A different take on my John Lennon post…

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.

60s technology

The Beatles arrive at John F Kennedy airport, 1964

Woodstock 1969

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, March on Washington 1963

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


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2 Responses to A different take on my John Lennon post…

  1. MartyW47 says:

    We could use a large helping of that 60’s counter culture and social reformers today. We seem to be willing participants in the destruction of human rights, labor laws, and ethical business practices as we sound-byte ourselves straight in a modernized version of indentured servitude. John Lennon himself, did seem truly concerned about the plight of people less fortunate than himself and to end I give him a lot of credit. His untimely end was a tragedy.

    • exactly, marty!
      thats exactly why i felt that the article on john lennon, peace etc was rather timely.
      ok, so i have recvd replies saying that John had amassed Ferraris, Jaguars, Lamborginis etc…but heck…he was a pop start after all…and with all that income, you gotto spend it on something…!
      but as you say, i believe he was truly concerned about the state of the world….anybody who hasnt got the feelings and sufferings of other human beings in his/her heart…cannot have written and sung such words.
      so yes, im with you on that one, marty…we do need a large helping of the 60s right now….but from what i see around me…that communal spirit, that celebration of human fellowship, that one-ness…seems to to have all but disappeared..

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