Quicklet on The Best John Lennon Songs: Lyrics and Analysis Brien Southward Author
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ABOUT THE BOOK John Lennon is regarded not only as one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century. As the leader of The Beatles, he guided the band to a level of international superstardom that had until then never been seen before and which has only been matched by Michael Jackson. Even after the breakup of The Beatles, his solo work regularly made the charts, and he and his wife Yoko Ono remained controversial public figures. His songs ranged from the whimsical to the sincere; his musical style tore down creative barriers, and involved countless musical and studio innovations. Songs like Imagine carried anti-war messages that even today remain deeply moving and inspiring, but also which present a radical challenge to societys current status quo. MEET THE AUTHOR Brien Southward grew up close to the headquarters of the Pawnee tribe in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He wrote his first book-length works in high school and immediately thereafter began writing professionally during college and after. He holds a double-BA in Linguistics & German Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has conducted research in linguistics and literary criticism. His other interests include playing and composing music, computers/programming, and writing fiction. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Imagine is how radical its message is below the surface. Its an extraordinarily well-respected pop song, loved by many people who would not agree with the songs anti-government, socialist, and anti-religious message, but who love its sense of optimism and its uplifting musical quality. Indeed, its worth remembering that in the very first line of the song John asks his listeners to imagine theres no heaven, and a few stanzas later adds imagine no possessions / I wonder if you can. Such statements must surely terrify certain people of influence who have a very strong personal interest in the concepts of heaven and property. CHAPTER OUTLINEQuicklet on the Best John Lennon Songs: Lyrics and Analysis + Introduction + John Lennon: Selected Lyrics + Conclusion + Sources and Additional ReadingThe Best John Lennon Songs: Lyrics and Analysis

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