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Was John Lennon a Communist

Was john lennon a communist? No. Lennon was a radical socialist, but not a communist. In order to make this claim, you have to ignore a LOT of Lennon history.

He actually said he was a ‘radical leftist’ in Rolling Stone Magazine.

John Lennon’s political views

Former Beatle, Lennon began his political activism on behalf of peace and understanding in the 1960s.

He said, “If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.”

Here is how Lennon described his political views:

“I’m not a radical. I’m only trying to tell people the truth. I believe in peaceful revolution… (not) burning and bombing…”

In 1969 Lennon was interviewed by a radical underground newspaper in London called “Red Mole.”

He said, “…I’m not a communist, but I’ve been reading the works of (Karl) Marx and (Vladimir) Lenin…there is no one more admiring of communism than myself. That’s why I joined the Peace Movement….”

“What we need is a revolution…and another economic system.”

“You need the influence of people like (John) Coltrane and (Curtis) Mayfield and (Bob) Dylan. People with revolutionary minds, who know what they’re talking about….”

“I’m not a political person, but I give support to the (peace) movement.”

That is what we call being an ‘anti-war activist’, which YOU would know if you had been raised in the early 1960s.

John Lennon’s political views in music

The song “Revolution” was written and recorded by Lennon as an anthem for his ‘movement.’

The lyrics include, “You say you want a revolution/Well, you know/ We all want to change the world…”

He also wrote the song called “Power To The People.”

Is the song Imagine a socialist song?

Imagine that the lyrics of “Imagine” are blatantly socialist. Lennon states that it is a political statement, and “is virtually The Communist Manifesto”; he rejected socialism as practiced in Russian or China but preferred British-style socialists like Tony Benn (British politician) instead.

Yoko Ono on John’s views

Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono said that Lennon was “…quite a communist” (as if it were a bad thing).

In fact, he was a socialist.

And his activism, his music and art along with Yoko’s artwork were all rooted in the anti-war movement.

The reason you never heard or saw that is because John Lennon bashed America about as often as he sang about peace.

If YOU had been on campus back then…YOU would have heard BOTH calls for peace and anti-Americanism.

John Lennon bashed America with the F bomb…and he loved to sing about how much he hated her, too.

He always made sure that everyone knew we were an “AmeriKKKa” and just as bad as the Communists in Vietnam because we were all guilty of being “

What is communism?

Communism is an economic and political ideology that has strong opposition to capitalism. It shares the idea of a classless economy but does not allow private property or other forms of ownership like democracy would do.

Why Did The Beatles Stop Touring?

Considering the fact that The Beatles really came to the fore during their early tours of the UK’s bars, it is amazing to think that the band stopped playing live altogether in 1966 after just four years. What is perhaps even more amazing is that this decision never affected The Beatles popularity and they remained the biggest band in the world until their ultimate split. 

The Beatles’ decision to stop touring was never officially announced to fans, and to this day, fans and music historians still debate about what the genuine reasons were for the decision. When the Fab Four came together for one last performance on the rooftop of Apple Corps on January 30th 1969, the smiles on their faces seemed to indicate that they had really missed playing live, and fans hoped that it might spell a return to touring. But it wasn’t to be, and that impromptu show was famously the last that they would ever play as a band. 

So what happened? 

Why did one of the greatest bands ever to play in front of an audience decide to become a recording-only group? 

In this article we will explain the four main reasons The Beatles stopped touring in 1966.

1. They Had Simply Grown Too Big

When we look back at original recordings of live Beatles’ performances, the grainy black and white footage and poor sound quality makes us wish we could have been there in person. Just imagine being able to listen to Lennon and McCartney’s harmonies live. In fact, while the audience at the time will have obviously have had the advantage of seeing the band in full colour 3D, their listening experience may not have been much better than ours all these years later. 

The Beatles had really perfected their sound and performance touring the local clubs in Liverpool and later across Europe in cities like Hamburg. These small venues had an obvious influence on everything from the way the group wrote music, arranged their songs, and set up their equipment. This is typical of how a venue shapes the creative process. Operas are written to be performed in opera houses, symphonies are written for symphony halls. The Beatles had written their songs in, and for, smaller club venues but Beatlemania had seen the band become global megastars in just a few short years. From playing pubs in Liverpool in 1961, to playing what was the biggest concert ever at the time in front of 55,000 people in New York’s Shea Stadium in 1966, they had gone stratospheric. 

These days, there are certain bands we label as “stadium bands”. They have big songs that really come to life when they are blasted out at full volume to tens of thousands of people in a huge venue. The problem that The Beatles had as the first band to become so popular they could fill a stadium, is that they couldn’t hear themselves play. The low tech amplifiers the band were using, coupled with the non-stop screaming that came as standard with Beatles’ fans watching their heroes play live, meant that Ringo Starr later joked that he had to judge what song he was supposed to be drumming based on how the other three’s backsides were moving. 

