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“Lennon is one of the most documented individuals in modern culture, yet never before has this early New York period of his history been examined with greater depth and clarity.”–Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of Sonic YouthIn late 1971 John Lennon left London behind and moved to New York, eager to join a youth movement rallying for social justice and an end to the Vietnam War. L“Lennon is one of the most documented individuals in modern culture, yet never before has this early New York period of his history been examined with greater depth and clarity.”–Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of Sonic YouthIn late 1971 John Lennon left London behind and moved to New York, eager to join a youth movement rallying for social justice and an end to the Vietnam War. Lennon was quickly embraced by radicals and revolutionaries, the hippies and Yippies at odds with the establishment. Settling in Greenwich Village, the heart of Manhattan's counterculture, the former Beatle was soon on the frontlines of the antiwar movement, and championing a range of causes and issues. Seen as a savior by a generation in need of cultural heroes, Lennon was just as passionately hounded by a government eager to find enemies within. The FBI and White House considered Lennon a threat; a plan was devised to deport the singer prior to the election as a "strategic counter-measure" to preserve Richard Nixon's presidency in 1972.The Walrus and the Elephants is told by the unlikely cast of friends, including the musicians of Elephant's Memory, who were among the few with a chance to see the man behind the Beatle. Exclusive interviews include writer and feminist leader Gloria Steinem; congressional black caucus cofounder Ron Dellums; "Chicago Seven" veteran Rennie Davis; immigration attorney Leon Wildes; and legendary poet-activist John Sinclair, whose imprisonment for marijuana--a ten-year sentence for two joints--kicked off Lennon's American journey.It was a busy year of making albums, controversial TV appearances and what would be Lennon's last full-length concert at Madison Square Garden; it was a time of great change in America, the confrontations that began brewing in the sixties reaching an end for many movements . . . and the beginning of a new era. John Lennon fought for peace and was treated with scorn by some, suspicion by others--including a government wishing to silence the singer. The Walrus and the Elephants is a look back by those who fought the fight; he was a dreamer, but he wasn't the only one....

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The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution Reviews

  • Fred
    2019-06-22 20:00

    I was not interested in yet another book about John Lennon. I was quite certain it would be yet another rambling and fawning monument to a musician who was equally talented and, in terms of historical placement, quite lucky. Entire forests have been denuded to publish those books.Begrudgingly, I opened the front cover and was taken captive by something totally new.James Mitchell has chosen to focus on the years of Lennon's most public foray into activism.Not included, thankfully, are the recycled stories about McCartney's role in John's life, nor a long treatise about his absentee Mother and father, his being reared by an aunt, etc.His post-Beatles/pre-Double Fantasy years give us a different glimpse of the artist's motivations and politics. And you may be surprised to learn the truth of these.I enjoyed the book and, as ever, encourage you to read it then decide for yourself.The writing is effective. The insight is quite interesting

  • Linda
    2019-06-02 00:14

    REALLY interesting look at a really interesting piece of history, musical-political-social-activist history in particular. Leaves a hippie-loving, musically aware Gen X-er such as myself full of emotions and wondering why I wasn't born a decade earlier. Also? If you don't both respect John Lennon and scoff at our federal bureaucracy after reading this, you either don't really know how to read or you have no soul.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-27 20:10

    A professional colleague’s son once summarized “Frankenstein” as “Scientist creates a monster, except that the true monster of the story is the scientist himself”.This statement, with a little paraphrase, is the underlying message of James A. Mitchell’s “The Walrus & the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution”. The government – clarify that to be “the Nixon Administration” – was very concerned about former Beatle John Lennon’s attempts at activism, as well as his potential influence among the 18-20 year olds who had just won the right to vote. He, along with so many others, made his way to Nixon’s infamous Enemies list. As such, the government spent a lot of time, money, and effort tracking his movements and building a case for his deportation – often sloppily, and in the end, ineffectually. The main story, however, is about John Lennon, the man, and his days after the break-up of the Beatles. It talks about his desire to pursue music for music’s sake – as he no longer needed to do it purely for the money. It talks about his wanting to make a difference in society, to help right wrongs and to bring awareness to causes. And, it talks about his friends, both real and hangers-on, transient and permanent, that entered his life in the 70s. The book provides an entertaining and an enlightening read, and I recommend it to all, with possible exception of fans of Richard Nixon or J. Edgar Hoover.RATING: 4 starsDISCLOSURE: I received this book at no cost as part of the Goodreads FirstRead program. There was no charge, but a fair and unbiased review is always an implied request as a part of that ongoing giveaway.

