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3 August 2014
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I think it would depend how they performed. If they just performed old numbers or if they wrote a song for the concert. I wold see them writing a song like Paul did for the 9/11 benefit concert. I know in one of Johns last interviews he is asked about this. The interviewer says they could potentially raise for example 10 million for a reunion concert. He gets annoyed and says why do people get off saying The Beatles should unite for a cause when they already gave everything they had. Personally I would want them to unite under their terms. I don't think a concert reunion was a good idea for them. I think a studio album would of been best for them and general public. I am not sure if it was already planned I know Anthology/Long and Winding Road was in pipeline in 1980. I am younger and have watched all videos from Live Aide so I have little information about viewing it live when it was televised. I knew it was a benefit concert obviously but had to look up the exact cause. From the clips I've seen no one plugs the benefit on stage or in song from what I've seen. I know obviously everyone who watched it then knew what it was for but watching it now very little is said by performers about the cause from the clips I've seen. I am guessing its the type of concert that you had to be around at the time to see it promote the cause I guess. Also the title leaves it open and almost promotes the music with "Live" being in it. Its a concert obviously there will be live music. I am sure media covered in depth leading up to and during the concert the cause. I can see now in hindsight it looks that the music is the highlight to younger generations.  I am sure when it happened everyone knew the cause from media coverage and promotion. I know the last benefit concert I watched was the Sandy Relief, which in no way was over shadowed by the music. 

5 August 2014
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If John were here I would be a happier man today, I would have been a less desperate teenager, I would have felt less lonely, I would have been a happier man for the last 34 years…

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10 August 2014
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If John were here today, he would have loved rap music. All that amazing word play. He woulda dug it.

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10 August 2014
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I think we'd be getting daily facebook updates from him. 

10 August 2014
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Yip. I can see John frequently posting his word plays and drawings. He would have loved being able to get it all out there immediately and then getting instant responses, all without some middleman wanting him to sign a contract or make a deal or chop and change it to fit someone else's vision of what was worthy and decent.

 

Every time i type these kind of posts makes me miss John.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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10 August 2014
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I could see him using YouTube where he can instant post music and rant about things

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10 August 2014
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Lennonista said
If John were here today, he would have loved rap music. All that amazing word play. He woulda dug it.

I've often wondered about that, because I've heard that before and I think even Yoko has said that, and she would know better than we would. In rap's early days, yes I think he would have loved it (especially a song like Grandmaster Flash's "The Message"- I can easily see John getting behind a song like that), but he would have hated how rap got more violent-seeming in the late '80s up to about 1997, when Tupac and Biggie were both gunned down. Outside of Public Enemy, I can't envision him really getting into any of the other rap acts from that time, but I can see him perhaps being friendly with Tupac ('Pac probably would have relished getting to know someone like John) and urging him to take his music to a higher level.

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10 August 2014
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ahdn_paul_06 Do you think Jay-Z and John would have gotten along?

 

Edit: I wonder what John and Eminem would be like.

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Annadog40 said
ahdn_paul_06 Do you think Jay-Z and John would have gotten along?

 

Edit: I wonder what John and Eminem would be like.

Jay-Z? I think they would have gotten along. Jay respects those with great intellect, and John had that.

Eminem? Hard to say. John would probably have not liked the gay-bashing that Em spouted early in his career, but I think John would have appreciated Em's common-man lyrics in his early days. (It's easy to forget how drastically different Eminem was when he started in 1998-99, and not just because of skin color, but also because while most rappers bragged about how great they are and how they're rich and you're not, Eminem rapped about how f***** up his life was and about how broke he was, and did it with perverse humor.)

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10 August 2014
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I can envision John liking Kanye. Although he's kind of a douche, he's entertaining and his music is probably the only thing that could be considered ground-breaking right now, in terms of popular music that is. He's also a larger than life character like John was. 

10 August 2014
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WETSRoosa said

Lennonista said
If John were here today, he would have loved rap music. All that amazing word play. He woulda dug it.

