Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – October 1972 (Volume 4, Number 5)
We leap ahead almost a year
‘He was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband’
LET HIM IN, LET HIM IN
it’s a year difficult to define by one single mood
a better world… if we want it
‘It was a perfect way to spend lockdown. It made me do Rockdown!’
the envy at the heart of violence
Can I safely say all of them?
It’s all about staying in a safe place, on a safe subject
Why are they all doing this?
I wasn’t that mad on seeing the artist live
it didn’t work out that way
“Most peculiar, mama…ROLL!”
“We’re putting the word ‘peace’ on the front page of the paper next to all the words about war.”
John Lennon lost in time, lost to us
The world here is post-apocalyptic
My favorite Beatles releases are the first three UK albums
because of her influence and inspiration on it
published by the French music magazine ‘Rock et Folk’
‘I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing’
McCartney should have given the revisionism a rest
‘Some people might be appalled but it’s a piece of history’
Keeping the musicians in line
The band hugs like brothers
in which Doris gets her oats… again
This is why Lennon is a genius
Lennon got a haircut before he started filming ‘How I Won the War’, a dark comedy directed by Richard Lester and telling the adventures of British troops led by an inept commander.
couldn’t she have used a better picture? I mean by that not a photoshopped one?
I took a picture of the screen with my camera and I tried to capture the still. I think I got his nose
‘It was obvious to me that John’s murder was working to her advantage,’ Peebles says.
Lennon had bought the instrument in a Liverpool music shop in 1962 and he used it to record or write famous Beatles songs such as ‘PS I Love You’, ‘Love Me Do’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and ‘All My Loving’…
Potash did an impressive amount of research, his 400-page book is riddled with characters and meticulous references, and his lecture was a very disturbing report filled with pictures of musicians in company of high-ranked CIA agents, army reserve colonels… Did you ever wonder why there was a colonel Parker in every photo showing Elvis Presley after he served the army?
Imagine – John Lennon – Nothing lasts forever except for this ode to nothingness, a dream of unity made poignant, if that is possible, by his murder at the age of 40, on this what would have been his 75th birthday – A+
‘He didn’t sail across the Atlantic in an ocean liner or a yellow submarine. He didn’t come in on a third-class ticket looking for a job in Hell’s Kitchen. He didn’t climb up out of steerage with all his potatoes in a single suitcase. But John Lennon was an immigrant all the same.’
The songs don’t quite interlock, but still they connect to the myth and then back away from it, it is Lennon as careerist and perhaps this is the one album you can really compare to mid-period McCartney. Say McCartney’s Pipes Of Peace and, yes I know I’m biased, but Lennon’s genius shines through: it is important stuff despite its intentions in ways Macca isn’t.
At the birth of rock nyc Helen Bach, Mike Nessing, and I did a lotta hi-jinx we don’t do now. Sometimes we would do 30 posts in a day. For awhile we wrote reviews of imaginary concerts. Here is a Lennon one from 2009, because everytime I put my finger on Walls And Bridges, it slips away
‘My mum came to me in a dream when she’d died years previously. I was in a bit of a state – it was the Sixties and I was overdoing it. In the dream she said, ‘Don’t worry it’s all going to be fine, just let it be.’ And I woke up and thought, ‘Woah’ and wrote the song.’ And this moving story really inspired Kanye, who said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.’ Macca sat at the piano and they wrote ‘Only One’.
Lennon was not killed by Mark David Chapman as everyone thinks, but by bestseller author Stephen King, who was actually backed up by Nixon and Reagan. To be honest, it’s not the first time I hear about a government conspiracy related to Lennon’s murder, but what does King have to do with all this?
One of the saddest days in the year for me are Father’s Day, it is the one where it becomes clear that I have no children and nieces and nephew aren’t a substitute. It is a day dreamy concern (I don’t like the responsibility of a woman or a cat so it would be a form of hell…) but when you hear songs like this it triggers something. Less the urge to continue the Iman line and much more the urge to be loved
The negotiations for Lennon’s old guitar were complicated, it was said. The owner was a crusty old cob who knew the great value of his one prized possession. It took 15 back-and-forth exchanges, like the highest-stakes ping-pong match, to arrive at the final figure.
These artists died to defend our rights to speak against anything, to be able to criticize anything, even religion. Having the right to discuss and criticize any opinions is an essential human emancipation
What I am claiming, about all three songs, is they are death songs. It dreams of something that doesn’t exist and then ties the dream to our death. Good? More. Brilliant because it is instant nostalgia, we are missing what we are hearing, and dreaming of it happening as it happens.
Really, if that was all he had ever ever done, forget the Beatles, and forget Plastic Ono Band, or just being Lennon, if all there ever was was “Imagine” and “Give Peace A Chance” his position would be unassailable, unreachable
Now that Lennon is (mostly) on spotify we can look at all his albums and songs and stuff and thing: there should be so much more. what is worth noting for this song, and indeed all of the final period of his career, is that his songs improved with the right production. Stripped down they don’t hit so hard – A+
people have noticed that many musicians have a long ring finger, and hand casts of Anton Rubinstein, Beethoven and Franz Listz have effectively revealed a long ring finger in both hands. This has been studied by professor John Manning of the Liverpool University, who compared the index finger (second one) to the ring finge
You know that old song “Love is all around”? Well, the truth is what’s always is all around is death and it intrudes on your life and knocks on the door and is in permanent residence. You can ignore or or you can embrace it but you won’t see it coming and have no doubt it is coming for you.