How Did John Lennon Impact Society

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John Lennon is known worldwide for being the lead singer of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, but something that he is almost equally known for is his revolutionary ideals for the sake of world peace. From the day he was born and until the day of his assassination, his whole life revolved around challenging the status quo. Maybe some people saw him as being just another straggly hippie, but many people viewed him as an adored legend that made a positive impact on society. John was born on October 9, 1940 during World War II in the town of Liverpool, England. At the time of his birth, England was under heavy attack. As bombs fell all around the hospital where he was born, his mother, Julia feared for her life and that of her…show more content…
He had spent a lot of time on tour in the United States. During this time, the Vietnam War was getting a lot of news coverage because of all our young people dying. Many people all over were protesting against our country being a part of the war. All the members of The Beatles secretly took sides with the protesters who didn’t believe the U.S. should be at war with Vietnam. They felt the need to stay quiet because the government was starting to crack down and silence all the protests throughout the nation. The FBI had started files on anyone who might be a threat to the war in Vietnam and there could be criminal penalties. At a press conference in New York in 1966, the Beatles finally broke their long silence on the Vietnam War. “We think of it every day,” John said. “We don’t like it. We don’t agree with it. We think it’s wrong.” John explained afterwards, “The continual awareness of what what was going on made me feel ashamed I wasn’t saying anything. I burst out because I could no longer play that game anymore.” Soon after, the Beatles stopped touring and he met his girlfriend, Yoko Ono. They moved to New York City, where he continued to hold peaceful protests against the war. The government was afraid of his influence on others and even tried to deport him back to England. After a long legal battle, he was
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