John Lennon – Remembers The Great Man

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All You Need Is love maybe the greatest lyric ever, No one you can save that can't be saved.
© Words Alan McGee

The Beatles were a band parents liked when I was a kid in the early eighties . I preferred the Tweets, hey I was a kid.  Fast forward to the heady days of Britpop circa 93/94 and everyone started denouncing dance music and that god-awful American grunge. Carnaby Street was on the lips of the youth and anything sixties was back in vogue. I raided mums, uncles, aunties, old Mods & hippies record collections, found loads of Beatles 45's & 33's and totally fell in love with all things Mersey.

I now have everything they ever recorded in many formats and have a huge Beatles memorabilia collection. I love the Beatles and often think I should give up singing/writing because they just can't be beaten, but Lennon wouldn’t want that.   Hard to choose my favourite song but "A Day In A Life" always does it for me. I even named my son Lennon. RIP John Lennon.
© Words Darron J Connett

Love him or loathe him, Lennon was a fascinating character. He was a walking dichotomy. Whilst imploring us to imagine no possessions he kept a plush apartment at the right temperature to store Ono’s collection of fur coats. I hate and love Lennon in equal measure. I love him for his music and hate him for his hypocrisy, but more importantly I’m still fascinated by him. Fascinated because he was confused, outspoken, slightly schizophrenic, moody and often cuntish.

In other words he was a regular human being. I’m glad he died when he did because he might have turned into a Bono type nuisance, or worse a Paul McCartney type who simply bores the shit out of people. He died before he could degenerate into a complete cunt. I’m glad that Bono and Geldof never got the chance to rope him into their sanctimonious cabal. That he was a genius artist is beyond dispute. “Tomorrow Never Knows” will still sound fresh in the next millennium and will always remain the best musical interpretation of The Tibetan Book Of The Dead.  
© Word - Dean Cavanagh

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John Lennon’s death hit me like a punch in the guts. I’d grown up on the Beatles, but Lennon was the one who I had felt the most connected to. John was caustic, out-spoken, smart and funny; a hard-nut packed with attitude. He’d written most of my favourite Fab Four songs and influenced my politics – and those of my immediate school mates.

We were working class kids at a grammar school where the teachers mocked our accents and ridiculed our (hard Left) views. ‘Working Class Hero’ reflected the way we felt about them. My parents never “hurt me at home” but the rest was true: ‘They hit you at school/They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool/Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules.’

He was a superstar who was also an anti-star. A huge influence and a tragic loss.
© Words Garry Bushell

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I first encountered The Beatles as a child at my Grandparents house around Christmas time, so I always associated, and still do, their early  hits with the festive season.  So in a sick sense of irony,  Lennon being murdered in the build-up to Christmas, links my connection with the holiday season and Fab Four further.

I was ill from school on the 8th December 1980, and watching TV when the news  flashed that Lennon had been murdered, I cried. It was another moment in my life that pulled me into music. but sadly for the wrong reasons.  I have become fascinated with Lennon, and what he stood for, music, openness, bravery, change and love.

Favourite song, well it has got to be Instant Karma, cos we all shine on.
© Words – Matteo Sedazzari

Do The Oz is my favourite Lennon song, written and recorded
to raise money for the magazine when it went to trial.
© Words -  Paolo Hewitt

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In 1962, when  the Beatles had their first record in the charts, I was a young housewife with a baby.  Love Me Do  wasn't  particularly outstanding but within a few months they were making the headlines.  Their image was so appealing, they had good looks, wore trendy suits and had lovely long glossy hair.  John's outspokenness also made them interesting.  Everyone loved them, from kids to grannies.
Some months later a group of our friends (male and female) started to discuss and analyse 'Beatlemania' - quite a change from politics.  Could it last, were they that good as songwriters and musicians?  Knowing how artistes in the world of music come and go, the general consensus was that they wouldn't.  How wrong we were.
I believe a lot of people of my generation benefitted so much because of the Beatles, the whole ambience of life seemed to change dramatically when they arrived on the scene.  John Lennon's murder was the greatest tragedy, he still had so much to contribute in the world of music and words.  I often wonder about people such as he who are cut down in the prime of life, he would have been 70 next year, but I don't think he would have changed his philosophies.
© Word Patricia Rochester

