They're lengthy interviews (barely marred by the squiggy questioner, who remains off-mic and therefore not too intrusive) of Lennon intimates. Their purpose -- to supplement the short interview segments used to show Lennon as New Yorker.
The TV series wanted to place Lennon squarely in the context of the last quarter of his life: New Yorker.
What the podcasts dod is place Lennon squarely in the 100% of his life. Real Person.
The Bob Gruen and Jim Keltner segments may help understand Lennon as photo subject, or as musician/arranger/producer. A bit.
What they fully do is show lennon as a real guy; not an icon, not as cultural observer, but as a guy who would occasionally have potato chips in his pant cuff, and burn marks from mishandled ciagarettes marring his jacket.
A guy who could not only fall down as someone on The Lost Weekend, but as somebody who could fall down because he didn't see the buckle in the sidewalk.
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Man, I loved listening to Gruen talk for an hour, sometimes critically -- very critically -- but always with love and friendship.
Thanks to my mates, who sent me there to hear about record-making, but gave me so much more.