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John Lennon

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Ryan Wong

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Civil Disobedience
By: Ryan Wong John Lennon Figure 1 Figure 1, John Lennon, adapted from ``Great modern Pictures New York``, by the New york John Lennon, 2012,http://www.greatmodernpictures.com/newpage3.htm Biography Early Life John Lennon was born on October 9th 1940 in Liverpool (grayfm,2009). His Parents were Julia and Alf Lennon (grayfm,2009). His father was absent in his early childhood due to war efforts, as a merchant seaman (grayfm,2009). Due to his father’s absents his mother began to see other men (grayfm,2009). Johns parents later divorced when Johns dad discovered his wife was pregnant with another man`s baby (grayfm,2009). John`s father soon after left the family (grayfm,2009). Julia Lennon transferred john to live with her sister who was in a more stable relationship (grayfm,2009). John established an interest for music during his high school years (grayfm,2009). His mother was responsible for introducing her son to lifelong interest in music by teaching him how to play the banjo (8notes.com, 2000). At the age 16 his mother was killed by a off duty drunk police officer (8notes.com, 2000). John was later accepted into ``Liverpool college of art`` for his talent in drawing (8notes.com, 2000). John slowly started to hate art school and became more interested in ``Rock n Roll`` (8notes.com, 2000). Figure 2 Figure 2, John Lennon kid, Adopted from ``John Ono Lennon`` by Bio, 2012, http://www.instantkarma.com/johnbio.html Beatles Career In 1957 John Lennon formed the band the ``Beatles`` with fellow members Paul McCartney, Gorge Harrison and Ringo starr (Rosenberg, 2012). The Beatles helped inspire a new kind of Rock n Roll music, for generations to evolve from (Rosenberg, 2012). The Beatles became better known because of their mimicking look of each other having the same kind of haircuts, clothing and outlook (Rosenberg, 2012). Beatlemania lunched when becoming big in 1964 when appearing on the Ed Sullivan show (Bio true story, 2012). In 1970, the Beatles broke up due to disputes between John and Paul (Bio true story, 2012). Figure 3 Figure 3, The Beatles, adapted from `` yours absents-mindedly,`` by Raman, 2012, http://ramanscribbles.blogspot.ca/2010/12/elvis-vs-beatles.html Solo Work
After the split up of the Beatles, Lennon released his first record (8notes.com, 2000). The song ``Imagine`` was his most successful solo album (8notes.com, 2000). The song and album helped to inspire generations to always strive for peace. Lennon’s next album ``sometime in New York City`` was hammering politics, prison riots, racial and sexual relations (8notes.com, 2000). Lennon was a huge inspiration for the youth at the time, to protest against anything that felt unjust. In 1980, John was assassinated and shot to death when he was returning to his apartment in New York (8notes.com, 2000). Figure 4 Figure 4, 60`s Lennon, adapted from ``rightmoveblog,`` 2010, http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/articles/celebrity-homes/imagine-living-at-john-lennon%E2%80%99s-house Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience is the act of refusal to obey a specific law for an individual or group that feel`s that law is unjust (dictionary.com, 2005). What counts as justified
civil disobedience? The general idea of an acceptable act of civil disobedience is non-violent and breach of the law to bring change to laws or policies (Brownlee, 2009). When should violence be used in
acts of civil disobedience? Violence is normally used as a last resort in civil disobedience. Used when people become frustrated or angry because they are not reaching their goals they cause violence. Violence grabs attention and concern. John Lennon &
Civil Disobedience In theory John Lennon did display justified civil disobedience. He believed that violence was not the answer and engaged any issue with peaceful protest. It was justified civil disobedience because it was non violent and non disruptive. John Lennon`s Protest What did he protest? US involvement in the Vietnam war started in the early 60`s and ended in 1975 (Rosenberg, 2012). John Lennon's solo career started around the same time. John was inspired by the war to write antiwar music(Bio true story, 2012). He later started to protest against the Vietnam war (Bio true story, 2012).
