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  • The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

    08/28/2014 3:33:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 94 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | July 15, 2014 | Jonny Whiteside
    While rock 'n' roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It's about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills. Always exploited for profit, rock's unmanageable aspects have been steadily diluted by a sinister, commercially driven course of revisionist myth-making. There is no acceptable role in the marketplace for radicals like Charlie Feathers, Poly Styrene, Lux Interior or Roky Erickson, but there's always room for the homogeneous, money-hungry, play-it-safe phonies on this list. These douchebags all have...
  • I can clone John Lennon from his tooth, Canadian dentist claims

    04/11/2014 3:52:33 PM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Put this in the column of seriously strange news. A dentist in Canada who bought an old tooth that came Beatles icon John Lennon's mouth now thinks he can turn DNA from that tooth into a baby via cloning. Michael Zuk, who paid $33,000 for the tooth at an auction three years ago, told Britian's Channel 4 during an episode of "Dead Famous DNA" that he now is going to try to make a John Lennon-like baby that he can raise as his own. "If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate," Mr....
  • 'I felt I was on trial for murdering the Beatles': Yoko says.....

    12/02/2013 8:22:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 91 replies
    mail online ^ | Daniel Bates
    FULL TITLE: 'I felt I was on trial for murdering the Beatles': Yoko says fans wrongly convicted her for 40 years Yoko Ono has told how being blamed for The Beatles’ split made her feel like she was on trial for murder. She said: ‘It feels like I was accused of something that I didn’t do, which was breaking up The Beatles. It’s like you’re accused of murder and you’re in prison and you can’t get out.’ Since the Fab Four broke up in 1970, Miss Ono has been blamed by many fans for their demise because she was in...
  • Owner of John Lennon's tooth hopes to clone the late Beatle

    08/23/2013 1:51:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    nbc ^ | Aug. 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM ET | Randee Dawn,
    The dentist who purchased John Lennon's rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He's getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980
  • "Bad Science" ... A Dentist Wants to Clone John Lennon from His (sic, Lennon's) Rotten Tooth

    08/21/2013 6:44:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 21, 2013 | Charlie Jane Anders
    A dentist wants to clone John Lennon from his rotten tooth All you need is DNA. A Canadian dentist says he's working with "American scientists" to clone John Lennon from a rotten molar the Beatles singer had extracted in the 1960s. According to the press release (warning: it autoplays a weird parody song, "Love Me Tooth") dentist Michael Zuk bought the tooth at auction for $31,000 and now is working with an unspecified lab to see if they can clone him. Says Zuk: I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John...
  • ‘Imagine’: Why John Lennon’s Most Enduring Song Is Actually His Worst

    12/06/2012 10:18:56 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 64 replies
    WBUR ^ | 12/6/12 | Jim Borghesani
    As we approach the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon’s death, I think it’s time to take a hard look at the song that — sadly and improperly — personifies Lennon’s legacy for far too many people. That song is “Imagine.” Why this weak entry in Lennon’s dazzling oeuvre receives such adoration mystifies me. The song features a syrupy melody, a cloying piano line, none of the startling chord or time changes that distinguished Lennon’s great Beatles songs, and no memorable hook. Lyrically it’s even worse. There are lines in this song that a young John Lennon would have savaged. “No...
  • Paul McCartney: Yoko Ono did not break up The Beatles

    11/11/2012 7:30:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:09PM GMT 11 Nov 2012
    Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that “it wasn’t that bad a thing” for John Lennon to leave the Beatles and said that Yoko Ono did not break up group. In an interview with Sir David Frost for Al Jazeera, Sir Paul, 70, said the departure of John Lennon from the band in 1969 was expected by the whole group. … Sir Paul also absolved Yoko Ono, Mr. Lennon’s then-wife of responsibility for the group breaking up. “She certainly didn’t break the group up,” he said. “The group was breaking up and I think she attracted John so much to another...
  • Imagine there's no simplistic religious imagery… Cee Lo Green Changes Lyrics of Lennon's Iconic Hit

