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5 April 2013
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DrBeatle said

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
The last picture was most likely the one published on the cover of one of the NY papers.

He appears to be sleeping.

He looks pretty much the way you'd expect if he were "lying in state."

Viewed that way, I don't know how disrespectful it is. Some might take comfort in knowing that he looked peaceful.

 

I'd read it was after they'd done an autopsy? (although why they'd need to do one with such an obvious COD I'm not sure...maybe to see the extent of the damage?). He was in an (unzipped) body bag in that photo, I believe...

 

God, poor John <img class=" src="http://www.beatlesbible.com/wp/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_cry.gif" />

It was a side-on, oddly reminiscent of the Imagine cover, and the body bag was only unzipped enough to show his face. It is not a horrific picture, just one I'd rather have seen. Ironically, my first exposure to it was via an early-evening British chat show called Wogan. Elton John went on to perform Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny) and his performance was accompanied by a series of pictures of John, and that was one of them...

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mja6758 said

DrBeatle said

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
The last picture was most likely the one published on the cover of one of the NY papers.

He appears to be sleeping.

He looks pretty much the way you'd expect if he were "lying in state."

Viewed that way, I don't know how disrespectful it is. Some might take comfort in knowing that he looked peaceful.

 

I'd read it was after they'd done an autopsy? (although why they'd need to do one with such an obvious COD I'm not sure...maybe to see the extent of the damage?). He was in an (unzipped) body bag in that photo, I believe...

 

God, poor John <img class=" src="http://www.beatlesbible.com/wp/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_cry.gif" />

It was a side-on, oddly reminiscent of the Imagine cover, and the body bag was only unzipped enough to show his face. It is not a horrific picture, just one I'd rather have seen. Ironically, my first exposure to it was via an early-evening British chat show called Wogan. Elton John went on to perform Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny) and his performance was accompanied by a series of pictures of John, and that was one of them...

Oh, I know that...I've seen the picture many times. It was just a very undignified thing to do to the poor fellow (or to anyone who has just passed).

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It was a side-on, oddly reminiscent of the Imagine cover, and the body bag was only unzipped enough to show his face. It is not a horrific picture, just one I'd rather have seen. Ironically, my first exposure to it was via an early-evening British chat show called Wogan. Elton John went on to perform Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny) and his performance was accompanied by a series of pictures of John, and that was one of them...

Did you ever see the original Woman video from 1981, in which Yoko (or whoever the director was) makes the connection clear by dissolving from that Imagine photo to the postmortem one? Unforgettable image.

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vonbontee said

It was a side-on, oddly reminiscent of the Imagine cover, and the body bag was only unzipped enough to show his face. It is not a horrific picture, just one I'd rather have seen. Ironically, my first exposure to it was via an early-evening British chat show called Wogan. Elton John went on to perform Empty Garden (Hey, Hey, Johnny) and his performance was accompanied by a series of pictures of John, and that was one of them...

Did you ever see the original Woman video from 1981, in which Yoko (or whoever the director was) makes the connection clear by dissolving from that Imagine photo to the postmortem one? Unforgettable image.

 

I saw that. It's a creepy transition.

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I relooked at the original Woman video. I more than likely did see it at the time. I think the Elton John performance, which after checking turns out to be Parkinson and not Wogan as I originally said, stuck more in my mind because the pictures interrupted the performance footage, though were probably taken (mainly) from the Woman video; Imagine cover - morgue headshot - picture of the man who shot him - newspaper cover of Lennon signing an autograph for him. Yoko - see her Season of Glass album cover - did, and still does, like to graphically make the point that John met a violent and pointless death.

I disagree with In the Sky with Diamonds' comment that the morgue photo is the last photograph of John however. I believe the last photograph of John is the Paul Goresh that I posted previously. To paraphrase the famous Elvis quote, by the time of the morgue photo, "John has left the building".

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I've seen that video, too...seems like a very weird thing to put into a song with a message such as Woman, but this is Yoko we're talking about...anything to bring her more "LOOK AT MEEEEEEEEE!" attention, eh? :roll: Same thing with what she did with the Season of Glass cover, tweeting it on her Twitter account something like a dozen times within the span of a few days this past March. :roll: :roll:

 

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Mmm, I really can't see how assembling a video full of some of the last-ever John Lennon footage (mostly walking with Yoko through Central Park, I believe) and releasing it to the media as a kind of farewell tribute is supposed to be interpreted as a "Look At Me" gesture from Yoko. Unless you're referring to the choice of song used and finding something selfish in the selection of a song written for the woman herself. I suppose "Watching The Wheels" would've called less inadvertent attention to Yoko herself as far as that goes, if that's what you meant.

Never heard of that "Season of Glass" Twitter thing - was that a joke?? It certainly is pretty wtf if it's true. Was she commemorating the 32 years-and-change anniversary of the record's release date or something? Who knows. (But then I think everybody with a twitter account's a bit of an egotist in a way.)

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