Essay about The Beatles and the Anti-War Movement

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The Beatles have been noted as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, and most persuasive bands of all time. They were both musical and lyrical masterminds whom interpreted their opinions through their music. Of those many opinions their main message they wanted to send was the idea of peace. The Beatles opposed the war in Vietnam and were avid participants in the anti-war movement; by trend setting, not being afraid to speak their mind, and writing songs including: “Give Peace A Chance,” “Revolution,” “All You Need Is Love,” and many more. These songs insinuated and instilled their views on world peace, and back their opinions on the war. The Beatles are probably one of the greatest sensations the world has ever seen. No other …show more content…
That is how avidly they believed in the idea of world peace. As the Vietnam War progressed, some of the “radical groups” (groups opposing the war) started becoming more violent, and that is when they put out “Revolution”, a song suggesting peaceful protesting. So that just goes to show

that it was not just the war they were against, it was violence in general. Robert Fontenot states,
“By spring 1968, student demonstrations had reached a fever pitch all around the world, most notably in Paris, where a massive strike and resultant riots led to the collapse of the government led by Charles DeGaulle. John Lennon, who questioned the goals of the leftists movements even as he championed their basic beliefs, wrote this song directly to the world's young revolutionaries, specifically inspired as he was by the May 1968 French upheaval.” (Fontenot). Even though “Revolution” was inspired by the riots in France, it also pertained to the violent protesting going on in the United States. Alan W. Pollack talked about the lyrics by saying, “The lyrics get pounced on typically because of what the FBI might have described as their ‘anarchic posture’. What I find most remarkable about them is the way they embody that typically Lennonesque ambiguity between tender encouragement and nasty ridicule.” (Pollack). In the second verse of

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