    01/08/2012 6:13:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/08/2012 | Paul Handley
    Something big, round and heavy fell with a clang in Times Square on New Year's Eve, and it wasn't the ball on the flagpole. Cee Lo Green sang a version of Imagine in which he changed John Lennon's lyric "and no religion, too" to "and all religion is true". Outraged Lennon fans didn't need to use 132 of their Twitter characters to tell Cee Lo what they thought of him. On the other hand, perhaps they were just reminding him of his most infamous song title. Among the New Year's Day tweets, I imagine there were one or two that...
  • The Ballad of John and Cee Lo

    01/03/2012 1:53:52 PM PST · by OddLane · 14 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | January 3, 2012 | Abe Greenwald
    It was, in it’s way, a great moment. Dumb and profound at once. On NBC television, singer Cee Lo Green ushered in 2012 at a Times Square studio by singing John Lennon​’s leftist anthem “Imagine,” only he updated an originally atheist lyric so that it now came out as a multiculturally sensitive, ecumenical one. In 1971, Lennon wrote and sang about his paradise on earth, in which there’s “nothing to kill or die for/and no religion too.” Green changed that to “nothing to kill or die for/and all religion’s true.”
  • What a One-World Government Looks Like

    10/26/2011 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2011 | Ben Shapiro
    "Imagine there's no countries," John Lennon warbled in his inane song "Imagine." "It isn't hard to do / Nothing to kill or die for ... Imagine all the people / Living life in peace / You may say that I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one / I hope someday you'll join us / And the world will be as one." They believed in those pathetic dreams in Europe. In the aftermath of World War II, facing the prospect of Soviet domination and wanting to keep the defeated Germans from completing a World War trilogy, the European...
  • John Lennon, global warming skeptic?

    10/15/2011 12:03:39 PM PDT · by Mustang Driver · 3 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2011 | Don Surber
    Before there was climate disruption — before there was climate change — before there was global warming — and even before there was global cooling, there was overpopulation. This was the late 1960s, early 1970s version of apocalypse pitched by pseudo-scientists with socialistic beliefs. The Sins Of Man would doom the world to starve to death. Unlike the current series of weather-related apocalyptic sciences we have, overpopulation included all Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. Not everyone bought into that overpopulation hysteria. In an appearance on the Dick Cavett Show on September 11, 1971, John...
  • "Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine" (Yes, it's hard to be gay and Catholic)

    07/19/2011 5:26:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    LittleCatholicBubble ^ | July 12, 2011
    Steve Gershom (a pseudonym) is a gay Catholic man in his late twenties. His blog, stevegershom.com, has been around for some months, but he has just decided to make it public. It's original, funny, poignant -- and culturally important. You can also find him on Twitter as stevegershom. I am profoundly grateful to Steve for agreeing to write this post for the Bubble. +++++++ When Leila asked me to write about gay marriage, the first thing I found out was how little I know about it. If I wanted to say anything coherent, I'd have to have definite beliefs about some deeper,...
  • John Lennon’s Second Thoughts

    07/01/2011 10:24:12 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 45 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 1, 2011 | David Swindle
    For more than 40 years Beatles member John Lennon towered above all others as the Left’s most powerful artistic icon. His anthem “Imagine” dreamed of a unified world that transcended the divides of nation-states and religious strife. It was an inspiration to generations of utopians. Now a new documentary reveals a startling fact: in his final years before his murder, the songwriter abandoned his famous progressive faith, enjoyed arguing with radicals, and supported Ronald Reagan. The Toronto Sun reported Tuesday night on one of the interviews from a new documentary called “Beatles Stories.” Director Seth Swirsky spent five years collecting...
  • Iowahawk: John Lennon, Republican

    06/30/2011 8:00:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Iowahawk | June 30, 2011 | David Burge
    Read it. :)
  • Was John Lennon a secret Reagan Republican?

    06/30/2011 9:02:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 51 replies
    Telegraph ^ | June 30th, 2011 | James Delingpole
    You know what? I think the answer’s probably no. But why let that get in the way of the delicious schadenfreude I’m feeling right now over the recent claims by his former personal assistant Fred Seaman – and the apparent discomfort it is causing lefties. -Excerpt- Over at the leftie Nation, historian Jon Wiener is having a massive sense of humour failure at this outrageous slur on a man probably second only to Che as an icon of international left-wing street credibility.
  • Imagine, John Lennon, A Republican...