The Beatles were so ahead of their time that they just didn’t have the technology to be able to make their sound big enough for stadium venues, particularly when the fans would just scream the whole way through the show. Ultimately, the problem was solved with the development of more powerful speakers, amplifiers, and PA systems, but sadly, The Beatles would only ever get to use them as solo artists. Ironically, the band who ended up becoming most synonymous with stadium shows, were their closest 1960s rivals The Rolling Stones.

2. The Band Were Burnt Out

It may sound strange that a band could get burnt out by playing live after only four years, (especially as the Rolling Stones are still touring today!) but you have to consider the intensity of The Beatles’ tours. By the time it came to their third tour of North America in 1966, Beatlemania was reaching crescendo levels of mayhem. Already exhausted from touring with almost no break during the early 1960’s, the ever-bigger shows were really beginning to take their toll on the band. 

As explained above, not being able to hear their instruments through the ineffective speakers was affecting their performance, but that wasn’t the only reason the band’s playing was going downhill. 

As Ringo Starr later explained, “In 1966, the road was getting pretty boring…Nobody was listening at the shows.”

The Beatles were musicians, and prided themselves on being musicians, but their shows had become a farce. The vast majority of fans turned up just to scream, which not only contributed to the band’s poor playing, but also began to wear them down emotionally. In fact, the band didn’t even bother to play any new songs on the tour, concluding that the equipment wasn’t up to it, and nobody would hear it anyway. With chronic sound issues, too much drink and drugs, homesickness, creative differences, and growing animosity between band members, things were always likely to come to a head.

And yet despite this, The Beatles just kept on touring. The 1966 US tour had 19 dates, including the Shea Stadium show; 17 in the US and 2 in Canada. It was The Beatles’ third tour of America, and was set to be another rip-roaring success for the band, just like the two that had come before it. However, just a few months before they were set to arrive in the US, it was clear that things were starting to change.

3. There Were Real Security Risks

In typical Beatles’s style, they proceeded their US tour with a casual world tour, the last stop of which was a one day trip to the Philippines. The band was set to play two shows in the capital Manila, but unfortunately the occasion started badly and only proceeded to get dramatically worse.

Ringo Starr later recalled how they had felt uneasy immediately upon arrival to the Philippines, met by thousands of screaming children and hundreds of policemen, with everyone seemingly carrying guns. Already rattled by their welcome, the band endeavoured to make the best of it, play their two shows, and head off back home. 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. The problems really started when the band grossly misunderstood the fragility of the political situation in the Philippines. As he had done with similar invitations from other world leaders, Brian Epstein politely declined a breakfast invitation from the wife of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, but the reaction that followed was unlike anything they could have imagined. The following day, the band woke up to the front pages of the country’s newspaper, The Manila Times, exclaiming that they had snubbed the first family, and when they turned on the television, the president’s wife herself was screaming about having been rejected. The cameras panned to a full breakfast spread, empty plates, and the crying faces of the three Marcos children.

Deeply insulted by the unprecedented snub, the residents of Manila began to riot and demanded the band’s immediate apology and arrest. With their lives in danger, The Beatles’ security, which was supposed to be provided by the Philippines police force, disappeared. After their roadie was badly beaten by the mob, the band and their entourage finally managed to escape the country, with relieved applause breaking out as the plane finally left the runway.

Unfortunately, this incident was just the beginning of their troubles on tour.

4. Their Lives Were in Danger

Part of the problem of being world-famous is that everything you say is heard around the world, and quite often ends up getting you in trouble. The Beatles were, of course, no strangers to controversy, like Elvis Presley before them their bad boy image was part of their appeal, but cultural differences between the UK and the US meant that one particular John Lennon joke ended up putting the band in serious hot water.

It was during an interview earlier on in the year, when John Lennon made the now infamous observation, “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity…Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right … Jesus was alright but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

The comments had barely raised an eyebrow in the UK, but when they were printed in a teen mag in the US a week before the US tour was set to begin, they caused uproar. Politicians and Christian leaders across the American “Bible Belt” demanded the tour be cancelled, while even The Vatican got involved, protesting Lennon’s words. 

The Beatles last tour was chaotic from the outset, which is perhaps fitting for the greatest rock and roll band the world had ever seen. With Lennon’s words fueling protests and anti-Beatles sentiment at practically every top on the tour, added to the experience they had just had in the Philippines, the band’s growing boredom and dissatisfaction with touring were giving way to another feeling; fear. 

McCartney later described being driven round in the back of armoured vehicles for their own security. Practically all they saw the whole trip was a host of airports, armoured vehicles, hotel rooms, and show venues. The fans who packed out the stadiums were as passionate as ever, but as noted above, this love for the band was communicated through incessant screaming which made playing live a complete waste of time. Finally during the final show in Candlestick Park, the band decided they had had enough. Between the screams, the death threats, and the constant homesickness, the decision was made to stop touring altogether.

And Yet…

You don’t need to be a mega Beatles fan to know that the band did play live again one more time. The 1969 performance on the roof of Apple Corps headquarters is now the stuff of rock and roll legend. 

So how did it come about?

