Thirty five years ago today, one asshole ruined a lot of lives. MDC (won’t give this paunchy freak any credits), much like Lee Harvey Oswald, brought down a lot of dreams with a gun.
There has been so much written about this event, and there will be a ton more written in the future, but it one of the biggest days in musical history, albeit a sad one, much like what it must have been like when Buddy Holly, Ritchie and The Big Bopper went down in an Iowa cornfield, so many moons ago. But the difference is, that was part human error, part nature, part machinery error. This tragedy had no meaning. Why did this happen? It was pure senselessness. This guy was supposedly a big Lennon fan. There is a reason they are called fans (fanatics). Beware of the overzealous ones.
John and The Beatles, without saying, shaped our musical landscape. Without them, there would not be the lineage of music that we have before us. Of course, Justin Beiber types would still exist, they are like cockroaches and will exist even after a nuclear holocaust. Can you imagine a world without John Lennon? Would there be a Paul McCartney? Yes, we can all do without “Wonderful Christmastime”, but that is arguably the greatest songwriting team in the history of recorded music! Imagine no Beatles? There would be no Pete Best schadenfreude. Barry Wom would have become a hairdresser, TWO hairdressers!
Dig, these guys turned popular music on its’ ear. How many bands would have formed without The Beatles? Sure, we had The Beach Boys and many other bands, The Crickets, The Blue Caps (back then record companies had to foist a frontman so audiences could connect easier to them) etc…But The Beatles brought a new sound, many British and American copy cats, competition to a young B.Wilson and Bros., and many kids in suburban garages that grew their hair, bought boots and practiced in the garage at all hours. See Bruce Springsteen in The Castilles… My brothers were all in bands. I was lucky enough to watch them rehearse in our garage. They continue to play music to this day. There are home movies of me at 4 years old, after seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, playing guitar and beating bongos and bowing to a pretend audience when I finished. I am 54 years old and I still play music to a real audience, albeit to a very select audience. These guys and John Lennon are responsible for so much great music to come out of the cosmos that it is impossible to list their influences. Most every band in the 60’s that spawned the 70’s that influenced the 80’s that became the 90’s that etc…you get the point?! History would be so much different without John Lennon.
I can’t imagine a world without John Lennon, yet we were forced to live in it, by one messed up lone a**hole. John would not be very happy with all of the things that have gone down in these recent tragic times. Maybe John and Yoko would have protested more about gun control if he were with us still…and who knows, maybe a politician would have listened instead of piling the dough from the NRA in each other’s pockets and turning blind eyes…how do you sleep, indeed!
I haven’t even touched on his music. It is too overwhelming. We all have our favorites. “In My Life”, “You’re Going to Lose that Girl”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “I’m so Tired”, “Help”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko”, “Instant Karma” (I still remember where I was the first time I heard that on the radio! I was 9 years old!), “Watching the Wheels”..and I still believe his “Rock and Roll” solo LP produced by Phil Spector is one great, great album. Listen to “Just Because” or “Stand By Me”, if he doesn’t sound like he is in the moment, maaaan…classic and timeless. John Winston Ono Lennon or Dr. Winston O’Boogie, thank you for all of the joy that you gave this world. You were truly taken too early from this earth. RIP, Imagine, giving peace a chance..
This acrylic painting was taken from the “Help” dvd. I was watching it, and my wife called me into the kitchen, so I paused it. The scene was of John singing “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” (sic?) and it was the coolest looking blue silhouette. I took a picture of the screen with my camera and I tried to capture the still. I think I got his nose…TBH, peace…
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music