itsnotmymind: (yoko ono)
One of the many, many, many accusations that has been flung at Yoko Ono over the years is that she was responsible for getting John Lennon addicted to heroin.

Cold Turkey )
itsnotmymind: (yoko ono)
Paul McCartney, in a moment of anger and grief that undoubtedly should have been kept private, once described John Lennon as a “maneuvering swine”.

Instinct and honesty )
itsnotmymind: (yoko ono)
It's taken for granted among most of us voyeurs who analyze the psychology of the Beatles that John Lennon liked to be dominated by strong women. Mimi, Yoko...Many people, both those who knew John personally and chose who only know him by reputation, have said this.
She's So Heavy )
itsnotmymind: (alice)
I've noticed a tendency in fandom - I've seen this in at least four different fandoms - for fans to equate their beloved male characters (or celebrities) to women. Sometimes this is as simple as pointing out gender-swappy elements in a story. Other times it seems to take the form of a weird and hetronormative desire for a gay couple to have one partner be "the guy" and the other "the girl".

And sometimes this takes on a very politically squicky form that I want to talk about here: where the suffering of a male character is compared to that of a woman's suffering from sexism.


Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face )

Icon Post

Mar. 30th, 2014 09:07 am
itsnotmymind: (willow/oz)
I've been experimenting with making icons, and have decided to share some of the better results of my experimentation. I hope you enjoy!

Yoko Ono, Buffy, Supernatural, Torchwood )
itsnotmymind: (tara)
When I was lurking in comic book fandom—this was several years ago now—the most bashed character was not female, as often seems to be the case in the fandoms I've been involved with, but was instead Iron Man (this was shortly before his first movie, when Iron Man was unpopular from his role in the Civil War storyline, where he supported the registration of superheroes and had a secret prison in the Negative Zone that was a blatant Guantanamo Bay analogue). But here’s the weird thing, even though Iron Man was one of my favorites, bashing of him didn’t bother me much. Maybe because the worst was passed by the time I became a hard-core fan of the character? Maybe I was sympathetic towards people’s reasons for disliking the character. Maybe I’m sexist; maybe female character bashing bothers me more.

But, you see, Cable bashing bothered me a bit. Cable (son of Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone, raised by Cyclops and Jean in the future) was another character I liked who wasn’t very popular. He was at that time in the book Cable & Deadpool, co-starring with the far more popular Deadpool (brain damaged mercenary who breaks fourth wall). People who said they only read Cable & Deadpool for Deadpool and wanted Cable gone. So maybe it’s not character bashing that bothers me. Maybe it’s *relationship* bashing. So what bothers me about Torchwood fandom is not that they bash Gwen, but that they bash her relationship with Jack. And Buffy fandom, when fans bashed Buffy *because* they like Spike, they are bashing Buffy and Spike’s relationship. The same with Yoko Ono among Beatles fans, since I am invested in both her relationship with John Lennon and her non-relationship with Paul McCartney. In complaining that Cable & Deadpool has too much Cable, they were bashing Cable and Deadpool’s relationship.
itsnotmymind: (tosh)
A quote from May Pang's book Loving John, about why John was reluctant to sign the papers would dissolve the Beatles' partnership:

John seemed to be in a very strange state of mind about the dissolution. From the hints he had dropped since we had been together, I had learned that John's departure from the Beatles had essentially been Yoko's idea. Without Yoko to drive him forward, he felt strangely ambivalent about officially ending the Beatles at that moment. By nature, also, he felt inclined to take a position opposite from that of Paul McCartney. Paul desperately wanted that agreement signed. Whether or not it was the best thing for him to do, John, on principle, was inclined not to want to sign it.

I love how this passage starts off sounding like it's going to be all "Yoko broke up the Beatles, that evil bitch!" (especially since May Pang is quite anti-Yoko in general (not that I entirely blame her...) and ends up being all about John's compulsive need to be at odds with Paul. Which I'm sure had NOTHING to do with the Beatles' break-up. Nothing at all. Nope.

So what sort of hints had John been dropping the implied that leaving the Beatles was Yoko's idea? I wonder if John and Paul's compulsive opposition to each other had anything to do with Yoko's reasons for wanting John out of the group.

And, in order to test my Youtube embedding skills, here is an outtake of "Out the Blue", one of John's more underrated solo songs:


And blew away life's misery... )
itsnotmymind: (Default)
Some of my favorite Beatles and John Lennon-related links:

Two of Us: Inside the Lennon/McCartney Connection
Quite possibly the best analysis of the Lennon/McCartney partnership that I have ever read.

Phil Spector and Let It Be
My favorite Beatles biographer (his whole blog is worth reading) on why having Phil Spector produce Let It Be wasn't such a bad idea.

John Lennon and feminism, or: not a simple story
Why John Lennon's conversion to feminism is not entirely convincing. [livejournal.com profile] selenak's other Beatles posts are worth reading, too.

It's Not Just About the Word
On a incident at SlutWalk last year involving a controversially-titled Lennon/Ono single, and whether people who aren't black should ever use certain words.


Some Beatles-related tumblrs that I enjoy that are still updated regularly:

Oh No They Didn't Beatles
Lots of fantastic pictures, short excerpts from books, and of course, music (such as this gorgeous cover of "Julia")

Pizza and Fairy Tales
One commenter referred to this as a "John and Paul research blog" :). There's stuff about George and Ringo, too. Lots of great quotes, pictures, audio, videos, and music. Also, great tags, things like: surreal it like dylan, projecting issues onto George, unfortunately for Paul, George can you know TALK, ringo sure loves octopuses, bizarre family dynamic, and my personal favorite, HOW IS THE REAL LIFE.

I'll Never Lose Affection
Good pictures, quotes, and videos. Like this lovely quote from Yoko Ono: "Once you know somebody, you can never unknow that person. And knowing is loving. So you can never get out of love. There might be misunderstandings and separating for other reasons, but love is always there. Staying together is just one form of love. Maybe that’s a strong love and expression of love. But love is a soul thing. It always stays there."

Fuck Yeah Yoko Ono
All things Yoko Ono. Pictures (both of her and of her artwork), quotes, music, videos. I never quite know what to make of Yoko's artwork, but I think her "Play It By Trust" chess set interests me the most. Cara, who runs this tumblr, also runs a John and Yoko tumblr that I enjoy.


Also, while it's obviously not a tumblr that is currently being updated, May Pang's memoir ,<i>Loving John</i>, about her experiences being in a relationship with John Lennon is available in its entirety to read on tumblr.

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