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John Lennon, what can I say!!! He’s my favourite Beatle, a Peace Activist & a modern day saint. Artiste Extraordinaire!!!!
John LennonIMAGINE!!! A world without John Lennon, The Beatles and Lennon & Ono’s Peace Activism and Pacifism. Impossible! I can’t!! The world wouldn’t be what it is today; the open minded, free spirited, sphere, with comparatively lesser wars than the epical carnages that history chronicles. He brought Peace through his music, his lyrics and the famous Bed-In’s. People are more understanding (or should be) than ever before. Not that the world is full of empathicalists today (far from it, especially in this island, that I live in), but the world is slowly improving for the better to some extent (see ’s, existentialist character, Jo Stockton, teach her co-star a thing or two about ‘Empathicalism’, in one of her movies, in my Blog post, for Audrey Hepburn’s 85th from May 2014). And John Lennon, along side his second wife, artist, Yoko Ono, played an important role, for this ever changing world, in the late 60’s & 70’s. If he were alive today, John Lennon would be celebrating his 75th Birthday, on this day, with his messages of peace, love & equality. A sad loss of a legend, a humanitarian, a believer of Equal Rights, a man without borders and an intellectual.
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Initially, as a kid, when I first saw the music video of Lennon’s Imagine, featuring John Lennon & Yoko Ono, I felt a bit bored. But slowly I started loving the lyrics, the music crawled under my skin, and I started having a great admiration for The Beatles as a whole. And by the early 90’s, Lennon’s Imagine, was, and till date is, my all time favourite song. Since the early 90’s, I’ve read so much on The Beatles, especially Lennon and Paul McCartney, the songs they co-wrote, and have listened to practically every single song The Beatles, and post-Beatles Lennon, ever released. More recently, mid-2007, whilst living in Sydney, Australia, I watched The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006), on the Big Screen, down there. A very inspiring documentary focusing on Lennon’s quest for world peace, the famed War Is Over posters, anti-Vietnam war protests; and specifically emphasising the futile attempts by President Richard Nixon’s, American, government, to silence him. John Lennon managed to shake Nixon’s government to the edge of paranoiac fear, just through his songs, especially Give Peace a Chance. An exceptional documentary, and am glad I got to watch, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, on the Big Screen. I’d generally rarely watch a documentary in the cinema, but ’twas totally worth it!!

John Lennon with his fellow Beatles; including best pal, Paul McCartney; in the mid-60’s

John Lennon (far right), with his fellow Beatles; including best pal, Paul McCartney (in the middle); in the mid-60’s

John Lennon was also a feminist (see my post Beatle News #10 from April 2013), who took his wife’s, Yoko Ono’s, surname, on the 22nd of April, 1969, as a middle name, through an official ‘Deed of Change of Name’. Thus changing his name from John Winston Lennon to John Winston Ono Lennon, a month after they were married (in March 20th, 1969). Proper Feminism is about Equal Rights, between men and women, thus it’s not essential for one to own a pair of breasts to be a feminist. Being a believer of Equal rights myself, I consider myself a feminist as well; though being a free thinker and a believer of equal rights on varied issues of race, religion, gender and sexuality, the tag of feminism alone isn’t enough to describe who I am. None the less, I believe in the stone faced feminism of the 60’s & 70’s, and am a die hard fan of John Lennon, not just due to his music, but for the kind of great humanitarian he was.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, during their famous Bed-In’s for Peace, in 1969

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, during their famous Bed-In’s for Peace, in 1969

In early 2012, I was in New Delhi, India, during the annual World Book Fair, and, among many, ended up buying two books on the Beatles; The Beatles: The Days of their Life by Richard Havers (copyright:2010) and A Hard Days Write: The Stories behind every Beatles Song (New and Updated Edition (copyright:1994, new edition:2010)) by Steve Turner. I started blogging in March 2012, and meanwhile, after going through theses books, they soon inspired me to start a segment, on my Blog. Do check out all my Beatle News, from #1 to #33, I posted between March 2013 and February 2014, especially the ones on , and their famous ’s () and Bagism, for World Peace (including Beatle News #4, Beatle News #5, Beatle News #11, Beatle News #12 and Beatle News #16).

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Beatle News  #34:
On Tuesday, 6th of October, thousands of people joined together to form a human Peace sign in honour of John Lennon’s 75th Birth Anniversary, three day before his birthday. This tribute took place in Central Park’s East Meadow, New York, in the United States of America. I wish I was there, as one of the participants. His widow, Yoko Ono, is currently helping to fund a mobile studio called The Lennon Bus, in his name, to help music students and aspiring songwriters. This year also marks the 35th Death Anniversary of John Lennon, who was shot by a deranged fan, on the 8th of December, 1980.

