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John Lennon's Two Virgins LP and His 1974 UFO Sighting

Updated on December 23, 2010
This is how it was sold in record stores in 1968.
This is how it was sold in record stores in 1968.
This is how it looked after the cover was removed (front)
This is how it looked after the cover was removed (front)
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If you were under 21 yrs in 1968 and tried to buy John Lennon's solo LP called, Two Virgins, you would be asked for ID and then denied the purchase. The other Beatles had begged John not to release the LP with Yoko, as it would tarnish their stellar image as musicians, because on the LP, there is really no music per se. As a reviewer once said, it's just noise and sounds that sounded like John and Yoko were on drugs with screams. The LP itself is junk, John just did it for the controversial cover: John and Yoko were naked, penis and vagina, and all.

Capital Records did not allow such trash on their label. When it came out, they hype was great as was the curiousity as word got out that "they were nude". This is 1968, so, it was a BIG deal and the LP arrived in stores in a brown paper bag and sold that way. John would release another such LP while The Beatles were still together.

More interesting is Lennon's UFO sighting in August, 1974, while he was with May Pang, when he and Yoko split up. As May Pang wrote in her book, "Loving John":

"We had just ordered up some pizzas and since it was such a warm evening, we decided to step out on the terrace," recalled Pang. "There were no windows directly facing us from across the street, so John just stepped outside with nothing on, in order to catch a cool breeze that was coming in right off the East River. I remember I was just inside the bedroom getting dressed when John started shouting for me to come out on the terrace. 

I yelled back that I would be right there but he kept screaming for me to join him in that instant. As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we'd see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft - these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind. It was, I estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily. We often had helicopters flying above us but this was as silent as the night and about seventeen stories above street level."

The object flew off but returned later, by which time she and Lennon had set up a telescope through which they could view it in more detail.

"The light was so brilliant coming from the craft that no additional details could be seen. We did take a couple of pictures but they turned out overexposed."

They also rang a local newspaper to report the sighting and were told at least seven other people had seen the UFO too. 

John kept saying, "I can't believe it... I can't believe it... I've seen a flying saucer!" 

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