Thanks so much. And I definitely wouldn’t have made this thing if I didn’t agree!
Ringo Starr, 1962
John Lennon by Astrid Kirchherr, 1962
This got a bit long, so I apologize in advance. You’re welcome to read it or just pass it by, anon. But I did answer you:
I have never met nor become acquainted with anyone that knew Lennon, so my opinion is strictly from a fan’s perspective. I don’t usually really categorize people by “good” and “bad”, but as hideously flawed as he was, I guess I still could consider him a “good” person. People are welcome to view him as an asshole, because God knows he’s given plenty of reason for people to view him that way. But the consistent calling him out specifically is absolutely ridiculous and it gets old. If the people that knew him best consider it an offense when people misjudge him as this horrible person, then I would think he’s not all bad. Despite what the article said, he was a gifted musician who lived a very difficult life, but in that same vein also inflected his pain onto others. From what it seems, particularly in New York City, he would willingly acquiesce to fans even though according to some sources he grew terrified of close fan interactions. So, you know, he was what he was. You can’t comfort yourself into thinking he was perfect, unfortunately, because he wasn’t. Glorified or crucified, it doesn’t matter, because I disagree with both.
by Edward Benjamin x
I usually keep my comments to myself, but in this case I can not. Well done, original writer Edward Benjamin. With your incredibly detailed research and in no way biased arguments towards John Lennon, you have…
I’m glad you see both sides. I wasn’t knocking you, it’s the original author that really got me. I think if you’re going to blog about a topic, I think it’s your duty as an author to learn your subject regardless of how professional your website is or not (as this person clearly didn’t put much thought into it). Some of his arguments were definitely on point, but it’s tiring to see so much anger thrown at Lennon when the other three Beatles met the same criteria this person is criticizing John for.