All people know about John Lennon, who was born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940. He was the founder of the best selling music band of all time, The Beatles. Not only well-known as a great musician, people also know him as one of the greatest peace and humanity activists even if he was often sarcastic. Unfortunately, he was brutally shot to death by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. This was one of the saddest days in the music industry and none of his fans could ever forget that horrifying day even after 33 years of his death this year.
Lennon’s Years as Activist
After the sad break-up of The Beatles, John Lennon started his own solo career as musician by collaborating with his wife, Yoko Ono. Most of his songs were written to promote campaigns for peace and humanity. One of his most famous songs is certainly Imagine, which has also been announced as one of the greatest songs of all time.
Imagine lyrics have promoted peace to the world. Some people consider that the song includes controversial lyrics such as “Imagine there’s no heaven” or “And no religion too”. These parts make people think that Lennon was anti-religion. However, people may have guessed wrong as the most important essence of the song is promoting peace and unity to all people worldwide.
Besides Imagine, Lennon had also written other songs to campaign against war. The songs include Give Peace a Chance and Happy Christmas (War is Over). Actually, all Lennon songs at that time were describing his full disagreement against Vietnam War, one of the longest wars that lasted around twenty years.
Not only writing songs against the war, John Lennon was also known for returning his MBE to the Queen as a protest against the Vietnam War. John Lennon’s activism days are so memorable even now. People always remember him as one of the great men even if he was pretty controversial.
Additionally, John Lennon also wrote songs to promote the awareness for different social statuses that exist and to promote the awareness for discrimination against women, the gender who’s often oppressed in the society. The songs were titled Working Class Hero and Woman Is The Nigger of the World.
Woman Is the Nigger of the world had been quite controversial at that time until Lennon himself explained that he used the word Nigger only to express about the oppression against women without any further negative purpose. The lyrics describe about how women are often oppressed since many stereotypical judgments still exist against them.
Lennon had always been controversial in his statements and songs. However, it doesn’t mean that he was a bad person as it was just his way of expression. The proof that people can see is that other than his songs, he had created a non-profit foundation that has helped to donate to the needy until present days as the works are continued by his wife Yoko Ono.
John Lennon’s Beatles plus his unforgettable songs, activism, and generosity have always been so memorable in many people’s hearts. These memories about Lennon have made it even more difficult for people to forget the death day of one of the greatest men in twentieth century.