Posted by: Paolo Mennoia | 22/03/2010


In the previous posts we understood that fame and glory are only consequences of personal passions.Now we are going to see how passion combined with ideals, music, death, respect and cultural tendecies could transform a man into a legend for a big group of people all around the world. There are a lot choises for this case but the most appropriate is certainly JOHN LENNON.

Most people knows him, his story and his role in the history. We are not only talking about his music, we’re talking about John Lennon as pacifist leader, voice and idol of the young generation of mid-60s and 70s, legend and most influential character of the second half of XX century.

John Lennon, was a musican, a singer, a writer, a visual artist and influent activist of the pacifist movement. He rise fame with Beatles, writing with the band innovative songs for the upcoming generation untill 1970, later after he met Yoko Ono started a solo career and a more intensive activity against war.

At the top of his fame nothing could stop him and he was kown all around the world. Lennon and Ono used their honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton, in March 1969, as a “Bed-in for Peace” that attracted worldwide media coverage. Then in June 1969 at the second “Bed-in” in Montreal they recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in their hotel room at The Queen Elizabeth. The song was sung by a quarter million demonstrators in Washington, D.C. at the second Vietnam Moratorium Day, on 15 October 1969.

This event proofs how the passion and the dreams of one single man could reflect a cultural expression of a bigger group of people.

Lennon soon become one of the most important voices of the anti-war movement, the US President Richard Nixon believed that Lennon’s proactive anti-war activities and support could cost him re-election, starting a battle of deportation that would be a strategic counter-measure against Lennon. The President of USA was scared of Lennon mediatic power. In 1976, Lennon’s US immigration status was finally resolved favourably.

John Lennon was absolutely consciouss of his role, he influenced the masses, he was fighting a war against the war, without blood or violence, with only music, words, pacific acts and his endless fame.

As all the BIG STARS of the history Lennon reach the immortality of his works and his message with a tragic death. On 8 December 1980 Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times. Ono issued a statement the following day, saying :

” John loved and prayed for the human race.

Please pray the same for him.”

We close this post with Yoko Ono words and “Imagine” video where John Lennon still relives everyday for everyone.




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