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John Lennon

Uploaded: Oct 9, 2010
Today would have been former Beatle John Lennon's 70th birthday.
He was shot and killed by someone crazy 30 years ago this December.
I grew up in the 60's when the Beatles were unbelievable. The artistic shift that they made from their early works to their later opuses is just incredible.

What I find interesting, and moving, is that the kids of the next generation seem to venerate the Beatles as much as people in my cohort did at the time. They clearly dominated the popular music genre for a number of years.

Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, others of an even earlier era still stand the test of time. As will Lennon and McCartney.


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Posted by Memories, a resident of ,
on Oct 9, 2010 at 11:59 am

I crossed paths with the Beatles a couple of times in my life. I worked in London for the Entertainment Division of the Rank Organization.

The year was 1962 my Boss together with Brian Epstein the Beatles first Manager brought them to London to perform at the Hammersmith Palace. I helped organize this series of performances when songs like "I want to Hold your Hand" and "Love Love me Do" were at the top of the British charts!!!

I emigrated to New York in January, 1964 to be followed by the Beatles a month later in February, 1964. I remember them landing in New York to screams of delighted teenage girls!!! They performed at Candlestick Park and had a bigger audience than Willie Mays and Willie McCovey!!!

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Posted by jane v, a resident of ,
on Oct 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm

haight/ashbury: John Lennon is so necessary now! IMAGINE covers everything we need 2day--Imagine No Borders, I may be a dreamer but I'm not the only one--PEACE. And I hope it wasn't a govt. plot to assasinate him!

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Posted by Sharon, a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Lennon "started out on burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff".

In the Hamburg years it was speed beer and nicotine-- and the music was a good-- derivation of US R&B

By the late 60s it was LSD, meth and heroin and vodka

By the 70s it was heroin, cocaine and PCP.

Lennons "rakes progress" diminished his talent and music

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Posted by Sam, a resident of ,
on Oct 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I wasn't going to touch this one, because so many people are true believers in Lennon. However, Sharon has it right...he was a mess. There were no 'opuses', because he did not have the self discipline to write one. For example, "Imagine" is an immature paean to his own delusions.

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