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    Paddy999, Clarknt67, Onomastic, rebel ga

    by accident of  birth, Sean came into the world one of the sons of the most celebrated and beloved non-violent "protestors" this country has ever known. Do you really think he grew up not being aware of injustice? Really?

    A 1-percenter?  

    John Lennon's Humble Beginnings

    Let's take John first. Do you know what it's like to grow up without a dad? John's dad left his mom the year after they married. And he didn't just move next door – he sailed from England to America, putting an ocean between them! Soon his mom started a new life with a new man, but she didn’t bring her son into the new family. John was raised by his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George, although he had a great relationship with his mom and visited with her regularly (p. 18). But George died suddenly of a hemorrhage when John was 12, leaving him once again fatherless. (p. 23) Later, his real mom would be taken from him suddenly when she was hit by a car. (p. 56)

    By age 13 John majored in troublemaking – ever in detention or the principle’s office. (p. 24.) But at age 15 he fell in love with the new rock and roll music he heard at night on alternative radio, with a very weak signal from the continent that kept fading in and out. Soon, he was pestering Aunt Mimi to buy him a guitar. When she finally gave in, he became almost attached to the instrument, strumming it endlessly. (pp. 34-36)

    Not being able to afford lessons, his mom would teach him banjo chords, which he could play with the first four strings, leaving the final two strings untuned. He put together a band and they would practice standing in the bath because of the superior acoustics.

    His poverty posed another problem - the only way to learn the words to the songs they wanted to play was to buy a record, but none of them could afford to buy records. No matter. John made up his own words to go with the tunes

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    Anyway, I'm having my first cup of coffee and really wanted to say, YAY~! Sean~!

    'We Will Not Be Co-opted' ~Jesse LaGreca

    by Annalize5 on Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 04:05:40 AM PDT

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