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Is John Lennon a chamaleon?
3 May 2010
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Marcelo
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I can't help to notice, looking at some avatars we use, that John have some kind of chamaleonic face. What I mean is through the years, hair styles and even some face expressions, he seem to be not the same man. What do you think? do you agree? do I need to go to an  ophthalmologist? or better go to a psychiatrist?

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
3 May 2010
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Alissa
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No, no, the doctors can stay out of it this time! 
a-hard-days-night-george-8 I agree with you!

When I think of John, it's kind of in quarters. 1st is his Teenage/Hamburg years, rebellion to the max. 2nd, his Beatle years and the John that's nearest and dearest to my heart. (Not that I like him any less beforehand or after! Just… the John I know.) 3rd, Yoko invasion! Corruption of his mind nad heart and how he changed into the John the world knows him as- peace lover, peace keeper, peace advocate. Peace crazy! Last but not least, 4th quarter John. Homebody John, end of John. God, that sounds horrible.
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But, yes Marcelo- I do agree. Out of the 4, he made the most obvious changes. The others did as well, but seemed to have kept some constants.

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4 May 2010
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His drug use certainly seemed to reflect in his face. He complained about his 'fat Elvis' period, but he looked healthier then than when he was on heroin.

 

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4 May 2010
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Marcelo said:

I can't help to notice, looking at some avatars we use, that John have some kind of chamaleonic face. What I mean is through the years, hair styles and even some face expressions, he seem to be not the same man. What do you think? do you agree? do I need to go to an  ophthalmologist? or better go to a psychiatrist?


 

No, I think you are right. But I have seen people's faces changing a lot. When my nephew was a child, my Mom used to call him "Cocorrito" (after my sister's name), but now he looks identical to his Dad. So I guess John was the same.

 

Also weight can change you a lot….

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4 May 2010
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Alissa said:

When I think of John, it's kind of in quarters.


 

Alissa, thanks so much for sharing this.  It actually dove-tails into some things I've been thinking about my "relationship" with John over the years.  It's nice to know I'm not the only one who makes these kinds of mental divisions/compartmentalizations.

The question I'm interested in (which hopefully doesn't take us too far a-field from the thread topic) is this: which "John" do you think was most fully the "authentic John"?

Oh, I know, people are multi-faceted and not at all one-dimensional.  But I know John himself thought of those "mop-top years" as being a joke, a facade, not really the real him.  Or was it?  Was he really being any more true to himself by staging bed-ins and climbing into a bag?  Ah, or was he most fully John when he was playing the role of house-wife, taking care of Sean?

 

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4 May 2010
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Well, I always like to think of John as a mop-top even though he says it was all an act. But the way he acted, with his wit and such, reflected his writings in In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, which he was always proud of I think. He was always a humorous person – humour was a major part of his personality – so his mop-top years probably weren't all just a charade.

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4 May 2010
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When I see at the photos on the biography by Philip Norman, the 40 years old John seems younger than the 20 years old. Odd.

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4 May 2010
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A very interesting topic.

In perusing several books on the Four, I could not help notice the same thing about the many faces of John. We all have things that change about our faces as we age and/or go through weight changes. John seemed to go through various weight changes at various stages in his life making for some interesting photos.

The photo that I use for my avatar was chosen because Cynthia called it her favorite of all photos taken of John. I find it very hard to disagree.

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4 May 2010
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I totally agree. The Sgt Pepper John was like a completely different person from the White Album John. I think whatever his look was, he was always authentic to some extent.

By the way, I also really like that picture Zig. I've actually never seen it before, but I see why Cynthia (and you) would like it.

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Marcelo said:

When I see at the photos on the biography by Philip Norman, the 40 years old John seems younger than the 20 years old. Odd.


 

Maybe he was happier without the Beatlemania on him. I've noticed that when people are happier, they look younger.

And about who's the authentic John.. I dunno… I always think of him that he was a musician and a composer and a singer. I think that's the real John… but isn't this a cliché answer? a-hard-days-night-john-6

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4 May 2010
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PeterWeatherby said:

Alissa said:

When I think of John, it's kind of in quarters.


 

Alissa, thanks so much for sharing this.  It actually dove-tails into some things I've been thinking about my "relationship" with John over the years.  It's nice to know I'm not the only one who makes these kinds of mental divisions/compartmentalizations.


I'm glad as well that someone is on the same boat! Is it a hinderance though? I'm not too sure; sometimes I think it is. Because I think of him in divisions, I often wonder, "do I even like the real him, then, if I loke one "John" better than another?" Geez! Stressful, especially regarding a hero you love so much. Ah well, he's John, and I love any John.
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4 May 2010
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I thought the same thing when I first saw him.  I always realated it to the weather. It can change quickly or it could take some time.

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