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John Lennon in a file photo. Image: Screen shot from Peter Jackson’s Get Back
John Lennon in a file photo. Image: Screen shot from Peter Jackson’s Get Back

The sensibility of an era may be unified – even though it’s never uniform. Those who forget it are essentially visionaries, incurable romantics, prone to melancholy – an inextricable quality of genius, according to Aristotle.

John Winston Lennon, self-styled working-class hero, prodigal son of a lower-middle-class fragmented family, may be qualified as the unifier of the sensibility of an era – that 60s “pandemonium with a big grin on,” as Tom Wolfe coined it.

For the first time in history, a group of pop musicians – led by such a Nijinsky of ambivalence as Lennon – had metastasized into a social phenomenon that simultaneously reverberated and influenced the planet’s collective unconscious.

We are all now re-living a snapshot of those times – and in countless cases being introduced to it – via Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back, the three-episode film within the film released on Disney +, culled from 57 hours of footage and 150 hours of audio recorded way back in January 1969.

The plot line is quite straightforward. We are watching the pop Valhalla of a work in progress: the Beatles “with our back against the wall” (Paul) trying to write new songs for a full LP and a live concert, in real time, after concocting stunners such as Sgt Pepper’s and The White Album.

Photo by the PopKick App from Pixabi
Photo by the PopKick App from Pixabi

It may be idle to deconstruct in writing what is in effect a stream of consciousness developing in a time machine of gorgeous colors at the end of a musical rainbow: the evolving, artistic creative process as a series of non-sequiturs and – Buddhist – illuminations.

Globalized Beatlemania knows seemingly all the details about the slow-motion disintegration already in effect in early 1969 – from George Harrison sitting on a triple album of fabulous songs being constantly sidelined by the Lennon-McCartney Leviathan to the arguably divisive role of that Japanese woman.

In the end, what really matters is the – glorious – music. George building “Something” out of scratch. Paul building “Get Back” out of scratch (with George soon adding some mean funky licks). And the resolution of the cliffhanger, delivered at the Apple rooftop live concert (here it is, in full): an iconic pop performance for the ages.

So allow me to attempt something different. Let’s talk about John.

The dream is not over

Every baby boomer carries a Dylanesque blood-on-the-tracks memory: the day JFK was assassinated. Generations who followed the first boomers carry another memory: the day John Lennon was assassinated, 41 years ago next week, and 10 years after the Beatles dream, as decreed by the same Lennon, was over.

Yet already at 18 Lennon, a pre-boomer born during WWII, in 1940, carried three blood scars: the deaths of his uncle (the father figure); of his (absent) mom; and of his idol (Buddy Holly). Lennon judged that to protect his future emotional balance he had to build up a barrier of irreverence, aggression and sarcasm.

With fame and fortune, he switched from defense to offense. Yet he only attacked those he didn’t respect. He wore his heart – and his art – on his sleeve, for all to see, like a gallant chevalier.

Lennon could have been a politician, like JFK. Kennedy – Ireland and Harvard, money and macho – had an Apollonian vision of power. Lennon – street kid out of decadent, fuliginous Liverpool, outsider even in art school, that classic English receptacle of misfits – preferred to polish the Dionysian vision of relations between art and power.

Politician and poet, hero and bad boy, sweet and arrogant, Lennon was neither the St Sebastian sold to the world by Yoko during his last decade in this valley of tears nor the demented druggie depicted in a sensationalist biography by Albert Goldman.

In the tortuous initiation voyage that took him from leather-jacked rebel rocker to respectable middle-aged man– a dedicated father absolutely faithful to a mature woman – we find not only the dilemmas faced by at least two generations but also the contradictions inherent in the astonishing influence of rock’n roll as a form of art-commerce.

The Beatles – the quintessential incarnation of the ’60s dream of an Eden-like utopia – could never grow old, because childhood magic and an incurable adherence to the pleasure principle were always central to their appeal.

While Bob Dylan burned in anger and the Stones, ever so calculating, invested in theatrical Satanism, everything related to the Beatles denoted exuberance and effervescence – the practical result of the Lennon-McCartney chemistry, so evident in multiple sections of Get Back.

Lennon had literary and poetic ambitions. In the end. he conferred cultural respectability upon a format that until the ’60s was considered minor: pop poetry. Lennon’s lyrics were a sort of counterpoint to the new journalism of Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe.

