Port of Spain was one of the eleven cities that was named by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their 1969 antiwar drive called “The War is Over.” Their friend in Trinidad and Tobago was the infamous Michael X aka Michael Abdul Malik aka Abdul Malik. The song Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was written by John Lennon in 1971 and has become a Christmas classic. If you want to see the harsh realities of war done to the music of John Lennon click here (embedding disabled by request).
According to Wikipedia “Following the impact of “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)“, both strongly associated with the anti-Vietnam-War movement, the Nixon administration, hearing rumours of Lennon’s involvement in a concert to be held in San Diego at the same time as the Republican National Convention, tried to have him deported. Nixon believed that Lennon’s anti-war activities could cost him his re-election; Republican Senator Strom Thurmond suggested in a February 1972 memo that “deportation would be a strategic counter-measure” against Lennon.” Some of the intrigue concerning this fear of Lennon by the US Government can be seen in the 2006 documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon. For some intrigue into Michael Abdul Malick see the movie The Bank Job.
- Yoko Ono Recreates John Lennon’s ‘War Is Over’ Poster in 100 Languages (spinner.com)
- John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ suit for sale (bbc.co.uk)
- “Yoko Ono Remembers Laughing with John Lennon Over Tea” and related posts (gabbybabble.celebuzz.com)
- John Lennon’s 10 Best Songs, as chosen by Yoko Ono (current.com)
- On John Lennon’s 70th birthday, here’s an encore presentation of my 2008 interview with Yoko Ono (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Law group concerned about Trinidad wiretap bill (foxnews.com)