John Lennon, 72 years old....

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  1. ollinger

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    ....today, had he not been senselessly killed by a different sort of victim, a psychotically deranged paranoic. How much more interesting life would be if this ambassador of peace were still around, rallying iconoclasts and tilting at windmills. No other killing seems to sadden me as much as this one still does.
     
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  2. Larrysümmers

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    its sad that it happened, but his work here was done, it was his time.
     
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  3. LuckyR

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    Biologically? yes. Artistically? We'll never know...
     
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    Weak era IMO.
     
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  5. r2473

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    At least we still have Yoko.........
     
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  6. ollinger

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    ^^ Yoko apparently has lobbied against parole for Chapman. He's served a long time for a guy who was seen as mentally ill at the time and who insisted on changing his plea from insanity to guilty. He was sentenced to 20 to life.
     
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    ^^^lol-beat me to it.
    And to think that Lennon once cited the Kim Jong-il look-a-like's banshee-wailing, caterwauling as something "ahead of it's time" .... talk about "p-whipped" .... :razz:

    Anyway, John Lennon rocking during his 'Yoko/post-Beatle' years: "New York City" (1972):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C8C1psZiL8

    Standing on the corner, just me & Yoko One
    We was waiting for Jerry to land,
    Up come a man with the guitar in his hand
    singing "have a marijuana if you can."
    His name was David Peel
    * and we found that he was real
    He sang "The Pope smokes dope everyday!"
    Up come a police man, shoved us up the street,
    singing "Power to the people today!"

    NYC!...NYC!...NYC!
    Que pasa New York?...Que pasa New York?

    Well we went to Max's Kansas City, got down the nitty-gritty
    With the Elephant's Memory band,
    Laid something down as the news spread around
    about the Plastic Ono-Elephant's Memory Band
    Well we played some funky boogie and laid some tutti-frutti
    singing "Long Tall Sally's a man"
    Up come a preachman tryin' to be a teacher
    singing "The Pope's a red herring in drag!"

    NYC!...NYC!...NYC!
    Que pasa New York?...Que pasa New York?

    Well we did the Staten Island Ferry, making movies for the telly
    played the Fillmore and Apollo for freedom,
    Tried to shake our image, just a cycling through the Village
    but found that we had left it back in London
    Well nobody came to bug us, hustle us or shove us
    so we decided to make it our home
    If the man wants to shove us out, we gonna jump and shout:
    "the Statue of Liberty said 'COME'!"

    NYC!...NYC!...NYC!
    Que pasa New York?...Que pasa New York?

    NYC down in the Village
    What a bad-ass city!
    Que pasa New York?...Que pasa New York?

    Bad-ass city!....Bad-ass city!....que pasa NY?...


    * ref. to "David Peel & the Lower East Side" (a NYC 'diggers' street band of the period, better known for their song "Up Again the Wall, Motherf**ker")
     
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    Chapman robbed this generation of MUSIC!!
     
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    After reading a recent book about Todd Rundgren, I found out that Chapman was infatuated with both Rundgren and Lennon, so he flipped a coin and Lennon came up heads.
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZzXEFDznoA

    What happened here
    As the New York sunset disappeared
    I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
    Who lived here
    He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
    Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
    And now it all looks strange
    It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain
    And what's it for
    This little empty garden by the brownstone door
    And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
    Who lived here
    He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
    Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
    And we are so amazed we're crippled and we're dazed
    A gardener like that one no one can replace
    And I've been knocking but no one answers
    And I've been knocking most all the day
    Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey Johnny
    Can't you come out to play
    And through their tears
    Some say he farmed his best in younger years
    But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
    Who lived there
    He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
    Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
    Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls
    We hear, we hear your name
    Johnny can't you come out to play in your empty garden
     
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  11. r2473

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    This is pretty darn good by the way. The references and overall description fit well.

    Very nicely done.
     
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    Chapman stole us of an icon and his music. Lennon's influence went well past what was recorded on vinyl. Forty years before a politician won on a campaign of "hope and change", John was pioneering the concept of a musician being bigger than his songs. The anti-war movement was bumped vigorously by his participation. Divorce and interracial romance...he did both before both became SOP in our culture. Fashion? Who can forget his abrupt changes after India, drug experimentation, transoceanic migration and finally second fatherhood and stay-at-home parenting. The guy was way ahead of his time and I still badly miss him!

    Many people of my generation link their memories to the "Where were you when JFK was shot?" question. I remember Howar Cosell interrupting the MNF telecast to announce that John had been shot...cooling down after a hit with my best friend on his indoor teaching court on a crisp late fall evening on Long Island. I was in shock for an hour, not wanting to drive home through my tears. That whole week was so depressing but the Sunday memorial after his death helped me through the blues. Instead of the moment of silence Yoko requested, I sang "Imagine" softly to myself.
     
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    Speaking of Yoko, the following video demonstrates her true talent...blindfolded no less! A true arteeest. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqP3wT5lpa4
     
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  14. TennisLovaLova

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    John Lennon was murderer by the illuminati
     
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    And your brain was murdered by too much television.
     
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    The tragedy is that Lennon did not become a martyr for mental health care needs. 32yrs on and things are far worse.

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  17. ollinger

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    ^^ Not worse at all, actually. Laws now require parity for mental health care and general medical care, de-institutionalization has certainly not cured schizophrenia but means that large state hospitals that warehoused up to 7000 patients each half a century ago now sometimes house 300, the rest being in far more humane community residences. There's always been a tiny percentage of that population that commits violence (psychotics are actually statistically less likely to commit violence than the rest of us), you just hear about it constantly now when it happens because news programming occupied half an hour of the day before the 1980s, now it's 24 hours.
     
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    Stop the illuminati propaganda please
     
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  19. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Lennon was a guy who wrote songs about not being materialistic at the same time that he had 3 apartments in NY just for storing his stuff while living in a 4th apartment.
    Unfortunate that he got shot though.
     
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  20. ollinger

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    ^^ materialism is defined as the tendency to value physical posessions over spiritual values. One can own lots of things yet at the same time not overvalue them, and one can have good spiritual values that supercede the importance of posessions.
     
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    This is a very healthy perspective to have on things IMO.
     
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    I completely agree!!!! Imagine IMO is the greatest song ever written!! SO true!
     
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    Howard Stern has brass ones to dub himself "The King Of All Media". Lennon crossed over from songwriting into film star, author, artist and theatrical writing long before we allowed buffoonery to be worshipped as creativity.
     
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