    06/29/2011 12:58:41 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 13 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-29-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Well look who took Churchill to heart about being a liberal at 40 (emphasis is mine).... John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant.Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self...."He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been...
  • John Lennon was a closet Republican: Liked Ronald Reagan

    06/29/2011 8:24:34 AM PDT · by rface · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 28, 2011 | staff
    John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant. Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self. In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn't the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant. He says, "John, basically, made...
  • Lennon was a closet Republican: Assistant

    06/28/2011 4:50:51 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 119 replies
    WENN.com ^ | June 28, 2011
    John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant. Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self. In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn't the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant. He says, "John, basically, made...
  • In Search of Lennon’s Lost Letter to Oral Roberts

    03/10/2011 8:09:09 PM PST · by Palter · 12 replies
    This Land ^ | 07 Mar 2011 | Lindsey Neal
    In the early 1970s, Oral Roberts’ evangelical TV program was at a peak, with an estimated 37 million viewers. After each show, the ministry commonly received upwards of 500,000 letters. One of those letters in particular has since caught the world’s attention.On Friday, January 26, 1973, Roberts stood behind the podium at the Mabee Center and held up a sheet of paper to an audience comprised of his university students and faculty. Nobody could have expected the claim Roberts was about to make.“I hold in my hand probably one of the most unique letters or documents that I’ve ever shared...
  • What’s Wrong With John Lennon?

    12/12/2010 2:17:45 PM PST · by Shout Bits · 126 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 12/11/2010 | Shout Bits
    The media mourned the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder this week. Nobody should be murdered, of course, but why was Lennon raised above the other 2,227 New Yorkers murdered that year? Why is Lennon still held as a god among the cognoscenti with his own Central Park monument? It is well past time to reestablish Lennon as a wholly flawed man who is not a suitable role model for the communist paradise he represents in death.
  • Lennon Was All Right, but His Disciples Were Thick and Ordinary

    10/24/2010 8:28:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 24, 2010 | Jeff Durstewitz
    The song that unshook the world — and that the Lennon tributes forgot. (John Lennon) criticized America’s involvement in Vietnam, and, as the Sixties progressed, he became an increasingly important symbol of the burgeoning counterculture. — Veteran rock music journalist Anthony DeCurtis, on the website JohnLennon.com, 10/8/10. As a staunch Lennonist, I was tickled to get a letter some years back from a rich lefty friend that included a photo of him sitting with “John” in Havana. Well, he wasn’t really with John himself, since the ex-Beatle was long dead at that point. But he was sitting next to the...
  • What John Lennon Failed to Imagine

    10/11/2010 10:11:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10/10/2010 | Avi Davis
    It's a landmark event for Beatledom. John Lennon, dead these thirty years, would have turned seventy years old today.For many '60s survivors who grew up in thrall of the Fab Four, the idea that such an important symbol of the youth culture has arrived at the threshold of old age (if such a category still exists in our teen-obsessed culture) must be profoundly unsettling.It is as if that entire generation had finally found itself washed up on the very doorstep of senility.There can be no doubt that Lennon, in his partnership with the brilliant tunesmith Paul McCartney, did craft some of...
  • FBI seizes Lennon fingerprint card from auction house

    10/07/2010 11:20:51 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 October 2010
    A set of John Lennon's fingerprints has been seized by the FBI from a New York memorabilia dealer. In 1991, a similar document sold without protest from the US government for $4,125 Dealer Peter Siegel told the BBC the card was to be auctioned at a $100,000 (Ł62,621) minimum bid. The prints were taken at a New York police station in 1976 when Lennon applied for permanent US residence. An FBI official told the BBC the bureau believed the card was government property and was investigating how it landed in private hands. Mr Siegel, co-owner of Gotta Have It! in...
  • John Lennon killer Mark David Chapman denied parole for sixth time

