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23 years ago today - Lennon

kerouacdude

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It was actually a Monday night too.

Though I didn't find out til my mom told me at breakfast the next morning. I didn't fully comprehend it and the full magnitude wasn't immediately felt - in my life, I hadn't been consciously aware of someone famous being shot to death (of course I knew about the 60's assassinations, but I wasn't alive) and to be honest, as a ten-year-old, the genial McCartney and wacky Ringo were a bit more accessible than the more complex Lennon.

I was a Beatles fan of course, and it seemed like most people were, but you don't really have a sense of how much someone's music means to a people at that age. And also, Lennon seemed like a contemporary artist too. Double Fantasy had just come out and I'd heard and liked Starting Over and Watching the Wheels (can't remember if my brother had the album already or got it that Christmas).

So the next few days were something I'd never seen before or since - that kind of public outpouring for a musician. I kind of remember Elvis dying, but it didn't seem as global. Obviously the manner of death was a big part of it, but it was more than that. People were literally torn apart by this, felt like a part of them had died.

Anyways, don't want to end this on a down - if you can find a copy at a used book store, Paperback Writer is hilarious - this guy takes the story of the Beatles and mixes in a whole lotta funny b.s. (e.g. because the solo albums suck, they get back together in the late 70's but the comeback album blows so they're forced to open for Peter Frampton at Dodger Stadium).

enough of me, feel free to share Lennon/Beatles thoughts regardless of whether you were around then or not.
 

The Tesseract

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Yeah... yesterday was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour. and the day before the Montreal Massacre.


I was watching Pearl Harbour and when they mentioned the date i was like "woah!" and then i thought about it and then i was like "wwoooooaah"
 

Adam

TRIBE Member
Respect.

Music for me can be classified into two genres: The Beatles and Not The Beatles.

The only movie that makes me cry is the biography John Lennon, because his was such a profound fucking loss for the world. He wasn't a saint, but genuinely brought something positive and lasting into the world.





 
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Alita

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I adore John Lennon - such a pity the way he had to go.

Much love to the man who inspired so many.

:cool: < --- his smiley
 

Adam

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Favourite Lennon track? Probably Across The Universe

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing through my open mind inviting and inciting me limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns, it calls me on and on across the universe
 

Alita

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Adam
Favourite Lennon track?

Watching The Wheels
John Lennon

People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Ah, people asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry
I'm just sitting here doing time

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go



I have about a million favorite Beatles tracks tho
:)
 

Resolver

TRIBE Member
1940-1980 RIP JWL



- there is nothing conceptually better than Rock 'n' Roll

- as soon as you find the pattern, you break it. Otherwise it get's boring.

- Avant Garde is French for Bullshit.

- Pop music is like the people's mantra,and the offbeat keeps it steady.

- Im prepared for death because I don't believe in it.

- It's handy to fuck your best friend.

- Politics is a state of mind, but you've got to protect your money haven't you?

- God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

- Learn to swim, and once you've learned--SWIM.

- You breath in, you breath out.

- Power Corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

- It doesn't how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I'm a woman or a man.

- Listen, all you experts, none of you can hear.

- Madness is the first sign of dandruff.
- people prefer dead saints to live freaks.

- Ninety percent of the people on this planet were born out of a bottle of whiskey on a Saturday night.

- as usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.

- if everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.

- Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

- Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.

- Possession isn't nine tenths of the law, it's nine-tenths of the problem.

What does it mean that when you're such a pacifist you get shot???

.....I don't know either
:confused:
 
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Aerius Zension

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The benefits of using the search button.

It is now 24 years ago to the day John passed away. Though I was very young, I still do remember this death, mainly because this is my first memory as a child. Of course, I could never have understood the magnitude of it all, but I do remember how upsetting this was to the world, even in my own household.

For me, it was the first real catostrophic event in my life. For some people it may have been Vietnam, for others the Challenger blowing up in the sky, but this is what recall looking back at things.

The Beatles have always been one of my fav bands and musical influences, though Paul was my fav. But as for John, RIP one of the greatest songwriters of all time.








 

Klubmasta Will

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if someone 1,000 years from now writes a list of 'all-time greatest songwriters', john lennon will still be on that list. perhaps over any other songwriter of the 20th century.

i was too young to really understand what was going on when he died. i remember my brother trying to explain it to me. "you know that song that i play that you like to sing along to? the guy that wrote it and sang it, he was just killed ..."

favourite lennon tracks: across the universe, imagine, jealous guy, give peace a chance

:)
 

The Operator

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John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

- Love -

Love is real , real is love
Love is feeling , feeling love
Love is wanting to be loved

Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved

Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
we can be

Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needed to be loved
 

Resolver

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As for Lennon's solo efforts, I still think his best achievment was to write a song about his former songwriting partner and friend Paul. THe song is called, "HOw do You Sleep?" and I still think it's his best effort...

So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise
You better see right through that mother's eyes
Those freaks was right when they said you was dead
The one mistake you made was in your head
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?
You live with straights who tell you you was king
Jump when your momma tell you anything
The only thing you done was yesterday
And since you're gone you're just another day
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?
 
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terrawrist III

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Dennis Leary said it best " Yoko was right beside him...NOT ONE FUCKIN' BULLIT EXPLAIN THAT TO ME!!:mad: "

his music will live on for generations to come...RIP
 

AVE

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Originally posted by Resolver
As for Lennon's solo efforts, I still think his best achievment was to write a song about his former songwriting partner and friend Paul. THe song is called, "HOw do You Sleep?" and I still think it's his best effort...
also known by its alternate title, "How Do You Sleep, Ya Cunt?"
 
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Dirtymatt

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Without wishing to sound provocative or unsympathetic, I think being shot was probably what immortalised Lennon so much in the hearts of the public. If he was still around today he would be more of a commercial sell-out a la Macca, and probably wouldnt hold strong such ideals that he did.

As quoted earlier in this post;

'as soon as you find the pattern, break it. Otherwise it gets boring.'

i think this is kinda what happened here and his death meant that his views would be permanently ingrained without change.

I respect him immensely, but his 'martyrdom' brought it home to a lot of people.
 

The Operator

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You've gotta be kidding me. If Lennon was still alive today he would be just as passionate about freedom, love and life as he always was. That was the great thing about Lennon - he was the antithesis of a sellout.
 

HMP

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Originally posted by terrawrist III
Dennis Leary said it best " Yoko was right beside him...NOT ONE FUCKIN' BULLIT EXPLAIN THAT TO ME!!:mad: "

his music will live on for generations to come...RIP
may we not honour the dead without slamming his loved one, please? rip, john.

fyi, yoko ono was richer and as famous as lennon in her own right as an avant garde artist and japanese aristocrat. she went to the same school as emperor hiro hito.
 

Dirtymatt

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Originally posted by The Operator
You've gotta be kidding me. If Lennon was still alive today he would be just as passionate about freedom, love and life as he always was. That was the great thing about Lennon - he was the antithesis of a sellout.
he was the antithesis of a sell out at the time. I wonder whether he would still be like that today if alive. I would love to think so, but if he were, he would start to sound like a broken record, going against the establishment in every point. People would start to get fed up of this and he would slowly drift away from the cutting edge that he dominated all that time ago.
 

Hal-9000

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Originally posted by HMP

fyi, yoko ono was richer and as famous as lennon in her own right as an avant garde artist and japanese aristocrat. .
Richer maybe (family money), but no way did she have as much of a following as an artist as Lennon did. C'mon..
 
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