...he would have hated how rap got more violent-seeming in the late '80s up to about 1997, when Tupac and Biggie were both gunned down. 

If John were still alive and he got involved in rap, I would most likely enjoy it. I've mentioned in another thread, that I find 'Good Morning, Good Morning' rap-like. There are other songs of his about which the same thing could be said. The only rap that I had heard was from self aggrandizing hedonists promoting violence and degrading women. That completely turned me off to the whole idea of rap. Then I realized that there is more to it than that and the negatives I mentioned appear in a lot of other genres - it's just a matter of looking for the cool stuff and avoiding the garbage. I actually like the idea behind rap with the lyrical structures and all that. I just don't care to explore it when there is so much great rock & roll out there.

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WETSRoosa said

but he would have hated how rap got more violent-seeming in the late '80s up to about 1997, when Tupac and Biggie were both gunned down. 

He also would have had a problem with the rampant misogyny in mainstream rap (one of the main reasons I can't listen to it).

I could see him getting into KRS-One, though.

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11 August 2014
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parlance said

WETSRoosa said

but he would have hated how rap got more violent-seeming in the late '80s up to about 1997, when Tupac and Biggie were both gunned down. 

He also would have had a problem with the rampant misogyny in mainstream rap (one of the main reasons I can't listen to it).

I could see him getting into KRS-One, though.

parlance

He also probably would have loved A Tribe Called Quest. And Wu-Tang Clan. Bands that had more to offer lyrically than money, guns and hos to rap about.

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12 August 2014
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I always think of John today. I think he could not bear. Because he always had your message so tight for all of us and would continue to have wars in the world. If in his time, he was already saying "Nobody Told me there'd be days like these," now imagine! On the other hand, think of how he would like all this technological world with more resources than he could imagine. Also, I can not stop thinking about a The Beatles concert that could have ... this guy gets very homesick!

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15 August 2014
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As I mentioned elsewhere on the forum this evening, on my drive home I was listening to my mp3 player that only has The Bealtes and their solo careers loaded on it. I was listening to all the songs in alphabetical order. (What an amazing collection of music! But, you all already know that.) John's cover of Stand By Me on his Rock 'N' Roll album was one of the songs that played. So I got to wondering...

If John was here today, what songs written after 1980, if any, do you think he would have done a cover version of?

15 August 2014
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^ I would like to see him cover Dream On 

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Ahhh Girl said
As I mentioned elsewhere on the forum this evening, on my drive home I was listening to my mp3 player that only has The Bealtes and their solo careers loaded on it. I was listening to all the songs in alphabetical order. (What an amazing collection of music! But, you all already know that.) John's cover of Stand By Me on his Rock 'N' Roll album was one of the songs that played. So I got to wondering...

If John was here today, what songs written after 1980, if any, do you think he would have done a cover version of?

Like everyone else, he probably would have taken a stab at Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." 

I can see him covering a Beck song like "Dead Melodies" or "Little One."

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Ahhh Girl said

John's cover of Stand By Me on his Rock 'N' Roll album was one of the songs that played. So I got to wondering...

If John was here today, what songs written after 1980, if any, do you think he would have done a cover version of?

Great question - Zag adores his cover of this song, BTW.

If he did a cover album of post 1980 songs (Rock 'n' Roll II perhaps?), I would envision them being songs featuring only guitars, drums and piano.

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15 August 2014
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I personally can't envision John attempting to cover any then-contemporary songs at all. The main reason he attempted the "Rock & Roll" album was because he thought it was something he could do quickly with a minimum of effort and input other than singing, plus he had that legal obligation to cover those Morris Levy songs. I don't think he would've had any inclination to record any non-original material, otherwise.

And if he did - like, assuming he was suffering from writer's block but still wanted to record some music to have an album to market - he'd probably go with music he personally enjoyed. Which would likely mean more oldies, I imagine. (I WISH I knew more about what kind of music he was listening to throughout the 70s for his own enjoyment!)

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