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Thursday, June 30, 2011

John Lennon A Closet Conservative

(Two posts today. Please scroll down)

He came to his senses some years after he wrote "Imagine," an anthem of utopianism:


From this source, indicating that John Lennon moved to the Right side of the political spectrum:
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.

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"...He did express support for Reagan...

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"...He had moved away from his earlier radicalism...."
In other words, John Lennon grew up. He accepted reality.

25 comments:

  1. I have been a Beatles fan from when I was a little kid. Always tried to separate the politics from the talent with them (although as I get older, I can't do it so easily with other "artists"). I have seen Paul in concert a few times and think he should keep his mouth shut about American politics. It's good to hear that John had some conservative leanings.

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  2. Hmmm... This comes from a former hanger-on, is he just looking for his 15 minutes of fame?

    Perhaps in a flash of lucidity he may have said some nice things about Reagan, Neil Young has as well.

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  3. The day Lennon was shot, one of my co-workers commented that the wrong Beatle was killed. He disliked Paul. I wonder if he's thinking about his words today as I am.

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  4. In other words, John Lennon grew up. He accepted reality.

    Good point

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  5. In spite of the radicalism he engaged in, I've always considered John to be a gifted musician. His views may have changed somewhat after the birth of Sean and forced him not to act so irresponsibly as he had in the past.

    I wonder what his leftie devotees are making of this revelation...

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  6. Well he to have sobered up eventually!

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  7. Kevin,
    sobered up eventually

    I had that same thought, but opted for the reality-check angle.

    And, Kevin, good to see you here, my friend.

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  8. Silverfiddle,
    a flash of lucidity

    Proving that sometimes anyone can see the truth, huh?

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  9. Wrial,
    I've always considered John to be a gifted musician.

    I agree.

    And I'll admit that I liked the song "Imagine" -- never mind that I didn't believe the words to be anything other than a pipe dream.

    I've always been able to separate what I enjoy in music from the political ideas expressed in that music. Maybe that's because I didn't really listen to rock music until I was over 16 years old.

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  10. Conservative Lady,
    I didn't care for the early material the Beatles did. But I did like the later material as I found it more mature and more complex.

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  11. Cube,
    The day Lennon was shot, one of my co-workers commented that the wrong Beatle was killed. He disliked Paul.

    Interesting!

    With a few exceptions, I've never been a fan of McCartney's music.

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  12. Chuck,
    Thanks. I decided to give the story my own slant.

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  13. Well that's ironclad proof. Good enough for the fringe right, I suppose.

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  14. We live in a country where John Lennon takes eight bullets, Yoko Ono is walking right beside him and not one hits her. Explain that to me!
    --- Denis Leary

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  15. Duck,
    Well that's ironclad proof. Good enough for the fringe right, I suppose.

    Grow one feather of honesty -- if you can.

    If some longtime associate of a conservative singer had said, "In his later days, he moved left," you'd stand up and cheer.

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  16. As for how Yoko Ono escaped injury or death, it is a well-known fact that Mark David Chapman was obsessed with John Lennon and, clearly, mentally ill. He chose his "target" and made sure to take down that target.

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  17. Mark David Chapman was obviously a Conservative who hates Liberals like Lennon...except this revelation might drive Chapman to do something crazy...like turn Liberal.

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  18. I wasn't a huge Beatles fan, but John was definitely my favorite. I still would love to ask him, "Why Yoko Ono?" hmmm...

    At least he came to his senses and realized his past mistakes.

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  19. It's good to know that it is never too late to see the light and change one's evil ways.

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  20. AOW, this is part of the "he turned right" meme that is becoming quite popular.

    Witness one of the hot new stars on the circuit, David Mamet. Never supported a liberal, let alone a leftist, cause in his life and never expressed a liberal idea in his writings but he came over.

    It's rubbish.

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  21. the Libs will freak out if this is true AOW...Have a fabulous July 4th weekend u patriot u!..(hugs!)

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  22. I have to say I'm skeptical about this one. It's just one guy's experience. I don't doubt that he grew up/sobered up in his middle age, though.

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  23. If it's all the same, let the left keep their John Lennon if they'll stop delusionally trying to claim Reagan doubled America's GDP and created 16 million jobs by raising Social Security taxes.

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  24. Mamet's spoken out, Ducky, too bad you can't lower yourself to LISTEN.

    As for Yoko...Maybe, just maybe, he wasn't AIMING FOR YOKO??....

    AOW, this is SO COOL........I have always loved Lennon though I thought he was obviously a leftwing LOON; it's good to see that he thought a lot of Reagan. The man was NO FOOL< that's for sure. (Lennon OR Reagan :-)

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  25. The Beatles were never one of my favorite bands although I did consider John and George to be excellent natural composers and musicians. I never gave much thought to John's antics and thought a lot of their work was over-rated.

    For instance, The Beatles are given credit, by many, for creating the first concept album, "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", 1967. But the first concept albums were recorded by jazz musicians in the 50s and Sgt Pepper's only loosely fits the definition of a concept album.

    My tastes ran more toward the eclectic and romantic, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, to name a few.

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