There passed the years: the fashion, was “extended”. It was extended, beginning from the hair of musical idols and finishing their clothes. It was the beginning of a challenge, protest to an establishment and became continuation of revolution of 50 – s.

On the musical arena appeared, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, rollingstones-80s-500x250Janis Japlin, Jimmy Hendrix whose music and behavior not only shocked, but also rejected all values, cumulated  by “bourgeois society” as Marxists liked to say.



beatlesad1965justthebeatlescropBy the late ’60s, that was a game Lennon had largely lost interest in playing, but he’d become increasingly savvy about how to leverage his celebrity in order to further his favorite causes. In the fall of 1969, that was a list that included ending British military involvement in global conflicts such as the wars in Vietnam and Biafra, and he decided to use the award he’d never really wanted in order to prove a point.

Calling a press conference for Nov. 25, 1969 (a portion of which you can watch above), Lennon announced his intention to return his MBE to the Queen and outlined his reasons for doing so, which were succinctly summed up in a typically cheeky note that read as follows:

Your Majesty,
I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.
With love. John Lennon of Bag

As he’d known there would be, Lennon’s decision sparked a public outcry — but as he later pointed out, plenty of people never thought he deserved an MBE in the first place. “Lots of people who complained about us getting the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war,” he shrugged. “They got them for killing people. We deserved ours for not killing people. In a way it was hypocritical of me to accept it, but I’m glad I did, really, because it meant that four years later I was able to use it to make a gesture.”

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give-peace-a-chance-preview-smallThe song Give Peace a Chance one of John Lennon’s solo masterpieces, was released on July 1969 and immediately became an anthem of the anti-Vietnam war movement, even though the lyrics don’t explicitly refer to the Vietnam. In classic John Lennon style, as he was always able to do, the song reflected a positive way to think about war and peace. “Immediate peace”, as John Lennon always used to say, for all the people on earth. He also changed the word “masturbation” in “mastication” on the official lyric sheet, to avoid any kind of controversies. On the 15th of October 1969, a multi-city demonstration called “The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam”, took place in Washington D.C., and “Give peace a chance” was sung by half a million demonstrators. According to Christie’s auction house, which on the 10th of July 2008 in London sold John Lennon’s hand-penned lyrics of the song, when Lennon saw all those people singing his song outside the White House, he considered it to be one of the biggest moments of his life (

cqjs5wnkxub1he6du8vrjtc3nNotable as the most successful protest song to become a pop hit, earning compliments from contemporary protester John Lennon, “War” became Edwin Starr’s signature song. Rather than hindering his career (as it might have done for the Temptations), “War” buoyed Starr’s career, and he adopted the image of an outspoken liberal orator for many of his other early-1970s releases, including the similarly themed “Stop the War Now” from 1971. It and another 1971 single, “Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On”, continued Starr’s string of Whitfield-produced psychedelic soul hits. After 1971, Starr’s career began to falter, and, citing Motown’s reliance on formulas, he departed the label in the mid-1970s.

grand-funkrailroad2c00681010The most brilliant anti war anthems became the songs of Grand Funk Railroad People Let’s Sop the War and Everybody, Listen to Me.




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