Imagine John Lennon

John Lennon

What would Lennon sing?

Too often these days, pop music appears to be a cynical exercise in crass commercialism: more about making a mark than crafting a song, more about becoming a celebrity than creating inspirational art. That’s why it’s worth thinking about John Lennon.

Lennon did not set out to be experimental or avant-garde, let alone lead a cultural revolution. But in writing pop music, Lennon influenced our sense of his art form and our political possibilities.

It is rather amazing how ubiquitous the Beatles’ and Lennon’s post-Beatles music is in our world today. One gets the feeling that every generation alive knows the songs, the lyrics, and the message.

Maybe our current pop stars would benefit from taking a moment to think less about themselves and wonder: what would Lennon sing about today? After all, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

In honor of what would have been Lennon’s seventieth birthday, here is a wrap-up of some of the better look-backs to help inspire our future:

Never sounded better — EMI and Capitol Records released remastered copies of his albums in an 11-CD set: John Lennon Signature Box

The official site:

A story told in pictures: Washington Post

Ringo joins Yoko and Sean for a celebration: Give Peace a Chance in Iceland

Television documentary on Lennon’s post-Beatle life in New York: American Masters’ “Lennon/NYC”

A new book: Starting Over

Robert Hilburn, LA’s pop music dean, looks back: Los Angeles Times

Grammy Museum exhibit: John Lennon, Songwriter

Watch, Remember and Dream:
Give Peace a Chance

Yoko on one aspect of Lennon’s legacy:

Just like people in old days: The white guys had to marry white women, that kind of thing. In music too, in the old days, rock was rock, jazz was jazz, avant garde was avant garde, classical was classical. Now everybody uses everything, and they don’t mind it. … It’s all mixed now. It’s beautiful.

Thank you, John.

- Bill Reichblum

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