Ben Gerson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Imagine raises the question how much further John can progress with the vocabulary of concepts and feelings laid down on John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.

POB's importance lay not in the fact that it is the culmination of certain tensions which can be seen in John's work since the beginning (the lyrical directness and vocal intensity, for example), but that it was also their solution. As an early adolescent, John chose rock as both his artistic and therapeutic medium. Rock and roll's way of solving problems is simply stating and restating them ("I Can't Get No Satisfaction" is the classic example) and through the resulting emotional and physical exhaustion, the pressure is...

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