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Lennon Remembered
8 December 2009
7.33pm
Amphion
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Today is, of course, the 29th Anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. As with many events of such a catastrophic impact, the memory of the day lingers on forever. I myself was awoken on the morning of Wednesday, 09th December 1980, by my late father, who having given me a cup of tea, muttered that my mate had been killed and left the room. Puzzled, trying to make sense of what the old man had said, trying to figure out which of my mates had met with such an untimely end, I got dressed quickly and then went to find my father in the kitchen. Nothing further had to be said. it is the only time I remember Radio 4 playing pop/rock music., and the continual past tense references to John made me soon realise what my father was trying to tell me! I do regard John as a mate of sorts.

 I first heard the Beatles as a result of my older brothers passion for the group during the sixties. Not necessarily interested by them until the latter part of the seventies. When my favorite group of 1977's latest album had just about been played to mania.and I realised that it would be at least two years before that group would release another album I needed something to fill the gap. I dug out my older brothers old Beatles albums, and truely discovered for the first time, the diversity of their genius. since then I have collected everything the Beatles ever recorded. I even bought a CD player for the first time simply so I could hear 'Pepper' in all its glory. I bought my first VCR so I could watch the Yellow Submarine video. I am now updating my collection as a result of the new digital upgrade, and I am also considering buying the whole mono collection as well. In future centuries the name Beatles will be as prized as that of Shubert or Beeethoven. To think that we actually lived in tha era is a remarkable thing. And so to you John, all I can say is thanks.

8 December 2009
8.28pm
Joe
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And to you, I say amen to that. I'm sure everyone who was old enough at the time remembers precisely where they were when they heard that John had died.

I was only four years old at the time, and probably only dimly aware of The Beatles' music. The gruesome truth, apparently, is that I'd just been sick in our house; my mum was cleaning it up when my dad came to the bathroom and said "John Lennon's been shot". I'm told they were both numb with shock.

This may sound horrible, but in a way I'm quite glad it happened while I wasn't old enough to understand. As I was growing up John was always a historical figure, whereas the other Beatles still had a public persona of sorts. I really wouldn't know how I'd deal with hearing about such a brutal event now.

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8 December 2009
9.23pm
skye
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Joe said:

This may sound horrible, but in a way I'm quite glad it happened while I wasn't old enough to understand. As I was growing up John was always a historical figure, whereas the other Beatles still had a public persona of sorts. I really wouldn't know how I'd deal with hearing about such a brutal event now.


I can understand that. It was 3 years before I was born and my parents were living in Portland, Oregon at the time. My mom said that there was a spontaneous candlelight vigil that night. I start crying just thinking about it. I would have been a mess if I had been there.

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8 December 2009
11.06pm
Amphion
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One other sad aspect associated with John's passing was the fact that as of 8th December 1980, The Beatles could never reform. Through out the seventies the group had turned down stacks of money offered if they would reform. In fact, in 1979, one promoter in the USA took out a full page add in the New York Times offering the group a million to get back together for just one gig. They turned that down also. It is also sad to note that in 1979, on what was his 39th birthday, (9th October) John and Yoko donated a certain amount of money to the New York Police Department so that they could buy themselves bulllet proof vests. Kind of an ironic thing, sadly.

9 December 2009
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Amphion said:One other sad aspect associated with John's passing was the fact that as of 8th December 1980, The Beatles could never reform.


I always loved George's little quote about this: "The Beatles will never get back together whilst John Lennon remains dead". Sad, but true.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
9 December 2009
2.21am
Alissa
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Man, it was a tough day for me. I wasn't born til 12 years after his death, so I feel somewhat disconnected to his death; that it's just a historical event that happened once. Ugh, it's hard.

When I woke up this morning, I just played Beatles music, putting it on shuffle. The first song was 'This Boy', which was ironic, because the first lines being, "that boy took my love away" could relate to "that horrible boy" (you all know who I speak of) who took our boy away. It gave me shivers.

To John, I love you. I'm so sad and regretful that I never even lived in your lifetime. We love you and miss you and are still rocking out to you as always.

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
9 December 2009
7.39am
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I've told this story before , but it kind of fits in here again:

On the morning of 9th December 1980 the phone rang whilst I was still in bed. The phone was in the hallway and my Mum answered it.  I heard her say "no he's not up yet, he hasn't heard". When she put the phone down I called out and asked what was going on. "Something awful has happened" she said. Now don't ask me why I said what I did next, but it just came out…. I replied "It's one of the Beatles isn't it, someone had died. It's John". And as we all know it was indeed John.  Why did I assume that? Just one of those things.

 

I was 22 at the time. My eldest daughter asked me last night when we were watching something about John on TV, if I cried when he died and I told her that I did. My wife overheard and all of a sudden it was "Oh, did you, really?". It surprised them I think. I related the above story and they were quite intrigued as no one at home as ever seen 'Dad' cry and thought it rather touching! Thinking back to that day what I remember is what a waste it was, to take someone who had just re-appeared for us all and was so full of life and hope and then it was finished. It wasn't until later on that day, after coming home from work, that I was listening the the news on the radio. Immediately after the news the DJ who was starting his show said something along the lines of "It's no 'good afternoon' today is it?" and then immediately played In My Life. And that is when it happened………..

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
9 December 2009
2.39pm
Amphion
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I don't remember crying, but I do remember being dumbstruck for a fair few days. I was then just about 19, so I already had a kind of vacant look about me anyway. The thing was, that I had ordered John's 'New' album, Double Fantasy, towards the end of September 1980, but had never got 'round to picking it up. In the wake of John's tragic death, of course, all sorts of Lennon/Beatles merchendise was on the shelves in the shops, many of which I didn't own, and would probably have liked to own. But I refused to buy them under such circumstances. I did buy the Double Fantasy album. Unfortunately, I cannot hear that album now, without feeling the way I did when I first heard the album then. It kind of haunts me.

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