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    It was 40 years ago today....



    John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Wonder what he would think of the world today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post


    John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)
    About ten years ago I was attending an industry conference in Liverpool and the band at the evening entertainment was a (very good) Beatles tribute group. I was a bit surprised when our marketing manager told me she didn't 'get' The Beatles. She was then in her early thirties.

    It took me a little time to remember that the Beatles had ceased to exist almost ten years before her birth and she wasn't twelve months old when John died. So I forgave her!

    But that still didn't excuse the lad in the record store saying he didn't know Paul had been in a band before Wings. Or (for the other geriatrics amongst us) the other record store eavesdrop, 'I didn't know The Who live at Leeds. Do they?'.

    Being an old fart's fun innit?
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    Remember it well. What a totally senseless death!

    Don't think he'd be too impressed with 40 years of world "progress."

    I saw the Beatles at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, in 1965.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Wonder what he would think of the world today?
    He could probably only... imagine.

    (I'll get my coat)

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    I remember going over to St George's Hall in Liverpool after it happened. Not really sure what the point was, just thousands of people standing around whilst they played his music. Seemed the right thing to do at the time, but I was only 19.

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    He has been dead longer than he lived..strange to think! A pointless senseless loss of life.

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    We'll all be dead longer than we live tbf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toad monitor View Post
    He has been dead longer than he lived..strange to think! A pointless senseless loss of life.
    It would have been his 80th birthday in October, so about two months to go, but yes, pointless and still shocking. The world needs him now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toad monitor View Post
    He has been dead longer than he lived..strange to think! A pointless senseless loss of life.
    A little premature but I agree with the sentiment. He was the creative genius behind the Beatles, who knows what great tunes the world has been denied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    Remember it well. What a totally senseless death!

    Don't think he'd be too impressed with 40 years of world "progress."

    I saw the Beatles at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, in 1965.
    Could you actually see them through the hoards of screaming girls?

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    I remember that shortly after he died, John Peel said that John had been the "engine room" of the Beatles. That was certainly true in their first two or three years when he was undoubtedly the leader. I see Paul as the more creative of the two and John as the more spiky, competitive, ambitious driving force, at least early on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    A little premature but I agree with the sentiment. He was the creative genius behind the Beatles, who knows what great tunes the world has been denied.
    His views on The Frog Chorus would be interesting.

    I saw the Beatles in 1963/4 in Huddersfield, but truly never heard a word because of the screaming girls. I think the same scenario would terrify me now.

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    By the way the first volume of Mark Lewisohn's biography of The Beatles, 'Tune In' is incredibly meticulously researched and comprehensive. A fascinating read. Only about half way through it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    A little premature but I agree with the sentiment. He was the creative genius behind the Beatles, who knows what great tunes the world has been denied.
    That is why I never became an accountant.. but yes He was the more creative from the band .Far better than what Mr Mcartney turfed out in his latter years.

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    One of those ‘I know where I was when I heard the news’ moments.

    In my bed actually, when my newly-bought clock radio woke me up with the 7AM news.

    Yesterday, My 17 y/o and I had a nice talk about the Beatles’ influence on Oasis’ music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Could you actually see them through the hoards of screaming girls?
    Yes, with the binoculars I had just received for my high school graduation!

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    Really nice interview from 1975 with Bob Harris


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/art...-his-own-words

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