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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bulldoze Strawberry Fields -- who in hell needs it

The Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park has the song's name "Imagine" at the center, as pictured above. The Strawberry Fields is a 2½ acre Central Park section that was donated by the city. There is a bronze plaque that lists the 121 countries endorsing Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.

Unless Yoko places the song "Imagine" in the public domain, then NYC should (1) bulldoze and rename the Strawberry Fields section and (2) give back to Yoko the money -- adjusted for inflation -- that she donated for Strawberry Fields.

The thing has become a travesty. Enough is enough.

Protests may be sent to contact@centralparknyc.org



Anonymous Anonymous said...

False analogy.

The park is non profit/the movie is not.

Further, the park has no political or religious agenda.

Sunday, April 27, 2008 5:23:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> False analogy. <<<<<

No "analogy" was intended.

Strawberry Fields is part of Central Park. The land was donated by the city. Central Park land cannot be purchased for any amount of money.

"Imagine" and "Strawberry Fields" are for-profit songs. The Strawberry Fields section of Central Park gives these songs free advertising of incalculable value. So maybe Yoko should give back a little and allow a movie (for-profit or not) to use about 15 seconds and about 10 words of "Imagine" for free.

Also, I don't think that "Expelled" was made just for profit -- I don't think that the producers expected to turn a big profit. The movie was fairly cheap to produce but a lot was spent on advertising.

Sunday, April 27, 2008 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Although Lennon peddled songs of peace to hippies, his biographer Albert Goldman in his book The Lives of John Lennon (1988), pictured him as a violent character given to such crimes as mugging, in the early years before he became rich. Thus we read on p.106-7 about Lennon and a buddy mugging a sailor:

"The sailor was a strong man. Even as Pete fumbled for the wallet, the German regained his feet and knocked Lennon to the ground...John and Pete then beat their man until they were sure they could make their escape..."

About another mugging, Lennon allegedly confessed: "One attack lay heavy on his conscience because he had gone mad and beaten the sailor so badly that John feared he had left the man for dead." (p.107)

Sunday, April 27, 2008 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

One Yoko, who's Loco, said "No!
I IMAGINE I'm losing some dough.
My only obsession's
With all the possessions
That Strawberry Fields can grow."

Monday, April 28, 2008 1:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

There's a rumor, however, that since Loco Yoko No-No doesn't want to be a phoney, she may take the advice of Lennon in the song Imagine, and give up all her possessions:

Said Yoko, "I'm free of all greed!
I IMAGINE, as Johnny decreed,
I'll let property go.
I'll go Loco, and know
How to peck with the birds, as they feed."

Monday, April 28, 2008 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Nice limericks, Jim!

I used to archive them in my "Outhouse Wall for Outhouse Poets" post under my "Limericks and Other Poetry" post label, but you are just so prolific that archiving them has become something of a burden. So if you want them to be archived on this blog, I would appreciate it if you would do so yourself.

Monday, April 28, 2008 6:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I think the point that 'anonymous' above was trying to make is that the park is a nice, non-political, non-religious memorial.

Expelled: no intellegence allowed, is poorly constructed propaganda masquerading as a factual documentory.

I don't think Yoko wants to be seen to endorse such a heinous production, let alone a flop of a movie.

Besides, they didn't have permission to use it (and wouldn't have been granted it had they asked). It's a breach of copywrite. Yoko clearly doesn't have any quams about strawberry fields.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 1:59:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Sam said...
>>>>> I think the point that 'anonymous' above was trying to make is that the park is a nice, non-political, non-religious memorial. <<<<<

He tried to make his point but I succeeded in making my point, which you missed. My point is that the Strawberry Fields section was donated by the city and is worth a fortune in free advertising for the Beatles. In contrast, New York City gave no free advertising to "Expelled." On the contrary, the New York Times panned the movie.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 2:52:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Sam said,
>>>>> I don't think Yoko wants to be seen to endorse such a heinous production, let alone a flop of a movie. <<<<<

I might add that no sane person would consider the short segment of the song -- about 15 seconds and 10 words -- to be an endorsement of the movie.

If Yoko wants to disassociate herself from the movie, that can be accomplished as easily by a press release as by copyright enforcement.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 3:15:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Larry: I don't want to archive them all, but whenever you seem to like one, I'll archive it so you don't have to do it. I've published some on the EXPELLED blog and on other blogs, but generally they were first published here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 4:41:00 PM  

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