Saturday, October 9, 2010

strawberry fields

john winston ono lennon
(9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

icon, rebel, activist, realist, dreamer, walrus, quarryman, beatle. his influence on popular culture cannot be overstated. his wit and honesty changed our minds even as his music changed the world. passionate to a fault, he was the heart of the beatles. even when he got lost in the haze of drugs, his powerful creative vision was apparent. it was his restless nature that drove the creatively competitive partnership he had with mccartney. the subversive nature of his work caught the attention of the f.b.i. who sought to keep him out of the united states. the fallout led him to withdraw from public life and focus on his new family. he reemerged as a contented and liberated artist with a new lease on life.

strawberry field was a garden in the salvation army children's home where lennon had happy childhood memories. utilizing mellotron, orchestral elements, and a little bit of cranberry sauce; this nostalgic masterpiece was released with mccartney's 'penny lane' to create one of the greatest double sided singles of all time. this may be the first conceptual rock music video:



plastic ono band was a seminal album through which lennon exorcized the demons of his childhood through primal therapy. his integrity and courage shine through in this alternately tender and raging series of confessions like this one:

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