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John Lennon & Yoko Ono with their newborn, Sean Ono Lennon, in 1975.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono with their newborn, Sean Ono Lennon, in 1975.

Today also happens to be, Lennon’s second son’s (Lennon & Ono’s only child together), Sean Ono Lennon’s, 40th Birthday as well. Both Lennon & Ono have a child each, from their previous marriages as well.

Sean Ono Lennon earlier this year (April 2015)

Sean Ono Lennon, who turns 40 today, in a picture taken earlier this year, in April 2015.

Sean Taro Ono Lennon was born on John Lennon’s 35th Birthday, on the 9th of October, 1975. A parent couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present than that. Going back to John Lennon’s feminism, after the birth of Sean Lennon, John became a house husband and stay-at-home dad, taking full responsibility for the care of his younger child, until John Lennon was killed five years later. Though, no where near as famous, as his post-modernist, aesthetically superior, parents, Sean Ono Lennon, too is a music artiste and activist, in his own right.

Sean Ono Lennon, who turns 40 today, in a picture taken earlier this year, in April 2015.

Sean Ono Lennon, who turns 40 today, in a picture taken earlier this year, in April 2015.

To John Lennon and Sean Lennon, who were born this day, 75, & 40, years ago, respectively. John Lennon shall forever live on through his brilliant musical legacy and Peace activism. And wishing Sean Ono Lennon all the best, and hope he’ll keep carrying the torch forward (the legacy of his father), like his mother, Yoko Ono has continued to do so. Have a fantastical 40th Birthday, Sean Ono Lennon.

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Beatle News  # 33:  George Harrison ()

George Harrison 25th Feb 2014 (NS)

  • 1943 – George Harrison is born in Liverpool, UK
  • 1958 – By George Harrison’s 15th Birthday, he is a member of the band Quarrymen (The future Beatles). After Harrison’s friend, Paul McCartney; whom Harrison befriended in 1954, having met on a bus to school; became a recent member of the skiffle group (Quarrymen), which was formed by John Lennon, Harrison too joined, earlier, in February 1958, itself.

 

  • 1963 – Please Please Me makes it to no.1 in some of the music charts

 

  • 1964 – Three days after The Beatles return to UK, from the United States, on George Harrison’s 21st Birthday, they finish recording Can’t Buy Me Love at Abbey Road. George Harrison receives 50 sacks of mail, for his Birthday, some of which were sent to his parents house in Liverpool, and the rest to the Beatles Fan Club, at Monmouth Street, in London.

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Beatle News  # 32 : Ringo Starr gets hitched

  • 1964 – The Beatles take the train to Washington DC from New York, due to a snow storm that hit the east coast. Then the fab four give a press conference, late afternoon, at the Washington Coliseum. In the same venue, their first American Concert takes place, that same evening. After the concert, the band attend a Cocktail/Reception in their honour, hosted by the British Ambassador, Lord Ormsby-Gore, at The British Embassy, in Washington DC, USA.
  • 1965 – Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox at Caxton Hall, London, UK.

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Beatle News  # 31 : The Beatles in New York

Fab Four arrive in New York 1964

  • 1964 – The Beatles leave London’s Heathrow airport on board Pan Am Boeing 707 for New York.

Beatlemania hits the U.S. as soon as the Fab Four arrive in New York, USA, 50 years ago today. The Beatles, who were met by 3,000 screaming fans as they touched down at John F Kennedy Airport, were the first British band to conquer the American charts.

(Also see  # 19 : The Beatles final concert tour, which was in USA as well, in August 1966)

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Beatle News  # 30 : Sunday, 26th of January, 2014

2014 – This Sunday, at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, The Beatles were awarded with the Life Time Achievement Award. Added to which, Paul McCartney bagged the award for Best Music in Film (previously known as the Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video) for his song, ‘Live Kisses’. The two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, performed the song ‘Queenie Eye’ together on stage (‘Queenie Eye’, is a song from McCartney’s solo album NEW, released in 2013). Besides that Ringo Starr did a solo on stage as well; the song ‘Photograph’, from his 1973 solo album RINGO.


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(* Special Note: Unfortunately I did not get to watch Grammy Awards, in fact it’s been a while since I last saw the Grammy’s anyway. Heard about the winners and the show only later.
Plus, The Beatles receiving the Life Time Achievement Award, don’t you feel it’s a bit late in the day? They should have been awarded this at least three decades ago.)