Like them, Lennon noticed how the novel did not die in the’60s; what died was the mystique of the novel, its critical prestige, its adoring audience and its status as the golden path to success in the Palaces of Culture.

Norman Mailer and Truman Capote Photo: Popaganda.gr
Norman Mailer and Truman Capote Photo: Popaganda.gr

Without eschewing the non-stop gaming between individuality and history, between desire and social determination (after all he had escaped the tremendous English class determinism), Lennon in his lyrics tackled problems of personal identity, private moral choices and the extreme ambivalence of our elective affinities.

Even when he improved his fables and allegories – in the 70s post-Beatles era – he was always emphasizing the perennial quality of these moral questions. His influence on pop poetry is incalculable.

Lennon, on paper, always shone when he referred to human beings in flesh and blood. He was not a T S Eliot, of course, or even a Bob Dylan. His lyrics could be so simple that they would read like nonsense childhood verse (which he wrote very well).

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The crystals were always uncovered when he went into a semi-confessional mood: lost love, reminiscences about pain, expiation of personal trauma, the search for a Buddhist Third Way. Rubber Soul and Revolver are the Beatles albums where the Lennon mark is most visible. It’s not an accident that these are the ones that pack maximum emotional power. Much like George’s post-Beatles full bloom in All Things Must Pass.

Lennon never settled for the regal ostentation of selling his image as a Leader – be it of the Beatles, of a generation or of an era. In Get Back, he is largely self-effacing, until he bursts into full life in the rooftop.

With an existentialist faith in the perpetual renovation of personality, Lennon used all possible tools to aspire to transcendence: gurus, drugs, primal scream, political psychodrama, pacifist appeals – and even that itinerant show, sort of an uninterrupted performance, with Madame Ono. After his disappearance from the limelight to raise a child, he was back with the same naked honesty, offering to everyone the dream of a mature man.

He was assassinated exactly when he was trying to suggest possibilities of inventing the non-materialist world he had predicated in Imagine. The Western collective unconscious, in shock, intuitively understood it had been deprived of the stimulating dialogue of a consciousness with itself, a human – all too human – dialogue.

John Lennon had the capacity to project his own psychodrama over all his contemporaries. He lives on, again, with that disarming smile captured in Get Back, not as a martyr, but as a flaming idea, contributing to the self-knowledge of all of us living in these times of trouble. We are all getting back to where we once were, John.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. devin says:

    groupie, groupied, groupie!! The juvenile incompetents who, spread by the stinking structure into every head in the world, even destroyed the utterly superior music and poetry of Escobar’s homeland, became the Empire’s cheap dogs of endless war. Yes, Pepe, I’m an American, and I bought all this shit when I was ten, and retained it until I began to learn how to play an actual guitar when I was fourteen, and began to learn from musics such as those of your homeland. I learned later that it was your “grandmother’s” music, utterly bypassed by the sheer AM radio genius of the echoed microphone and the Ed Sullivan/CIA show, and the greatest poetry of all time, such as “You better run for your life if you can, little girl”, or “Imagine there’re no countries, I wonder if YOU can…” you stupid losers who aren’t deep like me!
    The empire you seem to despise will finally succumb when you all realize what a life of brainwashed pseudo- artistic garbage you allowed yourselves to cherish, and music begins to be heard in the world again.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Troll: Biff
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    , @gay troll
    , @The Alarmist
  2. Though it may seem a stretch, this seems like a good place to air out the idea that Mark Chapman was a patsy. Not my idea but I don’t know who to attribute it to.

    The theory as I understand it is that the Dakota doorman was a CIA gunman, and that it was another dirty trick courtesy of the Poppy Bush team. Because Nixon had failed to silence or deport the troublesome Lennon and the incoming Reagan team didn’t want to deal with a tanned, rested and ready Beatle.

    Anyone else ever heard of this conspiracy theory?

  3. This article is frequently wrong and mostly full of nothing. Doesn’t anybody know how to write anymore. Concrete specifics would help, just for instance.

    The reason the Beatles get an extra share of good reviews is because they were different. And different in a good way, a way deeply informed by all the music that the band-members learned by heart during their eighty thousand hours of rehearsal in Hamburg. Not different in a bad way, like current “different” musicians, who simply play what they want to play, revealing nakedly that they do not in the least understand how music works.