    09/07/2010 1:56:43 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 45 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 7th 2010, 2:01 PM | Kenneth Lovett
    John Lennon's killer will continue watching the wheels go round from behind bars after being denied parole Tuesday for a sixth time. Mark David Chapman met with a three-member Parole Board panel at the Attica Correctional Facility via video conference. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after he was convicted of shooting the ex-Beatle four times outside his apartment on Dec. 8, 1980. He has served nearly 30 years of his sentence. Chapman is next eligible to try for parole in two years. He was first eligible for parole in 2000. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, had...
  • Yoko Ono Goes Ballistic at News Conference

    08/08/2010 4:40:02 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 44 replies
    WebToday ^ | 8-8-10 | WebToday
    Yoko Ono went ballistic during a news conference when reporter Sean Daly asked why she stayed in New York after her husband and famous Beatle John Lennon died. Yoko nearly went loco, snapping at Daly, "No one’s going to comment that you would go to maybe a whorehouse or something like that right after your wife died!” Yoko was promoting an forthcoming PBS documentary about John Lennon. 77-year-old Ono expressed concern for her family if Mark David Chapman is released on parole on August 9.
  • The Beatles never entirely shook off the Catholicism of their youth

    08/06/2010 11:24:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 35 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | 19 July 2010 | William Oddie
    I find myself in an unusual and slightly strange situation: I am in disagreement with Cardinal George Pell. This has never happened to me before, and I’m not sure that I like it. In a sermon last week, the cardinal had a go at the Beatles, and in particular John Lennon, whom he described as “the best known of the Beatles, who once claimed they were better known than Jesus Christ”. Well, so he did: but John Lennon wasn’t the same phenomenon at all as the Beatles. Cardinal Pell attacked in particular Imagine, in which, as the cardinal reminds us,...
  • Review "We Are Plastic Ono Band" - Amid All That Experience, Innocence (Yoko Ono jams w/ Clapton)

    02/18/2010 4:49:42 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 41 replies · 769+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2010 | By JON PARELES
    In some ways Yoko Ono is still an amateur. At “We Are Plastic Ono Band,” mixing concert and tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night, her voice could be shaky and her stage patter giggly and unplanned. She looked genuinely surprised when the audience interrupted her and sang “Happy Birthday.” (She turns 77 on Feb. 18.) She’s also untamed. She can still let loose the bleats, wails, yips, howls and shrieks that alienated Beatles fans in the 1960s and inspired avant-rockers soon afterward. Ms. Ono’s well-preserved air of naďveté — and the license it gives her to...
  • Why I've Turned To God At Nearly 70, by Ringo Starr

    02/06/2010 6:39:28 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 67 replies · 3,474+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 02/06/2010 | Dan Wooding
    ..former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr has found God at nearly 70 years of age. This was revealed in a story written by Ben Todd who said, “John Lennon caused a worldwide storm by claiming that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. “Now, more than four decades on, it seems his former bandmate Ringo Starr has acknowledged a humbler place in the grand scheme of things.
  • John Lennon Missing Recordings Discovered and Released

    12/03/2009 6:59:16 AM PST · by Military family member · 28 replies · 979+ views
    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently some rare and unreleased John Lennon recordings were discovered in a vault. These recordings were taped on August 19, 1980. They were done separately from the mysteriously missing video footage that was filmed at what is believed to be John Lennon's last recording session with his band prior to his death. Even more incredible, these recordings have never been released until now.
  • Artist Sam Taylor-Wood, 42, to marry 19-year-old toyboy actor Aaron Johnson

    10/30/2009 10:58:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies · 4,615+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2009 | Lizzie Smith
    With an age gap of 23 years they said it would never last. But today artist Sam Taylor-Wood, 42, announced she is to marry her 19-year-old toyboy Aaron Johnson. The couple met when she cast the relatively unknown teenager as John Lennon in her debut feature film Nowhere Boy, which premiered in London last night. A spokesman for the couple confirmed their wedding plans this afternoon and said they were 'very happy'.
  • Yves Saint Laurent tops list of highest-earning dead celebs

