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Power to the People. The Political Thoughts of John Lennon.

Published: London: New English Library, 1972

Stock code: 84429

Price: £8,500

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Proof of first edition, first impression. Publisher’s stamp to the verso of the dust jacket states “Publication date 20 Apr 1972”. This book was never published on that day or any subsequent day. The Emory University library, Atlanta, have a copy without the dust jacket and their website states “what we have is one of ca. 60 proof copies of a work that was never actually published. Why it was never published is not known for sure … it is possible that Lennon put a stop to it as he felt that the release of such a work would jeopardize his US green card application and did not give his permission for the final publication”. In 1972, Lennon and Yoko Ono had been living in New York for a year, and they wanted to stay. But it happened also to be the year President Nixon was running for re-election. Opposition to the Vietnam War had reached a peak, and Lennon and Ono often showed up at antiwar rallies to sing “Give Peace a Chance” — and to tell their fans that the best way to give peace a chance was to vote against Nixon. The Nixon administration said Lennon had been admitted to the country improperly. He had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cannabis possession in London in 1968, and immigration law at the time banned the admission of anyone convicted of any drug offence. But unlike most migrants who have problems with their legal status, Lennon and Ono had powerful friends who petitioned the Immigration and Naturalization Service on their behalf. This copy comes with a note on Granada Publishing Limited notepaper “The compiler of this little opportunist book which was never published! Peter Haining Editorial Director NEL”.

Quarto. Original green wrappers, titles to front cover in black. With the dust jacket. Many full page illustrations throughout. Book near fine, over-sized dust jacket lightly creased to edges.

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