Lennon and Politics Essay

2119 Words Feb 12th, 2013 9 Pages
John Lennon and Politics To write a piece on John Lennon such as this, one is likely to get their throat cut, regardless of the angle one takes. Any article on John Lennon is political non-stop unless you were one of the ‘Apple Scruffs’ (Beatles groupies) who came in through their bathroom window for a shot at one of the Fab Four. For one to understand Lennon: The Activist, one should first consider the formative years of his life. This essay will investigate the personal and cultural influences that led to Lennon’s activism – both political and for peace – as well as an in-depth analysis of four of Lennon’s most political songs.
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Cartoon doodles and music provided Lennon with an escape from his personal struggles. This innate creative expression provided a way for his ignored voice and opinions to be heard and a chance to exact revenge on those whom he felt had failed or doubted him: “John, the guitar’s all good but you’ll never make a career out of it” a quote from his grandma which he later framed in his home. When we consider his relatively humble beginnings in 1940s Liverpool, the precociously creative and rebellious Lennon seemed destined for a path of self-destruction or greatness. Liverpool was a port town and Lennon was exposed to a diverse mix of overseas music and culture, including the indomitable 1940s King of Rock, Elvis Presley. Despite his acceptance into an art college, Lennon felt his creativity was misplaced and instead chose to invest his time into a local ‘skiffle’ band, the Quarrymen. A fresh faced pretty boy-band consisting of lower middle class boys; the Quarrymen evolved into the Beatles with the inclusion of local talents Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The Beatles provided Lennon a place where he fitted in, a place where he was respected and his domineering and rebellious personality was welcomed as the front man of the Beatles. In an era when rock and roll painted the image of youth uprising and the opportunity for bands to make a difference, Lennon was ideally positioned. Lennon did not represent

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