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As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead.
I was still 15 when I met John Lennon at a village fete in Woolton, in Liverpool.
We live in a country where John Lennon takes eight bullets, Yoko Ono is walking right beside him and not one hits her. Explain that to me!
I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon... but I want to stay alive.
I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.
Lennon was very helpful. What he taught me seems completely obvious: he expected people to treat each other well.
To me, John Lennon and Elvis Presley were punks, because they made music that evoked those emotions in people.
If one could have a wish, or an alternative life, I would've liked to have been John Lennon.
What I learned from Lennon was something that did stay with me my whole career, which is to be very straightforward. I actually love talking about taking pictures, and I think that helps everyone.
The ones the listeners loved most of all in those early years were the four Lennon girls who became the whole nation's little sisters.
Most of the fans of John Lennon and maybe John and Yoko are younger than me.
There weren't a lot of girl singers around. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the guys I looked up to.
John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs. I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
Men have a lot less to write about, unless you're somebody like Tom Waits or John Lennon. And the female voice is much more suited to melody. Men have this barky thing - we're domesticated apes with a microphone.
I guess John Lennon had it right: give peace a chance.
Of the many guests we welcomed to the Mickey Mouse Club, my absolute favorites were the Lennon Sisters.
I met John Lennon and he was with his wife in Tokyo. I met him there.
Lennon was right. And we are bigger than Jesus. We will be as big as the Beatles, if not bigger.
My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on.
You ready? I have gold teeth, I have braids, I'm wearing Rick Owens moon boots, I have rips in my denim, a biker vest, I love artsy girls, my favourite artists are Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. I'm obsessed with being different.
Everyone eventually winds up writing about themselves - the problem is finding the best way to go about it. To write about oneself literally, in the first person, presumes a more interesting personal life and philosophy than most rock lyricists possess. John Lennon was good for one great album based on musical direct address, 'Plastic Ono Band.'
The Beatles never sounded intimidated by their idols. They never interpreted old rock; they simply played it as well and as joyfully as they knew how. On 'Rock 'n' Roll,' John Lennon does nothing but interpret old rock.
John Lennon was a musical genius. All I have to do is think of some of his songs and even the titles make me feel good... and I'm not the only one. His music has crossed cultures and even generations.
I truly miss the genius of the music of John Lennon, as I'm sure everybody does.
I grew up in Greenwich Village. Dad was friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Lennon was not very fond of me. Lennon didn't like to be around somebody else who was likely to be the center of attention and didn't like being on deck with somebody who was intellectually as hot as he was.
I like the Beatles. They're at the core of my musicality. And John Lennon's my spiritual father.
With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there.
As a songwriter, I was influenced by David Bowie - a great writer. A class above everybody in so many ways. Lennon and McCartney, of course. Class stuff. David Cousins was my favorite lyricist.
Every time a new rock singer comes out they don't say, 'Are you the new John Lennon?' Every time a new rapper comes out, it's not, 'Are you the new Dre?' I am never sure why this sort of genre, the categorization is so strong. I have not earned the right to be called the young Sinatra, but give me time.
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