December 9, 2005


Castro the 'Lennonist' (BBC, 12/09/05)

The Cuban President, Fidel Castro, has paid homage to John Lennon at the unveiling of a statue of the late pop singer in Havana. [...]

President Castro praised Lennon as a revolutionary, whose thinking and ideas made him great.

They deserve each other.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2005 4:43 PM

No doubt. I was listening the the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio and in between commericials, somebody else from ESPN Radio did some cheesy little piece about Lennon. He said, we all remember that day 25 years ago when the Miami Dolphins were playing the NE Patriots on Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell announce Lennon's murder. I don't remember what I was doing when he was killed, and as tragic as his death was, it really didn't affect me. I liked the Beatles, but they sang songs for goodness sake!

Posted by: pchuck at December 9, 2005 5:14 PM

After "Rocky Raccoon" was released, I thought they all should have been shot.

Posted by: AllenS at December 9, 2005 6:33 PM

Imagine, that.

Posted by: Noel at December 9, 2005 6:52 PM

I guess Fidel never really listened to "Revolution", did he?

AllenS: "Rocky Raccoon" was written by Sir Paul. I always despised "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", written by Lennon, more than Rocky.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 9, 2005 9:04 PM

Besides, Rocky did find Gideon's Bible. Maybe there was redemption.

Posted by: jdkelly at December 9, 2005 9:20 PM


The final lines of "Rocky Raccoon" imply that there WAS redemption:

Now Rocky Raccoon
He fell back in his room
Only to find Gideon's Bible.
Gideon checked out
And he left it, no doubt,
To help with good Rocky's revival.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at December 10, 2005 11:32 AM

The Beatles are a hilarious example of the "If we repeat something often enough it will become true" idea. In this case the somethig is the notion that they were something other than an excruciatingly boring, mediocre band.

The only reason anyone has ever heard of them is that they managed to get themselves associated with that most self-obsessed generation in the entire history of the human species. You know, that generation that never, ever, shuts up about themselves. I think they're called the Loombers. Or the Bombers. Or something like that.
As soon as the last one dies, the Beatles will be totally and permanently forgotten.

Posted by: Tom at December 10, 2005 12:05 PM

Whatever his faults, John Lennon was one half of one of the greatest songwriting teams in popular music. He gave the world "Paperback Writer" and "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Love Me Do" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" and "Eight Days A Week" and "When I'm Sixty-Four." Even after you discount for "Imagine" and for inflicting Yoko Ono on the world, he still beats Castro hands down.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 10, 2005 12:56 PM

You can not care for the Beatles music. You can blame them for the fame that was thrust upon them and for the way they handled it (better than most would have). But beating up on John Lennon (more or less a decent enough guy trying to get through life and slowly finding the road to Wisdom at age 40) or his widow (who loved him, and had to witness his murder before mourning her loss) is very bad form. Bad Christian form. Tasteless, Judd. Lennon's memory/image appropriated by Castro ... how's Lennon supposed to defend himself against that?

Posted by: N. Stan Carmaugh at December 10, 2005 1:09 PM

He'd approve. He was vile.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2005 2:01 PM


Glorified bubblegum rock.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2005 2:01 PM

"He gave the world "Paperback Writer" and "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Love Me Do" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" and "Eight Days A Week" and "When I'm Sixty-Four.""

The prosecution rests.

Posted by: Tom at December 11, 2005 8:49 AM

convicted, sentenced, executed

Posted by: oj at December 11, 2005 8:59 AM