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December 8th
30 November 2010
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Do any of You have Memories of One Of Rock's Darkest Days? I wasn't born yet fortunately but I plan on only listening To Lennon all Day, with nothing Else except for Some tributes to Him.

I………….RIP John Lennon

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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I didn't find out 'till the morning of the 9th, walking to school, meeting one of my 8th grade classmates: "Hey, did you hear? One of the Beatles got shot last night!" I asked him which one, and was surprised to hear it was John Lennon. I knew that "Just Like Starting Over" had just begun to be played on the radio a few weeks previous, and I found it totally surreal that a performer could be killed while having a hit record that was still on the charts.

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I've Always found that ironic that he dies when his hit was (Just Like) Starting Over, You Know.

My Classic Rock radio station has called it Rock's Darkest Day, And I can't disagree

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
30 November 2010
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The way so many people heard of his death, Here is Howard Cosell telling a nation of John's Death

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
1 December 2010
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Horrible, horrible, horrible.

 

I live in NYC and as a fifteen year-old used to go to sleep listening to talk radio.  I went to sleep not knowing and woke up knowing.  Craziest feeling I ever had, almost like I'd dreamt it, and the dream had come true.  Of course, the dream was over.

 

Came across this today, thought it was pretty interesting:

 

http://nickdavisproducer.blogs…..-pass.html

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1 December 2010
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I was in my living room with my Dad was watching *that* football game. I was doing my homework on the coffee table. They said that John had passed away and we told my sisters. I think they started crying. I remember it was a huge, huge moment.

 

The following days my Dad got us all the newspapers and my sisters started a scrapbook. Later, we got a lot of magazines and we filled the scrapbook with Beatle pics. It's lost now.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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I was four. I'd just been sick and my mum was clearing it up when my dad came to the doorway and said "John Lennon's been shot". He didn't say he was dead but they both knew.

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This year I am going to try to my family to do a memorial for the beloved John. We all should.

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As mr. Sun king coming together mentioned above, I heard it first from Howard Cosell while watching Monday Night Football.

Up to that point, 1980 was a glorious year for me. There were four of us that hung out together all that summer and had the times of our lives going to parties, concerts, camping trips, etc…. Then, I started my Senior Year in High School, turned 17 in November and just felt like I was on top of the world.

It all came to a resounding thud that night. I was stunned and probably got about 10 minutes sleep if I was lucky. The next day, my buddy and I met at the bus stop and decided to skip school. I remember an awful lot of tears that day. Like most Beatles fans I kept hoping for some type of reunion, just knowing in my heart it was going to happen.

As RufusWild said above, "Craziest feeling I ever had, almost like I'd dreamt it, and the dream had come true.  Of course, the dream was over."

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2 December 2010
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All this is making me sort of glad I wasn't born until 1995….

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3 December 2010
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I was 17 years old, in the middle of my senior year of high school.  A friend who had moved to Los Angeles (I was living in Casper, Wyoming) called to tell me the news.  Shock, disbelief, numbness, anger.  Did not cry, but felt an overwhelming sense of emptiness.   Could not fathom it--no way could JL be gone for good, and especially not under these circumstances.

Was especially disgusted and hurt because I've been a Lennon fan since I was 11 years old and had enthusiastically welcomed his return to active music making with Double Fantasy.  Hearing "Starting Over" on the radio was such a thrill before the murder, then it became bittersweet in the extreme.  Listening to the radio was exciting again because Lennon was back, sounding robust, happy, energetic.  You also had Bruce Springsteen at the same time, with "Hungry Heart."  That was a great combo for the Top 40.

After getting off the phone, went to the TV set thinking, no, it just can't be true.  Something's inaccurate, or he'll pull through.  But it was true, and it was true everywhere I turned.

I remember thinking then, and still think of it this way, that with the election of Ronald Reagan in early November 1980 and the murder of John Lennon a little over a month later, that the 1980s would be a tough time.  I was right, I believe.

The absence of John Lennon in the form of a world tour that never happened, and in so many other forms, hurt then and still hurts.  At the same time, there was a part of me that wasn't surprised that someone out there hated him enough to stalk and kill him.  In a bizarre and disgusting way, it made sense, while at the same time it made no sense.  John Lennon was such a life force, so much larger than life in many ways, that small people like MDC would project their hate, fear, and insecurity onto him.

I've often felt that JL would've been better off not making his comeback in 1980, if that would have saved his life, but that's the wrong way to think about such things.

To repeat what I've said in another part of this forum, no one in popular music today has JL's charisma, guts, and presence.  Not even close.  He set the bar high, changed lots of lives, paid the ultimate price for his bravery and artistry.  I'm glad to have lived while he was working his magic and to see that the magic has endured, at least in some ways.  I don't know if music and culture would be any different than how they've turned out, but it's a damned shame we'll never know.   

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8  Very well said man..

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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I can't imagine what you guys had to emotionally deal with when Lennon died. I mean, I will have to deal with the death of Paul and Ringo, but hopefully it will be less shocking

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

I can't imagine what you guys had to emotionally deal with when Lennon died. I mean, I will have to deal with the death of Paul and Ringo, but hopefully it will be less shocking


I agree. I was heartbroken when George passed away, especially because it seemed he had such a rough last couple of years. And he was relatively young. It just wasn't…fair. With John, it happened late at night, and I was 4 then. I have no real memory of the day after, or my parents saying or doing anything out of the ordinary. But it was weird to get introduced to the Beatles, pretty much fall in love with the guy, and then have it hit me: he's not here anymore. I have to be in the right frame of mind before I decide to watch anything about him.
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
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StarWisher said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

I can't imagine what you guys had to emotionally deal with when Lennon died. I mean, I will have to deal with the death of Paul and Ringo, but hopefully it will be less shocking


I agree. I was heartbroken when George passed away, especially because it seemed he had such a rough last couple of years. And he was relatively young. It just wasn't…fair. With John, it happened late at night, and I was 4 then. I have no real memory of the day after, or my parents saying or doing anything out of the ordinary. But it was weird to get introduced to the Beatles, pretty much fall in love with the guy, and then have it hit me: he's not here anymore. I have to be in the right frame of mind before I decide to watch anything about him.
 

I wasn't a beatles fan when when George died so I wasn't heartbroken at the time of death (I am Now Of Course), so the next to die will be the first which will Emotionally hit me
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Sun King: I hope they both die in their sleep at the age of 95. It sounds like a bit of a flippant remark at first but at the core of it, it's my sincerest wish for them.

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StarWisher said:

I hope they both die in their sleep at the age of 95. It sounds like a bit of a flippant remark at first but at the core of it, it's my sincerest wish for them.


Not at all for me. It would be the best. They must die, so they should die peacefully at a grand old age
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4 December 2010
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I found this in the bulletin board from my school. I'm sooo going

 

(Just in case you can't figure it out, it says Tribute to Lennon. It's going to be in a shopping center)

 

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Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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Who cares who died when.a-hard-days-night-ringo-5  As long as the four great boys go down in history as the greatest musicians ever. They will be remembered like Beethoven or Bach a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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5 December 2010
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I was 6 when George died. One of the LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) from another classroom came into ours and told our LSA and teacher that George Harrison was dead. I think they were crying, but I didn't understand the significance of the words. Someone asked who George Harrison was, and they were told he was a great musician, but nobody understood how great.

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