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Monday, November 15, 2004 10:52 PM
Thought for the day: Tuesday
Anita Sharpe on Culture

'Changing the lifestyle and appearance of youth throughout the world didn't just happen -- we set out to do it; we knew what we were doing.' -- John Lennon


Robert - 11/22/2004 2:58:10 PM
I think this demonstrates how a 'business plan' can change over time. If John made this statement in or after the mid-'60s, the Beatles' popularity was far enough along to enable them to recognize the potentially huge impact of their every move and thought. But it would have been absurd (though possible, I admit) for him to kind of make this kind of statement five years earlier, when he was recruiting other members for what would become the group. There are forces that are contrived from day one to change the world, and others which somehow evolve to that place, and the Beatles (like most phenomena) seem to fall in the latter. But I guess the real issue is that they did it.
genevieve - 11/19/2004 11:01:21 AM
There was nothing particularly visionary about these people in isolation, however the material they developed collectively from their period was powerful stuff. Up to a point the Beatles and others were led by others like Dylan, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, even Aldous Huxley. But momentum was achieved because of technological advances in media broadcasting, the electrification of popular music and strong beliefs about the power of mass movements of people to change the course of politics and even history ( do we still have this I wonder).

For Lennon to claim he knew what he was doing is interesting - however I do wonder if Jim Morrison knew what he was doing when he incited audiences to riot while heavily influenced by drugs.
Jory Des Jardins - 11/17/2004 3:59:35 PM
I find this very interesting. So many people who create fads or movements say they had no idea it would turn out the way it did. But then I wonder if these movements, the ones without visionary leaders behind them, ever last. I believe you have to SEE the outcome first, no matter how crazy it may look to the rest of the world.


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