Imagine Monday December 8, 2008, 2 comments

I remember it pretty clearly, despite the intervening 28 years, and my youth at the time. I am not entirely sure I really understood who the Beatles were when I was seven. But I remember it.

On this day in 1980, John Lennon was shot outside the Dakota Hotel in Manhattan. He was returning from recording and working on a song called Walking on Thin Ice, and was shot four times by Mark David Chapman – a purported fan.

Someone once told me that a sure sign of becoming an adult was when your favourite Beatle changed from John to Paul. What does it mean when it switches back?


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Tim Monday December 15, 2008


John was the dreamer, who I believe truly longed for a better world. He recognized his influence and tried to show a gentler way through his music. (George too) Paul was similar, (not so much a dreamer) but certainly more savvy in the business end of music, and could be considered a sellout in many ways. Would John Lennon have accepted corporate sponsorship for a tour? I doubt it. There was larger sense of the man in Lennon’s music. Paul made pop hits. I’ve enjoyed McCartney’s music over the years, I love most of what John did. This in no way answers the question posed, just my opinion. Do I still listen to Paul’s music by choice? Seldom. Lennon’s ? Always.

Adrian Wednesday December 17, 2008


My opinion of Paul continues to plunge, having recently read that he claims that he was responsible for the politicization of the Beatles, that he told John to come out in protest of the war.

Rewriting history like a politician, it seems.

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