John Lennon

I very much doubt that it could have escaped anyone’s attention that tomorrow marks the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s death at the hands of crazed fan, Mark Chapman. He was 40 years old.

Naturally, I’d be interested to learn of your fondest memories of John Lennon and help recall the most memorable moments from a life lived in the relentless glare of every real and imagined spotlight, it seemed; such as those we shared for his fellow Beatle, George Harrison, just last week.

In addition, and as an aside, I’d also care for your views on Yoko Ono, specifically her handling of such a very public loss. I’m curious after re-reading an article – this one – first printed last year concerning what I thought at the time and still consider to be a very crass and tasteless exhibition of the blood-stained clothes worn by her husband on that fateful day in New York in 1980. You never fail to impress me with your consideration, wit and all-round decency, so I’ll say no more.

Just one sentence more, then. Last night the thought hit me for the first time, watching Sean Lennon talking about the impending anniversary of his father’s passing, that this poor woman has received nothing near the levels of sympathy usually granted to a grieving widow of a public figure so loved. What do you think?

If you care not for anything other than honouring the man’s memory by enjoying the bounty that he left, perhaps you’d also like to take a moment to remember those other musical talents whose lives ended abruptly and all too soon. Outside the realms of Rap and Reggae, where my knowledge fails me dismally I must confess, I can’t think of too many murders. In 1964, Sam Cooke, aged 33, was shot dead by the manager of a motel in which he was staying, allegedly in self-defence. The events leading up to the fatal shooting smack of controversy.

Marvin Gaye was also shot dead, it is claimed in self-defence, by his own father – in 1984. He was 44. Again, I’m technically incorrect in labelling it ‘murder’, seeing as Marvin Gaye, Sr. pleaded no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and in turn received a six-year suspended sentence with five years’ probation.

Similarly exasperating is the sentence handed down to the man responsible for the death of bassist Jaco Pastorius in 1987. Felled by a nightclub bouncer at the age of 35, the sentence awarded was just two years (for involuntary manslaughter), less than eight months of which were spent behind bars, with five years’ probation.

Murder? Apparently not in the 1966 case of Bobby Fuller; found bruised in his car, reportedly doused in petrol, aged 22. Suicide, my arse.

There has been many a tragedy (Beach Boy Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983, aged 39; Steve Marriott of the Small Faces and Humble Pie perished in a house fire in 1991, aged 44), a great number of them occurring, somewhat predictably, on the road (drummer Cozy Powell, aged 50, in 1998; Metallica’s Cliff Burton in 1986, just 25; Duane Allman, aged 24, in 1971). Music history lists plenty of suicides (Del Shannon, in 1990, aged 55) and even more examples of artists overcome by their excess of choice. (In one of those you-couldn’t make-it-up stories that stuns you every once in a while, The Byrds’ Gram Parsons’ body was stolen by well-meaning friends following his death from an overdose in 1973, and a subsequent cremation attempt botched with horrible results. He was 26. Look it up if you dare.)

We cannot overlook the suspiciously swollen membership of the 27 Club, either.

But back to the enigmatic Lennon; all opportune gurning, slapstick tomfoolery and pardonable mischievousness, noble Flower Power pronouncements and the most beautiful idealism most obviously exemplified in the song that everyone is going to hear at least stray snippets of several times over tomorrow (so once more here to get you in the mood is not going to hurt).

Who can forget his cheeky request that the well-to-do, at the 1963 Royal Variety Performance, rattle their jewellery while those in the cheap seats clap their hands, before launching into a rasping rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’? This is my favourite Lennon moment. For all the controversy and sniping he generated, both in life and in death, and stepping aside from the merciless anger still directed at the one culpable for an unnecessary and premature loss, as with the memory of George Harrison, I will remember John Lennon with a smile. I hope you do, too.

The chatroom will be open tomorrow, by the way, from 2pm (UK).

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

58 thoughts on “John Lennon”

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  2. Yoko is very different from most of us, but that does not make her a bad person, just different. Maybe that’s part of what John fell in love with. I would not have put a loved one’s blood stained clothes on display, but I understand she did it to illustrate the effects of violence.

    John’s murder is the last of a kind that I can think of off the top of my head (though admittedly my memory is far from perfect). How often does a famous person get murdered by a perfect stranger anymore? There have been plenty of celebrity murders committed by family and sworn friends and unknown enemies (crimes of passion) since John’s death, but not many committed by someone the victim never met before. Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II survived attempts, but those are the only incidents I can think of.

