Why Cee-Lo's Imagine Fail Matters

An atheist activist on Facebook asked why he should care at all about Cee-Lo changing the words to “Imagine” to sanitize its anti-religious sentiment last night. Me? I think it’s a great idea to seize on this story. What I’m discovering from this incident and from the one last month where Rick Perry made an [Read More...]

John Lennon Did Not Imagine That "All Religion Is True"

So Cee-lo Green sings “Imagine” before the ball drop and, as has been done before, the lyrics are appallingly sanitized, changing “no religion too” to “all religion is true”. It’s sheer cowardly pandering bullshit. If you can’t respect the ideas of the song then just don’t sing the song. Leave it alone. Don’t twist it to [Read More...]

Atheist In Liverpool Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Blasphemy

In late 2008 Harry Taylor was arrested for putting anti-religious leaflets in a prayer room in the John Lennon airport in Liverpool.   The specific charge was an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.  Here are a few of the images for which he would be going to jail for 6 months were his sentence not suspended for [Read More...]

Fiona Apple’s “Across The Universe”

I may be prejudiced in that I first discovered this song through her performance, rather than through either John Lennon’s own or through any other cover it, but as far as I go Fiona’s sultry husky voice languidly mumbling in a flowing, laconic, melodically and ironically complacent way is what the song was written for. [Read More...]

Tom Petty On The Beatles

Tom Petty writes about the Beatles’ legendary Ed Sullivan appearance: I think the whole world was watching that night. It certainly felt that way – you just knew it, sitting in your living room, that everything around you was changing. It was like going from black-and-white to color. Really. I remember earlier that day, in [Read More...]


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