Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Heart of Rock and Soul # 784 John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Well Christmas is almost here so this is not so inappropriate.

'John Lennon was always rock's most Dickensian character, and here, he emulates A Christmas Carol to a tee, stopping just short of pronouncing 'God bless us, every one!' Well, Christmas is the season of sentimentality and if there were greater sentimentalists in rock history than Lennon (at least in one of his guises) and Phil Spector, I've never heard of them. Let's remember then, that Dickens is remembered in part because of not despite, his warm and open emotionalism and that A Christmas Carol is the best-loved of all his stories not only because it fits the season's hopes, but because, like the best records of the Beatles and Phil Spector, the love it inspires is equal to the love it creates.'

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