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Friday, December 8, 2006


posted by on December 8 at 16:32 PM

Today is the 26th anniversary of John Lennon’s wildly premature death. Few incidents in my childhood marked me deeper than watching my peace activist/superfan mother completely break down when she heard the news, and the memory of that day is still astonishingly vivid and unsettling.

If you are a fan and you’ve never seen Imagine, I highly recommend renting it, though you should be prepared to bawl your eyes out at the end. That said, it might be hard to find a copy in stores today, so here’s a meager substitute:

And in effort to counter-balance all that misty-eyed sentimentality, please enjoy this clip of Lennon recording what is arguably the best revenge song ever written:

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Interestingly, George Harrison also has an excellent contender for the Best Revenge Song:

Posted by Apple Scruff | December 8, 2006 5:23 PM

Oh how I love you for posting this! How Do You Sleep is THE most vitrolic song I've ever heard... not to mention so (beautifuly) thinly veiled.

Posted by Abbey | December 8, 2006 6:11 PM

I like watching anything john lennon, even shitty songs like this one. John talking to stoned out dude later on is pretty rad too.

Posted by Mutt | December 8, 2006 6:14 PM

Thank you.

Posted by Sachi | December 8, 2006 6:30 PM

I immigrated to Canada from Liverpool England at the hight of Beatle mania in 1963.
When John Lennon was shot I was working in a night club, the comedian on stage (Sharon McKnight) announced it and there was no more laughter that evening. It is one of those moments I will not forget.

Posted by Brian | December 8, 2006 7:37 PM

Well, this at least explains why I woke up this morning to the idiots in the apartment below me blasting Imagine. Not a bad song, just not something you want to hear at 8 am on a Saturday.

Posted by Megan | December 9, 2006 5:28 AM

it was a cold, sunny day. the ground was covered with snow. i got on the bus to have a wisdom tooth pulled.

the bus rolled forward. a girl i'd met at a party last week remembered that I'd brought the "plastic ono" lp. she walked over and gave me the news. "sorry about your friend."

the bus was very bright
the snow was very white

Posted by lanabuz | December 9, 2006 6:13 PM

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