John Lennon: Reagan Republican?

You know, I don’t know if I WANT to check this one out:  the mere fact that there’s a credible source out there claiming that John “Imagine” Lennon* was secretly fond of the Gipper (and couldn’t stand Jimmy Carter – but then, what sane person can?) is enough, in some ways.  The source is Fred Seaman, one of Lennon’s assistants during the last years of the singer’s life, and Seaman essentially said that Lennon’s change of heart was because Lennon grew up:

“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.”

Mind you, a 95% marginal tax rate can have a way of clarifying one’s mind when it comes to working out one’s political philosophy.  There’s a reason why so many British bands moved here in the Sixties and Seventies; well, a reason beside the obvious one…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*No, that’s George “Taxman” Harrison that you’re thinking of.

3 thoughts on “John Lennon: Reagan Republican?”

  1. @countrydoc: Seriously. Other than dominate the music charts for their whole run (and relly, well beyond), influence the course of pop music for the generations that followed, helped define music videos, made a classic movie, sold out concerts every where they went…


    other than that, what did they ever do? (Oh, yeah: produced a discography of recorded music that is bought, listened to, played to this day.)

  2. So people like overrated ditties? That would be the definition of the term “overrated” now would it not? “I love you, ya, ya, ya” counts as the sine quo non of modern music? Look, they wrote some cute ballads and some catchy tunes, but that’s all they are. They are neither more nor less significant than popular songs of other generations like “Bicycle Built for Two” or “Roll Out the Barrel”. Boomers really need to get over themselves.

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