The idea had actually been to play a different show, as part of the promotional campaign for a new album. Tensions between the band members had been growing bigger for years, and perhaps in an attempt to try and reset their friendship, Paul McCartney suggested filming a series of rehearsals for a live comeback performance. The other members weren’t convinced but tentatively agreed to the idea. 

It was a disaster, as anyone who had seen the relationships between the band members deteriorate could have predicted it would be. The other three members had long voiced their opposition to McCartney’s ever-growing attempts to control the band, and this came to a head during the rehearsal sessions when George Harrison quit the band due to McCartney’s constant criticism and dictatorial attitude. He eventually agreed to come back but only on the condition that the live show part of the project was cut. McCartney agreed, mainly because neither Lennon nor Starr wanted to do the show either.

In reality, this did nothing to improve inter-band relationships, and with drugs, constant bickering, and the ever-presence of Yoko Ono thrown into the mix, it was a miracle that they held it together as long as they did. With all of the fights caught on camera, The Beatles were as good as over.

Knowing that the end had come, and perhaps feeling like a weight had been lifted, the band decided on one last hurrah. The day after the actual gig was supposed to be played, they set up their instruments on the roof of Apple Corps and let rip. With no screaming fans to drown them out, and with beaming smiles on their faces, The Beatles serenaded the people of London one last time.

Where is John Lennon buried?

Where is John Lennon buried? John Lennon was never buried, he was cremated at the Ferncliff Cemetery and his ashes scattered by Yoko Ono in Central Park. There is a memorial named after “Strawberry Fields” there which fans can visit to pay their respects.

The Strawberry Fields memorial

Built five years later, which stands within Central Park and in sight of his home in his honor, is a place where fans can visit and feel closer to their hero.

This was in the same approximate spot and is considered to be the official gravesite that people can visit to pay their respects. The famous Imagine mosaic, the centerpiece of the memorial area, is a gift from the Italian city of Naples.

Strawberry Fields memorial ceremony & meaning

The groundbreaking ceremony for Strawberry Fields was held on March 21, 1984 with Yoko Ono and Lennon’s sons Julian and Sean in attendance.

A bronze plaque, that was unveiled at the dedication ceremony, lists 121 countries that endorse this Garden of Peace. The world is a more peaceful place because John Lennon helped make it so with his music!

Imagine, the world if there was no violence. Imagine a life without war or poverty. The idea for Strawberry Fields came to Yoko Ono in 1966 when she and John Lennon were walking around outside of New York City’s Central Park on their own private “night patrol” as they called it, trying to find some peace amidst all the bustle going about them that night.

She then conceived an ancient mosaic design found in Naples with one word- imagine– placed at its center which locals have delightedly worked together this project alongside artisans from Italy who faithfully copied her chosen design upon arrival back home after traveling overseas.

A fitting memorial stone for John Lennon

Where the song’s lyrics used to be, is now just empty space so anyone can imagine anything and everything they want there instead including their own personal memories with John Lennon which may never have happened or likely did happen.

Where the word “imagine” ends, locals have planted roses and other flowers. Children play nearby while adults take in the atmosphere or perhaps a quiet moment of their own to meditate and simply be grateful for peace being brought about with John Lennon still in mind from time to time.

Who decided to create a memorial garden for John?

Yoko Ono has been the creative force behind John Lennon’s memorial in Central Park. She collaborated with landscape architect, Bruce Kelly to create a fitting tribute for her late husband that is more nature-led than culture-led.

As Imagine mosaic designer Yoko Ono describes, “this place serves as a sanctuary of peace and tranquility for many who visit”.

The garden of hopes and dreams

Yoko Ono also sees this place as a garden of hopes and dreams, a place where anyone can feel increased self-worth during their visit.

She states that it is up to individual interpretation as there are many who do not even realize what this place represents today above all else in the world besides being a simple memorial for an artist we all have come to cherish over the years now gone by.

Imagine what it would be like to encounter a famous and beloved Beatles song in the form of an ancient mosaic? Imagine walking down Strawberry Fields Lane and seeing your favorite words spelled out with stone. Well, thanks to Yoko Ono for sharing her vision Naples has become known as “Strawberry Fields.”

The peace garden in Central Park

In 1979, artist Yoko Ono created a peace garden in Central Park. The idea for the park was conceived of when she realized that trees were her only defense against noise pollution and traffic congestion.

Yoko asks for donations

In August 1981, Ono placed letters in various newspapers asking countries around the world to donate native plants or fruit bearing plants so they could be planted at this new peace oasis located on 8 acres near Belvedere Castle (to honor John Lennon).

Eventually over 1 million people donated from all corners of the globe – including Great Britain who sent an Oak tree; Monaco which contributed Dogwoods; Holland with Tulip bulbs and Maples from Canada among many other donations like strawberries grown by volunteers working alongside city horticulturists as well as seeds supplied

So how do you find The Strawberry Fields memorial?

