John Lennon RIP

by Cara on December 8, 2010

in Gratuitous Beatles Blogging

A black and white photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1980. John wears jeans and  a gray sweater and stands casually with his arm around Yoko, who wears a black sweater, grey scarf and beret, and leans against him. Both look directly into the camera.

Thirty years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City home, in front of his wife of thirteen years, and with his five-year-old son waiting upstairs for his goodnight kiss. He was only forty years old.

Being the thirtieth anniversary, there will be many, many tributes published today. I have nothing original to add to them, and of course, nothing can beat Yoko Ono’s own tribute. I just want to extend my best to Yoko, Sean, and Julian, and to say John, you are missed. Rest in peace.

VIDEO: John Lennon’s song Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down and Out) plays over an image of the remastered Walls and Bridges album cover. Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down and Out) lyrics.


1 Elayne Riggs December 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Thanks for the link, Cara. What a lovely piece by Yoko.

My English hustband makes the tea in our house. We always go with the bag first, then the hot water. :)

2 Mary December 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

Regardless of Lennon’s possible musical output, if he’d lived – and been willing to throw himself back into public life – he’d have been the absolute must-see chat show guest to this day. I’ve spent this week reading the book-long interview he did for Playboy’s David Scheff in the last months of his life, and it’s hard to think of any other rock star (or indeed any celebrity from virtually any field) who’s as intelligent, incisive, acerbic and downright funny as an on-form Lennon. He really is a superb raconteur and public speaker, and I’m sure he’d only have got better as he got older.

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