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The secret of their success

It isn't Beatle Day here at In Good Faith – It only seems that way, now that we've received word that the great pop group owe their success to a deal that a 20-year-old John Lennon made with the devil.

The truth is revealed in the forthcoming "The Lennon Prophecy," in which author Joseph Niezgoda describes a pact similar to those made by bluesman Robert Johnson, Pope Sylvester and Dr. Johann Faust.

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(We will admit here that we had been under the impression that Faust was a fictional character. But we've checked Wikipedia, and there he is.)

Niezgoda says the release of the Bealtes catalog on remastered compact disc and The Beatles: Rock Band on 09/09/09 is no mere marketing gimmick, but only the latest clue in a 40-year chain of evidence proving the sinister explanation for the group's achievements. Because if you turn your computer monitor upside down, you'll see that the date becomes 666, sort of, which any horror movie or heavy metal fan knows is the mark of the beast.

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Rather than paraphrase further, we're going to pass along the entire press release, after the jump, pausing only to observe that it doesn't seem to have been much of a deal for Lennon, given that he was murdered by an addled fan shortly after he turned 40. Of course, it wouldn't have been the first time that a struggling artist agreed to terms that would be viewed in retrospect as unfavorable.

NEW BOOK, THE LENNON PROPHECY, ASKS THE QUESTION – DID JOHN LENNON SELL HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Did John Lennon sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for his worldly musical success with The Beatles and beyond? That's the theory set forth by Joseph Niezgoda in his new book The Lennon Prophecy, A New Examination of the Death Clues of the Beatles.

The Lennon Prophecy ($19.95, New Chapter Press) offers a new interpretation of the hidden messages and symbols that have ornamented Beatles mythology for years and offers the view that Lennon joined historical figures such as Mississippi "Crossroads" blues guitarist Robert Johnson, Dr. Johann Faust, Pope Slyvester among others who entered into a pact with the devil to exchange their souls for earthly successes.

Niezgoda dissects and examines the Beatles' and Lennon's recordings and album artwork and follows a fascinating and unique trail of sorcery, mysticism, numerology, backwards masking, anagrams and literary and theological writings to explain his conclusions.

The Lennon Prophecy, due in book stores in December, puts forth the theory that a 20-year-old Lennon, so disillusioned with a life of sadness and disappointment where he was abandoned by his father and stricken with the death of his mother, entered into a deal with the devil to achieve fame and fortune. Niezgoda puts forth that a 20-year pact began in December of 1960, shortly before a night when Beatlemania first struck audiences on December 27, 1960 when the Fab Four played at Town Hall Ballroom in Litherland, England. During that performance, as Niezgoda reports, "The Beatles evoked a response noticeably different from anything in their past." From there, the Beatles inexplicably shot immediately to global fame never seen before or since. The 20-year pact came to its tragic conclusion on December 8, 1980, when Mark David Chapman, who testified he was possessed by demons, fulfilled the end of the contract by murdering Lennon outside of his apartment at The Dakota in New York City.

Clues foretelling the death of Lennon are revealed in album covers such as Rubber Soul, Yesterday and Today, A Collection of Beatles Oldies, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yellow Submarine, Magical Mystery Tour, Abbey Road as well as Lennon solo albums Imagine and Walls and Bridges. Songs that also reveal the mysterious prediction of death and connections to the devil include "Tomorrow Never Knows," "I Am The Walrus," "Come Together," "One After 909," "Let It Be," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Revolution No. 9," which Niezgoda reveals is in itself a step-by-step preview of his actual assassination. The video for the biggest hit off Lennon's last album "(Just Like) Starting Over" also reveals an intriguing clue that brings the literary world of James Joyce in the myriad of clues.

Lennon's alleged anti-Christian behavior as well as famous declaration that the Beatles were "Bigger than Jesus" are also presented as evidence of a possible pact. Niezgoda also dispels the "Paul-is-Dead" mythology that theorized that the Beatles inserted clues in their songs how Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash. A life-long Beatles fan, collector, and scholar, Niezgoda has researched John Lennon and the band for more than 25 years. He works in analog and digital music recording with an extensive background in music theory.


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