Wednesday, 14 November 2007

A few footnotes...

... to my last post at Battling the Behemoth, all about the King. I was gratified to find, in figures released at the same time as I was fashioning my tribute, that Elvis Presley has regained his status as the highest-earning dead celebrity, seizing back the throne from that upstart Cobain. Indeed, the former Nirvana frontman is now languishing behind another Behemoth favourite: John Lennon, who- in addition to his other accomplishments- is the co-star of New York's Peace Fountain, as discussed here. Apparently- though this is denied by NY resident, Miss Hoi Polloi- surrounding the plaza in which the fountain is the centrepiece, are plaques depicting various philosophers, thinkers and artists. According to Wiki, Lennon is amongst them. It says:

'Despite the Peace Fountain's association with a Christian (Episcopalian) cathedral, many of the luminaries thus depicted are non-Christian icons, such as Gandhi, Socrates, Einstein, and John Lennon'- a clear indication, judging from the calibre of his compatriots, that Lennon is being groomed as a secular Jesus, just as Elvis (and Harry Potter) are too. Rather predictably, Lennon's image is accompanied with a selection of the lyrics of his song 'Imagine', a strong contender for the global anthem of the New World Order, such is its high esteem with the Illuminati.

(If correct, then this would be the second New York monument to reference the song: the Strawberry Fields Memorial, in Central Park, being the first. A mosiac design (in chequerboard-style black and white), the site is frequently the focus of communal bloodletting, for events as relatively minor as the anniversary of the death of a rock star (George Harrison, Jerry Garcia) to the events of 9/11. Indeed, it was in the days and nights following that particular manifestation that the memorial really came into its own- as this strange video from October 2001 testifies. Cyndi Lauper gives a typically witchy performance of the song which lends the site its resonant name, whilst urging the audience at home to hold John's positivity forever in their hearts; looking not unlike some cranky cult evangelist from a CIA PsyOp.)




Elvis made another appearance today, in a rather different context. Discussing the regrettable decision by the Finance Ministers of Germany and France to record a charity single on behalf of Germany's Turkish community, The Times includes the fact that it was his impersonations of Elvis to which were attributed the success of former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in his country's 2001 elections. (Eerily paralleling the sustained popularity of one Bill Clinton, quite possibly for similar reasons.) Koizumi is described by Wikipedia as 'an avid Elvis fan' who even shares a birthday with the singer: January 8. Indeed, on June 30 2006, during an official state visit to the US, Graceland became the only residence other than an Embassy or a nominated Presidential retreat, to have hosted a joint-visit by a sitting US president and the head of a foreign government: yet another boon for this secular omphalos.

And finally: in August we reported on the cocaine-addled idea of beaming the artwork for Paul McCartney's latest album, modestly entitled The McCartney Years, over the circumference of the London Eye. Here is said artwork: no commentary required, really.

7 comments:

Atlantean Times said...

Check out my latest on the McCanns Ben

I have done a mini analysis of their SKY spews interview...there was some pretty evident lies being told. Kate was worse than Gerry but in a way Gerry was the more obvious liar in my opinion...

have you noticed the constant abuse Heather Mills keeps getting on programs like topgear...they seem determined to portray macca as the wounded hero...I wonder what heather knows that shes not telling...are the media afraid of what she may one day say....determined as they are to undermine her credibility using every available medium.

hoi polloi said...

Eerie. I like her voice though. Actually the Lennon plaque might be there but I will have to look again :)

BTB said...

Evening HP,

Actually, I was going to ask whether you could drop in to Strawberry Fields on December 8th, which is when the annual vigil to mark John's murder takes place. Lots of good photo ops, I would 'Imagine.' ;)

You OK?

Michael said...

It wasn't so long ago that I participated in the Peace March - the one against the Iraq War - you remember. That evening, I assembled along with about 500 other souls on San Juan Island, which boasts a grand total of about 3000 citizens, so 500 wasn't such a bad turnout. Besides the overwhelming "policing" of the event, what stood out most was a lone teenager who circled the block in his beat up car, windows down, stereo blaring... "Imagine".

hoi polloi said...

Of course. I go there all the time. It's one of my favorite spots in the city! I'm good, thank you, looking forward to the weekend ;)

BTB said...

Why's that then- you got a date? ;)

JB said...

UPDATE: "Matt Haibees Part 2 (and All Star Superman)" over at my sight.