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If John was here today...
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I thought it was a cute video, didn’t cry though… 

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The video didn’t do anything for me

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I can see John posting occasionally, normally inanities and playing around just having a laugh, not letting it become in any way too serious. Heck, i can see him playing around with the whole damn Beatles legacy as we all try and post sensibly. He’d bring fire and peace at the same time. 

I beg to respectfully differ, @meanmistermustard. Remember Expert Textpert’s signature: “‘This Beatles talk bores me to death’ – John Lennon .” Remember he said “I’m the one that’s feeling, because I’m the one that is expressing.” I don’t see him posting anywhere. I guess his reaction to all the Beatles forums online would have been that of William Shatner to all Trekkies (including myself): “Get a life!”

Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit” (“Perhaps one day it will be a pleasure to look back on even this”; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, line 203, where Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa)

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The interviews and everyone coming up to him and asking to talk about the Beatles above everything else bored him (at times; John was notorious for changing his mind and feelings about everything) but in his own time, when the mood took him (which is the whole deal with social media). He wouldn’t be doing it everyday or joining in with Beatle forums but can you see John holding back with this kind of technology at his fingertips. He also did have a tendency in the 70’s to write the occasional letter to publications to address what folk were saying about the Beatles, Yoko and himself. 

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)

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You may be right, I grant that. Valid points. We’ll never know, unfortunately. But taking his character into account I –stubbornly maybe– stick to my opinion.

Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit” (“Perhaps one day it will be a pleasure to look back on even this”; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, line 203, where Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa)

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It’s all opinion so there is no right answer so you stick to yours as you could very well be correct.apple01 John was impossible to predict or get a grip on, that’s one of the things that made him who he was.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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It is, of course, impossible to know how John would interact with today’s world and technology.

I don’t think you can judge how he felt about talking about The Beatles from stray comments across the difficult years of the ’70s, for instance, when the John and Paul war raged across the pages of Melody Maker and New Musical Express. Take a look at John’s 1980 interviews, especially the Rolling Stone and BBC, he talks about what they achieved with great love, humour and awe, though he had a few digs at George because he felt he hadn’t given him his due in I Me Mine . Paul, George and Ringo are also known to have shown dissatisfaction about talking about The Beatles again, all are known to have “their people” tell interviewers not to bother asking as the questions won’t/wouldn’t be answered, only to have them start talking Beatles. They all have had awkward relationships with their past, but when they were/are in the mood for the subject, they were/are gonna talk Beatles even if the interviewer is sat there thinking, “Ain’t gonna get anything new here!”.

As to how John would feel about technology, and the immediacy of today’s communication with total strangers, I have no doubt that he would love it. Remember, he often cited Instant Karma  as among his favourites, variations on “It was great. Wrote it in the morning. Recorded it in the afternoon. In the shops in a week. That’s the way to do it.” And The Ballad Of John And Yoko  was also done with almost as fast a turnaround. And let’s not forget All You Need Is Love . Sometime in New York City he’d say he wanted to be like a newspaper, and that the problem with it was that it was out of date by the time it came out. He liked immediacy, and I can imagine all sorts of things appearing on YouTube and Twitter that he just wanted to say.

John was a communicator, and loved to communicate. Myself, I doubt he would not have fallen in love with, and been an avid user of, the fastest communication tool to the widest audience so far invented.

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Thinking of the idea that John Lennon would have liked the internet if he were still with us today, I came across this story that seems to corroborate that idea.

From the link:

Digital distribution may have only reached its true potential relatively recently, but the concept of artists reaching music fans directly and instantly was actually being banded around by pioneering songwriter Donovan and his friends The Beatles half a century ago.

Speaking to Music Week, Donovan revealed that, way back in the 1960s, he and The Beatles discussed the concept of a communication network by which they could distribute music digitally and connect with anyone in the world, whenever they wanted – much like the internet as we know it today.

“The internet is what we spoke about, me and The Beatles, sitting around at Apple, but we didn’t know it was called the internet. We didn’t know that the military establishment were working on it and it was going to come,” he said.

John Lennon and I would sit around when we became pals and the other guys were there too. John said, Wouldn’t it be great if we had our own satellite? We could do exactly what we wanted, couldn’t we? We wouldn’t have to deal with what’s going on. We could be direct to everybody.

“Of course, that conversation was interesting, but communicating with anyone at the same time didn’t really pan out, because you need a signal from the satellite and down on the earth there needs to be those who are connected to that signal.