My favourite John Lennon song is Happy Xmas (War Is Over). It was always the Christmas song I looked forward to hearing on the radio because for me it seemed to re-capture the youthful innocence and awe of the festive season that somehow gets kicked out of you by the time you’re eleven or twelve. Which is roughly how old I was when I heard about Lennon being shot. What shocked me more than the violence of the act was the massive global outpouring of grief.

I knew The Beatles were a very famous band who wrote brilliant songs, what I didn’t realise was just how much they, and Lennon in particular, meant to people. In a strange way this gave me hope at a time when things looked very bleak and brutal indeed. Now, every time I hear the opening strains of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) I am transported back to the cusp of my teens and for three and a half precious minutes I can make believe anything is possible, all over again.
©Words Russ Litten

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'I Don't Want To Spoil the Party' from Beatles For Sale, 1964 .Smart Money says the mid-Beatles era was the best and I agree, with 1966 being an incredible year for Lennon songs.  But I had "Beatles For Sale" for Christmas  in 1982, a confused 17 yr-old, in love for the first time.  It marks the end of the Fabs as lovable mop-tops and the beginning of the Beatles proper.  

The whole look on the cover, autumnal scene, great barnet,  Moddy coats and scarves. I got into this album long after Revolver and Rubber Soul, but something about the sound, the great harmonies and the wistfulness of this Lennon track has stayed with me ever since that winter.
© Words – Sean Kelly

Summing up John Lennon in 50-100 words is like trying to squeeze the river Ganges in a milk bottle. Even if I was pushed to think of one that stands above all, I end up in a major quandary. Okay, so you could go early material like Help, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and I Feel Fine, but then there’s I’ll Be Back, No Reply and It’s Only Love  buried on B-Sides and elsewhere. It gets more and more confusing as his life (and creative mind) unravelled. While the likes of A Day In The Life, Glass Onion and Revolution 9, would take imagination to new, undiscovered realms, he’d always swing back and anchor the soul searching with joyous, uncomplicated pieces such as Julia, Because and Goodnight (yes, he wrote that!).

Lennon's solo material was equally broad and inventive. From the boldness of Plastic Ono Band to the sugar-coated nirvana of Imagine, he demonstrated his flexibility and diversity. Even Woman” from Double Fantasy  proved that the angry warrior was capable of writing a tune that could dissolve the world into tears.
© Words – Simon Wells

Like thousands of other young teenagers in the early Sixties, I was a Beatles fan above everything else. Lucky for me, as the youngest of five children my elder siblings bought records, including the Beatles.  Paul McCartney was my favourite.  Everyone thought Paul was cute. But honestly, I could indentify with John Lennon more than the rest because of his rebellious nature, being one myself.  His stand for Peace is closest to my heart.   My  favourite Beatles track was Get Back but my favourite John Lennon one has to be Imagine.
© Words - Val Weedon

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I was at school when the news broke of John Lennon’s untimely death. We all switched on the radio and IMAGINE was playing-I think it reached number one again quite soon. For me it is the tune I most fondly remember and never tire of hearing. Nowadays The Beatles do not fascinate me as much as Lennon still does.

He somehow added coolness to a band that could have been cheesy as many of that era became. He had an ability to write brilliant and moving lyrics and his versatility still astounds me. The same man that can write Woman  and Working Class Hero is surely a genius? Lennon’s words stand up in history in the same way that Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the Messiah himself still do and will, no doubt, be quoted for centuries to come.
© Words – Tracey Wilmot

John Winston Ono Lennon, 9th October 1940 – 8th  December 1980 RIP from ZANI
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