It’s located at what used to be the New York City’s old strawberry fields, near West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Broadway. You’ll see a plaque on one of the trees with his name on it as well as some plaques commemorating other people who have passed away at this location before him

What are some other things that make up Strawberry Fields?

The area is shaded by elm trees and provides many benches for visitors to relax; it’s a quiet place where you can find peace in your mind while taking time out from life’s roar or just “imagine.”

Strawberry Fields offers an opportunity to reflect quietly. Within its borders there exists what has been dubbed as a “quiet zone” within Central Park. In exchange for donating generously (or getting sponsored) one can have their name inscribed onto one of these donated plaques that line some of the trees in this special outdoor area.

Why didn’t John Lennon have a funeral?

Although Yoko knew that John had so many fans, she was concerned that The Dakota Building (which is where their apartment in New York is located) would be overwhelmed with people and might want that time for herself and her son.

John’s family didn’t want a funeral either because they were not sure how many people would show up and who would be able to gain access. They also felt that the funeral should take place closer to Liverpool where he grew up.

Did the Beatles go to John’s funeral?

No, they did not. In reality, none of The Beatles attended John’s funeral because there was no formal funeral.

Why was John Lennon cremated?

John Lennon left specific instructions to not be cremated. Despite the fact, that John wanted to be buried in England, Yoko chose to burn the Beatle, because Yoko disliked western burial customs.

Yoko Ono still lives in the Dakota and her windows overlook the Imagine mosaic at 72nd street and Central Park West. While there is a famous song with that name, it was not always so recognized- before she met Lennon, Yoko’s artwork often portrayed this concept of imagining peace. In 1980 John Lennon said “a lot of it [the lyric] came from Yoko.”

Imagine

In an interview shortly before he died John admitted: “A lot of people think ‘Imagine’ is just talking about nice things all day long but…It’s like taking reality on its head to show what can be done.”

In 2017, the National Music Publishers Association announced that Ono would share songwriting credits for Lennon’s “Imagine.” In a statement released by the NMPA on October 9th of this year, it was confirmed that Yoko will be receiving credit as an author and publisher alongside John Lennon in regards to his enduring hit from 1971.

The announcement is monumental because according to Rolling Stone Magazine there have been text-based copyright disputes surrounding ownership rights since 1973 when Apple Records refused to acknowledge Yoko’s role in writing “Imagine”.

In Conclusion

Where was John Lennon buried? He was never actually buried, but cremated and his ashes scattered by Yoko Ono in Central Park. There is a Strawberry Fields Memorial there that fans can visit to pay their respects. Wherever you may be in the world, if you feel like paying your respects to John Lennon, you can visit his memorial in Central Park, New York. Wherever you are don’t forget to Imagine Peace!

Why did The Beatles Break Up? The True Story Revealed

Why did The Beatles Break Up? While Paul McCartney’s infamous press release on April 9th 1970 is usually cited as the official end of The Beatles, in truth it had been a long-time coming. While many fans want to lay the blame solely at the feet of Yoko Ono, the cracks had already appeared years before she was accused of interfering in band affairs. And yet, it still came as a shock when McCartney gave his one-word response to the question of whether The Beatles were planning any new songs or albums; “No.”

With that simple and tragically unambiguous reply, the most important band that had ever and would ever exist, was finished. They had lasted only eight years, which seems amazing now when you consider their great rivals, The Rolling Stones, have now been together for sixty. In that time, they had revolutionised music, and for the millions of fans across the world, the breakup hit like a death in the family. 

The Beatles had transcended music, so it wasn’t just fans of their music that mourned the loss, it was a whole generation. The sixties and early seventies were decades of enormous upheaval and change, with young people expecting more than the generations before them, asking questions of their government, and looking to create a more peaceful world. All to a soundtrack of the Beatles’ greatest hits. 

What ended The Beatles? The Cracks Start to Appear

In reality, every one of the Fab Four had quit the band at various times during the four years leading up to McCartney’s infamous press release. George Harrison was first in 1966, when he said that he would only stay if The Beatles no longer toured. Harrison had grown tired of the chaos of their live performances, with The Beatles constantly drowned out by the screaming fans. McCartney wasn’t sure it was the right move, but finally acquiesced, while Lennon recognised it was a sign that things were coming to an end, and he started to consider what he would do next. 

Harrison wasn’t alone in harbouring resentments, however, with every member of the band having their own perceived grievances. Many of these came as a result of their 1967 album, the much lauded Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. While the album was a massive success, it was predominantly McCartney’s idea, and so he started to become more authoritative, pushing the band to go in the direction he wanted. Previous to that, the group had always been relatively democratic, so McCartney’s self-appointed role as leader did not go down well.

George Harrison, who had long been feeling like his input was underappreciated, felt particularly aggrieved. He felt like he had really found his feet as a songwriter, a view that was clearly shared by the fans given the positive response to his three songs on the album Revolver the previous year. But Lennon and McCartney were reluctant to give up songwriting control, with Harrison later saying that The Beatles would record eight Lennon-McCartney songs before they would even listen to one of his. 

