Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An anti-John Lennon piece
Some of it’s true and well-known: he lied about being working-class to look cool, he was horrible to his first son (the psychologizing here makes sense: he resented that child), the hypocrisy of his mewling hippie-period lyrics versus his millionaire life, and generally he had a big ego.

Interesting to me: maybe his heroin addiction knocked him out of commission for a few years, which broke up the Beatles. That Yoko Ono stalked him, maybe looking for money for life, which worked. (Howard Stern has a nice side: he’s always defended the wronged Cynthia Lennon, the real peace-loving wife; making fun of Yoko’s part of that.) Maybe his politics were shallow and for show. (The man owed everything he had to capitalism so cut the the commie posing.)

Sure, he did what it took to get rich, including the moptop image Brian Epstein created. I wouldn’t attack him for that. Nor deny his talent. As Frank Sinatra acknowledged by covering George Harrison’s ‘Something’, Harrison, Lennon and McCartney wrote some classics. (A great song can cross genres: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé once covered Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ and it worked.)

But I tend to agree with an old friend that, ‘by their fruits ye shall know them’, like with Vatican II, the Beatles were a powerful instrument of evil, bigger than the sum of their parts, as one critic said both one of the best and one of the most overrated bands. Went off like a bomb right before society went to hell. Can’t be a coincidence. I’m not pushing censorship.

‘Imagine’ is evil.

Donald Clarke observed that interestingly all the former Beatles stopped leading pop music (weren’t thought cool anymore; Wings for example) after 1974, just a year before their contract as the Beatles would have run out anyway.

From John Boyden.

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