Last week marked the 4oth Anniversary of The Beatles "WHITE Album" (the 9th Beatles album)...in a move that seemed to mirror last year's Templar Forgiveness event, the Vatican has forgiven the Fab 4, and Lennon specifically for the now legendary comments he made just over 40 years ago (1966) in which he stated, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first – rock'n'roll or Christianity."
Aug. 27th 1966 Saturday Evening Post. The Beatles, Batman (see Killing Joke), and Martin Luther KING
According to the Saturday, November 22nd edition of the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano "The remark by John Lennon... sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll."
In an interview with CNN, author of "The Gospel According to The Beatles" Steve Turner had this to say about the power the band held during the mid-sixties.
Q: How spiritual were the Beatles?A: The Beatles started out as atheists and agnostics and I think as everybody knows they became more interested in spiritual things. They went out to India in 1968 and I think in a way the Beatles became a spiritual force themselves. And I think that John actually saw that. He saw Christianity and rock'n'roll as competitors. Only three years later, after 1966, you had the Woodstock festival and you get rock music almost performing a religious function. So I think in a way he was aware of what was happening. The Beatles were almost becoming a religion and exerting a spiritual force over people.
In related news, two days later (11/24/2008) Paul McCartney released his third CD [entitled Electric Arguments] of experimental music under the name "The Fireman", along with former KILLING JOKE bassist turned producer Martin "Youth" Glover.
Anyone familiar with the work of Christopher Knowles or the Heath Ledger/Dark Knight saga earlier this year might appreciate a Beatles/Killing Joke collaboration.
I would also recommend Loren Coleman's "Coincidence 27" for topics related to The White Album and The Beatles...