Was John Lennon a genius or a lunatic?

May 27, 2011

The Beatles in earlier iin their career

The 1960’s, full of peace, love, and happiness; the decade of nonviolence and well, peace. John Lennon was indeed one of the most influential people of that time. Some called him absolutely crazy and a big lunatic while others called him inspirational and a straight genius. John Lennon was many things at this time, but what made him such a genius with his peace methods during in the 1960’s? He did everything through outrageous interviews, to striking methods, and by songs.

            Interviews, for famous people, started to become more famous through John Lennon, because of the best way to sell propaganda. But it wasn’t due to the types of interviews that you see nowadays, John’s were more extreme. With his soul mate by his side, who was basically his perfect match, they would encourage each other to ‘Just go for it!’ The most famous interview the couple had was when they but a sheet over their head and no one could see them. It wasn’t only that, they

Propaganda picture of John Lennon and Yoko's veiwsJohn Lennon & Yoko's Bed-In & Hair Growth strike for their honeymoon

were having a great time mocking the interviewers. He wouldn’t mind talking about the government on national TV, so when he talked about the government with interviewers, he would just amuse himself and his wife about how pointless it was to him.


John Lennon’s interviews might have been outrageous, but his striking methods were far more out there than anything. This is where he truly shined and where he could be himself, literally. He

invited any type of paparazzi that wanted to come for his, and of course his wife’s, Bed-In. John Lennon and Yoko actually spent their honeymoon doing the sit in. It seems romantic if you think about it; they both stood strongly for the same ideas and views, and this helped them promote

John Lennon vs President Nixon

nonviolent ways of protesting a

war. It was at that time when John Lennon began to grow out his hair and actually added that to the strike; Stay in bed and grow your hair. Most people said he grew his beard because he was said to be like Jesus, or the Beatles were said to be bigger than Jesus.

            The Beatles were actually the biggest and famous group at that time; whether you loved them or hated them, you knew them. Whenever they weren’t being interviewed or in protests, mostly John Lennon, they were out singing about what they believed. A lot of their music promoted peace and fighting the power with nonviolence. They were not afraid and putting out their views in their music; and even making their own little speeches at their concerts. Aside from their big back-to-back number

John Lennon singing the Beatles influential songs

one hits, they had many simple, straight forward songs about how they viewed the war and the American government. These lyrics would fire up young adults into a whole revolution against the government to where they would literally break out in riots at official government buildings.

            Yes John Lennon was a lunatic, but a genius lunatic. He started riots all around America, and even parts of the globe, to go against the government. Most said it was like John Lennon was president because he was more outspoken and influenced more Americans than Nixon did. John Lennon and Yoko showed that what seemed to be the most ridiculous ideas were more than likely the best ideas. They helped Americans show that they do have a voice and that if you don’t like something, and you really don’t agree with it, then as 

John Lennon was compared to Jesus

long as you can show what you view and why it’s right, then you can fight it against the world. Most say it didn’t just help people against segregation, but helped women have more of a voice. John Lennon and Yoko were a team, and they couldn’t have done all that they did without each other, they were strategic genius’s.



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