Sunday, October 10, 2010
Do we really need to be reminded about John Lennon on this, his 70th birthday?
Music critic Allan Kozinn says, "Perhaps not, but Lennon himself would have been the first to recognize, and run with, the commercial potential of a big, even-numbered anniversary. He built his 1969 peace campaign, after all, on the notion that since the press was following his every move anyway, he might as well use the attention to put across his message. He described his Bed-In for Peace as 'an advertisement.'”("Long After Death, Lennon Remains Inspiration," The New York Times, October 8 2010)
Sam Taylor-Wood’s feature film, “Nowhere Boy,” is among many projects associated with Lennon's birthday. The film explores Lennon’s adolescence and his complicated, often conflicted relationship with his Aunt Mimi, who raised him, and with his more footloose mother, Julia. Nowhere Boy premiered at the London Film Festival last year and received four BAFTA Awards nominations. The Weinstein Company is distributing Nowhere Boy in the US. Here is a clip of the film.
How Do People Remember John Lennon?
George Martin, Beatles' record producer, arranger, composer and musician remembers, "It's a funny thing, but John never liked his voice. I don't know why, because I always said he had the greatest of voices, but I guess it's the same problem you have when you wake up in the morning and you shave yourself and you look at your face and say, 'What an awful face.' He was always wanting to distort it, always wanting me to do things to it, to ADT it or double-track it or whatever. 'Don't give me that thing again, George,' he'd say. 'Give me another one.' He was always wanting something different."
"Nothing was sacrosanct with John," says Ken Sharp, author of Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy," "His life was an open book reflected in song. As an artist, he never placed himself on a pedestal above his audience. He was one of us, which is one of the major reasons his work resonated so strongly then and today. We identified with him, we shared the same insecurities, vulnerabilities, raw emotions and dreams. It's all there in the music. Not only one of the most brilliant songwriters, John was real, he spoke the truth, and that's why we still love him today." (Edna Gundersen, "John Lennon: 'Patina of Fascination' for Fans of All Ages," USA Today, updated 2010)