John will not always be remembered for just being a musician but as peace and political activist as well. John Began his anti war protest after he married Yoko Ono (Hammett, 2007). John and Yoko staged a ``bed in peace`` at the Amsterdam Hilton and staged a second be in Montreal (Hammett, 2007). This was to get the media`s attention for an opportunity to have say on how they feel about the war. In 1971, John and Yoko moved to New York (Hammett, 2007). In that same year, Lennon performed a song to release John Sinclair, leader of the white panther party from jail (Hammett, 2007). Sinclair was released three days later when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled regarding marijuana was unconstitutional (Hammett, 2007). In 1972, the Nixon administration declared Lennon as a serious threat of the re-election of Richard Nixon that year (Hammett, 2007). Lennon could have changed that election by mobilizing the youth vote against Nixon as well as sponsor rallies to sabotage Nixon’s idea of an orderly America (Hammett, 2007). A month later the Immigration and Naturalization services began a four year effort to deport Lennon based on his 1968 conviction of drug possession (Hammett, 2007). Nixon made many attempts to silence Lennon (True Activist, 2006). John wrote a lot of protest songs during his solo career. When he moved to New York he worked next album. ``Imagine`` was released and became number internationally (Keno, 1999). The song was about peace in a world and everyone is equal (Keno, 1999). More song`s were later released to attack the US government and to protest against war efforts. Figure 5 Figure 5, John Lennon peace, Adapted from``peaceful planet,
`` 2012, http://thepeacefulplanet.org/john-lennon-70th-birthday-today/ Figure 6 Figure 6, John and Yoko, adapted
from ``Time Topics,`` 2012,
http://topics.time.com/john-lennon/ Figure 7 Figure 7, Lennon vs War, adapted from ``Tokyo five,`` 2012, http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/lennon_70th/ Are fundamental rights at stake? During John Lennon’s protest against the Vietnam War, I felt that his fundamental rights were always at stake. President Nixon feared John Lennon`s increasing support for anti war movement (True Activist, 2006). The US government and CIA also experienced fear from Lennon’s Movement (True Activist, 2006). They always tried to deport Lennon, by sending a letter to his saying, `His temporary stay in the USA was now over (True Activist, 2006). Lennon was constantly being harassed by the police experiencing unwanted search and seizure (True Activist, 2006). Figure 8 Figure 8, Lennon Glasses, adapted from ``Weird,`` 2012, http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/08/geek-the-beatles-john-lennon/5/ Have other measures failed? Vietnam protesters for the most part were unsuccessful (Barringer, 1999). Averaged American citizens who opposed the war were just ignored or silenced (Barringer, 1999). President Nixon just did what he wanted and never worried about the protesters (Barringer, 1999). Figure 9 Figure 9, Vietnam protest, adapted from ``Scriptor Obscura Writes`` 2012,http://scriptorwrites.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/at-vietnam-protest-1968/ Can Everyone protest in similar manner? People can Protest in a similar as John Lennon. Many artist write songs about peace and anti war efforts. Is the act peaceful?
Is the motive acceptable? John and Yoko`s act was always peaceful (Hammett, 2007). They only protest by rallies, songs and protest during their interviews (Hammett, 2007). They did not believe in violence to be a solution (Hammett, 2007).
Their motive was acceptable, who does not want peace. They displayed good civil disobedience but Nixon and his administration did not approve of it (Hammett, 2007). Is Lennon willing to accept
the penalty? John was willing to accept a penalty or maybe just did not care. Even when Nixon threaten to have John deported; John still tried to protest against war and ignored Nixon’s threats (Hammett, 2007). Is he focused to his objective? John was always into world peace and did anything he can in his power to make a better world. Since the Beatles separated, John`s biggest concern was world peace. John lost interest in politics in 1972 because he returned to his heroin addiction (Hammett, 2007). Figure 10 Figure 10, Lennon singing, adapted from ``Myspace`` 2012, http://www.myspace.com/520760473 Figure 11 Figure 11, Lennon Liberty, adapted from ``CWhatch`` 2012, http://ilovenewyork.cwhatch.com/ny/statue-of-liberty Thank You

The End Was John Lennon effective protesting against war? John Lennon was protesting against the Vietnam war.
Unfortunately John was unsuccessful to achieving his goal after returning to his heroin addiction in 1972. The Vietnam war ended in 1975 which was three years after John quit protesting. The war ended on its own terms, which means John had no impact on the war. However John inspired many of the younger generation to spread world peace.
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