Who’s to blame for The Beatles break up? The India Effect

These tensions between Harrison and the rest of the group were made worse during what was supposed to be a bonding trip to India in 1968. Harrison had become very interested in eastern spiritual teachings, and eager to give up drugs and find healthier alternatives, the band accompanied him to Maharishi Mahesh’s ashram. Unfortunately, the other band members’ reactions to the yogi’s teachings were not what Harrison had hoped, with Ringo Starr leaving after less than two weeks, and Paul McCartney leaving one week later after spending most of his time there writing music. 

While Lennon stayed with Harrison for a few weeks more, he became more and more frustrated at the teachings not providing the life changing breakthroughs he was craving. His marriage to his wife Cynthia was falling apart, and even though she was there on the trip, the couple slept in different rooms. Lennon had already met Yoko Ono in 1966, and unbeknownst to Cynthia, was in daily telegram communication with her for the duration of their stay. When the remaining Beatles and their entourage finally left the ashram due to the Maharishi’s behaviour towards his female students, Lennon ended up drunkenly revealing all to Cynthia on the flight home.

Did The Beatles hate each other? The Aftermath

Far from bringing the band together, the trip to India had ended up driving even more wedges between the members. A large part of the reason for attending the ashram was to help the group overcome drugs, but the aftermath saw Lennon turn to heroin to help him cope with his depression, while McCartney started taking cocaine on a serious scale. With growing animosity and creative differences already causing cracks in the band’s dynamics, the drugs surely didn’t help. By the time they started recording the White Album later in 1968, things had gotten so bad that the different members recorded their songs in separate studios at Abbey Road.

Lennon hated McCartney’s songs which he felt were over-sentimental and old-fashioned, while McCartney regarded Lennon’s experimental compositions with similar disdain. Starr and Harrison, meanwhile, felt like both Lennon and McCartney saw them as nothing but backup musicians during recording sessions, which were becoming more and more unruly. McCartney constantly berated their producer, and the atmosphere got so bad that the engineer quit.

Oh No! Who’s This? Did Yoko Ono break The Beatles up?

And then, into this furnace of bitterness and resentment, entered a certain Yoko Ono. Lennon’s relationship with Ono had become public and official when Cynthia had come home from vacation and found them sitting together in the home she shared with John, happy as you like. After that, she was a permanent fixture during recording and sessions, with Lennon arguing that she should become an official fifth member of the group. She would sit on the floor next to Lennon as the band played, whispering suggestions in his ear between songs. Her presence was a thorn in both Lennon’s songwriting partnership with McCartney and his close friendship with Harrison. In the end, McCartney accused Lennon and Ono of sabotaging the band, an accusation to which Lennon gave no response at all. 

It was only a matter of time before things became untenable, and the first split finally came on August 22nd. Sick of McCartney constantly criticising his drumming, Ringo Starr left the band. He took a two week break in Italy with the band begging him to come back, and he eventually returned to find his drum kit had been covered in flowers by Harrison to welcome him back. It was a nice gesture, and was perhaps indicative of Harrison understanding Starr’s feelings better than the other two.

Money, Money, Money

With the relations between band members in tatters, it is no surprise to know that the business side of The Beatles was also in big trouble. Since Brian Esptein’s death in 1967, the band had essentially taken over the running of the business themselves. Predictably, four drug taking hippies who believed that they had bottomless pockets, and that the idea of profit was against their ideals, did not make for great businessmen. The band spent money on anything and everything, salaries were ridiculous, and major business decisions made on split second decisions. Accountant after accountant quit citing the impossibility of making sense of the finances, until finally the band accepted they needed help.

McCartney wanted the band to hand business responsibilities to the father and brother of his soon-to-be wife Linda, but the other members didn’t want to hand McCartney even more power than he already had. Lennon and Ono wanted Allen Klein, the ruthless manager of the Rolling Stones, to be in charge, an opinion backed by Starr and Harrison. McCartney finally acquiesced, but he refused to sign the contract in a petulant move that would only widen the gulf between himself and the other band members.   

The Get Back Fiasco 

Perhaps attempting to heal some wounds, or just totally out of touch with what was going on, McCartney pitched his next big idea to the group. It was called the “Get Back” project and was intended to help the band get back to their musical roots during a series of filmed rehearsal sessions which would be used as promotional material for their next album. These sessions were started on January 2nd 1969, with a live concert to debut the new songs from the album scheduled for the 29th.

The project was a disaster from the start. The other three members, who were never sure about the idea in the first place, were immediately irked by McCartney’s dictatorial attitude during rehearsals. Lennon and Ono, completely addicted to heroin at this point, were engaged in “heightened awareness”, where they would stay in complete silence all the time, except for when a decision needed to be made, when Ono would speak. 

Finally, George Harrison had had enough. Sick of McCartney’s criticism, the 9-5 schedule, Lennon’s selfish behaviour, and with their business about to collapse, he left the band. There was an attempt at reconciliation two days later at the home of Ringo Starr, but when Ono continued to speak for Lennon, Harrison left again. 

