John Lennon’s Fight With Nixon And The FBI To Stay In America

By | September 24, 2019

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In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York -- and the FBI and President Richard Nixon noticed. The Beatles had broken up two years earlier. John Lennon and Yoko Ono started playing solo material that was aimed at spreading peace while meeting with anti-war activists. That didn’t sit well with the Nixon administration of the FBI, and both parties began a multi-year campaign to deport John and Yoko. The government tried everything they could to get the duo out of the country and back to England, but through a lot of hard work and even more money, John and Yoko were able to stay in America. As much of a win as this was, it eventually ended horribly for Lennon when he lost his life in 1980.

Lennon Immediately Fell In With Anti-War Activists

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Some of the first people who Lennon connected with in August 1971 were Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, members of the Yippies, a group who was a significant thorn in the side of President Nixon. He also got to know political activist, John Sinclair, poet and co-founder of the White Panther Party, who was serving a decade in prison for possession of two joints.

In December 1971, Lennon and Ono played the "John Sinclair Freedom Rally" in front of 15,000 people, but this wasn’t some fly by night affair, Lennon was joined by Stevie Wonder, folk singer David Peel, and Bob Seger of all people. Shortly after the concert, Michigan reduced its marijuana laws and Sinclair was released on an appeals bond. If Lennon wasn’t already on an FBI watch list for saying The Beatles were bigger than God this did the trick.