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John Lennon, antiwar crusader: With final song, why he (and the Beatles) still matter

There was one member of the Beatles who never shied away from political protest: John Lennon.

He was passionately against the Vietnam War, but also wary of protestors using violence, as he declared in the song “Revolution”:

“You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world… But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out, in?”

He held weeklong bed-ins for peace with Yoko, in Amsterdam and Montreal. In his signature song “Imagine,” he challenged the world to move past war:

“Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. Imagine all the people, livin’ life in peace.” And of course, he wrote “Give Peace a Chance.”

He was a remarkably creative, witty, unconventional and rebellious figure. And now, with this last Beatles song, Lennon’s voice lives on.

Howard Kurtz is the host of FOX News Channel’s MediaBuzz (Sundays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET). Based in Washington, D.C., he joined the network in July 2013 and regularly appears on Special Report with Bret Baier and other programs.


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