Let it Be the End

After two weeks, Harrison returned to the sessions on the condition that the concert was canceled. Instead, on January 30th, the band played their famous last gig on the financially doomed Apple Corps’ roof. The thrill of playing together again, with no screaming fans, just lost in the music, seemed for a moment at least like it might save the band. Alas, it wasn’t to be, and when they came together again that July to record their new album, there was no love lost. Despite this, the resulting album Abbey Road was an undisputed masterpiece, and a fitting musical end to the short-lived but groundbreaking collaboration of four genius musicians. 

The following month, all the members minus Ringo met to voice their festering frustrations and to decide what would happen next. Lennon and Harrison were both sick of McCartney refusing to accommodate their songs, and Lennon pushed for four songs a-piece for the three of them on the next album, and an additional two for Starr. While McCartney seemed to accept the proposal, Lennon ultimately decided to go it alone after the Plastic Ono Band received a wild reception at their first show in Toronto. Lennon let rip at McCartney on September 20th, a week after the show, accusing him of making Lennon doubt himself, and exclaiming, “I’m breaking the group up. It feels good.”

The Long and Winding Road

While there was no coming back from that, the band kept the split secret so as not to jeopardise a much improved Capitol records royalty deal. Each member began immediately working on their own solo albums, which ultimately caused even more tension when the rest of the band sent Starr to McCartney’s house to insist he change the release of his solo album so that it wouldn’t clash with the release of Let it Be. McCartney, predictably, went berserk, kicked Starr out of his house, and released the infamous press release.  

It left both fans and the other members of the band in shock. Fans shot the messenger, and immediately blamed McCartney for the split, which he reacted to with indignation, telling the press that the other three had all left first. Despite this, McCartney later said that he had never intended for the press release to be a declaration of the band breaking up, but the other three felt betrayed, and believed that McCartney had used the announcement to launch his solo career. Whatever the truth, it was an ugly end to what had become an ugly situation, but the chances of a happy ending had long been unlikely. 

Ultimately, by the time the group was legally dissolved through the courts at the end of 1970, all four members were already well on the way to solo success. While fans to this day still mourn the breakup, creative differences, rock star egos, drugs, money, and (perhaps) Yoko Ono, all meant that it was an inevitable end, and just another example of the tragedy that often results from unfathomable levels of fame and success.

Hen Party Life Drawing in Liverpool

For fans of The Beatles you really should visit the city of Liverpool at least once to take in all things Beatles related. If you are getting married and decide to have a hen party in Liverpool then we have a great suggestion for you “hen party life drawing in Liverpool”.

Are you planning a hen party for a fun-loving bride-to-be? Looking for the best way to give her the perfect send-off?

With the right organisation, the hen party can end up being even more exciting than the wedding itself (don’t tell the groom!) Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a great hen party, but there is one combination that is always a winner…brides, booze, and boys in the buff!

This usually means a night pre-drinks with a “firefighter” before heading into town with the girls. 

But what about something a little different?

Hen Party Life Drawing Classes

The human body is a work of art, and what better way to appreciate it, than to create your own works of art? 

During a hen party life drawing class, the model assumes a variety of poses, and the bride and her guests can all do their best Jack from Titanic impressions, and draw him like one of Jack’s French girls. It is a great way to have a giggle, but also to learn some real art skills, as the professional models are able to give advice on perspective, shading, and (ahem) proportion.

Guests all receive professional sketch pads and pencils to create their masterpieces, and for the last pose, the bride is usually encouraged to join in with the model for her guests to draw. This is such a fun way to end the session (although the groom may not be too happy about putting the pictures up in their newlywed home!)

What does a Life Drawing Class Involve?

Some life drawing classes are done at the bride’s house or in a space rented but the highest rated companies have their own special venues with fully licensed private bars. 

As soon as you arrive for your life drawing class, your hen party will be greeted by your host. This is usually the model dressed in full(ish!) butler attire, who will get you all settled in and take your drinks order. Usually, this will be the first of many orders as you all get the hen festivities well and truly started!

Classes typically last between one and three hours with lots of snack, drink, and photo breaks, and at the end you will all be able to take your Rembrandts and Picasso’s home with you.

Why are Life Drawing Classes Perfect for Hen Parties?

Hen parties are always a lot of fun, and spicing things up a little is a great way to send the bride off. The traditional male stripper has been a mainstay of hen parties for years, but a life drawing class adds an extra twist to the occasion. By doing your class through a professional company, it also means that you don’t need to find another venue to get your party started, as they will have their own premises with multiple models, a licensed bar, and all of the drawing equipment you need. You can either do the class as part of a longer day of multiple activities, or as the main event itself. As long as everyone in your group is over 18, a life drawing class really is the perfect hen party activity. 

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Why Choose a Life Drawing Class for your Hen Party?

