Power to the People

Album: Shaved Fish (1971)
Charted: 7 11
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  • "Power to the People" was a popular phrase in the 1960s and early '70. It indicated a need for individuals to take control from governments and institutions, which is something Lennon advocated. He said of the song: "I wrote 'Power to the People' the same way I wrote 'Give Peace A Chance,' as something for the people to sing. I make singles like broadsheets. It was another quickie."
  • This was released as a single credited to "John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band." Phil Spector produced it with Lennon.
  • Lennon was on to something with his title: a month after this song entered the US charts, (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People by The Chi-Lites became a hit.
  • Lennon discussed this song in an interview with BBC Radio 1 DJ Andy Peebles on December 6, 1980, four days before his death. He recalled: "(British Pakistani activist and writer) Tariq Ali kept coming round wanting money for Red Mole or some magazine or other. I was thinking, Well I'm working class and I am not one of them, but I am rich and therefore I have to. So any time anybody said something like that, I would fork out. He was hustling for whatever he was hustling for and I wrote Power To The People as a sort of guilt song. It's like a newspaper song, where you write about something instant that's going on right now. It's the news headlines with misprints and everything." (Source Q magazine November 2010)
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