Imagine John Lennon as a Tea Party Activist

Imagine John Lennon as a Tea Party Activist

Thirty-one years after his death, John Lennon’s political leanings are still the
subject of some speculation. What exactly were his political views?

In an interview featured in the documentary Beatles Stories, Lennon’s personal
assistant Fred Seaman suggested that the former Beatle had become quite
conservative in the late 70s and was even a fan of Ronald Reagan.

Some, including his publicist Elliot Mintz, claim that Lennon’s views remained
unchanged even in later life.

Today, the legacy of Lennon’s political principles is most closely associated
with the belief in the possibility of an end to war and world peace. However, a
little-known 1966 interview, revealed in the book, The Ship that Rocked the
World, suggests that had Lennon lived, he might have been a fervent backer of
the Tea Party.

Lennon’s thinking was made clear in the course of the conversation between the
Beatles and Tom Lodge, top DJ of the pirate radio ship Radio Caroline. The
mostly zany impromptu meeting took place in London in March of that year.

Asked if he had ideas about how he would change Britain, Lennon said he would
“like to change it a lot.”

“In what way?” Lodge asked.
“Well, the tax problem,” Lennon replied.
And what would he do about taxes, Lodge wanted to know. “I’d reduce it

If he were a member of the government, did he mean?
Lennon didn’t care. “If I was anybody, I’d reduce it…drastically.”
George Harrison, who is known as the main writer, along with Lennon, of the song
“Taxman,” piped in to share his thoughts as well, albeit tongue-in-cheek. “Give
the pop stars a fairer share of the country’s wealth,” he said.

“Complaining about taxes was not an unusual thing to hear from British pop stars
at that time,” Tom Lodge says today. “They were all young and most came from
poor backgrounds. Suddenly they had a lot of money that could be taxed.” Lodge
should know. As the top DJ on Radio Caroline from 1964-67, he is widely credited
for helping make stars out of many young musicians.

But Lennon was more outspoken than most – and more direct. “They can’t take the
taxes down because they haven’t got enough money. And they’ll never have enough
money while they’re buying all that crap”So if they pay off a few of the bloody
debts, then maybe they’d be able to cut the tax down a little.”

Sure sounds like someone who might have supported the Tea Party movement.

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From our extended family, a fascinating story about Jackie Robinson

From Donnali Fifield, our one-time editor and long-time friend comes this story about Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers, his decision to sign Jackie Robinson and Donnali’s grandfather Wendell Fifield, who was the minister of Rickey’s church in Brooklyn. View the article here

The Great Throwdini: Pushing the Limits

As featured in Believe the Unbelievable, amazing knife thrower The Great Throwdini has once again pushed the limits in performance and record holding. As noted in Believe the Unbelievable, Throwdini is one of the most profilic and noteworthy record holders featured by the Record Holders’ Republic for his knife throwing exploits.

This time, he’s featured in the Wall Street Journal for his death defying feats. Videos accompanying the story illustrate the improbable and fantastic skills he possesses.

Throwdini was also featured recently in AOL News, discussing his career and the book and its importance in the world of record keeping.

Rock and Roll History

How did we miss this?

Our new book reveals the amazing, true but unknown story of the British Invasion, and how pirate radio changed the face of rock and roll forever.

It’s called The Ship that Rocked the World:  How Radio Caroline Defied the Establishment, Launched the British Invasion and Made the Planet Safe for Rock and Roll, and was written by Tom Lodge, Radio Caroline’s top Deejay. It has a Foreword by Steven van Zandt.

Here’s a preview. There’s some great music in it, so make sure your sound is turned on:

Think we’re exaggerating about the importance of Radio Caroline and Tom Lodge to the history of rock and roll? Pete Townshend said:

“Without Caroline we would not have sold a single record. Tom Lodge was a vital figure in Caroline’s most vital times.”

And, Paul McCartney said:

“Pirate radio, and in particular Radio Caroline, was a really exciting part of all of our lives in those days and summed up the spirit of the times culturally and musically.”

D-Day, June 6, 1944. What Americans heard back home.

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, radios across America came to life with the news everyone had been anticipating. The invasion of Europe had begun. One widely listened-to-broadcast was from the NBC Studios in New York by Robert St. John, the legendary journalist and also our long-time friend.  We are honored to again share the beginning of his D-Day Broadcast that day.

“This is the European Front. Once again being established in fire and blood.” — Robert St. John