    The concept of ergonomics might be appealed to at this juncture. Ergonomics says that, at the culmination of the ages, a tool evolves to its apex. It cannot get any better, because it has reached its ideal form. Like a claw hammer. Claw hammers evolved and evolved until they couldn’t evolve anymore, because they reached the perfect form. Nobody has improved on the claw hammer for 200 years or more. The Beatles practiced–playing as a band in public, not strumming in their bedrooms–more than anybody else, thus reaching their apex in performance. And then they absorbed, synthesized and transmogrified all the popular and art musics that preceded their work, creating an ergonomic music, a culmination of evolutions.

    Put it this way. They were just better–and different from, the good kind of different, the informed kind of different–what came before and what came after.

    • Replies: @Curle
    , @Reg Cæsar
  4. the demented druggie depicted in a sensationalist biography by Albert Goldman.

    It’s not how Goldman portyayed him.

    While Bob Dylan burned in anger and the Stones, ever so calculating, invested in theatrical Satanism, everything related to the Beatles denoted exuberance and effervescence – the practical result of the Lennon-McCartney chemistry, so evident in multiple sections of Get Back.

    Dylan mellowed from 67 to 77.

    Lennon got angrier and more strident politically, culminating stuff like this:

    • Replies: @Bombercommand
  5. Curle says:
    @Jefferson Temple

    No. It sounds suspiciously similar to the John Hinkley conspiracy theory. That Bush had something to do with Reagan’s attempted assassination.

    The only Chapman trivia I know is that Chapman purchased his gun in Honolulu from a clerk with the surname Ono. Of course, Honolulu is filled with Japanese.

    • Replies: @Jefferson Temple
  6. Curle says:
    @obwandiyag

    That and they came from an more literary country and a more literary age, which is my attempt to summarize much of what Pepe said which I find compelling.

    Lennon famously embraced TV as an recreation after he became famous. It was the prior twenty some odd years of living life without it that likely explains much of the group’s success. I’m of the opinion that much in the way of societal decline can be understood as an effect of the complete replacement of literature with TV shows.

  7. @Jefferson Temple

    …and the incoming Reagan team didn’t want to deal with a tanned, rested and ready Beatle.

    Reagan and Lennon met, in the booth of Monday Night Football, which invited celebrities to drop by. They got along famously, the entertainer sons of Irish ne’er-do-wells. Ron taught John the rules of gridiron.

    • Thanks: Jefferson Temple
  8. @obwandiyag

    Ergonomics says that, at the culmination of the ages, a tool evolves to its apex. It cannot get any better, because it has reached its ideal form.

    Heikki Kärnä begs to differ:

    Finnish inventor rethinks design of the axe

  9. Andreas says:

    I never had a favourite Beatle. The Beatles were always a gestalt. I can only rank them individually on the impact they had on me once they went their separate ways. That would be: Paul, George, John and Ringo.

    I did admire John as a natural rebel. and he did have a few good songs. But he was also too political and naive in many respects. The song Imagine was an overly sentimental celebration of pure social stasis and nihilistic atrocity. No wonder it became an anthem for the retarded left.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    , @Pat Kittle
  10. @Curle

    Yes, the Hinckley conspiracy theory. The difference is that one is much more plausible. Reagan was in Bush’s way and the Bush and Hinckley family were familiar with one another. That doesn’t make it a slam dunk but given big George’s history as a CIA man and connection to Dallas ’63, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true.

  11. Anonymous[858] • Disclaimer says:

    Nice paean to John. As a kid, I liked “In His Own Write”.

    Brother Blue Iconoclast

  12. Anon[585] • Disclaimer says:
    @devin

    Bro, the Beatles had complex arrangements and melodies, their music covered multiple genres, their lyrics were often clever and compelling (‘Taxman’), and they were loved the world over!! What of you? That’s what I thought. My son just turned 18, he’s like Mozart and Zappa, self taught, plays everything and rights genius, compelling music and you know who he loves? That’s right, John Lennon and the Beatles!! My other son is 7 and likely on the spectrum. When he was 5 his favorite song for nearly a year was ‘Nowhere Man’, he’s a cool and beautiful child. Keep your lame, misguided opinions to yourself!!