“But John was right. He said, [It would be] like telepathy, all we’d have to do is write the song, play it in front of the camera and everybody would get it. Well, he was right, and the internet is here. You can sit down, in front of a camera, which is no larger than an eight of an inch and everybody can get it.”

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I could guess what John would be saying, thinking and doing, but it would only be wild speculation.

Who would have imagined that an abrasive and confrontational guy like John would have settled with a woman like Yoko Ono and become a champion for peace?

Paul would never have imagined that he would have been playing massively successful concerts in his seventies and Ringo probably never imagined that he’d still be playing and recording at his advanced age either. They used to laugh at the idea of being forty year-old Beatles.

I have no idea what John would have been doing, but had he lived, I think that any projects undertaken would have been of considerable public interest.

I’ll say one thing, though – at some point he and Paul would have spent time writing songs. That’s the limit of my speculation.

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I think Paul’s 1982 composition Here Today shows that he would have, at least at times, been very willing to work with John.  The 1995 anthology stuff shows that, at least at one point, the 3 remaining members worked together.  So the question is really about John.  Would he have?  My guess is his love for peace and forgiveness would have overcome his anger at some point during the 80s and they may have gotten together for a little studio work.  Definitely no concerts, imo, and not more than a couple reminiscent songs, ala the 2 Anthology new releases.  Paranoia in the 60s would have translated into terror in the 90s.  And I can’t see any of them wanting to “redo” the Beatles…now maybe after 25 years they could have come up with something new and on par with their earlier work…but I suspect it would have been very limited, for the reasons above and strong flashpoint personalities, wanting to work on their own stuff, und so weiter.

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Ron Nasty said 

John was a communicator, and loved to communicate. Myself, I doubt he would not have fallen in love with, and been an avid user of, the fastest communication tool to the widest audience so far invented.

The trouble is, he’d have delegated it to Magic Alex, as a result of which the internet would have been clockwork, housed in a pink plastic box, and only worked backwards (and then only on Fridays).

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Whilst it’s nice to speculate about john its important to note that he was physically in really bad shape at the time of his death. So much so that it shocked the coroner beyond his injuries during the autopsy. 

If he had lived on though, most of all.. more than any beatles reunions or solo albums i’d really like to have thought of john being happy and content, maybe working with and encouraging younger musicians.

Interestingly his last letters talk longingly of the UK, returning to liverpool with sean and buying a house in scotland (where he loved and spent many happy days as a child) He seemed pretty homesick after years in the US.

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Call me insensitive…

Meh, didn’t do anything for me either. The John/Beatles version of Real Love however, never fails to touch me.

 

Now, as to what John would be up to today… Who knows? I think people put him on a very high pedestal, and they’re basing their ideas about John on the hero status he has rather than the man he really was. I won’t even try to guess what he’d like, or what he’d be doing. All I can say is: If John were here today, I hope he’d be happier now than he was during the last 10, 15 years of his life.

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He would likely be less of a huge hero figure. Even if someone tried to put him on a pedestal he’d knock the notion out of their heads right quick. 

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I think in the 80’s John would have found some peace in himself (with or without Yoko depending on the stories you want to ignore or believe) as Sean grew up as it would have been his biggest most important and proudest achievement.

He’d also come over to Scotland, we’d meet up and become best mates and then i’d get to meet George, Ringo and Paul all in Scotland.

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 He would be living about an hour away from me on an island, so we’d be best friends…naturally.

 

Off-topic: I’m sure if we piled all of our money together we’d get that island for about €70,000. Then we could build the Beatles Bibler house (we’d also have to build coastal defence barriers as well) and have a great time!

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€70,000 for an island. Does it have a nice house for sale, a number of already trading shops, and easy to find work?

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meanmistermustard said
€70,000 for an island. Does it have a house, a number of already trading shops on it and easy to find work?

Yeah stay-on-topic

Ammmm….no but private islands are expensive that and it’s about 15 minutes from one of the biggest tourist destinations on the west coast :/

I think you can hire somebody to bring supplies to the island if you’re very lazy.

Also we could start a fishing business 🙂

 

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A remote island 15 minutes across the water from a popular area. Sounds like your bog standard crappy horror film plot and i dont fancy having my eyeballs pickled whilst still alive so will pass and keep my €70,000 for something safer.

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