Friday, December 17, 2010

Stop ‘Imagine’-ing
He remained deeply antiwar until his death. But he was far removed from his adoring fans’ image of him as a walking United Nations.

“I am not going to get locked in that business of saving the world on stage. The show is always a mess and the artist always comes off badly.”
Makes sense considering he saw an ex-friend’s Concert for Bangladesh turn into a fiasco.
“I have never voted for anybody, anytime, ever,” he said. “Even at my most so-called political. I have never registered and I never will. It’s going to make a lot of people upset, but that’s too bad.”

“I dabbled in so-called politics in the late Sixties and Seventies more out of guilt than anything,” he revealed. “Guilt for being rich.”

“I worked for money and I wanted to be rich. So what the hell? If that’s a paradox, then I’m a socialist. But I am not anything. What I used to be is guilty about money. ... Because I thought money was equated with sin. I don’t know. I think I got over it, because I either have to put up or shut up, you know. If I’m going to be a monk with nothing, do it. Otherwise, if I am going to try and make money, make it. Money itself isn’t the root of all evil.”
Even in the ’70s he didn’t believe the overpopulation hype, seeing it, as the old-school CPUSA saw abortion (believe it or not, Communists once opposed it), as an excuse to try to kill off the poor.
“Nor do I think we came from monkeys, by the way,” he insisted. “That’s another piece of garbage. What the hell’s it based on? We couldn’t’ve come from anything — fish, maybe, but not monkeys. I don’t believe in the evolution of fish to monkeys to men. Why aren’t monkeys changing into men now? It’s absolute garbage.”

More than anything else, the Boomer sense of entitlement enraged him, to the point of sounding a little like another John — the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten:

“I used to think that the world was doing it to me and that the world owed me something, and that either the conservatives or the socialists or the fascists or the communists or the Christians or the Jews were doing something to me; and when you’re a teenybopper, that’s what you think. I’m forty now. I don’t think that anymore, ’cause I found out it doesn’t f—ing work!”
BTW Johnny Rotten’s a Ron Paul person as I think Arlo Guthrie is.

My view of the Beatles is mixed: the music was very good (but as Donald Clarke wrote of the overrated Rolling Stones, why would American kids pay to hear Englishmen cover Little Richard when they had Little Richard?) and I like it as much as people at the time did but in hindsight see, but don’t understand why, they were an instrument of evil, part of the destruction of the culture later in the decade. But I ‘imagine’ a 70-year-old Lennon would have been worth knowing.

From @TAC.

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