    The reason I mention this is not to sound macabre, but it makes me think that perhaps this assassination convinced the world (or at least Western society) to think twice before committing such an awful deed. Everybody who was alive, and I was only 8 at the time, remembers how they felt when they heard the news. Nobody wants to feel that way again.

  3. Personally I can’t stand Yoko Ono and find her to be no more than a no talent groupie. Ever hear her sing or any of her “solo” work? Well there you have it, case closed.

    When I made a visit years back to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I remember there was a telephone on an upper floor with a sign saying that if it rang to answer it, you may get to talk to Yoko Ono. It stated it was a line she would call into from time to time. I have never met anyone who actually heard the phone ring. Maybe just another Yoko gimmick? Who knows.

    Other lost talents, Brad Delp from Boston who committed suicide and of course there was Randy Rhoades who died from a plane crash that was caused by nothing more than just some guys who were fooling around. Peter Tosh was one of the reggae artists that was murdered in Jamaica – by the way, his duet with Mick Jagger on Walk and Don’t Look Back is worth a listen. And don’t forget about Brian Jones who apparently drowned in Keith Richards’ pool.

    But as for rock and roll murder, there was Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan) who was killed on stage by a fan. This fan also killed several others on his rampage but not before unloading at least six shots at Darrell including four in the head.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Andrew, I don’t like Yoko either; from the Lennon family I like Julian Lennon the best, also a great musician.

      I saw the Dakota House too when visiting NYC, and it is an eerie place, is it not? I also saw Strawberry Fields across the street in the Grand Central Park too, wasn’t too impressed either.

    2. Ullie,

      I actually have never visited Dakota House or Strawberry Fields even though it is in my back yard. I also never cared to visit it either.

      Almost like the site of the World Trade Center. I lived through that and it wasn’t until two years ago that I actually went to downtown NY again. Not to visit the site but I did have to walk past it and yes the big hole in the ground gives you an idea of the tragedy that transpired there. But I didn’t need to see it just to remember the tragedy that happened on that day.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. Ullie, if you think the Dakota is eerie now, you would have totally gotten the creeps if you’d seen it in the 1980s. The stonework was sandblasted clean in the late 80s and early 90s and the building was upgraded including better lighting, but prior to that it had gotten really grimy.

      To see the building in its pre-restoration state, find the movie “Rosemary’s Baby” which was filmed there in the late 60s. Creepy!

    4. Andrew, I can relate. When visiting NYC in 2004 I simply couldn’t go to Ground Zero, only saw it from above, at a heli tour, the reminder of 911 still too traumatizing, and it was hard enough to stand at the Statue at Liberty and see the sign how the sight used to be… before 911, with the Twin Towers still standing.

    5. Dan, yikes, it was even more eerie before? And you are right, to think that the horror movie had been shot there makes it all even more creepy.

  4. I’m groping for words.

    You see, today is the anniversary of a date I never forget, when blood was shed violently on our American shores at Pearl Harbor.

    December 7th, 1941: the day that lived in infamy.

    How to come to terms with War? With violence?

    When Lennon dreamed of peace, did he imagine today?

    Here is the lighting of the Imagine Peace tower in Reykavik, Iceland. This, Yoko Ono’s art for peace is a beautiful and powerful symbol and I hope she uses her money to keep the memory of the peaceful warrior alive.

    When I was in college I had two posters facing each other: one was the iconic prism. The other was John Lennon.

  5. Perhaps a person dies when he did all he should have done in his life. This assertion partly explains a large number of talented and energetic people who died in their youth.

    1. … this can’t be true because it would mean that boring people are rewarded with a long live, to annoy as much as possible other ones. 😉

      The talent of most of the talented, dead young ones, wasn’t surrounded by the other gifts one needs to survive here.

      Regards

      Taki

    2. it would mean that boring people are rewarded with a long live, to annoy as much as possible other ones.

      But it’s really true! 🙂

      Seriously… You know, it’s sad when young talented people die. But it’s more sad, when the old man, dying, doesn’t understand why he lived for.

  6. I am copy/pasting some of this from the previous post, where I wrote about the day that John Lennon was murdered in my home town. I remember that day just as clearly as if it were yesterday. My teachers cried in school, and I remember the mood of the entire city: Why, and How, could this have happened? Shock. Horror. At the age of 14, it was the first time I had ever felt unsafe in my city: if HE wasn’t safe, nobody was.

