John Lennon – Thirty Years On

Lennon is considered one of the best musicians of his time

Thirty years ago today, deranged fan Mark Chapman shot John Lennon outside the Dakota Building in Manhattan. Today, tributes are planned worldwide in order to pay respects to the former Beatle.

In his hometown of Liverpool, fans are planning to light candles and sing songs in his memory and in Central Park, fans are gathering in the memorial park opposite where he was shot.

Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono is leading the tributes by holding a charity concert in Japan called Dream Power John Lennon Super Live, with the intention of raising money for schools and deprived children. In Liverpool, another concert Lennon Remembered – The Nine Faces of John is being held and will feature friends of Lennon singing his well known songs.

On Ono’s blog she recalled one of her last memories with Lennon, simply of them sharing a cup of tea and exchanging jokes. Of his memory she said:

This year would have been the 70th birthday year for John if only he was here. But people are not questioning if he is here or not. They just love him and are keeping him alive with their love. I’ve received notes from all corners of the world to let me know that they were celebrating this year to thank John for having given us so much in his forty short years on earth.

The most important gift we received from him was not words, but deeds. He believed in Truth, and had dared to speak up. We all knew that he upset certain powerful people with it. But that was John. He couldn’t have been in any other way.

Lennon may not have wanted all this retrospective praise and the tributes, but one thing is clear; thirty years on he is still seen as the iconic figure that shaped the way music is seen today.

Read this interesting article about the way in which the story was reported thirty years ago and the way in which breaking news was reporting before the development of technology.

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