John Lennon

John Lennon
JOHN LENNON
"Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon"

Every day hundreds of people flock from all over the world to an inconspicuous, "Strawberry Fields" mentioned spots in Central Park and remain there in silent contemplation. Some lay in front of a floor mosaic with the inscription "Imagine" flowers down, others standing motionless, lost in thought there. All have in common that they, who was murdered a few steps from the memorial removed John Lennon, the honor.

The small gesture in the middle of New York fans recall one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. And this is only an indication of many of the sympathy which is the ex-Beatle himself a quarter of a century yet met with after his death. Further evidence of the continuing appreciation he enjoys far beyond the boundaries of the music world beyond, the renaming of the airport of Liverpool in "John Lennon Airport" or the baptism of a small planet at a distance of 350 million kilometers of the Sun circles, in his name. And the choice of the "Top 10 Greatest Britons" - the audience the BBC placed Lennon alongside Churchill, Darwin and Shakspeare - speaks for itself.

This year, two special dates to draw our attention to the late artist: On October 9, John Winston Lennon would have celebrated his 65th birthday, on December 8 will mark the 25th time of his death. Reasons enough to once again refer to his musical work which lives on today in the hearts of his countless admirers. "Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon" gathered the highlights of the solo work, in 38 titles all phases from the beginning of his solo career in 1969 until the last shots are covered comprehensively shortly before his tragic death 1980th The double CD with a playing time of over 150 minutes contains all hit singles and key tracks of solo albums. "Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon" is thus an excellent representative introduction for younger listeners, but even Lennon connoisseur can still learn something, there are yet so many lesser known Remix recent discovering.

Of course may in the context classics like "Cold Turkey" (about Johns drug withdrawal), "Gimme Some Truth" (a line of verse from President Richard Nixon wore during the Watergate scandal nicknamed "trick-dicky" a) and "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night "(with Elton John as a background singer and co-writer; in 1974 at number one on the US charts) not missing. And the very personal title "Woman" (dedicated to Lennon's son Sean) (a love letter to Yoko Ono), "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" and the resulting in a primal scream "Mother" (on John's mother, who died in a car accident life came) are of course also to hear.

Indispensable in a Lennon retrospective are those songs that bring his social and political commitment expressed that convey his vision of a better future. Here would be a prominent position "Give Peace A Chance", to name the world's most famous peace song. John Lennon and Yoko Ono took the protest song on their honeymoon in 1969 together with the Plastic Ono Band with a legendary "Bed-In For Peace" in room 1472 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on. With Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg and Petula Clark in chorus they hired - in response to the Vietnam War - sincerely for world peace, which was rewarded appropriately short time later the first Number-one single for a former Beatle.

Nowhere is John Lennon's dream of a better world more clearly than in "Imagine". In the song utopia from the homonymous album of 1971 there are no states, no organized religion and no possession, so thus "nothing to kill or die for". Lennon's anthem for more humanity is one of the most played singles of the past century, the listeners of the BBC chose "Imagine" even the most popular pop song of all time. In "John Lennon Airport" in Liverpool has perpetuated a line of text from the ceiling of the terminal: "above us only sky."

To the works entitled "Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon" will take place around a variety of events. So the BBC sends a large documentation on his 65th birthday, and the "John Lennon Museum" in Japanese Saitama shows in the exhibition "John Lennon Liverpool "memorabilia associated with childhood and adolescence in Lennon's hometown. At the Broadhurst Theatre in New York was launched in August the musical" Lennon ". True to the slogan" His words. His music. His story "leaves the stage biography reference to two dozen songs and diary entries pass the artistic and private life Revue.

Several new books strive to myth Lennon to put into words: Bob Gruen subjects in "John Lennon: The New York Years" the years as a solo artist in the Big Apple a closer look, Lennon's first wife Cynthia thinks in "John" to the common back years of marriage, and Yoko Ono controls in "memories of John Lennon" personal memories from the time the second marriage with.

Ono, the way to the set of "Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon" was involved, traveling in October to Tokyo at the "Dream Power tribute concert for John Lennon" participate. It will be at the legendary Budokan across the stage, those concert hall where once the Beatles appeared. Then flies Yoko to London, from there on their behalf, a posthumous award for John. Later they visited the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the opening of the special "John Lennon: Unfinished Music". this shows a selection of Lennon's collages, which have never been seen before in Europe, and documents his artistic career on the basis of memorabilia such as rare Lennon / Ono films.

Yoko Ono thinks aloud his own admission today every day of her late husband "and yet, it is something special for me to imagine John with 65 and imagine me what he would do today if he were still with us .. . he was once honored as 'man of the decade'. That was 35 years ago. he is now a man of the century and the future. his work inspires all people, and his voice reaches the entire planet ... John wrote great songs with wonderful music and bold words. He has spread his life before us instead of us to tell all the truth. "

Not least, this talent that unsparing honesty with oneself and others, Lennon made to the immortal idol. Bono of U2, an avowed fan commented once: "His real strength was his rough honesty and vulnerability He was, after all, the one who 'Help' sang that should not be forgotten, he had the courage to reveal his soul.. and the courage to fail. for this you really need courage. "

The admission of one's own fallibility, his openness to new ways of life and the tireless desire for peaceful coexistence made John Lennon the mouthpiece of his generation. He was the archetype of the "angry young man" and the first authentic white vote in rock 'n' roll, was the first star who dealt openly with the contradictions of his profession. Lennon has the contrast between "street credibility" and fame, between the fight for the underprivileged and his own life in luxury never concealed. In our memory he lives on as a provocateur and peacemakers, as cynics and do-gooders, in short, as a paradox, which was not resolved until today. That is why the study of it is still exciting and rewarding. John Lennon - man of many faces.

september 2005

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