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  13. Anon[585] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jefferson Temple

    No, but I agree mc was a patsy.

  14. @Andreas

    I never had a favourite Beatle. The Beatles were always a gestalt.

    In the beginning, yes, but increasingly became three bands in one. They were never quite unified after 1965 like the Stones or the Who. Lennon withdrew into himself, McCartney became the de facto ‘leader'(resented by others), and Harrison wanted to make his own mark. Thus, the White Album, for example, doesn’t sound like a group effort but three different guys doing their own thing. In contrast, Beggar’s Banquet by the Stones sounds like it’s all of a piece.

    • Replies: @Andreas
  15. @Anon

    Bro, the Beatles had complex arrangements and melodies,

    They did some amazing things later but, still, their best and most seminal stuff was early on when they used simple arrangements. They were bursting with spontaneity and freshness.

  16. Andreas says:
    @Priss Factor

    True… I suppose I never analyzed it in that fashion. I never paid any close attention until after they broke up. It was just the music. I was young. Some argue that it was an asian woman that caused the demise. It may have been diverging artistic goals as you state. They were all about the good. The Beatles were not destined to last. The darker edged Stones may have defined the era more than any other band.

  17. @Andreas

    Hours ago (((you))) mocked “whites who blame Jews for their own ills”:
    — (https://www.unz.com/aanglin/jewish-pop-musician-antony-blinken-again-threatens-war-against-china/#comment-5046921)

    I asked you a question (which I doubted you’d answer, so I’ll try again):

    DO YOU OBJECT TO “HOLOCAUST DENIERS” BEING THROWN IN PRISON?

    Spare us the (((gaslighting))), just answer the question.

  18. Right_On says:

    trying to suggest possibilities of inventing the non-materialist world he had predicated in Imagine.

    Imagine a youthful idealist, who has dropped out of the rat race to help usher in a brave new world, then, when the counter-culture turns sour, he’s found himself left high-and-dry . . . He might feel betrayed by his erstwhile pied pipers.

    Thus Mark Chapman, Lennon’s assassin: “He told us to imagine no possessions and there he was, with millions of dollars and yachts and farms and country estates, laughing at people like me who had believed the lies and bought the records and built a big part of their lives around his music.”

    Utopian dreams are delusional.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  19. gay troll says:
    @devin

    I told you before,
    stay away from my door,
    don’t give me that
    brother, brother, brother, brother.
    The freaks on the phone
    won’t leave me alone
    So don’t give me that
    brother, brother, brother, brother.

    [MORE]

    Now that I showed you
    what I been through,
    don’t take nobody’s word
    what you can do.
    There ain’t no Jesus
    gonna come from the sky.
    Now that I found out
    I know I can cry.

    Some of you sitting there
    with your cock in your hand,
    don’t get you nowhere,
    don’t make you a man.
    I heard something
    ’bout my Ma and my Pa.
    They didn’t want me
    so they made me a star.

    Old Hare Krishna
    got nothing on you.
    Just keep you crazy
    with nothing to do.
    Keep you occupied
    with pie in the sky.
    There ain’t no Guru
    who can see through your eyes.

    I’ve seen through junkies
    I been through it all
    I’ve seen religion
    from Jesus to Paul.
    Don’t let them fool you
    with dope and cocaine.
    No one can harm you,
    feel your own pain.

    -John Lennon, “I Found Out”

  20. gay troll says:

    Regarding Lennon’s politics, let’s keep in mind that the song most often in question was called “Imagine” and not “Let’s Take Up Arms Against the Bourgeoisie to Accelerate the Inevitable Outcome of History”.

  21. @gay troll

    “I Found Out” was inspired by Lennon doing Primal Therapy with Arthur Janov.

    I did that too.

  22. @gay troll

    John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 1970. Overall, his best solo work came right away after the Beatles crashed and burned. Followed by another good album in 1971. That was powerful stuff.

  23. @Right_On

    You’ve bought the cover story, plainly. If Chapman felt that way, why didn’t he shoot a Rockefeller?

  24. I remember from way back Yoko Ono replying to a question about John Lennon having a conversion experience whilst watching the TV series “Jesus of Nazareth” and came across this in web search search which alludes to it:

    [MORE]

    You’d think someone as smart as Yoko Ono who lived through Watergate would have learned the most important lesson the scandal taught all of us: the coverup is always worse than the crime. But, if several reports are to be believed, she didn’t and has for years been keeping secrets from all of us about her late husband.

