Jumping off Michael Bs article about John Lennon’s bad ways as a person, and some of the reactions, lets talk about that.
These are people. In some instances very talented people that can do or say ALMOST anything and get away with it. Some handle that well and bounce back nicely and others do not. I imagine public pressure doesn’t help much.
But they can still do things that would cause outrage today or even if more people had known about it then.
Here are just a few examples..
Eric Clapton at least at one time was a serious hardcore racist. The co-writer of “Layla” (a drummer named Jim Gordon) killed his mother, by crushing her skull with a hammer and stabbing her to death. He also played on “Youre So Vain”,”Imagine” and “Pet Sounds”.
Led Zeppelin whipped a fan with a mud shark, cutting her flesh according to Carmine Appice. Also Jimmy Page locked his underage groupie in his dressing room to avoid legal issues, Lori Maddox who at 14 was locked away for long periods of time by Page. No hard feelings though.
GNR drummers assistant was kidnapping girls and raping them. Not so famous but still going on under the guise of GnR.
Bill Wynman dated a 13 year old while in his 30s..
David Bowie was an admirer of Hitler calling him the first rock star.
Steve Tyler adopted a young girl so he could sleep with her, get her pregnant, force an abortion and send her home to mommy when he got bored after 4 years.
John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas had an incestuous relationship with his daughter Mackenzie Phillips as a young girl.
ZZ Top pretended to be the Zombies before turning things around for themselves.
What about James Brown and domestic abuse? Jerry Lee Lewis? Morrissey? Brian Jones hit a woman so hard in the face he broke his hand, he died at 27. Miles Davis admitted to his abusive behavior of women in his own autobiography. Peter McNeal (drummer for Cake and Nora Jones) is serving 15 years for Child pornography – his youngest victim was 3 years old.
What about Sinatra or Elvis with the young babes and/or tempers? Chuck Berry committed armed robbery, took a minor across state lines for sex, and video tapped women in the bathroom.
Some of these aren’t so bad and some are pretty serious and they are but a few. John Lennon was a guy, just like anyone on this list. Very talented..but a person nonetheless. Same as every talented person on this list who did screwed up things because they were famous and forgivable in most cases. We don’t care about their lives, just the music. There are also some very nice people who balance their lives and just play music for the love of it. But I am told it is very difficult to do.