Saturday, 9 October 2010
Working Class Hero by John Lennon
If ever there was a working class hero to me, it would have to be Lennon.
As a kid growing up in Britain in the 1960's there were not many heroes who were not musicians, singers; 'pop stars'. The youths that made up these groups were seen as rebels, they acted for some part like rebels, but unlike Lennon, they did not all know how to take on the authorities and start to assert their own authority on the next generation yet to rise.
I remember arriving at school one day with a copy of Lennon's "A Spaniard In The Works". Most of it I didn't understand at first, but with assistance from an interested and enlightened teacher, who made me stand in front of class and read some of Lennon's poems, I began to see more in what he wrote, where he was poking fun but at the same time being critical and forthright.
At the time it was probably my first exposure to satire.
So for that John Lennon, thanks. And I wish I could say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.