Nothing exceeds like excess: a primer on Lady Gaga workplace fashion.

Fashion freedom is something we salute—especially in the normally colorless cubicles of office land, where any hint of self-expression is a welcome development.

In fact, one thing I loved about my earlier career in rock & roll was that everyone could dress any way they wanted. (If it weren't for a medical condition I had—needing to eat—I'd still be there.)

But in the 21st century workplace, with the increase in Generation Y employees, has the pendulum suddenly swung too far the other way?

Yes, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article 'The Tragic Decline in Business Casual' , which would have us believe that standards for dress have recently sunk to new lows in corporate America.

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John Lennon, American immigrant.

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, arguably the most influential rock musician of the last century (a proposition I'm happy to discuss in the comments page).

Lennon was of course the founder of The Beatles and, in its early days, its leader and most prolific songwriter. The Beatles, as you may have heard, were the most successful pop music entity in history—a boldly imaginative British rock band that hit artistic and commercial peaks that have never been matched… in part because of Lennon's disruptive creativity.

Lennon was also an international peace activist who generated headlines of his own with anti-war protests and performances, before and after the Beatles' dissolution.

But Lennon, like so many larger-than-life pop personalities, was a bundle of contradictions. This peace advocate was a brawler in his youth and, at times, an abuser of friends and lovers alike (he was not a pleasant drunk).

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