...on readings, writings, rants, and random reflections
Yeah, quote Lennon from '71, but forget how he basically felt that same way about Jerry Rubin, the Black AND White Panthers, and much of the left by the time he was murdered (the fact that he reached out to William F. Buckley, Jr. for help in becoming a U.S. citizen was probably an indication of his future drift to the middle).Being a big teen-age Lennon fan PRIOR to Mark David Chapman's wretched entrance in national cultural, I remember how Lennon at the time of "Double Fantasy" was being written off by Rolling Stone and other Boomer Press types as a "sell-out" because he had the audactity to criticize the excesses of the 60s generation, including his own behavior, especially in the 1980 Playboy interviews.I'll take his latter day, more mature songs like "I Don't Want to Face It," "Serve Yourself" (his rebuke of Dylan's embrace of Christianity) and "Watching the Wheels" over the Rubin-Elephants Memory-NYC era earlier in the decade.On the other hand, reading George's defense of the idiotic Peter King against Rep. Weiner on that other blog, puts me right back squarely in the anti-establishment camp of the "Sometime in NYC" album ...
I sent RAG a Tweet suggesting that he should be sure to poke me when Fox News was having him on to bad-mouth a redneck. I'm still waiting for his response.
So how familiar are you with his other half's ouevre? This is the song Lennon was working on, the day he was murdered. Thoughts?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J7X7s8S1ns
"I sent RAG a Tweet suggesting that he should be sure to poke me when Fox News was having him on to bad-mouth a redneck."See also, "Holding One's Breath..."
I always liked Yoko. I never understood what was not to like. She didn't break up the Beatles. John and Paul just didn't want to do the same kind of music.
Agreed. Actually, it was, of all people, a teen-age born-again Christian friend of mine who turned me onto Yoko's music pre-"Double Fantasy." He though her "Fly" album was the shit. I wanted to borrow a David Bowie album from him and he refused until I sat and listened to the entire Side A of the "Fly" album at his house!
I'll admit to never actually having listened to her much, other than Double Fantasy. I liked her as a concept, more than as an artist.
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