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Looking back at Gandhi and the Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/12/09 8:46 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

An article today about the connections between Gandhi and the Beatles in The Times of India reminds us that way back in 1967, John Lennon was very keen to have Gandhi on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was quoted as saying, "The idea of having Mahatma Gandhi was dropped as head of EMI Sir Joe Lockwood said the album might not be released in India if his picture was used."

Gandhi shown in alternate Sgt. Pepper's photo

In other connections between The Beatles and Gandhi, the article also points out that John Lennon once said, "I refuse to be a leader and I will do something which prevents me from being Martin Luther King or Gandhi and getting killed." Ironically, he was in New York one month later.

Also, George Harrison quoted Gandhi after the break-up of the Beatles. He said, "I don't say I am Beatle George. I certainly am going to control my own concept of myself. Gandhi says create and preserve the image of your choice."




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