Got to say I disagree with a lot of the comments made here.
I mean no disrespect to Lennon and I recognise that he and The Beatles mean a lot to a hell of a lot of people.
Personally I find The Beatles overrated and if I'm being honest Lennon a bit of a fake.
Sure, some Beatles songs are good, a few even very good but there were many talented bands around at the time; The Who, The Stones, The Small Faces,
The Kinks etc.
I accept their influence on music and even society as a whole - they were the figurehead and representative of a shift in social values and mores -
but I just don't think they were the best.
I find much of Lennon's solo material pretentious, boring and even middle-of-the road.
The beauty of music - it is a subjective and personal thing, we all have different tastes and perspectives.
I wouldn't even have posted anything in this thread if it weren't for the almost deification like worship afforded Lennon.
Who am I or anyone to judge another?
But we've got to recognise Lennon could be a very selfish individual who abandoned his first wife and son and had numerous affairs during his
relationship with Yoko Ono.
Many people who were close to Lennon relate tales of his arrogance and at times complete disregard and contempt for those around him.
Whilst preaching and singing of love Lennon amassed a huge personal fortune, actively enjoyed all the trappings and excesses this provided whilst
doing very little at all to actually change anything.
At the time Liverpool was one of the poorest city's in the UK, (it's fortunes may not have changed drastically since), yet Lennon did nothing
practical to help both the city and it's people.
Lennon is by no means unique in all this and I don't doubt for one minute that he was genuine in his beliefs, but he most definitely did not practice
what he preached and it's the idolisation of him that I can't stomach.
Just my thoughts for what little they are worth and there really is no intent to upset or offend anyone.
Oh, and if anyone has any stories / info etc that may prove contrary to what I've said please let me know - I genuinely would like to be wrong about
my appraisal of Lennon.
P.S. And I'd just like to add nobody deserves to die the way he did.
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