Wednesday, 8 December 2010

I Read The News Today - Oh, Boy

Thirty years ago today John Lennon was murdered outside his New York apartment. I was eighteen years old at the time, engaged to be married and saving hard for a deposit on a flat with my wife to be. I was never a huge fan of The Beatles but the shock of Lennon's death was, perhaps, my generation's 'JFK moment' - I remember hearing the news vividly. My mother came through with tea and toast early in the morning and told me Lennon had died. I switched on the radio - no breakfast television in Scotland in those days - and heard the awful details about what had happened.

I always thought some of The Beatles early stuff was a bit naff. 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' and songs of that ilk weren't really up to much but millions of screaming girls all around the world snapped up the records. I preferred The Beatles later work. Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club was a good album although I always thought The White Album was better. Some of Lennon's solo work was sublime. Instant Karma, Number 9 Dream, Imagine - quite superb. Give Peace a Chance was just a continuous chant but its sentiments were sincere. And, of course, at this time of the year Happy Christmas (War is Over) is being played throughout the land.

It doesn't seem like thirty years since the great man's passing. Rather ironically he sang Imagine There's No Heaven - I can't imagine Heaven without him.

God rest John Lennon.


miruspeg said...

Mike I have been watching a few documentaries the last couple of days about his life and music.
I was a huge Beatle's fan and Paul was my favourite in the early days but a few years before John died I really understood his message and dedication to the peace movement.

You have written an excellent account about the great man Mike!

Thirty my times flies!
Peggy xxxxx

A Daft Scots Lass said...

My skin ' blister and I are huge Beatles fans. We played all their LPs over and over a young girls. My big sis was madly in love with Paul but John will always be my favourite.

Adullamite said...

"..the Beatles early stuff was a bit naff."

This means WAR!

Mike Smith said...

Come on auld fella - love me do!