“I was at home and I got a phone call, it was early in the morning…it was just so horrific, you couldn’t take it in…Just for days, you couldn’t think he was gone. It was just a huge shock and I had to tell Linda [Paul's late wife] and the kids. It was very difficult. It was very difficult for anyone. That was like a really big shock in most people’s lives, a bit like Kennedy… For me, it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see him again…and for me the biggest thing was that the guy who took his life, the phrase kept going in my head ‘jerk of all jerks.’…This is not even a guy who was politically motivated, it was a totally random thing…it would have been the worst thing in the world to have this great relationship that then soured and he gets killed, so there was some solace in the fact that we got back together. We were good friends.”
Paul McCartney reflected on John Lennon’s murder on the “Jonathan Ross Show” to commemorate the anniversary of his bandmate’s death. The musician noted how glad he was that the two had reconnected since the Beatles’ breakup before Lennon’s death and what a shock the loss was. Thirty-four years ago today, Lennon was fatally shot in New York City at the age of 40. [Brooklyn Vegan] [Image via AKM-GSI]
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th, German singer Louise Gold put together a space-inspired cover of John Lennon’s “Oh My Love.” She used the sounds of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat while walking on the moon’s surface for the rhythm and the elliptical orbit of Venus for the orchestration. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting from a song about the cosmos, but the only way I can think to describe the end result is warm and calming. I kind of love it.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Paul McCartney says he gets along just fine with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, despite the all the past resentment that seemed to have boiled between them.
Back when the Beatles were starting to deteriorate, Yoko’s tendency for hanging out in their recording studio and sitting in on private sessions irked Paul. But time, he says, has allowed him to let go of his grudge and heal. He mused:
“If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.” Keep reading »
If all goes according to dentist Michael Zuk’s plan, John Lennon will soon be alive again and making chart-topping albums. Zuk has made it his life’s ambition to clone Lennon from a tooth that the late rock star left to his housekeeper in 1960′s. Oh wait, it just gets weirder. Keep reading »
Thirty years ago on December 8, John Lennon was killed outside his home in New York City. In the January 2011 issue of Esquire — the “Meaning of Life” issue — Yoko Ono, his widower, reveals what she’s learned since his murder.
She opens up about John’s “negativity,” her friend Jackie O, her son Sean being biracial, and even her experience of widowhood, telling Esquire, “I started to see what a test it is to be a widow in this society.” After the jump, five things from her Esquire interview that you may not know about Yoko Ono. Keep reading »