John Lennon's tragic murder; 40 years on.

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40 years ago today I remember going in to school and hearing the news John Lennon had been shot dead. This was another JFK moment that shook the world. It seemed inconceivable that a Beatle who had touched the hearts of millions could be taken so cruelly from us.

At that time I just knew some of the Beatles and Lennon's songs. That night on TV it was wall to wall continuous coverage and I learned even more about him and the band he put together all these years ago. I have since read so many books and watched so many TV shows about both him and the Beatles. I became a huge Beatles fan and have had the great experience of visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool and doing the Beatles tours. I was hoping to do another visit this summer with my 18 year old nephew who is also a huge fan, but Covid scuppered that...hopefully late next year or 2022. Basically whenever live music returns. In 1991 on my one and only visit so far to New York I went to the Dakota Building where he was shot and also visited Strawberry Fields, the garden of remembrance in Central Park. It was a very moving experience.

To be honest, I don't think I would have liked John Lennon much as a person. I get the impression he wasn't a particularly pleasant bloke. But I do admire very much great songwriters and artists who can create legacies which live on for decades, and Lennon certainly comes into that category. He left the world a wonderful catalogue of music and great songs.

Tonight I should have been going to see The Bootleg Beatles at the Usher Hall as I do every year. It would have been a poignant night. His legacy lives on.

RIP John.
 

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40 years ago today I remember going in to school and hearing the news John Lennon had been shot dead. This was another JFK moment that shook the world. It seemed inconceivable that a Beatle who had touched the hearts of millions could be taken so cruelly from us.

At that time I just knew some of the Beatles and Lennon's songs. That night on TV it was wall to wall continuous coverage and I learned even more about him and the band he put together all these years ago. I have since read so many books and watched so many TV shows about both him and the Beatles. I became a huge Beatles fan and have had the great experience of visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool and doing the Beatles tours. I was hoping to do another visit this summer with my 18 year old nephew who is also a huge fan, but Covid scuppered that...hopefully late next year or 2022. Basically whenever live music returns. In 1991 on my one and only visit so far to New York I went to the Dakota Building where he was shot and also visited Strawberry Fields, the garden of remembrance in Central Park. It was a very moving experience.

To be honest, I don't think I would have liked John Lennon much as a person. I get the impression he wasn't a particularly pleasant bloke. But I do admire very much great songwriters and artists who can create legacies which live on for decades, and Lennon certainly comes into that category. He left the world a wonderful catalogue of music and great songs.

Tonight I should have been going to see The Bootleg Beatles at the Usher Hall as I do every year. It would have been a poignant night. His legacy lives on.

RIP John.
The Beatles have such an extensive array of music. Music which JL wrote , co wrote or collaborated on.
From the covers, to the pop stuff through to the White album and beyond.
Lennon may , or may not have been a decent person. When it comes to his music.....
I love him.
RIP.
 

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40 years ago today I remember going in to school and hearing the news John Lennon had been shot dead. This was another JFK moment that shook the world. It seemed inconceivable that a Beatle who had touched the hearts of millions could be taken so cruelly from us.

At that time I just knew some of the Beatles and Lennon's songs. That night on TV it was wall to wall continuous coverage and I learned even more about him and the band he put together all these years ago. I have since read so many books and watched so many TV shows about both him and the Beatles. I became a huge Beatles fan and have had the great experience of visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool and doing the Beatles tours. I was hoping to do another visit this summer with my 18 year old nephew who is also a huge fan, but Covid scuppered that...hopefully late next year or 2022. Basically whenever live music returns. In 1991 on my one and only visit so far to New York I went to the Dakota Building where he was shot and also visited Strawberry Fields, the garden of remembrance in Central Park. It was a very moving experience.

To be honest, I don't think I would have liked John Lennon much as a person. I get the impression he wasn't a particularly pleasant bloke. But I do admire very much great songwriters and artists who can create legacies which live on for decades, and Lennon certainly comes into that category. He left the world a wonderful catalogue of music and great songs.

Tonight I should have been going to see The Bootleg Beatles at the Usher Hall as I do every year. It would have been a poignant night. His legacy lives on.