    10/28/2009 1:10:50 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 1,075+ views
    cnn ^ | October 28, 2009 | Breeanna Hare
    Forbes magazine's ninth annual list of top-earning dead celebrities was unveiled Wednesday, and surprise, surprise: Neither Michael Jackson nor Elvis Presley held court at the top. Late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent debuted in the No. 1 spot with an estate that earned $350 million in the year after his death from brain cancer in June 2008. To place on this year's list, "delebs" -- industry speak for dead celebrities -- had to earn at least $6 million between October 1, 2008, and October 1, 2009. Saint Laurent earned well past that. A February Christie's auction sold most of...
  • Born on this day, 1940: John "Give Peace a Chance" Lennon

    10/09/2009 8:42:31 AM PDT · by ETL · 32 replies · 871+ views
    From today's New York Times... John Lennon The Beatles united a generation of young people with their songs, their attitudes and their sense of style, and John Lennon was the thinking man's Beatle. Of the four, he was the Beatle who wrote books, the Beatle who embroiled the group in a potentially disastrous controversy by suggesting in an interview that they were more popular than Jesus, the Beatle who embraced the poetic innovations of Bob Dylan in the mid-1960's and shocked Beatles fans by jumping into performance art, happenings and political protests in the late 60's and early 70's. ..."...
  • Means and Ends: Alinsky, Beck, Satan and Me, Part VI

    08/21/2009 5:12:54 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 2 replies · 297+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 21, 2009 | David Horowitz
    [/caption] The wisest thing Lennon (John, not Vladimir) said about revolutionaries was a line in the song which declared (sort of) his parting of the ways with them: "You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we'd all like to see your plan." Lennon went on to say that radicals could count him out if they were preaching hate. (But then, the Beatles caved and changed the lyric so that it said both "you can count me out -- in." Well, who in in his right mind over the age of 30 looks for wisdom about reconstructing society to...
  • LENNON'S 'LUCY' HAS LUPUS

    06/07/2009 8:49:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 60 replies · 2,745+ views
    nypost ^ | June 7, 2009 | CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    The young British schoolgirl who was the inspiration for John Lennon's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is facing a stormy future as she battles an incurable disease. Now the slain Beatle's oldest son, Julian Lennon, has come to the aid of Lucy O'Donnell Vodden, a girl he had played with at nursery school and whom he had drawn a picture with stars around her head. Julian showed the picture to his dad, saying, "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds." It prompted Lennon to pen the hit song. O'Donnell, 46, is suffering from lupus, a painful autoimmune disease. When...
  • iTunes for Obama? Apple Posts "Hope and Change" Playlist

    05/13/2009 5:20:14 AM PDT · by GreatDaggar · 32 replies · 660+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | May 13, 2009 | Tim Graham
    For the i-Pod-less, there are many playlists that are created by users, but the "Essentials" lists are made by Apple. It says it was posted April 28, but sounds like it was posted January 20. See the goopy Obama-loving text that came with the songs: Welcome to the beginning of a new era in the U.S. – Barack Obama's history-making win is really a victory for all those who keep the faith and firmly believe that people have the power to make a change. John Lennon was one of rock ‘n' roll's most determined dreamers, and the better world he...
  • 'Drunk' Lennon tape sells in LA

    12/22/2008 1:50:24 PM PST · by weegee · 12 replies · 914+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11:58 GMT, Monday, 22 December 2008 | no byline
    A cassette tape of a "drunk" John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock 'n' roll song has sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 (Ł20,200). The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price's Just Because. "Debauched lyrics" improvised by "a drunk Lennon" include "just a little cocaine will set me right", auction house Bonhams and Butterfields said... Lennon's "slurred warbling" included, "I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take 'em and hold 'em tight," Bonhams and Butterfields said. "The background band speeds...
  • Imagine... No John Lennon

    12/13/2008 3:17:20 PM PST · by mainestategop · 82 replies · 1,613+ views
    MSG Blog ^ | Mainestategop
    December 8th was the anniversary of the death of Beatle John Lenon. Most of the world mourned the death of this man for his music but most of all for his views or I should say imagination. Well if we understood more about who he was and what he imagined, we would be celebrating rather mourning. Why? John's views were hostile towards the American ideals of individualism freedom and liberty and supportive of worldwide despotic communism at the hands of the New World order. His song Imagine was nothing more than a call for the destruction of America and religion...
  • GOO-GOO-G'JOOB

