In the Days of…John & Yoko: 1971

1971…John released Imagine; the first Hard Rock Cafe was opened in London and the protests against the Vietnam War continued in the US now with the participation of many veterans who came back and took a stand against the war; the world’s population had the highest increase in history that year, growing by 2,1%…

In January, the Ibrox disaster in Glasgow claimed the lives of 66 football fans at the Celtic v Rangers match; the United States bans cigarette advertising on the tele; NASDAQ was founded on 04 FEB; on 09 APR Charles Manson is sentenced to death; Arsenal beats Liverpool FC 2-1 to win the FA Cup; 13 JUN the New York Times begins to publish the Pentagon Papers; 10 JUL Gloria Steinem makes her address to the women of America; Qatar gains independence from the United Kingdom; 01 OCT Walt Disney World opens in Florida; Led Zeppelin IV is released in November; DB Cooper floats off to history; The Montreux Casino while Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played and this is remembered in Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water“…

We lost Louis Armstrong, Jim Morrison, Duane Allman, Nikita Khrushchev, Coco Channel, Audie Murphy and Igor Stravinsky that year…

Pablo Neruda wins the Nobel Prize for Literature…

“Imagine” (from the album of the same name) became the most important anti-war song, almost an anthem. Lennon and Ono moved to New York in August of 1971. In December they launched the song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over“.

The campaign against the war continued and John and Yoko were certainly in the forefront. So much so that the Nixon administration started an FBI investigation with the intent of deporting John Lennon. Protests continued and with the addition of the Veterans for a Just Peace, they gained much momentum. However, contrary to the mood and the violence of the protests going on in America today, the protests of the seventies were much more organised and much more dedicated to their cause.

So…all in all, 1971 was an interesting year…one more thing, 1971 was the year in the which “All in the Family” debuted on American television. Go Archie Bunker!

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  1. Brad Osborne · 12 Days Ago

    What an entertaining review of such a pivotal year, Francisco! It is good to be reminded of our past, even if it is only so we see how far we still have to go. Great post, my friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Thank you Brad…it seems like such a long time ago…but you’re right, besides technology, we’ve not gone too far!

  2. Nancy Nelson · 12 Days Ago


  3. GP Cox · 12 Days Ago

    I was torn back then. I did not like John and Yoko, but I had lost so many friends in the war that to me was someone else’s civil war. I supported the military as part of a press team, and thanked God when Nixon brought them home!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

      Yes, I understand, I was a fan of John but I don’t give any value to Yoko and I don’t consider her much of an artist. I volunteered for Vietnam but by the time I turned 18, living in the states, they were not sending troops…

      • GP Cox · 11 Days Ago

        Consider yourself extremely lucky and thankful to Nixon.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 11 Days Ago

        Absolutely! I came close I know…thank you George

  4. Great post! I didn’t know you had a YouTube channel

  5. markbierman · 5 Days Ago

    That was the year I was born. 🙂

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