Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Strange Days Indeed

Tell me about it. I just got a car. Me.
This will take some getting used to.


On the plane ride back to Texas, I watched The U.S. vs. John Lennon.

It's a finely made documentary, not only because Lennon was a figure who practically lived on-camera and there's great footage of him because of it, but also because of the level of access to key figures of the period. Top senior Nixon administration officials, Noam Chomsky, Bobby Seale, Gore Vidal, hell, they even got Geraldo Rivera out for this one (not sure why, but it works alright.) They all give their two cents on a political situation that was anything but under control.

It's hard to conceive that someone who orchestrated "bed-ins" and wrote the song "Give Peace A Chance" would be perceived as a national threat, and yet there was wiretapping and the memo written by Strom Thurmond ordering that Lennon conveniently be deported right before he, Yoko, and a group of activists were to embark on a tour advocating peace.

John Lennon - Nobody Told Me

Apart from the espionage and the great interviews and Geraldoooo I liked the moments on screen between John and Yoko the most. Theirs was a love you could feel.

"Well, I suppose they tried to kill John, but they couldn't because his message is still alive."
-Yoko Ono

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