RIP John.
Not a Beatles fan but I did visit the Cavern club a couple of years ago. It was heaving with overpriced beer but the tribute band was very good.
Is the current club a replica of the original which is the opposite side of the lane?
 

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Not a Beatles fan but I did visit the Cavern club a couple of years ago. It was heaving with overpriced beer but the tribute band was very good.
Is the current club a replica of the original which is the opposite side of the lane?
The original Cavern Club was closed in 1973. The entrance to the original club is still there just beside the statue of Cilla Black a bit further down Matthew Street. They used many of the bricks from the old Cavern when they built the new one which is there now. They tried to make it as near to what the old one was like as possible.
 
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The very day I came to Holland 40 year ago. Woke up to wall-to-wall Beatles music and could see the writing on one of those walls.
 

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Lennon had a mean streak?Stuart Sutcliffe certainly found that out.
 

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40 years ago today I remember going in to school and hearing the news John Lennon had been shot dead. This was another JFK moment that shook the world. It seemed inconceivable that a Beatle who had touched the hearts of millions could be taken so cruelly from us.

At that time I just knew some of the Beatles and Lennon's songs. That night on TV it was wall to wall continuous coverage and I learned even more about him and the band he put together all these years ago. I have since read so many books and watched so many TV shows about both him and the Beatles. I became a huge Beatles fan and have had the great experience of visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool and doing the Beatles tours. I was hoping to do another visit this summer with my 18 year old nephew who is also a huge fan, but Covid scuppered that...hopefully late next year or 2022. Basically whenever live music returns. In 1991 on my one and only visit so far to New York I went to the Dakota Building where he was shot and also visited Strawberry Fields, the garden of remembrance in Central Park. It was a very moving experience.

To be honest, I don't think I would have liked John Lennon much as a person. I get the impression he wasn't a particularly pleasant bloke. But I do admire very much great songwriters and artists who can create legacies which live on for decades, and Lennon certainly comes into that category. He left the world a wonderful catalogue of music and great songs.

Tonight I should have been going to see The Bootleg Beatles at the Usher Hall as I do every year. It would have been a poignant night. His legacy lives on.

RIP John.
I have a grandson named Lennon, I will say no more.
 

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If only the shooter had taken out Paul McCartney instead.
What an epically weird thing to say.

Interestingly if Chapman hadn’t managed to murder Lennon he intended to kill Bowie the night after at this gig. Chapman had a front row seat for this gig, so did Lennon and Ono, so Bowie did the gig with 3 empty seats knowing why. Mental.

 

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He wrote some great music,muddied with some absolute dross! I think the acid trips were a bit much for him.

He was an icon before he was shot. He has an Edinburgh connection I think? Or is that an imagine :giggley:
 

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He wrote some great music,muddied with some absolute dross! I think the acid trips were a bit much for him.

He was an icon before he was shot. He has an Edinburgh connection I think? Or is that an imagine :giggley:
Your right about the Edinburgh connection. I went tae NYC in 2016 and our hotel was in the next street tae where he got shot. ?
 

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He wrote some great music,muddied with some absolute dross! I think the acid trips were a bit much for him.

He was an icon before he was shot. He has an Edinburgh connection I think? Or is that an imagine :giggley:
You're right, he had an aunt up here or something and he visited sometimes?

 

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What an epically weird thing to say.

Interestingly if Chapman hadn’t managed to murder Lennon he intended to kill Bowie the night after at this gig. Chapman had a front row seat for this gig, so did Lennon and Ono, so Bowie did the gig with 3 empty seats knowing why. Mental.


Wow, I never knew that.
 

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He wrote some great music,muddied with some absolute dross! I think the acid trips were a bit much for him.

He was an icon before he was shot. He has an Edinburgh connection I think? Or is that an imagine :giggley:
I love double fantasy, but I wonder if it is the finality of his work, rather than its quality.

Watching the Wheels and Just Like Starting Over are on my favourites playlist so I listen to them regularly.
 

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McCartney II is an underrated classic.
on the back of a twitter thread by Jo Caulfield I was racking my brains for anything decent that Paul McCartney had been involved in.

best I could come up with was his Michael Jackson collaboration, and maybe live and let die.

Whereas I think the body of work of Lennon & Harrison is enduring and beautiful
 
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