It is hard to believe that last week John Lennon would have turned 70; and one tends to ask had David Chapman not pulled the trigger that fateful night at the Dakota in that cold December day in 1980 what the out-spoken former Beatle would say about this still young century.
During his career his music and social activism spoke of peace during the conflict that was Vietnam, with an out-spokeness that branded him a villian among the Nixon White House, and had him facing a deportation case that he won, and perhaps set the stage for that fateful night in 1980; and one asks what he would have had to say about the wars, the genocide in Sudan, the election of president of Obama, and the emergence of Hip-Hop with groups such as Public Enemy, NWA, and current artists such as Eminem, whose songwriting pushes the social envelope in the world of Hip Hop, much like Lennon’s career during his early post-Beatle years had in the Rock world.
Though these questions will sadly never be answered; one thing is certain. The music that Lennon and the Beatles left behind have lasted and are still relevant to current and new fans who are just discovering the music that Lennon behind with the Beatles and his post-Beatles career.
Songs such as Give Peace and a Chance and Imagine are still chanted in an uncertain world, and inspire artists and people a like to make strides to make a world in tulmult a much better place. And it is that impact that is still felt today in the young century.