    After school I went to The Dakota and joined the crowd that had gathered on the spot where he was shot. It was a warm day and there were thousands of people. We were shellshocked. Lennon, of all people? What was this all about? And what was wrong with our society?

    I was taking an acting class at the time, and in our improvisations over the next few weeks there were lots of murders, people getting shot, etc. We were trying to make sense of what had happened.

    In memory of John Lennon (whose lyrics were both thoughtful AND political), I share the following words to a song we can all identify:

    “There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made,
    No one you can save that can’t be saved.
    Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time.
    It’s easy:
    All you need is love!”

  7. I’m glad I’m not famous as it comes with such a big price. The loss of privacy and not being able to walk down the street without hindrance. I will always respect our musical hero David’s privacy and I thank him again for this wonderful site, as I know how private he is and why.

    Regards and a peaceful Chrimbo to all.

    P.S. got all my Chrimbo cards from Shelter. I am thinking of all people out there this terrible winter without a roof over their heads.

    Damian

  8. While John’s murder is being remembered today, also remember the millions of people he affected in a positive way. He spoke and sang of love and peace, and was a cultural icon the world over. Because of this, he was considered a major threat to the US empire.

    His time living in the US was always under surveillance by the FBI, and there were many attempts to deport him and revoke his visa. He was about to make a comeback in his career to the spotlight again, when at the same time the Bush/Reagan regime was taking power in Washington. George H.W.Bush, former CIA chief, ordered a black ops hit on John Lennon using a patsy that had been through the CIA’s mind-control programming experiments. The powers-that-be know well the formula that keeps them the elite, and it’s not by spreading Love and Peace!

    By keeping us in fear, we make illogical decisions; so that we make more guns and weapons, create division, take sides, make enemies, support the troops… John’s message of love and peace was a much bigger threat to the US (military-industrial complex) as a WMD’s in Iraq. You can’t keep spending a million dollars a minute on a defense budget unless you have the enemies and evil-doers to justify it.

    Which brings me to Operation Northwoods and 9/11…

  9. Rory Gallagher died at 47. He was a very humble man who just wanted to play. Sadly with today’s manufactured pop stars we don’t see his like very often. Lennon, Harrison, Barrett, Mercury, SRV, Joplin, Hendrix will never be replaced or equalled.

    Check out Rory from his Belfast Xmas concert from 1984, one of the very few acts to play here… I was at it. 😀

  10. 30 years? Unbelievable… I remember that day in 1980 because it seemed surrealistic that such a gentle, peaceful man was shot. What could he have done in these 3 decades if guns weren’t legal in USA…

    Yoko Ono is not my cup of tea, from any point of view. That said, she still has my sympathy for losing her partner in a horrendous way.

    And, YES, FEd, I remember John Lennon with a smile on my face, as I do for a number of people that died (young or old, it doesn’t really matter) and left us a legacy in forms of songs (a smile to Rick Wright and Rory Gallagher, for example), stories (a smile to Charles Buckowski and Douglas Adams) or memories ( :)) Dad!).

    Best regards

    Taki

  11. I have to comment with experience that no one knows how individuals cope with bereavement. There is a danger, a trap that people fall into that allows one the luxury of thinking they can judge. There is no right way or wrong way to remember a loved one’s passing.

    Displaying blood stained clothes is really nothing to be bothered about. Some people called me weird for taking photographs of my dead wife in a coffin. Bereavement is the best thing that can happen to people and I wish everyone was John Lennon.

    Ian

    1. To Ian Pearson,

      I totally accept your comment that there is no right or wrong way to remember a loved one’s passing. And I would completely understand your wish to have a photograph – an opportunity I didn’t have in my own case of a close bereavement.

      I wonder however at your comment that “bereavement is the best thing which can happen to people”. I’m not being funny, but I just ask is this really what you think? We can all learn things through bereavement, of course we can. However, for me having lost a close relative at a pivotal age was perhaps the worst thing which could have happened to me, and although now “over it” it is still a factor in my make-up over 30 years later. I wouldn’t have wished that on anyone.

    2. Totally agree Ian.

      When my mother passed away I went to a football match in the evening. My mates did not know how to take it, I think they felt I was being disrespectful, but I felt I had to do something “normal” for me. I’m not sure if by me going to a soccer match eased the pain for 90 minutes, but I felt I had 50,000 people helping me mourn my mother.

      The game by the way was Arsenal v Juventus, April 9th 1980.

