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bookiesoriginal
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Sad Day in History
Dec 8th, 2004 at 6:19pm
 
does anyone remember what happened 25 years ago today?

do you remember where and what you were doing when you heard?
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Reply #1 - Dec 8th, 2004 at 10:20pm
 
I was at work when I heard the news. A lot of people kept asking me how I was since they knew I was a huge Beatles fan. I remember it like it was yesterday. I hope the idiot who did it rots in jail the rest of his life. RIP John.
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Reply #2 - Dec 8th, 2004 at 11:55pm
 
I was in college--I saw the report on a tv in the student union.

I'm surprised that he hasn't gotten the Jeffrey Dahmer treatment (killed in prison by a fellow inmate).

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Reply #3 - Dec 10th, 2004 at 9:27am
 
I ,of course,remember exactly where I was when I heard,and I still don't like to talk about it...................................... Sad
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Reply #4 - Dec 8th, 2005 at 6:18pm
 
for me, this was the day the music died.
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Reply #5 - Dec 8th, 2005 at 9:11pm
 
Wait...that is pretty weird.  That unidentified post above was mine...from 2004!  How did that happen?
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Reply #6 - Dec 8th, 2005 at 9:40pm
 
it happened because when the board crashed, some of the members got deleted (one of which was you)
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Reply #7 - Dec 10th, 2005 at 12:33am
 
I remember it well.
A lot of people don't care for Lefsetz's style and musical analysis/opinions,
but this one is a little different and put it in a nice perspective for me...
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Now I get Jesus.  What it was like to have your hero taken away from you before
his time.  Martyred by a society that didn't understand him.

John Lennon wasn't God when he was alive.  But in the ensuing twenty five years
since his death, that's what he's become.  A man who listened to his inner
tuning fork, who wasn't worried about what SOCIETY told him to do, but what was
right.

They don't know how to do it right in the U.S.  Everything's too commercialized,
too sensationalized.  To get the skinny, you've got to go to the BBC, where
subjects are given respect.  I was stuck in traffic on the 101 when I pushed the
button on my XM tuner to discover a ten hour special on John Lennon.

Was John Lennon arrogant?

He said he was just speaking the truth.  He was like a kid, unconditioned by
society.  When he saw something he didn't like, he railed against it.  He told
the story of going to a hospital for the underprivileged in the Bahamas while
filming "Help".  When he got to the state dinner that evening, he confronted his
hosts with the squalid conditions and when they didn't give a satisfactory
response to his protestations, he started acting out.  Insulting them.  Clanging
his silverware.  After all, it's not about manners, but PEOPLE!

We don't have rock stars like this anymore.  If they're not checking their
SoundScan numbers, they're checking their stock portfolio.  Their music doesn't
come from the heart, but the head.  Lennon's genius was his came from both.

Funny to hear the tracks of yore.  "It Won't Be Long", which was seen as an
album track back then, sounds like pure joy today.  Sure, canonize "Never Mind
The Bollocks", but that pink-jacketed record has not one tenth of the energy and
emotion of the lead-off track on "With The Beatles".

With digital transfers you can hear all the words now, and the inflections.  We
played the vinyl so much that it was clouded in a sea of noise.  But, within
those mixes was a living, human being, speaking his truth.  "A Hard Day's Night"
might have been a movie, but the title song is not a trifle.  It's the
world-weary tune of someone who's been at the top and is doing his best to
continue to surf the wave, not even sure why he's doing it anymore, other than
it's expected of him.

Then there was the aforementioned "Help".  John, in his interview with Jann
Wenner from 1970, asked, didn't anybody GET IT?  That he was asking for HELP,
some RELIEF from the onslaught.  Delineated so well in this documentary.  More
than a gig a day.  From the hotel room to the car to the gig to the car to the
hotel room to the airplane.

Then they hit "In My Life".

I guess everybody's youth is special.

But not everybody had the Beatles.

I wouldn't quite say we were asleep, but we were kind of mindless.  Kind of like
today.  Kids are getting shot in Iraq, but nobody seems to notice here back
home.  Everybody's still worried about his possessions, getting high.  But, the
Beatles were a smack to the head that you didn't expect.  It's like they
invented a new kind of orgasm.  And we were THERE!

John Lennon wouldn't be quite the hero if he hadn't been gunned down.  Some of
the sheen had already rubbed off.  But that's how you become a religious figure,
by being here for such a very short time.

If John were still with us today, I'm not sure what message he would be sending.

I hope it would have the energy of "Instant Karma".

But the era is different.  By 1970, we were tired.  The sixties had worn us out. 
We were ready to be sunny.  Ready to believe in OURSELVES again, after realizing
we couldn't believe in the government, or the Beatles for that matter.

Maybe he'd be singing "Gimme Some Truth".  God, we need that in the era of Fox
News, in a time when the Administration is on an endless disinformation
campaign.

But what I'd expect John Lennon would be playing is something akin to "Come
Together".

There was not a lot of advance notice for "Abbey Road".  We kept hearing the
band was breaking up.  And, all these years later, the record is remembered most
for Paul McCartney's second side and George Harrison's "Something".  But what
drew us in, what truly resonated, was "Come Together".

Oh, it wasn't a radio thing.  Everybody bought the record the week it came out. 
We were sitting in the high school library and somebody started pounding out the
rhythm on the table.  And Gary Fialk started singing the "shhh" part.  And then
maybe it was Marc Goloff who filled in the rest of the instrumentation.  And,
when we had the intro nailed, at the proper moment, we all started to sing,
quietly, under our breath.

"Here come old flattop, he come groovin' up slowly
He got ju-ju eyeball, he one holy roller"

We weren't worried about the librarian, weren't worried about making noise, this
was more important than discipline, than decorum, this was OUR LIFE!

That's what singular John Lennon did.  He brought us all together.

We could use some of that right now.

If only the Evangelical Christians.  And the punks.  All those with tattoos and
nose rings.  If only there were something we could all agree on, believe in
together.

That's what the Beatles were.

And, make no mistake, the Beatles were John Lennon's band.  After all, he was
two years OLDER than Paul McCartney.  And, at that age, two years make all the
difference.

"There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone, and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all"

It's hard to keep going.  With my father gone.  My ex-wife too.  You get older,
and it's an endless series of losses.  It gets harder and harder to figure life
out.  Maybe that's why John Lennon retreated into the Dakota.  Because
everything society told him he should want, what he worked so hard to achieve,
didn't fix his problems.

Unfortunately, John Lennon was unable to bask in the glory of his own work.  As
the creator, he could not be touched by his genius, he could only give.

Listening to the tunes today, my life flashed by in my mind.  Not only the night
of his death, when I was arrested for driving under the influence and locked up
in the drunk tank, but also those days in the sixties, when I had hope.

You can't lose hope.  John Lennon gave us hope.  That everything could work out
if you were just yourself.  That you didn't have to play the game, that you
could make it on your own terms.  And that's why we won't let his memory go.
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Re: Sad Day in History
Reply #8 - Dec 12th, 2005 at 10:03pm
 
Wow...thanks for that Borris.
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Reply #9 - Dec 8th, 2006 at 8:43pm
 
hard to believe.
26 years ago.
Cry

the hope he gave us still remains though boris.
thank you.
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