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Not Johnny "the Man in Black" but John "the Man in White"
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As some of you may know, Johnny Cash was known as "the Man in Black" for his habit of wearing mostly black on stage.

In 1986, he wrote a book called The Man in White -- a book about St. Paul.

Well, my "Man in White" isn't about St. Paul, nor about our knighted Paul, but about John.

I've noticed that John seems to have had a penchant for wearing a lot of white -- particularly a white jacket and slacks (and shoes).  One video I saw of him playing "Imagine" showed him wearing white, and also playing a white grand piano.

So I wonder, what's up with John and the color white?  (And was he influential in choosing white for the White Album...?)

Another famous pop musician who has worn a lot of white is Carlos Santana -- but he did it as an expression of the "spiritual purity" he found in a certain branch of Hinduism under a certain swami (and in the last couple of decades he has reverted to more colorful clothes).

Another was Pat Boone, but let's not go there, girlfriend.

Anyway, I wonder if there's anything going on there, or am I making a mountain out of a molehill...?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Imagine the clouds dripping. Dig a hole in your garden to put them in." This and other "imagine" statements from Ono's Grapefruit inspired John's "Imagine." Clouds and white were important to them. "Sitting on a cloud, I Call Your Name." When Yoko puts out John stuff it's often white: The John Lennon Letters, The Signature Box. I always assumed the white was a cloud (such as on the John Lennon Anthology box) seen up close.

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I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Interesting topic - now I'm wondering how it all started as well.  That "Imagine" film clip with the white room, piano etc is so intriguing.

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Then there was John's all white Rolls Royce (as this 1969 photo shows):

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It might be the cleanness of white, the purity it represents, new start etc.

John also wears the white suit and shoes on the Abbey Road cover.

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Funny Paper said

Then there was John's all white Rolls Royce (as this 1969 photo shows):

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I didn't know about that...did he get sick of riding around in the psychedelic one? That's not the car he had the accident in, is it?

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