    3. John, it is never easy to be the one who is left behind. For the departed, the bereavement of others indicates how much one was loved during their life. The person who is trying to remember you, even if they are doing it in a strange and unique way, can only have loved you. And I think what Ian is saying is that John is very lucky, because so many people including Yoko really try to remember John Lennon, an indication of how much he was loved during his life.

  12. I feel rather uncomfortable with all these celebrations, praise, in honour of a dead artist or celebrity.

    What makes one life worth more than another? Fame?

    On this day, 15 years ago, a head teacher was murdered, stabbed outside his west London school while protecting a pupil who was being assaulted (source: BBC). Who remembers him? Who will ‘celebrate’ this sad event today?

    I know, it’s a silly comparison, but…

    There’s no doubt John Lennon was a very talented person, I have a great respect for the artist, less for the man as I read he completely neglected (so did Yoko Ono) his first son Julian. ‘Peace and love’… doesn’t love begin at home?

    OK, who am I to say that?

    While listening to a radio programme dedicated to him today, I heard a beautiful song he wrote as a tribute to his mother (who died, hit by a bus, they said): ‘Julia’.

    So, yes, me too, I will remember it (the song) and him with a smile…

    1. Well said Michèle. I was thinking along the same lines regarding the feud between Paul and John and Yoko. And how it continues between Paul and Yoko.

      Here are people that preached peace yet seems they didn’t practice it with their relations. You bringing up Julian is another fine example. So in a sense they could also be considered hypocrites.

      And let’s not forget that Yoko would be a nothing if it wasn’t for John.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    2. Andrew:

      My parents claim to have known Yoko when she was a waitress in a health food restaurant they frequented. They knew her as a conceptual visual artist and not as a musician. My mother has said there was nothing noteworthy about her, she was essentially a face in the crowd. So you’re right that she would not have been famous except through her association with John. Compare that with Linda McCartney, maiden name Linda Eastman, heir to the Eastman Kodak fortune and a well-known photographer when she got to know Paul.

  13. I too dream of a place with “no boundaries, no passports, only people”… Happy people. 🙂

    “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”, “Let It Be.”

    I praise the Freedom of Information Act (United States) and 1966 as a significant year in the fight for freedom from mental slavery… People must have the freedom to act out their own lives, making better choices, when awarded the full truth of any situation. all people have the “right to know.”

  14. My fondest memories of John Lennon are just him being part of The Beatles. There was a quite funny archive Beatles interview on TV here last night (you need part 4 and go to 0.40).

    Yoko Ono is an amazing woman, although I’m not entirely sure it’s in a good way. Her and John both seemed very self-absorbed to me. The person who got my sympathy vote was Julian Lennon.

    1. I feel for Julian too.

      I feel particularly too, that he has some of his father’s talent and ability but he may not have received enough recognition for his talent because too many people maybe think he’d just be trying to cash in on his father’s name and reputation. I’m surprised the bloke has any confidence at all.

      ash… with insomnia :!

  15. My memories of John Lennon make me smile, but I still cry over his death on the anniversary eventually after few drinks and playing through his songs. The pain is still there, so I don’t know how bad it must be for his family and friends at this time of year, and so close to Christmas as well.

    I hope Mark Chapman is never freed. Actually, I hope he rots in his prison cell.

  16. I love John Lennon but don’t like Yoko. Read May Pang’s book about Lennon if you really wish to be repulsed and horrified.

    A lot of the bios out there suggest that in 1968 Lennon started sniffing heroin and doing unbelievable amounts of things he had been doing in lesser amounts. He actually started having psychotic reactions. (The famous scene where he calls all the Beatles to Apple for an emergency meeting to tell everyone he’s Jesus. He was serious. On first reading it’s funny. When you reread it, it’s not.)

    Here’s what I sometimes ponder. My wife’s father is currently being robbed blind by a sociopath nearly 1/3 of his age. The playbook is simple. You drug the hell out of your victim. You take over his finances. You keep him doped out of his mind, isolated from old friends. Completely isolated from his old friends. You constantly tell him what to say and think. You enjoy the money. Your victim goes into serious mental/physical decline and becomes completely dependent on you… You end up rich. The victim slowly turn into a vegetable. It’s all ugly. I can’t tell you how often I hear others tell me a similar tale… I think about this, sometimes when I think of…

    Anyway, I absolutely LOVE Lennon. I’ve been listening to his music nearly every day my entire life, since I was a little boy and my dad bought me a little transistor radio. I always will. I love the man.

    I wish he’d never met Yoko. I can’t buy that new white Lennon Box set.

