October 21, 2012
John Lennon: Acid Dreams
For as long as most anyone can remember The Beatles have been known as one of the greatest bands in history. Though the British band has its roots in a land far from the United States, they too crossed the pond during the so called British Invasion in the 1960s prior to the official start of American involvement in the infamous Vietnam War. It came as no surprise that all those Brits influenced the music here in the states, but soon enough our culture influenced them as well. From his songs in Meet the Beatles to SGT. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and eventually into his solo career, John Lennon grew to express not only his emotion and feel good rhythms through his music but his political as well as philosophical beliefs.
When Lennon and the rest of the Beatles made their way over to the states, America was on the verge of a cultural revolution like the country hadn’t seen before. With the civil rights movement, creation of the hippie, and United States involvement in Vietnam during the 1960s, the U.S. made the perfect place for John Lennon to thrive as a song writer. Lennon’s American immersion began with the “Please Please Me” release as the Beatles first single in the U.S. With lyrics like:
Last night I said these words to my girl
I know you never even try, girl
Please please me, whoa yeah, like I please you.” (Lennon) It’s easy to see that when the Beatles first made their debut in America they had something special to say the least. Beatle-mania engulfed the country just as expected. The songs from Introducing the Beatles, known as Please Please Me worldwide, spoke of first looks, first kisses, first loves, and first breakups. This definitely spoke to the women of the U.S. just as much as the beat attracted the male audience. Lennon wrote or contributed to nine out of fourteen songs on the album. He and Paul McCartney were the main song...