John Lennon: a rare copy of the unpublished book,  'Power To The People The Political Thoughts Of John Lennon',
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John Lennon: A rare copy of the unpublished book, 'Power To The People, The Political Thoughts Of John Lennon',
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John Lennon: a rare copy of the unpublished book,  'Power To The People The Political Thoughts Of John Lennon',
The Beatles
John Lennon: A rare copy of the unpublished book, 'Power To The People, The Political Thoughts Of John Lennon',
an uncorrected proof copy, paper covers with dustjacket stamped Publication 20 APR 1972, New English Library, London, 1972, with a handwritten note reading, The compiler of this little opportunist book which was never published! Peter Haining Editorial Director NEL

Footnotes

  • John had always been known as outspoken in his views but his increasingly-political stance was signalled by the campaign for peace he and Yoko mounted, most notably with the 'Bed-In' held in Amsterdam and then Montreal in 1969. The couple became involved in various causes, John released his song, 'Power To The People' in March 1971 and, after moving to New York in September 1971, appeared in demonstrations and performed at benefit concerts. In February 1972, the couple's US visas expired and in early March, their temporary extensions were revoked. They were then given deportation orders, due to John's drug conviction in London in 1968 and a four year battle to stay in the US began. The couple had many high-profile supporters, including John Lindsay, mayor of New York City, who wrote to the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalisation in Washington, DC, asking for the deportation order to be dropped. He argued that the drug conviction was not the real reason behind the order, but that John and Yoko 'speak out with strong and critical voices on the major issues of the day.' ('Lennon', Ray Coleman, Pan Books, 2000)

    It has been suggested that the publication of this book, a compilation of John's thoughts and opinions expressed in interviews, was halted as it was perceived to have been a possible cause for jeopardising John's long fight for his US Green Card. He was eventually granted permanent residency in July 1976.
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