    1. It almost sounds like D.Q. is outlining a conspiracy. Did Yoko hire the killer?

      But I do feel for your father-in-law.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  17. I loved Lennon’s music and was very saddened by his death. However, I felt he was very misguided in his ideological path. No one likes war, but in a fallen world it is an unfortunate fact of life. Evil exists and it must be dealt with swiftly and with immense force. His lyric in Imagine seemed so hypocritical to me. Imagine no possessions, he seemed to have a lot of stuff, including a psychedelic Rolls Royce. Just a thought.

    Imagine no Heaven, no Hell below us, its easy if you try, well he isn’t Imagining anymore! 🙁

  18. This post is memories on John Lennon…

    I was eleven years old in 1968 when I moved from the US to New Delhi India. It was during the Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi craze which brought droves of seekers to Rishikesh via New Delhi.

    When my family first moved to New Delhi, we were put up at the Oberoi Intercontinental Hotel for 3 months while we waited for our household furnishings and belongings to arrive via ship and ox cart. I got to know many of the hotel staff as a young curious American kid on the loose without parental supervision most of the time.

    I was told that a few of the Beatles were in a suite at the hotel.

    A fellow American kid friend and I hi tailed up to the suite, after being told it was Lennon and Harrison in the suite. We knocked… And lo and behold who answered the door, but John Lennon… relaxed, long hair, cordial. He said, “Hi guys, what can I do for you?”

    I replied with, “Can we please see George!”

    Lennon invited me and my friend Dan into the suite and found Harrison on a couch with an acoustic guitar in hand.John picked up another one and they proceeded to run through “Lady Madonna”.

    Wow…

  19. Can’t believe it’s been 30 years. At the last McCartney concert Paul said he was just starting to talk to John again shortly before he was murdered. We’ll never know what might have happened…

    Happy anniversary to all on the blog! The birth was about this time 5 years ago no?

    Best wishes to all!

    Tom B
    Dublin

  20. I was a visitor in New York in December 1980 with my friend Angelina who lived there. We were Christmas shopping and had decided to have lunch in Central Park.

    We heard some shots and ran for cover into some bushes, others were doing the same. We stayed in the bushes for about 10 minutes shaking whilst we could here screaming and sirens. Gradually we came out the bushes and my friend grabbed somebody who was rushing by and asked what happened and this guy said “somebody’s just shot Lennon!”.

    It was a horrible moment. 🙁

  21. It was certainly one of those events where I will never forget where I was when I heard.

    As for other losses in music:

    – Alex and Les Harvey
    – Leon Wilkeson… survived a plane crash, being shot by his wife, cancer but eventually succumbed to liver damage, I think.

  22. It seems that those in the “cheap seats” this year at the Royal Variety Performance decided not to clap but to throw paint.

    Anyway, Lennon is my Hero.

    A poem that I feel honours the spirit of the Lennon Legacy: The Next War by Osbert Sitwell.

  23. Remembering John Lennon’s death (or anyone’s for that matter) is a reminder that life is fragile and fleeting, that none of us is guaranteed tomorrow, and that we must be ready to leave this world at any moment.

    We can “Imagine”, there’s no heaven or hell, but our souls will spend eternity in one or the other. Heaven cannot be earned through good works, talent, kindness, or generosity – but only through faith in Jesus Christ. I’m sure I’ll be mocked and ridiculed for that statement, but if it points one person to Christ, it will be worth it.

    I can only tell you that Jesus has changed my life in so many ways, and my deepest wish is that all could experience the blessings He brings.

  24. Thank you for a very thoughful post. Whether through his music or his wonderful sense of humour, John Lennon always makes me smile. He had the immense gift of expressing a complex issue in a few simple words that everybody understood. Whenever something of global importance happens, I always wonder what he would have said, like now for WikiLeaks for example.

    Yoko Ono…: Her behaviour oscillates between the weird and the sometimes appalling (Exhibition of the blood-stained clothes: toe-curling). But whatever she was – is – he loved her and that’s that.

    The one I really feel for is Julian Lennon, a really fine, talented musician. He really had a rough time of it.

    There was a wonderful vigil on Wednesday evening for John Lennon ouside Ottawa’s Parliament Hill around the Flame. All 400 of us kept warm in the freezing night with our little candles belting out Beatles and Lennon songs. Some MPs actually came down from the House and joined us. 🙂 I have a pic but of course don’t have a clue how to upload!