    First, thanks to rock biographer Steve Turner in his book “The Gospel According To The Beatles,” we learned several years back that Lennon was a fan of TV preachers like Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts and Billy Graham.

    Acording to Turner, none of this sat well with Ono who vigorously opposed Lennon’s interest in Christianity:

    “Over the following months he baffled those close to him by constantly praising “the Lord,” writing Christian songs with titles like “Talking with Jesus” and “Amen” (the Lord’s Prayer set to music), and trying to convert nonbelievers. He also called the prayer line of “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson’s program.

    The change in his life perturbed Yoko, who tried to talk him out of it. She reminded him of what he’d said about his vulnerability to strong religious leaders because of his emotionally deprived background. She knew that if the press found out about it they would have a field day with another John and Jesus story.

    John became antagonistic toward her, blaming her for practicing the dark arts and telling her that she couldn’t see the truth because her eyes had been blinded by Satan.

    Those close to the couple sensed that the real reason she was concerned was that it threatened her control over John’s life. If he became a follower of Jesus he would no longer depend on her and the occultists. During long, passionate arguments she attacked the key points of his fledgling faith.

    They met with a couple of Norwegian missionaries whom Yoko questioned fiercely about the divinity of Christ, knowing that this was the teaching that John had always found the most difficult to accept. Their answers didn’t satisfy her, and John began to waver in his commitment.”

    That Lennon was seeking spiritual answers in the Japanese mountain town of Karuizawa where he and Yoko and Sean spent time was well known.

    One missionary, Carol Fleenor, who claimed that the couple also once attended her church, Karuizawa Union Church, remembered her encounter:

    “We talked a little more about our kids. Before I knew it, an hour had passed, and he, Yoko and Sean prepared to pedal off on their bikes,” she recalled. “‘It’s good to talk to all of you,’ John said. ‘I’ve been looking for something this summer, something spiritual,’ he continued. ”I’ve been speaking with a lot of the missionaries I’ve met here, about life and what it all means. Thank you for your words.’ He waved goodbye—and I waved back as they rode off, little Sean perched on his daddy’s handlebars.”

    More recently, reports have surfaced in a soon to be released documentary that late in life, Lennon had grown ashamed of the political naivete of his early years and though unable to vote for him because of his British citizenship, had become a supporter of Ronald Reagan during his run for the presidency in 1980.

    “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter,” Seaman told filmmaker Seth Swirsky. “He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me….I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism…He was a very different person back in 1979 and ’80 than he’d been when he wrote ‘Imagine.’ By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

    Finally, according to a book titled All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Lennon questioned the theory of evolution, mocking the notion that man descended from apes:

    “I don’t believe in the evolution of fish to monkeys to men. Why aren’t monkeys changing into men now?,” Lennon asked. “It’s absolute garbage. It’s absolutely irrational garbage, as mad as the ones who believe the world was made only four thousand years ago, the fundamentalists…. I don’t buy it. I’ve got no basis for it and no theory to offer, I just don’t buy it. Something other than that. Something simpler. I don’t buy anything other than “It always was and ever shall be.”

    If John Lennon had become a Reagan-loving, TV-evangelist watching, evolution-mocking 40-year old, it was certainly no crime.

    But if Yoko knew it and kept it from us for the last 30 years, surely that would be a crime against the truth from a woman whose family motto was: “All I want is the truth. Just give me some truth”
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/jesus-reagan-and-john-lennon-what-secrets-has-yoko-ono-been-keeping-from-us

