brenne Meirowitz 2014. All Rights Reserved.