    12/07/2008 11:41:50 PM PST · by andrew roman · 30 replies · 1,199+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 8 December 2008 | Andrew Roman
    Twenty-eight years ago today, John Lennon was murdered here in New York City. I remember that evening as vividly as anything in my life. I was a thirteen year old Beatle freak (a generation removed, but no less fervent) sitting in front of my TV (when I probably should have been in bed asleep) watching Monday Night football when Howard Cosell made the announcement on the air, somewhere around 11PM, that Lennon was dead.As a young teenager who had only recently become a bona-fide Beatlemaniac, his death was a tremendous blow. To the tens of millions of people he touched...
  • Vatican forgives John Lennon for Jesus quip

    11/22/2008 5:05:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 737+ views
    reuters ^ | November 22, 2008
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a "boast" by a young man grappling with sudden fame. The comment by Lennon to a London newspaper in 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles' albums in huge pyres. But time apparently heals all wounds. "The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after...
  • John Lennon bio uncovers his seamy side [SHOCK]

    10/30/2008 1:24:27 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 60 replies · 2,715+ views
    bradenton.com ^ | October 29, 2008 | GLENN GARVIN
    -"John Lennon: The Life," by Philip Norman (822 pages, $34.95) Everybody from Bill Clinton to Fidel Castro loves to remember John Lennon as the dippy Utopian of "Imagine":" Imagine there's no countries/It isn't hard to do/Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion, too." Less remembered is the Lennon of "Run For Your Life": "Well I'd rather see you dead little girl/Than to be with another man." In Philip Norman's merciless biography, Lennon No. 2 is on full display, and the picture isn't pretty. Spiteful and selfish, miserly and misogynistic, Lennon abused his friends, cheated on his women and quarreled...
  • "Power to the People": The Lost John Lennon Interview (1971)

    10/17/2008 6:34:24 PM PDT · by ETL · 26 replies · 802+ views
    NewSocialist.org ^ | TARIQ ALI, ROBIN BLACKBURN, JOHN LENNON
    "Power to the People"The Lost John Lennon Interview By TARIQ ALI and ROBIN BLACKBURN Editors’ Note: It was twenty-five years ago today that John Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota building on Central Park West in New York City. We doubt many CounterPunchers have read the following 1971 interview with Lennon done by CounterPunchers Tariq Ali and Robin Blackburn. It’s a lot more interesting that the interminable Q and A with Lennon done by Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner. Tariq and Robin allowed Lennon to talk and spurred him on when he showed signs of flagging. Lennon recounts about how he...
  • New Christian Song Sparks Controversy Fireworks

    09/30/2008 10:52:28 AM PDT · by Jim Giatas · 36 replies · 1,382+ views
    PR Log ^ | September 29, 2008 | Jim Giatas
    Contemporary Orthodox Christian singer/songwriter, Jim Giatas, has written and recorded “If You Imagine” as an answer to former Beatle, John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” “If You Imagine” has generated significant criticism. One writer called it blasphemy. On MySpace, Vangellis responded that it was: “A terrible denigration of Lennon's ode to reason. And the fireworks are just beginning. “John’s song has gone virtually unchallenged for all these years and I felt compelled to write an answer to it from my own conservative Orthodox Christian faith.” It can be heard for free on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMM3WZ7AErA “I ‘ve always been a Beatles and...
  • Who is your favorite SONGWRITING DUO?

    06/24/2008 7:19:30 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 124 replies · 304+ views
    The "Musicians Who Turn 50", "Musicians Who Turn 60", "Favorite Drummer" and "Favorite Guitarist" were such hit threads on FR, I've decided to do this one. Who is your favorite SONGWRITING DUO? We all know that Lennon-McCartney were amazing together and possibly the best songwriting duo ever. They might be mentioned several times on this thread. If you choose John & Paul, be specific about which song and lyric(s).
  • Copyright feud over 'awesome' Lennon footage