  25. Inevitably, Abbey Road video no longer available- Disney.

  26. @Jefferson Temple

    Yes, Jose Perdomo, usually refered to as “the doorman”, murdered John Lennon. No paraffin test was performed on Mark David Chapman to confirm he fired a gun, nor a test to confirm that the bullets that killed John were fired from the gun allegedly owned by Chapman. No ambulance, or any other medical assistance, was called for John. After 20 minutes a police squad car arrived. John was put in the back of the squad car and driven to the hospital. Jose Perdomo pointed out Chapman, sitting on a curb reading Catcher In The Rye, as the killer. The arresting officer is on the record saying he looked at Chapman and thought “He doesn’t look like he killed anybody, looks like he works at a bank, just trying to get through his day.” Jose Perdomo never made a statement to police and no media outlet made any attempt to interview him, where Perdomo went after the killing is unknown, he simply vanished. Jose Perdomo, scumbag and CIA contract operative, was ex-Cuban military and was member of a death squad that was to follow on the landings at Bay of Pigs. Chapman has stated he talked with Perdomo, who went on and on about The Bay Of Pigs. Perdomo didn’t actually work the door to The Dakota, there was a concierge for that, who attempted to aid John, getting bloody in the process. It seems Perdomo just stood there watching John die when he could have called for an ambulance. Perdomo’s job was to stand outside on the sidewalk, and he had a small “sentry’s box”. It doesn’t seem he opened the door to John’s limousine or greeted John in any way, but he did allow Chapman to hang around the entrance for hours. Perdomo was in the perfect position to shoot John in the back and pretend it was Chapman. Perdomo should have been searched for firearms and given a paraffin test. There was no trial for Chapman. At the preliminary hearing Chapman pleaded guilty, against the advice of his lawyer. The judge, on the spot, accepted the plea and sentenced Chapman to life. This was irregular conduct on the judge’s part, who should have refused to accept the guilty plea. Mark David Chapman is on record stating he has no memory of shooting John Lennon. Chapman, a former security guard, was arrested with thousands of dollars in cash and several credit cards. He lived in Hawaii, in an apartment overlooking a park on the ocean. You can see Chapman’s actual apartment in the shitty “The Man Who Shot John Lennon”, a really nice building. Chapman was definately a mind-controlled Patsy.

    • Thanks: Jefferson Temple
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  27. @Priss Factor

    Whatever. John Lennon “culminated in stuff like”: “Instant Karma” and “Mind Games”. If you can’t understand how great those two songs are, you don’t know music.

  28. @Bombercommand

    That all sounds familiar. If you have any links or other sources that chronicle the assassination of Lennon, I would love to read them. The thing about him was that he wanted the fame and fortune but then came to see it as a trap. What he ultimately wanted was to be a normal man with a family.

  29. @devin

    Wow. Who shat on your Cornflakes®️?

  30. @Jefferson Temple

    I’d sooner believe the Paul-replacement would have had the newly resurgent Lennon eliminated to avoid being outshined by him.

    • Replies: @Jefferson Temple
  31. @The Alarmist

    The new Get Back movie is countering the Paul-is-dead hoax pretty well, imo. Nothing in it, so far, suggests that they’re working with a new Paul.

  32. Kali says:

    I have to say, having watched the first 2 parts of this documentary, that it’s the most enjoyable thing I’ve seen for ages.

    Witnessing their creative process and the energy, the love, the respect that the boys obviously had for each other has been truly heartening.

    I can’t wait to watch the final part tonight: The concert on the roof!

    It could be that I’m biased, as I’m also from Liverpool, but if any of you reading this fancy a break from the train-wreck we’re currently witnessing/living through, and would just like to enjoy some real quality entertainment and musical history, then download yourself the box-set and enjoy. – When the boys get to their own Apple studio the chemestry really kicks in.

    I agree with the previous commenter, this documentary makes a mockery of any suggestion that Paul was replaced.

    Happy viewing,
    Kali.

    • Replies: @Jack McArthur
  33. @Kali

    I would very gladly pay for a disk version but there is no way I would give the Jews who have destroyed Disney a dime.

    • Replies: @Kali
  34. JATW says:
    @Jefferson Temple

    I think it was a CIA hit, but by Chapman, who was hypnotised in a similar way to how Serhan Serhan was in the Bobby Kennedy assassination. The doorman may well also have had a gun.

  35. Kali says:
    @Jack McArthur

    I’m pretty sure John wouldn’t mind if you found a free torrent on line. In fact I think he’d support such an action.

    I do highly recommend it.

    Happy Solstice (or winter feasteval of your choice,
    Kali.

  36. Zepher 56 says:

    As to how Chapman was Candidate Manchurian. Simply this way. He had a handler near him. Laced Marijuana after the CIA knew who he bought his pot from, and clairaudience after Chapman’s consciousness was lowered, the voices in his head ‘he’ was John Lennon, were not his.

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