Wednesday, December 8, 2010

John Lennon

was killed thirty years ago today.

So wildly famous, and the recipient of such adulation, that he in his own mind, with his compadres, was bigger than Jesus Christ. More influential, he later clarified.

John: "Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this."

In the event, the devil won when the assassin's bullets found their mark. There can be no rationalization by which murder is justified.

John Lennon 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980 RIP


Lin said...

My son is just now getting into the Beatles and John Lennon, which I find amusing. I love when kids find something "cool" that you knew existed all along.

I liked John Lennon--master song writer he was. I like a thoughtful, opinionated soul--and whether we agreed with his thoughts or not, he put them out there. I like that.

Anonymous said...

That statement was misunderstood and it irks me still, not the statement, but that it was (and still is) misunderstood.

But then again, I was 18 in 1964 and I never could understand why everyone thought The Beatles were all that and a bag of chips - just another rock group as far as I was concerned. I never was one for hero worship, or any kind of worship, if it comes to that.

We all have our strengths and weakness but essentially we are all the same and part of the Universe.

vanilla said...

Lin, outspoken opinionated soul he was. Amazing how the kids finally discover that the 'rents actually knew something they didn't.

Grace, agree with him or not, and I didn't a lot, it's tough to see someone castigated by those who don't know what they are talking about.
I was too old to be a Beatles fan, but awareness? Oh, yes. I was teaching adolescents at the time.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

I always chuckle at the line from Larry Norman- "Beatles said 'all you need is love' and then they broke up."

vanilla said...

Shark, I don't recall having heard that line. Funny.