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Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files

Jon Wiener


This book tells the story of the author's remarkable fourteen-year court battle to win release of the FBI's surveillance files on John Lennon under the Freedom of Information Act. The files had been withheld on the grounds that releasing them would endanger national security. Lennon's file was compiled in 1972, when the war in Vietnam was at its peak, when Nixon was facing re-election, and when the “clever Beatle” was living in New York and joining up with the New Left and the anti-war movement. The Nixon administration's efforts to “neutralize” Lennon are the subject of Lennon's file. The doc ... More

Keywords: John Lennon, FBI, Freedom of Information, surveillance files, J. Edgar Hoover, Nixon administration, anti-war activists, rock music, government secrecy, national security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520216464
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520216464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Wiener, author