John Lennon was always one of my heroes. I'm damn lucky to have met him. It's a moment I'll never forget. And on a day when everyone is talking about his death, I just figured today was the right time to tell this story to you.
Lennon's best known song and one that has an equally strong message calling for peace is "Imagine." I have chosen to offer my personal interpretation Lennon's message for peace that resides in its lyrics.
Because his early life and half of his artistic career was so interwoven with the Beatles, I've included several biographies of the Beatles as well, which show the evolution of the group and the interactions of the members, especially the genius writing team of Lennon and Paul McCartney.
"There are incredible opera houses and singers and orchestras that are really sweating it right now. I don't know if I'm going to save them necessarily myself but I do feel indebted to what that music has given me and I want to give back to that world."
The Paris attacks reignited an argument we have been having for a long time. Religion, particularly when twinned with nationalism, is to blame for division, terrorism, violence and war. Not just Islam. Religion. And I agree. True faith consists of one thing and one thing only: love.
I have lived some of the greatest days of my life in Paris. I have loved there, had some of the most profound love story moments of my life there. That is Paris, for me, and for many others. So hate, you cannot have Paris.
Most discussions about art eventually hit the wall of the argument that "taste is subjective". Nevertheless, in terms of pop music, there is near consensus that the Beatles were the greatest, most important band of all time. This post is dedicated to the minority that is still not convinced.
A new young adult novel "Get Back; Imagine...Saving John Lennon" by Donovan Day explores the adventures of a young guitar-playing teen who is transported back in time to meet the Beatles. All goes well until "the boys" learn he's from the future and John pointedly asks, "What will happen to me?"
John Lennon famously sang, "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." I'm reminded of this constantly. On Tuesday, October 6, I watched the dream of many come to fruition, all in the name of John Lennon, peace and imagination.
She was a vision of loveliness who attracted the eye of some of the best photographers in the world -- not to mention the fancy of two of rock 'n' roll's most iconic guitar heroes. Today, though, Pattie Boyd feels most comfortable on the other side of camera.