In Memory of John Lennon (1940-1980)

Posted: December 8, 2013 by Sam in Editorial, Music
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Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of John Lennon. Shot and killed outside of the Dakota building in New York by Mark David Chapman, Lennon’s death was a tragedy not just for fans of The Beatles, and Lennon specifically, but the music industry itself because Lennon would never be able to contribute his work and his voice again. Two months before his death, Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, released the album Double Fantasy, marking Lennon’s return to music after a roughly five-year hiatus that gave him time to focus on being a husband and father to his new son, Sean. Renewed and reinvigorated to create once again, we can only speculate how the landscape of music might have changed if Lennon lived.

John Lennon had a life that can only be described as tumultuous. His childhood was full of tragedy and uncertainty, and his formative years were spent struggling to get out of the working-class existence of Liverpool before capturing lightning in a bottle with The Beatles. And while music gave him an outlet for his creativity success drove him to indulge in his darker vices. He was part of one of the most influential bands of the 20th century, but he remained a tortured soul only finding some semblance of peace in the latter years of his life.

His legacy, however, is one of peace and love, something he believed in wholeheartedly. He wasn’t perfect, not by any means, but he influenced generations of musicians and fans alike, to say nothing of the those he touched just by being a part of their lives in some capacity. While I know a lot of radio stations will be playing “Imagine”, I’d prefer to play one of my favorite John Lennon songs, “Instant Karma”. Of the four Beatles, Lennon was the rawest in terms of his voice and his more aggressive, often confrontational approach to song-writing and music. “Instant Karma” embodies all of those qualities.

For John:

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