    04/23/2008 1:18:57 AM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 6 replies · 88+ views
    Reuters - ABC (Australia) ^ | April 23, 2008 | N/A
    Copyright feud over 'awesome' Lennon footage Footage of John Lennon smoking pot, writing songs and discussing putting the hallucinogenic drug LSD in Richard Nixon's tea is the focus of a court case starting in Boston next week. The case pits Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, against the Massachusetts-based company World Wide Video which claims ownership of nine hours of raw footage of the former Beatle and Ono. It was filmed just weeks before the "Fab Four" broke up in 1970. World Wide Video wants to release the black-and-white footage as a two-hour film titled Three Days In The Life. Rolling Stone...
  • ‘Imagine Piano’ Celebrates John Lennon’s Absurd Magnum Opus

    08/06/2007 5:56:23 AM PDT · by John Galt 72 · 65 replies · 1,313+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | August 6, 2007 | Matt Carrothers
    ‘Imagine Piano’ Celebrates John Lennon’s Absurd Magnum Opus By Matt Carrothers August 6, 2007 Forget ground surges, new military leaders, tapping terrorist’s phone calls, free elections, training Iraqi soldiers to defend their own country and any other tactic that is helping the U.S. defeat Islamic fascists. British pop music singer George Michael and his boyfriend Kenny Goss have a better idea to bring peace to the world – John Lennon’s piano. Michael owns the piano on which Lennon composed the song “Imagine”. Accompanied by white-gloved attendants and a music choreographer, the piano is touring the U.S. as the centerpiece of...
  • John Lennon Stopped Yoko Ono From Having Abortion of Son Sean

    06/11/2007 7:11:20 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 37 replies · 1,754+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 11, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England (LifeNews.com) -- When it comes to Hollywood, abortion isn't just a topic that comes up frequently in movies or music, it's something celebrities routinely confront. News reports on Monday indicate abortion was a topic of conversation between famous Beatles musician John Lennon and his infamous wife Yoko Ono. In an interview with the BBC, Ono recounts a story about how she considered having an abortion when pregnant with the couple's son Sean. Lennon apparently talked her out of having an abortion. The conversation came after Ono became pregnant when the couple reunited in the early 70s after an...
  • Yoko Ono Tells of Last Night With Lennon

    06/11/2007 8:49:47 AM PDT · by Jack Wilson · 75 replies · 2,355+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/11/2007 | AP
    LONDON -- John Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York City apartment after deciding he wanted to return home to see his son rather than go out for dinner, Yoko Ono said in an interview broadcast Sunday. "We were returning from the studio, and I said: 'Should we go and have dinner before we go home?' and John was saying, 'No, lets go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep.' And it was like he wasn't sure if we would get home before he (Sean) went to sleep and he was concerned about...
  • In Mystery Of Beatle Lennon Was Occult Link That May Have Factored Into Death

    02/01/2007 9:14:13 AM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 2,337+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 02.01.07 | Michael Brown
    If there was a danger to the dark side that welled in music in the 1960s, it was perhaps best represented by what happened to one of its icons, Beatle John Lennon.  His was a life that symbolized, and took to an extreme, the spiritual struggles -- and confusion -- of a generation.  As previously reported [click here for story], after years of casting about -- swerving as a youth from Christianity to agnosticism to atheism and then all the way to Eastern meditation -- the famed songwriter settled, in the end, on the occult, as sort of a harbinger...
  • The "Great Pillars of Human Happiness"

    12/22/2006 8:54:36 AM PST · by Molly Pitcher · 15 replies · 765+ views
    Townhall ^ | 12/22/06 | Rebecca Hagelin
    In his 1971 song “Imagine,” John Lennon asks us to envision a secular utopia. There’s no heaven, no hell. Peace and harmony reign, and a global “brotherhood of man” flourishes. Amid this blissful state of affairs, of course, we find “no religion.” Lennon was a talented songwriter, but when it came to theology, he was 180 degrees off. A world free of religion would certainly have no heaven. But there would be plenty of hell -- and right here on earth. This isn’t simply the opinion of a lady who takes her faith seriously. A large and growing body of...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 12-21-2006

    12/21/2006 6:36:01 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 149+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 12-21-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. The liberal folks are all smiles To see Lennon's FBI files They're worthless I say nought in them, anyway So much for all "Big Brother's" wiles