  • Christopher Fox
    2019-06-02 19:09

    A quick-reading, fast-paced but thorough account of Lennon's role in the counter-culture of the 60's and 70's in America. Included are his and Yoko's musical growth which was integral to that role. The Establishment (Nixon, Hoover et al) do not fare well in this detailed portrait of their vendetta against him. Interesting and engaging stuff.P.S. If you were a fan of alternative American rock in the late 60's and early 70's, you might remember the group Elephant's Memory (see book title)(John's first back-up band). Their first album is mouldering on my shelves as I type. If not, the part they played in John's musical journey as described in the book, may lead you to seek them out, some 40+ years on.

  • Bob
    2019-06-05 20:02

    About halfway thru the book and I'm enjoying it although one small mistake in the book is making me wonder how well researched the whole book is. The authority was talking about Pigpen from the Grateful Dead and he listed him as the drummer and he was the bands keyboardist and vocalist. Like I said enjoying the book but that little mistake has put a damper on that enjoymentFinished it today like I said a very enjoyable read, very entertaining book. Would recommend it to anyone interested in this time period

  • Michele
    2019-06-13 21:00

    I feel like this book helped bridge what I learned in history in high school to my real life. It was like putting history to a soundtrack that I know and love. I learned a lot and I enjoyed the writing. I felt like there was a good balance between music, art, history, family life, and politics. It was a bit heavy and the last period of his life was glossed over, but I feel like it was the perfect spring board to catch my curiosity.

  • Michael
    2019-06-08 18:01

    John Lennon v the Nixon Administration. A good document on his coming to America / New York and his work with the Elephants Memory band

  • Filipe Ramos
    2019-05-26 17:09

    Relato detalhado da vida de Lennon pós beatles na cidade de Nova York. Desde as lutas pela paz e contra o governo norte-americano até à sua própria luta contra a extradição promovida pelo governo de Nixon. Escrita com referências a muitas personagens da vida de Lennon e por mim desconhecidas que tornou, por vezes, a leitura difícil de acompanhar.

  • Alex
    2019-06-18 20:16

    Fairly dull. There's another book called Come Together which covers similar subject matter, which is a much more interesting examination of Lennon and radical politics.

  • Shawn Fairweather
    2019-06-05 21:06

    This was a free read thanks to Goodreads First Reads!. What we have here is a nice and concise but generalized look at John Lennon's attempt to reestablish himself with newly found backup band Elephants Memory. In the weeks and months that followed, Lennon experienced a gauntlet of obstructions which prevented him from moving out of the Beatles spotlight into his solo music career. This piece touches on his alignment with infamous revolutionaries. his realized paranoia of government monitoring and behind the scenes control of his immigration status, and his on again off again relationship with Yoko Ono. Sadly, The Walrus and the Elephants does not provide photography which I was easily able to locate some samples by some quick and easy internet searching, but like I said, this was a general work which if anything will cause the reader to look for more in-depth Lennon biographical works as there are plenty out there. Mitchell writing was easy to follow and didn't get too tied up in areas that some may lose interest in causing the reader to stay easily focused. I would recommend this to the obvious Lennon/Beatles fan but also those who are just finding out about Lennon and how powerful, influential, and remarkable a person he was. If anything, it adds to his legacy and will only add to it.

  • Aaron Badgley
    2019-05-26 19:58

    One of the best books I have read about this time period in Lennon's life. New interviews of people from the period, excellent research and very readable. I really enjoyed this book and learned some new information about Lennon and his fight. Also a good round up of his music from the time.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-06-22 00:05

    Revealing biography centering on Lennon's "activist" years in the early 1970s, his musical collaborations with Elephant's Memory, and immigration problems