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Why Lennon and Ono weren't deported for anti-war activities

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 17:17 [IST]

New York,  (ANI): John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono managed to escape deportation by the Nixon White House for their anti-war activities, thanks to some high-powered New Yorkers. Previously unseen letters penned by then-Mayor John Lindsay, Dick Clark, Rep. Bella Abzug and Joan Baez explain the circumstances.

"It is possible for one to disagree with their personal and public way of life. Their cultural contributions cannot be ignored," the New York Post quoted Clark as saying in one of the letters. Lindsay dubbed efforts to boot the couple "unusual and harsh" and "an attempt to silence constitutionally protected First Amendment rights of free speech."

The letters will go on display an exhibition, entitled 'John Lennon: The New York City Years' at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex later this month.

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