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117 Strawberry fields forever (Lennon/McCartney, 1967)
The title of the song is inspired by the Children’s Salvation Army, close to the house of John Lennon. In the bewildered garden Lennon had a beautiful place to play with his boyfriends. Like McCartney’s Penny Lane, Strawberry Field is Lennon’s memory from his childhood. I have chosen for strawberry’s all over, they seem to roll through the entrance, the former gate of the Salvation Army. There was a temptation to use colour, but Children’s Salvation Army sounds so dark. That’s why I used the black and white only.
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136 I’m the walrus (Lennon/McCartney, 1967)
Lennon had heard that there was a English teacher who let his class analyse Beatles' lyrics. Lennon was amused that a teacher was putting so much effort into understanding the Beatles' lyrics, so he wrote the most confusing lyrics he could. Lennon remarked to Shotton, the official Beatles biographer: “Let the fuckers work that one out.” The walrus is a reference to Lewis Caroll’s “The walrus and the carpenter”. In his 1970 solo song “God” Lennon sings: I was the walrus, but now I’m John. It is claimed that the egg man is Eric Burdon. Eric’s nickname was Eggs because of his fondness for breaking eggs over naked women’s bodies.
Ink and watercolour
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153 Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney, 1968)
Blackbird is used by Paul McCartney as a metaphor for a black woman who stands for her civil rights. Rosa Parks is the black woman who refused to get up from her seat. She was sitting on a ‘white’ chair. In the drawing the woman has shopping bags on her seat and on the floor. She is staring out the window while a blackbird is flying out of the bus from the dark to the light.
Ink and watercolour
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Liverpool on the Mersey. 2013

Kunstopleiding Willem de Kooning Rotterdam, afd. grafiek.
Docent Tekenen VO Rotterdam
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