The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution

The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution

by James A. Mitchell
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A professional colleague’s son once summarized “Frankenstein” as “Scientist creates a monster, except that the true monster of the story is the scientist himself”. This statement, with a little paraphrase, is the underlying message of James A. Mitchell’s “The Walrus & the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution”. The government – clarify that to be “the Nixon Administration” – was very concerned about former Beatle John Lennon’s attempts at activism, as well as his potential influence among the 18-20 year olds who had just won the right to vote. He, along with so many others, made his way to Nixon’s infamous Enemies list. As such, the government spent a lot of time, money, and effort tracking his movements and building a case for his deportation – often sloppily, and in the end, ineffectually. The main story, however, is about John Lennon, the man, and his days after the break-up of the Beatles. It talks about his desire to pursue music for music’s sake – as he no longer needed to do it purely for the money. It talks about his wanting to make a difference in society, to help right wrongs and to bring awareness to causes. And, it talks about his friends, both real and hangers-on, transient and permanent, that entered his life in the 70s. The book provides an entertaining and an enlightening read, and I recommend it to all, with possible exception of fans of Richard Nixon or J. Edgar Hoover. RATING: 4 stars DISCLOSURE: I received this book at no cost as part of the Goodreads FirstRead program. There was no charge, but a fair and unbiased review is always an implied request as a part of that ongoing giveaway.