Imagine During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the controversy over America’s involvement in the Vietnam War resulted in a counter-culture, driving political and societal change. In the two centuries of the nation’s existence, this was the first time for such a movement to occur. John Lennon became a major influential symbol through his music and peace activism. As he describes in his 1971 song “Imagine,” Lennon attempted to create a world in which everyone lived in peace. Currently, America’s subjection to the War in Iraq is causing a negative response similar to that of the Vietnam War, leaving Americans to hope for the peaceful world that Lennon sings about in his timeless song “Imagine.” The Vietnam War, between North and South Vietnam, took place from 1959 to 1975. North Vietnam (the Democratic Republic of Vietnam), backed by other communist countries USSR and China, was fighting to make South Vietnam (the Republic of Vietnam) communist. Because the United States backed anti-communist government, the US supported South Vietnam and sent military advisers to train and help South Vietnam’s army. In 1964, it was reported that US naval ships were attacked by North Vietnam. After a second attack, the US passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and began to bomb North Vietnam. The first US combat troops were sent to Vietnam in 1965. Within three years, there was half a million more troops sent to Vietnam. By 1968, public opinion polls showed that the majority of Americans were opposed to involvement in the war. When Nixon was elected president in 1969, he attempted a “Vietnamization” of the war, making South Vietnam responsible for fighting the war, equipping them with weapons, and decreasing the number of American troops that were sent to Vietnam. By 1973, US soldiers were no longer in Vietnam and the US involvement was soon ended completely. Many factors contributed to the controversy over the Vietnam War. In 1965, Americans were drafted by a questionable drafting system. Furthermore, most of those drafted were too young to vote or consume alcohol in most states, leaving Americans with the disturbing image of such young men being exposed to the brutal war. By 1968, the US troop casualties were still growing and there was no end in sight. The war’s objective was unclear to Americans, and many viewed it as unnecessary intervention in a civil war. Uncensored information and television media coverage of the war allowed Americans to visually see terrors of the war and amount of deaths. Not only were American soldiers dying, but there was brutality towards Vietnamese civilians. Many Americans took part in protests during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. During this era, the media reflected American feelings towards the war in Vietnam. John Lennon became one of the most influential figures at this time. Throughout his life, Lennon was a singer-songwriter, musician (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and harmonica), poet, artist, and peace activist. In the 1950’s, Lennon became famous as a member of The Beatles. Known as the “Smart Beatle,” Lennon’s intelligence and wit was evident in The Beatle’s music and presentation. Many of his songs (such as “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Rain”) evoked a dream-like world-weariness through lyrics and melodies, portraying a reflective, utopian, and realistic vision of life. In 1969, he was married to Yoko Ono. Soon after, The Beatles broke up and Lennon went on to pursue a solo career. He moved to New York where he took part in social activism and released solo work. In 1971, Lennon released album Imagine, containing title track “Imagine” which is regarded as a timeless anthem for peace. Rolling Stone Magazine characterized the song by “the serene melody; the pillowy chord progression; that beckoning, four-note figure; and nearly all of the lyrics, twenty-two lines of
popular music in human history, John Lennon’s “Imagine” is a serenely melodic ode to unity and world peace. Written and composed during the divisive Vietnam War era, Lennon’s song is a lasting hymn of comfort and promise that has carried mankind through periods of extreme grief and upheaval. An endless target for both accolade and criticism, “Imagine” continues to be one of the most consistently uplifting and optimistic musical compositions in popular culture.
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John Lennon Working Class Hero-Musical Analysis
‘Working Class Hero’ by John Lennon is regarded by many one of the most prolific protest songs of its generation in large part to the way that writer could express his ideas through simple lyrics and song writing to people from all classes. This paper will examine the goals, perspective and struggles of workers communicated through the song ‘Working Class Hero’. It will examine how the ‘worker’, ‘owner/boss’ or workplace environment is portrayed within…
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John Lennon biography
Pop star, composer, and songwriter John Lennon was born October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. Lennon met M cCartney in
1957 and invited Paul to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical
history. Lennon left The Beatles in 1969 and later released albums with his wife Yoko Ono, and others. In 1980 he was killed
by a crazed fan.
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witnesses George Wallace's Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, is named an All-American football player, and meets President John F. Kennedy.
After graduating, Forrest enlists in the United States Army, where he befriends Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Mykelti Williamson), and they agree to go into the shrimping business together once they end their service for the Army. They are sent to Vietnam, and while on patrol, their platoon is ambushed. Forrest saves four of the men in his platoon, including platoon…
Godard also uses cuts that seem, to jump from one scene to another, with what seem to be deliberate "mismatches" between shots. This is what makes this movie so special. It could never have been made before it had been. It was made in the post worlds War II era in the year 1959. The plot and subjects reflect this, because there really is no major plot except for the one that I have already described. This was a revolutionary movie in that aspect. This movie was made in France, partly because that…