ALL HE WAS SAYING “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”
Just a random day , I was binging on Youtube videos of the yesteryear Rockstars and Musicians . Among all , Beatles are my favorite . I mean literally I am a regular girl who is having a Beatles poster up on the walls of my room. Those cute boys from Liverpool with their unconventional haircuts revolutionized the whole scene of music in 60’s and 70’s era. John Lennon, Paul Mc Cartney , George Harrison, Ringo Starr are the embodiment of rock Music and were exceptional. I read few books regarding their glory. Beatles were surreal something back in time and still for the crazy Beatlemania. “Beatlemania”, a terminology referred to the fans who followed Beatles music and whatever they were upto. Beatlemania was a real thing back then . I saw in a documentary that people on the airport , didn’t board the plane because the “Fab Four” were present at the airport at the same time and people went berserk knowing their presence. They wanted Fab Four full power performance on the runway . Therefore , the Fab Four obliged and gave a miraculous performance for about an hour and half on the runway . No wonder they are still remembered for their astounding contribution.
My favorite Beatle is John Lennon. The name itself needs no introduction. The founder of the Beatles group apart from being a musical genius , he was a great philosopher , writer, thinker and peace activist . He raised his voice when nobody dared to. His solo work after the break up of the Beatles was inclined towards peace mission . His songs namely Imagine, Give peace a chance, Instant Karma, Mind games , Happy XMAS (War is over) are credited as best peace songs of all time . In the mid 1970’s amidst the Vietnam war ,he started various peace movements in United States of America . Despite being a British citizen , he strictly condemn the American involvement in the Vietnam War while he was staying in America. He returned his MBE(Member of British Empire ),Britain’s highest honor which was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth I for his contribution in music along with other Beatles members. He never believed in Monarchy and hence the award or any kind of honor didn’t fascinate him. knowing the fact that Britain was involved in Vietnam War compelled him to return his MBE as a protest. John Lennon along with his wife Yoko Ono started “Bed peace” which mean stay in bed which was a metaphor to make love not war. “Give Peace a chance ” was now an anthem for peace lovers, hippies and raging U.S citizens who were against the War. He along with John Sinclair went on to protest on the streets of New York , Washington DC against President Nixon . He also took an initiative to protest against U.S government for arresting John Sinclair. He even wrote a song about John Sinclair and because of his stature and the numerous supporters , the government bended their knees and released John Sinclair . Such was the charm of John Lennon but after this influential incident ,he came under the notice of government Officials. He often expressed his opinion through quotes . He once said ” Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives” .The U.S government officials comprehended John Lennon as their biggest threat because he was trying to put their government in a bad light.
A very good friend of mine who is also a Beatles fan , told me that ” Never judge an artist from their personal life”. John Lennon had a troubled personal life indeed. Being an enormous music personality his life unlike others came under scrutiny of people. Further his immense popularity and fame became the reason of his death. A crazed fan, Mark Chapman for no good reason shot Lennon just outside his flat on December 8,1980.He died on his way to hospital. I was literally shattered and deeply saddened when I saw the documentaries. I read the book “JOHN” by Cynthia Lennon, his first wife and it enlightened me about his life more accurately.
All he did was to form a phenomenal Band of all times and make good music to spread love . The price he paid for trying to awake people and promote peace was his own life. “Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans” from the man himself is very apt for his own life. All he was saying to GIVE PEACE A CHANCE .