    Strawberry Fields Forever!
    Bella xo

  25. I was deeply saddened at the loss of Steve Marriott of Humble Pie. Many fond memories of singing their songs in college, picking out the tunes on my guitar.

    I feel as if I lived my life in a parallel universe with David Gilmour as we are so much alike, and Steve Marriott had a way of lifting me to that place where I fit.

  26. I’ve heard a lot of people say he was a hypocrite for saying “imagine no possessions”, however songs mean different things to different people. Maybe he was saying that to himself, maybe he was asking himself if he and everyone else could be better people,

    Anyhoo, I loved Lennon simply for the reason he was a genius and imperfect, perfect is boring. I always say anyone who’s perfect aren’t right. not pessimistically just don’t think people have to be perfect. It’s the imperfections that make us individuals. I’m sure Lennon could’ve been a chore to work with but I love him likes, especially love his sarcy dark humour and his immaturity. I wasn’t born when he died and didn’t have the privilege to live in the 60s (probably for the better, seeing I’m coloured, haha), but the Beatles’ and John’s solo music do carry on and stand the test of time. I liked the Beatles but in a sense glad they split up. Too much talent in one band, they had to be able to explore their own individuality just as an adolescent needs to find their own identity.

    Anyway, hope everyone is well and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year when it comes.

    P.S. Sorry for the lateness of this comment.

  27. Happy Anniversay to You Fed. 5 Years. I told you before, I’ll never leave for any blog, stay on until this is done.

    Thank You and David for keeping us together. I really mean it! 😉

  28. There appears to be a lot of people banging on how they don’t like Yoko, the women who Lennon fell in love with and was probably inspired to write great music. Bit like our David and Polly, I remember some folk having a pop at Polly too. Thing is, how can you dislike a person when you don’t know them? You don’t know the good work they do.

    John Lennon was a power for good from what I know of him and so is Yoko, and he would probably still be alive today if he had been deported. That would have been one good thing the US government had done in its short history.

    Damian

  29. Wow, it’s been 30 years, I only wonder what new things John Lennon would’ve had to say had he lived. Definitely a man of depth and feeling, for good or bad.

    I feel bad for his family.

  30. FWIW my favourite memory of John Lennon, and of The Beatles in general is the Revolver album as a whole and “Tomorrow Never Knows” in particular. This wonderful album of pop songs and then at the end you are hit with “Tomorrow Never Knows” which just takes you somewhere completely different! (“For love is all and love is everyone!” – a great moment!)

    Re the point you made about Yoko Ono not having received the level of sympathy one might have expected, yes, this is probably the case, and I would say that it is sad. You can tell there is a “but” coming, can’t you? But… she does seem adept at causing controversy.

    Re your comment about the “art work” made with the blood spattered spectacles – well, I could, for the sake of argument, see an artistic point in making such a “piece”. It may be horrible, but then murder is horrible. However, then selling copies of it for pounds many? No – for me that just crosses a boundary of taste, irretrievably. I think really the main problem is that, from the little I have seen, she does somehow appear to have been and to remain a very “difficult” person indeed.

    Julian Lennon’s take on her is worth a look. Again I do not pretend to be an expert, but he seems to come across as a reasonable guy, and very well balanced, considering what he has been through. You can hear some of it on YouTube if you search for “Julian Lennon slams Yoko Ono and talks of John Lennon and Paul McCartney (part1)”.

    Anyway, all best wishes to you all from ICY SCOTLAND!

  31. I also hear that story about the CIA putting a hit on Lennon, cuz he was an very influential activist, and that Chapman was in fact a mind controlled agent of the CIA.

    Who knows if it is true? What is sure is, by killing him, they made him immortal. No one will ever forget how he and The Beatles changed so much the world of the music.

    John lives forever.

  32. I remember this date quite clearly. I was having an operation in Toronto, not life threatening I might add, and in the recovery room my mother started crying. I remember saying ” I`m fine mom, I can almost walk already.” Her response was John Lennon was just shot and killed outside his NY apartment.

    I will never forget that. I was far too young to be affected but clearly she was not.

  33. Roger was on the new Conan O’Brien show last night, talking about The Wall: where the idea came from, how its significance has changed, why he’s reviving it thirty years on. This links to the video of his appearance: just ignore the 30-second commercial.

  34. Man, you spoke about the great Allman… we can list a lot of people that made the music less bright. Johnn Bonham, for example, and most of all, Rick Wright.

    A death is always a death, and, unfortunately, we can’t recognize it.

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