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Title: John Lennon

John Lennon
October 9th, 1940
  • According to legend, John Lennon was born during
    a German air raid to Alfred and Julia Lennon.
  • John was sent to be raised by his aunt after his
    father left and his mothers morals were
    questioned by child services.
  • Julia was killed when John was 17.
  • Parallels John Lennons parents were musically
    inclined, just as Malcolm Xs parents were
    activists. And, Lennon was taken away from his
    single mother much like Malcolm Little was.

Musical Ambition
  • John learned to play the banjo from his mother
    when he was 16 and they reconnected.
  • Johns friendship with Paul McCartney was
    cemented through the death of his mother Paul
    had lost his own mother at the age of 14.
  • Johns first real band was Johnny and the
    Moondogs which include Paul and George Harrison.

A Little Help From My Friends
  • After a series of changes in the band line-up and
    band names they became the Beatles.
  • The Fab 4 consisted of John, Paul, George, and
    Ringo Starr.
  • New stress was about to emerge from their
    existence in the public eye.
  • Parallels Similar to this new support system
    that helped to focus Lennon, Malcolm X had
    Shorty, who helped to focus his identity as a
    black man in a big city.

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  • As The Beatles fame increased John became
    increasingly frustrated with the fan base.
  • The pressures of fame led to further tension
    within the band as well.

End of an Era
  • Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.
    ... I don't know what will go first, rock 'n'
    roll or Christianity. We're more popular than
    Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples
    were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it
    that ruins it for me."
  • Then finally, came the end of the Beatles.

  • Prior to the disbanding of the Beatles, John met
    Yoko Ono.
  • John and Yoko versus JohnAndYoko.
  • The Lost Weekend with May Pang.

Give Peace A Chance
  • Vietnam Protests.
  • Bed-In, bagism, bed peace, and hair peace.
  • Conflict with the Nixon Administration.
  • Deportation hearings.
  • Parallels Similar to Lennons public struggle
    against the Nixon administration to stay in the
    United States is Malcolms internal struggle
    against Elijah Muhammads regime.

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The Plastic Ono Band
  • Once the new administration was in place the
    charges against John Lennon were dropped.
  • The Plastic Ono Band was formed with Lennon and
    his wife Yoko Ono as a notable departure from The

Power of Protest
  • With his freedom relinquished, Lennon returned to
    his campaign for peace in Vietnam.
  • Parallels Lennons return to his protests
    parallels Malcolms newfound strength when he
    visits the holyland.

  • Lennons happy family life is an elixir for his
    broken childhood.
  • Parallels Lennons life at this time parallels
    Malcolms in that he has reached his goal to some
    degree right before he is assassinated.

  • The United States is fundamentally a classless
  • Attempted to combat the reality of the US as a
    multi-class society.

The End