There are so many great reasons for including a life drawing class in your hen party itinerary:

  • You get to see some buff boys…in the buff! An absolute must for every hen party!
  • It’s a great way to try something different and learn some new skills.
  • You will be provided with all of the art supplies you need.
  • Top life drawing companies have private, fully licensed bars to get you all nice and tipsy.
  • You can take your artwork home as the perfect reminder.
  • There are time slots available all day so that you can plan your class around the rest of your hen party schedule.
  • Hens who don’t drink can still enjoy the party and take part.

What do you Need for your Life Drawing Class?

When you book your life drawing class through a professional company then you don’t need to prepare anything at all. There will be a fully-licensed private bar, all of the drawing equipment will be provided, and there will be professional staff to take care of your group.

The only thing you need to bring is a sense of humour and a willingness to have fun! No drawing skills are required and nobody is going to judge your talent (or lack thereof!)

Just make sure that you clarify how long the session will last so that you can plan the rest of your day accordingly.

Why Choose Liverpool for your Hen Party?

Liverpool is a fantastic city for a hen party, no matter what kind of vibe you are looking for. Awarded the title of “European City of Culture” in 2008, Liverpool has some of the best bars, pubs, restaurants, and clubs, anywhere in the UK, with the famous Corporation Street being one of the most popular hen party destinations.

If your group fancies a little bit of culture, then make sure to visit the Tate Liverpool, or stop off at St. George’s Halls where there is usually live entertainment going on. 

What is the Most Popular Life Drawing Company in Liverpool?

Get Nude Life Drawing can be found in Liverpool’s student area and offers life drawing classes for hen parties, birthday parties, and other special occasions. They offer a fully stocked prohibition style bar, and guests can even request special drinks ahead of time if there is a particular tipple that the hens enjoy.

Get Nude has been operating for over seven years now and has some really fantastic online reviews. They specialise in creating tailored experiences so that every member of the group has the best possible time!

To learn more about Get Nude Life Drawing, click here to visit their website.

What other Hen Party Experiences are Available in Liverpool?

One of the great things about doing a life drawing class through Get Nude is that it will leave plenty of time for your group to do other activities. Life drawing classes typically last between 1-3 hours so you will still have loads of time left on your itinerary. 

CoverStar Experiences is a company that is owned by the same people behind Get Nude, and they offer a super fun recording studio experience for hen parties and other special occasions. This venue is also in the north of the city centre, perfectly located near to the best clubs and bars. As with the Get Nude venue, CoverStar has its own fully-stocked and licensed bar to give your group the liquid courage you need to get up there and sing. At the end of the session, you will have a professionally recorded CD to take home with your Get Nude artwork!

Can you do Life Drawing at a Different Venue?

If you prefer to do the life drawing class at home or at a different venue, then Funktion Events provide a mobile experience which will come to you wherever you are. This may be more convenient if you have other plans in a different part of the city, or you already have another venue booked for your party. However, the overall cost can end up being higher because you will need to pay for the class and the venue separately. There are some other companies which advertise as offering mobile life drawing classes but they seem to mostly just be go-betweens between clients and models.

Life drawing classes are so much fun and are a great way to celebrate a hen party (or any other special occasion!) As long as you are over 18 and have a great sense of humour, it is the perfect way to give the bride a saucy send-off!

The Beatles Vs Elvis

When it comes to musical icons they don’t come much bigger than The Beatles and Elvis. Such huge figures in the 50s and 60s their presence is still very much felt today. 

Their music is still played all over, it is still selling and the artists are just as significant as they ever were. The thing is, because these artists were so huge, and so iconic, in this day and age there hasn’t been any others that have had the longevity or staying power that they have had. 

Let’s take a look at How The Beatles & Elvis changed the world forever…

What did The Beatles and Elvis do for the music scene?

The Beatles changed music as we know it a lot by experimenting with different types of genres of music and with instruments. Their matching haircuts and outfits set a new trend in the 60s.

They were the first to introduce psychedelic rock to the mainstream music scene. The band’s 1967 hit “Strawberry Fields Forever” set the hypnotic tune and pattern for psychedelic rock.

Interestingly, three great influences that shaped The Beatles’ music include Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and The one and only King, Elvis Presley.

Elvis was widely known for his boyish good looks and perfect black hair quiff, he was all in all a sex symbol of the era. Presley had such a unique sound and style that combined his diverse musical influence and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time; he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture. The music styles he was able to integrate were rhythm and blues, gospel, and country music, and this innovative combination created what we know today as Rock N Roll.

Elvis Presley, rightly so is considered the single, most significant figure in rock and roll history. Without Elvis the Rock we listen to today probably wouldn’t exist. It’s so easy to underestimate what these artists did for music. Elvis single handedly revolutionized the music scene and his influence changed the entertainment industry forever. Elvis, through his music and provocative dance moves, challenged the social and moral values of the era and was responsible for creating an entirely new generation.

Let’s take a look at the stats and who sold more…

When looking at hugely popular and significant artists, it is always fascinating to take a look at the numbers and when it comes to being BIG, you don’t get much bigger than Elvis and The Beatles. Beating in mind that singles were much more popular in the 1950s and early 1960s when Elvis became popular. The Beatles have sold an impressive 42.5 million more albums in the U.S. than Elvis, yet Elvis sold 25.5 million more singles than The Beatles. When it comes to popularity these two artists are very much on an even keel. 

