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MUSIC BANNED FROM STRAWBERRY FIELDS!?
7 April 2012
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THIS IS MADNESS!!!!! The Strawberry Fields memorial in NYC is now a "Quiet Place," anyone caught playing an instrument will be fined or arrested!!!! This is sick; this is unhuman! You might as well take away our freedom; take away life. Is everyone aware of this insanity? Is Yoko doing anything about this?! Is this permanent?! Is music banned from Strawberry Fields Forever!?a-hard-days-night-john-4heart

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7 April 2012
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Have you ever been there? I'd be LIVID if, while trying to think about him, some person was wailing away some trumpet or strumming a guitar. Thank the lord it happened.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
7 April 2012
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You seem pretty angry over this, Strawberry. I assume that you go there to play an instrument regularly? If not, then honestly, who cares? They obviously had a reason for doing this, so it's probably for the better anyways.

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7 April 2012
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I care because I came all the way out here from California for the 50th anniversary of Stuart's death to play music, and I'm just finding out I can't?

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7 April 2012
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I'm surprised!

Through the years it's been a regular gathering place for people to play and sing Beatle and Lennon songs.

To me, there's always been something nice about that.

Hadn't heard anything about music now being banned there; will have to look into it...

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7 April 2012
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Surprising if music has been banned as i thought that that was one of the places to go and play tribute to John thru music, a shrine for fans. I'd understand if there was a cut off hour so you didnt get all nighters distrubing the peace but during the day?

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7 April 2012
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That pisses me off too! I can understand volume complaints, like for overamplified instruments, but I don't see what's so sacred about a spot in a PUBLIC park that you can't take an acoustic guitar there to strum away for your own amusement. Ridiculous. Why don't they arrest people for singing or talking loudly nearby it while they're at it?

Is this is recent ruling, I wonder; and if so, is it part of some "Occupy New York" backlash-aftermath movement, like the authorities don't want hippies forming drum circles and whatnot?

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8 April 2012
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Once upon a time, a young hippie who wanted to listen to the Beatles would have to argue with some old 45 year old guy who just didn't get it.

Now, a young hippie who wants to listen to the Beatles has to argue with some young 45 year old guy who just doesn't get it.

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8 April 2012
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Isn't this against our rights as Americans?

 

I went there today, it was beautiful by the way, and I saw people playing anyway, even though there's a "Quiet Zone" sign. The man playing made me smile for two reasons. One, it showed me that people don't care about this rule, they will play for John whether locals like it or not; and two, the guy was playing Yesterday because he didn't know which songs were who.

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8 April 2012
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Maybe that will be how it is, there will be sign saying 'no noise whatsoever on pain of musical extraction' but it wont be enforced. Will the police really cart someone away who's armed with a triangle and that metal sticky thing you use to play it?

 

However i doubt its against your human rights.

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8 April 2012
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Here's a link that will explain things.

http://culture.wnyc.org/articl.....iet-zones/

I think that as a New Yorker I need to start to petition the Central Park Conservancy - heck I wear a baseball cap with their logo on it!

 

By the way, I just realized that my previous post makes no sense.

What I meant to say was

"Once upon a time, a young hippie who wanted to listen to the Beatles would have to argue with some old 45 year old guy who just didn't get it.

Now, that same hippie who wants to listen to the Beatles has to argue with some young 45 year old guy who just doesn't get it."

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8 April 2012
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So its from a few public complaints. Reminds me of the Apple rooftop concert where some folks complaints helped get the police in. Surely everyone is aware that if you go to Strawberry Fields you're going to hear some music!

I cant see it being too heavily enforced unless its really loud or a large number of people. Unless you get a really strict pompous snooty official. 

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8 April 2012
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Strawberry Fields shouldn't be this place for fans to go sing - if you want, take a street corner in Time Square. Strawberry Fields is a place for reflecting, for thinking, for wondering "what if" - not for playing Imagine, or Yesterday, whatever the case may be. I still think, regardless of musical talent, that SF is a place for quiet reflection, not guitar strumming. I was there a while back - it was pin dropping silent (and it was families with young kids even) - the way it should be. I can't stop you from playing music, but now, New York City can. Finally, a good law.

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8 April 2012
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I came all the way out here so I could write a song at Strawberry Fields.

 

And I took a walk around Central Park yesterday, it was nice. But I figured out why no one was being fined. All the police were sitting in their cars on the side of the street doing nothing.

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15 April 2012
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What really bothers me is that musical instruments are not allowed there, yet people are allowed to get drunk there, smoke there, and yap on their cell phones.

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15 April 2012
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Coincidentally, I just came across this picture I took when Strawberry Fields was "created."

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16 April 2012
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I'm really not sure how I feel about this. One one hand, if I drove all the way to NYC to pay my respects at SF, I don't know if I would want someone playing/singing while I was there.

That being said, I would not want to deny someone the right to play their guitar there as that is how they are choosing to pay their repsects. Maybe a compromise is in order whereby the park could designate quiet hours each day.

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16 April 2012
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All in favor of two memorials? a-hard-days-night-john-6 One for paying respects and one for musicians/paying respects.

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16 April 2012
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And it does makes sense that you'd want quiet at a memorial. But again, cell phones? Drinking? Smoking? Why just music then? If it's a memorial, there should not be people messing around and getting wasted.

 

Also, music is banned from an amphitheater in Central Park. That doesn't make ANY sense. Might as well make Sam Ash a quiet place now.

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17 April 2012
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I'm upset about this. This is a place I love to go to, and I feel so brought together by so many people, singing together songs from people they love. It ties us together and it's the best feeling. Music brings us together, and without it the Strawberry Fields memorial is just that: a memorial. It seems more... quiet without music. But with music, it's alive. We can pay respects to John in that way, and feel his spirit linger on in his many, many fans. a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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