Just recently, Rolling Stone Magazine turned 40 years old. This icon of Rock and Roll over the years has covered not only individual musicians, but often their politics as well. The rise of Rock and Roll in the sixties greatly mirrored the political realm which was mired in war and the fight for civil rights. In the history of the Rolling Stone, no one has graced the front cover of that magazine more times than John Lennon. And at the same time, no one had more of an impact on the anti-war movement than John Lennon. This picture of John and Yoko naked is by far the most contraversial of those covers. Note: the caption below reads, "And they were naked, and they were not ashamed".
As a child of the sixties, I remember well the first US appearance on television of the Beatles. It was on the Ed Sullivan Show, airing on a Sunday evening. Although the Beatles had already had a head start in their home country, the anticipation of their appearance on this nationally televised program was a HUGE thing. Their first songs were those "old Beatles" songs like "I Want to Hold Your Hand", the sappy teeny-bopper sort of song which got their foot in the door. But as time moved forward, the Beatles, and in particular, John Lennon, grew more political. Here was a musician, using his talents as a music and lyrics writer to "teach" the world what he wanted them to hear. Who can forget "Imagine" or "Give Peace A Chance", two songs that dared to challenge the establishment with a different vision for the world. So while his music was inspiring Americans to rise up against the establishment and his music became the mantra of the times, he was also seen as one of the most dangerous subversive threats to the "powers that be" Below is the recently released documentary, "The US vs. John Lennon".
Happy Birthday Rolling Stone and may the message of John Lennon NEVER be silenced.