John Lennox Agent of Change Amy Kirkland Mr.. Cumulonimbus HUSKS 03/03/2014 Kirkland 1 “We’re trying to sell peace, Like a product, you know, and sell It Like people sell soap or soft drinks. And It’s the only way to get people aware that peace Is possible, and It Isn’t Just Inevitable to have violence… ” – JOHN LENNOX, The David Frost Show, June. 14, 1969. (N. A, 2011 John Lennox was an icon to people across the nation. A definite movement are still very much impact; even up to today. John lived a short life, however the work he did during that short amount of time he was here helped to hanged the world’s ideas of peace forever.
Some of his most popular music expressed thoughts of peace and change, even in some of John’s earlier work including “Help! ” which he wrote with Paul McCarty. This song depicts the narrator is in dire help of a helping hand from a friend (depression or Just issues in general) how friends should be there for one another. (Coach, 2010. ) Many of John’s actions in the public can be categorized by the positions that Malcolm Glade had set out in his book “The Tipping Point”, however, John was such a complex figure in society that more Han one area applies to him.
His connections with an already set fame in the music industry allowed him to give a public voice for peace and his thoughts on the Vietnam war, he knew that it was a cruel world, and in order to get people to listen, he’d have to market peace as though it were a product. He was showing people how much better the world would be with peace. John was fighting for peace up until the day he died. John was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, Impressive, England, during a German air raid in World War II. When he was 4 years old, Lemon’s parents operated and he ended up living with his Aunt Mimi. Lemon’s father was a merchant seaman.
He was not present at his son’s birth and did not see a lot of his son when he was small. (Coach, 2010. ) Growing up as a teenager, his mother would often visit him, she taught him to play the banjo, and bought him his first guitar. She was the one who introduced him to music. Kirkland 2 In 1957, at a church event, John displayed his love for music with the band he formed with some of his close friends. He called this band ” The Quarrymen”. The fame of” The Quarrymen” quickly disintegrated into Liverpool. Soon enough the band of many boys narrowed down to Just four. They went on to become the iconic Battles. Monsoons, 2007. John was inspired by the musical talent of Elvis Presley. He is even quoted as saying “had there been no Elvis, there would have been no ‘Battles’. ” (Coach, 2010. ). Elvis was also an agent of change in the sense that he changed music with his distinct sound, and his movement for racism [the way he sang the music of African American artists and credited them for it]. Although John Lennox had little involvement with the racial movement occurring during his time, he id attend to many of the other issues occurring at that time, including the Women’s movement, but especially the peace movement to prompt the end of the war.
John is an Agent of Change because of the immense work he did during the sass, ass and ass to promote peace involvement. In 1969, John had renounced his involvement with “The Battles”. Monsoons, 2007. ) He enjoyed his time working with his band, and long time friends; however, they did not share a lot of his views, and refused to sing his songs that had very strong messages. John’s views meant that he did not care bout selling lots of albums, and meeting lots of fame. His views translated to the fact that he wanted to make a difference in the world, he wanted injustice to stop, and for everyone to get along. Ford, 2009. ) John continued his work for peace with his second wife, Yoke Non. Together they formed a band called “The Plastic Non Band”. In called “Cold Turkey” [Number 30, 1969], the Battles had declined to record this track. In addition to working for peace against the war in Vietnam, he was also struggling against the war of racism. Shortly after his marriage to Yoke Non, John received lots f threats to his and his wife’s lives. There was lots of racism towards Yoke [as she is of Asian descent].
In order to protest the ongoing war Kirkland 3 of the time, Lennox staged many “bed-ins” alongside his wife, in which they refused to leave their bed out of protest to the war. (Ford, 2009. ) John was one of the first and only people in the industry to fight a cause so dearly, which many speculate was the cause of his death. If John were to have a position apply to him by Malcolm Glade, we would fit very well into all three categories; which is probably why he was such a rueful agent of change. He was a connector, a salesman, and a maven.
He was a connector because he had so many connections to so many people, being in the public eye already due to his infamous role in “The Battles”. Malcolm Glade describes connectors as the social equivalent of a computer network hub. They usually know people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles. They are people who “link us up with the world… People with a special gift for bringing the world together.
John had this gift as he reached out to his fans to help save themselves from all the destruction in the world. John was also a very powerful salesman, but as his famous quote about selling peace to the people states, John had this great power to capture people’s attention. He used this skill to “sell” peace to the world. Salesmen are “persuaders”, charismatic people with powerful negotiation skills. They tend to have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say, which makes others want to agree with them. (Wolfe, D. September 24, 2013). In this sense,
John was a social maven as well because he had such a power over society. Glade states that mavens start “word-of-mouth epidemics” due to their knowledge, social skills, and ability to communicate. (AM. F, 2014. ) As Malcolm Glade states, “Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know”. (Wolfe, D. September 24, 2013). This is very true to John, who had so much truth and love to share with the world. His work in society did not even stop once he was assassinated. He was shot by Kirkland 4 Mark David Chapman at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in
New York City on 8 December 1980 (Coach, 2010. ). His legacy continues onto this very day. In a time of national struggle, mourning, and suffering we always turn to the music and message of John Lennox. On October 2, 2001, three weeks after the 9/1 1 terrorist attacks, a television fundraiser titled Come Together: A Night for John Lemon’s Words and Music was broadcast in the U. S. The event was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and dedicated to the people of New York. Thousands of spectators gathered and celebrated the message of John Lemon’s music. Monsoons, 2007.
John Lennox was the perfect example of an agent of change, he started his movement by starting up one of the most iconic bands of all time, and finished his throughout the nations. John proves to be the perfect example of a connector, salesman and a maven, because of his way to reach out through to everyone, and because of his expertise on the subject of unity. He knew so much about love and peace, and Just wanted to share it with the world. He knew that the way to get people to listen was to sell peace to them, to market it to the people so that they want to make a difference too, Just like the salesman he was.