A couple of days ago, I posted an article here about the music and message of John Lennon.
To me, I suppose, the Beatles were part and parcel of my youth…wherever me and my friends went, to whichever bar or club in those days, the Beatles were playing….if not live, then their records in the jukebox.
And later, when John Lennon came out with his famous “Imagine” record, well, to me and my friends, it was the icing on the cake really.
Why? Well, you have to remember what was going on in those days….Vietnam, Cuban missile crisis, Martin Luther King and host of other people trying to bring changes by way of counterculture and revolution to the accepted social norms of the time….music, clothing, drugs, formalities, relaxation of social taboos and so on. In Africa, a huge 32 countries gained independence from their European rulers.
Marlon Brando & Charlton Heston, March on Washington 1963
The cultural revolution in China was gaining speed at this time, the Troubles in Northern Ireland began during the civil rights movements, the 1968 student and worker uprising in France, protests in London, Berlin, Paris and the USA against the war in Vietnam, the assassinations of John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King.
With all this, and more in mind, it’s not surprising that songs like that of John Lennon gathered a huge following. For me, and I’m sure for a lot of people who were in their prime in the 60s, this song epitomizes the very atmosphere prevalent during those years.
Che Guevara John F Kennedy (secs before assassination)
But then, not everyone agrees with me, which is fair enough.
I’m posting a response to that John Lennon article here from someone who doesn’t agree…..well, it’s free world and free speech is very important, so have a read and see what you think….I’m sure the chap who wrote this reply doesn’t mind me posting it here….by the way, I have already asked for permission….
“I beg to differ. For me, Lennon was a hypocrite. “Imagine no possessions”. Well yes, John, try to imagine NOT owning a Mercedes-Benz 600, a Rolls-Royce Phantom V, a Ferrari 330GT… The “Working Class Hero” was a case of “do as I say, don’t do as I do”.
Of course his death was a tragedy – Lennon’s naive, idealistic world-view might have changed since 1980. I wonder how he’d have reacted to the fall of communism. “Imagine no possessions” was all well and good if you were a rich Brit or American, but the hundreds of millions of people behind the Iron Curtain didn’t need to imagine no possessions – they’d been taken away by a system similar to that which Lennon was offering humanity in this song!
McCartney was no better. “Let it be/Let it be/Let it be/Let it be/Famine, war, destruction, disease and poverty”. Sit on your backside, do nothing, and it will all be OK. Somehow.
Beatles? Gimme James Brown.”
all material courtesy wikipedia.org