The way people consume music is changing all the time and things weren’t any different back then. The buying trend then shifted to albums in the mid- to late-1960s when The Beatles were at the height of their fame. EPs, which commonly contain 3-5 songs, are included in RIAA’s (The Recording Industry Association of America) calculation of album sales, by using a weighted factor depending on the certification level of Gold, Platinum or Multi Platinum status.

Record sales figures are constantly changing since The Beatles and Elvis Presley are still selling records in the present day, even with the birth of YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify. The last time the RIAA awarded new record certifications was 2011 for Elvis and 2014 for The Beatles.

Elvis has been inducted into five Halls of Fame: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Gospel, Rockabilly and R&B and has sold over one billion records worldwide.

In regards to accumulative sales, many historians believe that Elvis is the best-selling artist of all time even though there is no proof as it isn’t entirely possible to calculate all sales from all different avenues, but wouldn’t it be great if we could get a definite number?

Did Elvis influence The Beatles?

When you think of The Beatles, you might not have considered that a huge influence bubbling under the surface of what they became was in fact, Elvis.

Like The Beatles, Elvis was an icon of his era, deemed the King of Rock n Roll for his unique look and moves and his huge influence over the 50s era in which he was hugely popular. 

Elvis Presley was a huge symbol of the somewhat rebellious youth, more specifically, modern American youth. With the 50s era, it was a decade marked by the post-World War II boom, the dawn of the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Safe to say, it was an important time in history and Elvis was to make his mark on it, one which would last indefinitely.

Elvis was popular in a historical context, a specific place and time embodied by certain values, virtues and beliefs.

So how did Elvis influence The Beatles?

As teenagers, The Beatles were in the age group which were fans of Elvis. The Beatles, especially John Lennon, were strongly influenced by the music and character of Elvis Presley. 

“Nothing affected me until I heard Elvis. Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles” –  John Lennon

It’s been reported that they started wearing their hair slicked back like Elvis and largely admired his rebelliousness and his appeal to women, not to mention his musical talent. Elvis was a symbol and was admired by many. Without Elvis, the music scene would be a very different place today. 

Elvis Presley was highly influential in changing the social and moral values of white American society, but also in creating a new genre of music which was known and rock n’ roll, without Elvis’s influence on the music scene and his contribution to the genre of rock n’ roll, who knows, The Beatles might not have even existed? 

When two giants collide…

You might be wondering if The Beatles and Elvis met? The answer is they did, but it was only a one time occurrence. According to sources, it wasn’t usual for Elvis to have visitors to his house.

It can probably be deemed one of the most infamous rock and roll meetings of all time! The spectacular meeting occurred when Elvis Presley met The Beatles on August 27, 1965. John, Paul, George and Ringo along with their manager, publicist and assistants were invited to Presley’s house on Perugia Way in Los Angeles to meet their rock and roll idol.

It is said that there was an awkward silence at the beginning when The Beatles took their seats on the couch, not knowing what to say to the King of Rock n Roll. 

It has been reported that Elvis said to The Fab Four,

‘If you’re going to sit here all night staring at me I’m going to bed.’ 

The men apparently laughed and that broke the ice and It became an exciting night. This meeting between the music giants is not widely known about due to no recordings or photographs having been taken that evening. It would have been a very different matter in modern day if they had met, there would no doubt be hundreds and thousands of images circulating the net within seconds. 

A bit of the fun stuff…

Here are some fun facts about both artists;

  • The Beatles got the idea for their name from Buddy Holly and The Crickets.
  • The Beatles, in total have written 229 songs, and they’ve released covers of songs from various artists, with most of them from lead guitarist George Harrison. 
  • Penny Lane, in Liverpool, experienced constant disappearances of its street sign ever since the 1967 hit of the same name. Tired of picking up the bill, Liverpool City Council took to painting the street sign on a nearby building instead.
  • The Beatles also made 5 movies in total.
  • Elvis recorded more than 600 songs in his music career but did not write a single song (impossible to confirm, but he was given co-writing credit on many songs because his label demanded songwriters give up 50{d3f5f130a54d49c630bab19d7e14d23ad4295159b16804e10b5f34e348631755} of the credit before Presley would record it)
  • He made 31 movies and two music documentaries.

Imagine Las Vegas without Elvis? Imagine a 60’s party without a Beatles outfit. These icons have proved time and time again their mark on the world is here to stay. There aren’t many people who haven’t either seen or dressed up as Elvis themselves. The iconic white catsuit with red trim isne of the most popular fancy dress costumes of all time.

What’s more, Elvis is the only music artist to be honored with two U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamps (1993 & 2015). The 1993 stamp is still the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.

It is hard to imagine what life and music would be like without these icons’ influence over the decades. Their music is still relevant today and still enjoyed and listened to by old and new fans alike.