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Beatle News  # 29 : George Harrison gets Hitched

George Harrison & Pattie Boyd on their Wedding day

George Harrison & Pattie Boyd on their Wedding day

  • 1966 –  George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd, at the Leatherheads and Esher Register Office. Brian Epstein & Paul McCartney were the best men. Soon after which, the couple fly to Trinidad for their honeymoon.
The Bungalow where Pattie Boyd and George Harrison lived (1965 - 1970) in Esher

The Bungalow where Pattie Boyd and George Harrison lived (1965 – 1970) in Esher

  •  2014 (news i) – The re-release of 13 Beatle Albums (released between 1964 and 1970), are due in USA, ahead of the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first American concert (which took place on the 11th of February 1964 at the Washington Coliseum, Washington DC). The 13 Albums will be sold in unison as a ‘Collectors Edition’ box set.
Beatles box set (2014)

Beatles box set (2014)

  • 2014 (news ii) – The two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform for this years Grammy Awards, but it’s not confirmed whether they shall perform together or separately.

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Beatle News  # 28 : The Beatles in Paris (Part-II)

Sylvie Vartan & The Beatles (Olympia 1964)

Sylvie Vartan & The Beatles (Olympia 1964)

  • 1960 – Stuart Sutcliffe joins ‘Johnny & The Moondogs’ (The future Beatles).
  •  1964 – The Beatles appear, alongside French singer, Sylvie Vartan, and other French stars, at The Olympia Theatre for a three week engagement. The show opens on Friday, 17th of January, 1964.

While in Paris, the Beatles stayed at the five star George V hotel, and had an upright piano moved into one of their suites, so that they could continue writing songs there. It was whilst here that Paul McCartney wrote Can’t Buy Me Love.

  • 1968 – The Beatles (minus George, who was away at the time), attend a reception for ‘Grapefruit’, a band managed by Apple.
  •  1969 – US release of Yellow Submarine on Parlophone.

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Beatle News  # 27 : The Beatles in Paris (Part-I)

The Beatles pillow-fight in Paris (1964)

The Beatles pillow-fight in Paris (1964)

  • 1964 – Three of the Beatles (John, Paul & George) fly to Paris (from London Heathrow) on Tuesday, 14th of January, 1964, to appear at the Olympia Theatre for a three week engagement. Ringo followed a day later, on Wednesday, 15th, having been fog bound in Liverpool Airport. On Wednesday morning, while waiting for Ringo to arrive, the other three Beatles, take a stroll down Champs Élysées.
The Beatles in Paris 64'

The Beatles in Paris 64′

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Beatle News  # 26: John Lennon’s 33rd Death Anniversary

  • 1965 – The Beatles perform at Gaumont Cinema, Bradford, UK

This is the 6th day of The Beatles final British tour, which started on the 3rd of December, 1965, at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema. The Beatles perform in various venues around the United Kingdom, for 10 days, culminating on the 12th of December, 1965, at Cardiff’s Capitol Cinema.

  • 1967 – EP release of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour on Parlophone (Record Company label) in the United Kingdom.
Annie Leibovitz's photograph of Lennon & Ono, just hours before John Lennon was shot dead (8th December1980)

Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Lennon & Ono, just hours before John Lennon was shot dead (8th December1980)

 

  • 1980 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono, pose for a photo shoot, in their apartment, by Annie Leibovitz, for the Rolling Stones magazine. Leibovitz promises Lennon that the (above seen) picture would make the cover of the Rolling Stones, and she left their apartment at around 15:30 hrs (3:30 pm), in the afternoon. Hours later, at 2250 hrs (10:50 pm), John Lennon was shot dead, by a fan, Mark David Chapman; a 25-year-old security guard from Honolulu, Hawaii; in front of The Dakota, the building which housed Lennon & Ono’s apartment, in New York, USA. He was 40 years old.

(Annie Leibovitz was the last person to photograph John Lennon professionally)

  • 1983 – On John Lennon’s 3rd Death Anniversary, David Bowie; who had befriended Lennon in the mid-1970s, and had last seen Lennon in Hong Kong; performed a tribute to Lennon in his (Bowie’s) final show of his Serious Moonlight Tour, at the Hong Kong Coliseum, in Hong Kong.

 

  • 2000 – A bronze statue of John Lennon is unveiled in Havana, Cuba.

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Also see Lennon Births
Beatle News # 22 : John Lennon B (Tomorrow, That Month)
Beatle News #8 …& Brett Whiteley (This Day, That Month)

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Beatle News  # 25: 

  •  1969- John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of Order of the British Empire); which he, along with the rest of The Beatles, received four years earlier (see  # 23); to HRH Queen Elizabeth – II.

Lennon returned his MBE insignia, citing his reasons in a letter that read, “I am  returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, against our support of American involvement in Vietnam war, and against Cold Turkey (a song written by John Lennon) slipping down the charts.”

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