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TOMORROW - OCTOBER 9TH would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. To those of us who grew up on The Beatles (we were called Beatlemaniacs) this is a big day. It must be a big day for everyone else too - Google is celebrating it with their first ever animated Google Doodle - check it out below. If you go to Google.com you will have to press the little red play button on the doodle and the animation will play along with a clip of the song "Imagine".

This unique Google Doodle is a wonderful tribute to someone who was so much a part of our lives - a legend in his own time and after his time as well. What you may not be aware of is the artwork is actually inspired and part of it actually is John Lennon's art! The portrait sketch of John that comprises the two "o's" in Google in the animation is a well known self-portrait.

John was quite an artist, having published a number of books which included doodles, drawings and artwork he created. I actually own the original editions of several of these including Spaniard in the Works and In His Own Write. They are filled with his wonderful and whimsical doodles and sketches.

He also created a book of drawings for his son, Sean, called Real Love. John Lennon had an interest in art his whole live - he was even encouraged by a teacher to go to art school because he didn't get good grades in anything else. To quote one of his instructors, Lennon was "Hopeless. Rather a clown in class. A shocking report. He is wasting other pupils' time."

Lennon met Stuart Sutcliffe (the original bass player for The Quarrymen) in art college, by the way, so you can credit John's artist skills with giving rise to The Beatles! John did not graduate from the Liverpool College of Art - he continued his rebelliousness, disliking the structure of a formal art education and dropped out before his final year. His art school experience did not stifle his love of drawing and John created his wonderful, quirky and totally unique art the rest of his life.

It's hard to Imagine John Lennon being seventy years old. Because he was taken from us he remains in our minds as he was when we lost him. He left behind a legacy of great music and creativity for all to enjoy. Imagine how he would have loved that.

You live on in our hearts.

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  2. Mr. Lonely - thank you for visiting the PopArtDiva Blog.

    I did visit your blog and I encourage you to continue blogging. It's a wonderful way to express yourself.

    I use my blog to share my art and my memories of growing up in the decades of the 50s, 60s and 70s. You could always use your blog to describe what it's like being a young person growing up in your area of the world!

    Best of luck!

  3. I love this, especially your close-up art of John's face! Tim and I were lucky to see an art exhibit some years back of famous people's work, and there was some of John Lennon's in it...Tony Bennett's and many others. The Google Doodles piece is also amazing.

    Watch The Radical Virgo on Oct. 16 for an article celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the Tribal Love Rock Musical, Hair. It's an homage to one of the musical symbols of boomers coming of age ... as is so much Beatles music. Peace is a way of life, and it doesn't belong to just one generation ... although one sure did a lot to make it popular.

  4. Joyce - I look forward to your post on Hair!

    Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.


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