FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 68 THE BEATLES (PART R WHY WAS JOHNNY WEISSMULLER CHOSEN TO BE ON COVER OF SGT. PEPPER’S?) Artist featured today is Eduardo Paolozzi

Ever want to buy an island and just get back to nature and forget about all society and leave all your problems behind? There was a time that the Beatles attempted to do just that!!!!

Tarzan Escapes (1936) – 2-Tarzan and Jane Waking in the Treehouse

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Tarzan Finds A Son 1939 PART 1

The Beatles, working on the movie “Eight arms To Hold You” in Nassau, Bahamas, went swimming in the pool at the Nassau Beach Hotel, with their clothes February 23, 1965. From left to right: RIngo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Paul McCartney in the back. (AP Photo)

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Tarzan The Ape Man (1932) – Tarzan Returns Jane

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After Tarzan (Johnny Weismuller) kidnaps Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan), she gradually warms to him, and when he sympathizes and returns her to her father, they do not want to part.

Johnny Weissmuller competes at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

Tarzan Escapes (1936) – 1-Tarzan and Jane Sleeping in the Treehouse

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Tarzan and His Mate; A Tribute

Johnny Sheffield, Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller in Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941). It was announced today that Johnny Sheffield has died at age 79.

Why was Johnny Weissmuller on the cover of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? I have a theory and it is tied into the idea of the “noble savage” which I think intrigued the Beatles. We know that it was the Beatles that put forth Weissmuller’s name for inclusion on the cover (they probably grew up watching Tarzan movies rerun on TV like I did on Saturday afternoons) and we also know that the idea of getting away from civilization appealed to the Beatles.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau philosopher from Geneva, he lived in the 18th century, he thought that primitive man, the noble savage to be superior to civilized man. He felt that the enlightenment with its emphasis on reason, the arts and the sciences caused man to lose more than he gained.
Rousseau saw the restraints of civilization as evils.
 
“Man was born free but everywhere he is in chains!” He demanded not just freedom from God or the Bible but freedom from any kind of restraint, freedom from culture, freedom from authority, absolute freedom for the individual with the individual at the center of the universe. When applied to the individual his concept led to the bohemian ideal where the hero was the man who fought all standards, all values and all restraints of society.
 
When Rousseau applied his concept of autonomous freedom to society his concept would not function. “Whosoever refuses to obey the general shall be compelled to do so by the whole body.” Rousseau wrote this in 1762. This means nothing less than that he will be forced to be free. In other words tyranny. A tyranny that carried its position to its logical conclusion in the reign of terror in the French Revolution. Robespierre, the king of the terror, saw himself putting Rousseau‘s ideas into practice.
 
Paul Gauguin was a follower of  Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In his hunt for total freedom he deserted his family.  He went to Tahiti hoping to find there the noble savage. There he found the idea of the noble savage to be an illusion.
 
As he worked in this painting “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” (1897),  he also wrote about it. He called it a philosophic work comparable to the gospel, but what a gospel. Gauguin himself said, “Close to the death of an old woman a strange stupid bird concludes, ‘Wince, What, Wither. Oh sorrow thou art my master. Fate how cruel thou art and always vanquished I revolt.‘”
What he found in Tahiti was death and cruelty.
 
That man is good by nature as Rousseau claimed is no more true of primitive man than of civilized man. When Gauguin finished this painting he tried to commit suicide but he did not succeed.
(“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” pictured below)
(Paul Gauguin pictured below)

Moving to an island or to Africa and finding the noble savage was not a satisfactory answer to the Beatles search for peace. However, there was one person the Beatles put on the cover of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that did have access to the answers to the big questions of life and we will look at this person’s life later in this series. 

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Johnny Weissmuller Poster

Biography

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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 2 June 1904Freidorf, Banat, Austria-Hungary (now Romania)
Date of Death 20 January 1984Acapulco, Mexico  (series of strokes)
Birth Name Peter Johann Weissmüller
Nickname Big John
Height 6′ 3″ (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Johnny Weissmuller was born Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, near Timisoara, today Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Weissmuller would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team. Weissmüller was one of two boys born to Petrus Weissmuller, a miner, and his wife Elisabetha (Kersch), who were both Banat Swabians, an ethnic German population in Southeast Europe. A sickly child, he took up swimming on the advice of a doctor. He grew to be a 6′ 3″, 190-pound champion athlete – undefeated winner of five Olympic gold medals, 67 world and 52 national titles, holder of every freestyle record from 100 yards to the half-mile. In his first picture, Glorifying the American Girl (1929), he appeared as an Adonis clad only in a fig leaf. After great success with a jungle movie, MGM head Louis B. Mayer, via Irving Thalberg, optioned two of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Tarzan stories. Cyril Hume, working on the adaptation ofTarzan the Ape Man (1932), noticed Weissmuller swimming in the pool at his hotel and suggested him for the part of Tarzan. Weissmuller was under contract to BVD to model underwear and swimsuits; MGM got him released by agreeing to pose many of its female stars in BVD swimsuits. The studio billed him as “the only man in Hollywood who’s natural in the flesh and can act without clothes”. The film was an immediate box-office and critical hit. Seeing that he was wildly popular with girls, the studio told him to divorce his wife and paid her $10,000 to agree to it. After 1942, however, MGM had used up its options; it dropped the Tarzan series and Weissmuller, too. He then moved to RKO and made six more Tarzans. After that he made 16 Jungle Jim (1948) programmers for Columbia. He retired from movies to run private business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Outtakes From The Beatles’ Cover Shoot For Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Apr 25, 2015

The Beatles’​ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover was designed by the pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth from an ink drawing by McCartney. It was art-directed by Robert Fraser and photographed by Michael Cooper. The front of the LP included a colourful collage featuring the Beatles in costume as the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, standing with a group of life-sized cardboard cut-outs of famous people. The heavy moustaches worn by the group reflected the growing influence of hippie style trends, while their clothing “spoofed the vogue in Britain for military fashions”, writes the Beatles biographer Jonathan Gould. The centre of the cover depicts the Beatles standing behind a drum skin, on which the fairground artist Joe Ephgrave painted the words of the album’s title. In front of the drum skin is an arrangement of flowers that spell out “Beatles”. The group were dressed in satin day-glo-coloured military-style uniforms that were manufactured by the theatrical costumer M. Berman Ltd. in London.

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