Wow! I am glad I came on a visit. This was one gorgeous and fascinating piece of work with a ton of difficult messages laced throughout it. To think that John Lennon was just speaking easy and informally, and could say so much in such a short space of time. I understand his thinking, that killers rule, rebels become killers, rebels take over, and killers rule again. On the other hand, the biggest and most profound transformations in history happened because of violence, so he and others should address this -- although I fundamentally agree with his vision.
I was just reading some Paule Marshall for a course im teaching called Caribbean Narratives - its about the contributions of Caribbean-Americans to US culture, and back in the 60s she was saying something similar. Basically, integration is good on one level, however militancy is necessary for a real substantive shift in society, however that can lead to new power groups. Her view for a while was there should be a black militant group seeking independence from white America. Although for her it meant a group of men and her sitting on the outside. However she later moved away from such a position precisely because of the inherent loop. I guess Lennon works this out himself too.This piece is great for his frankness, and i think the interviewer was young too, like 14 years old or something.
Yes, I loved how Lennon handled it, in such a cool and flowing manner, and no sense that he is talking down to this youngster. I want to listen to it again.
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