Pick of the Day: Beatles Tribute Night

If you’re of a certain age (beyond 45, anyway), you quite likely have a vivid memory of where you were and what you were doing 30 years ago on this day.

That’s right, today marks the 30th anniversary of Mark David Chapman shooting John Lennon to death outside of the Dakota apartment building in New York City where the ex-Beatle lived with his wife Yoko Ono.

To commemorate that sad day, a group of local musicians are presenting a night of Beatles-themed music at the Exchange (doors at 8 p.m.). To close, here’s video of GIve Peace Chance including footage of Lennon and Ono at their famous Bed-In in Montreal in 1969.

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13 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: Beatles Tribute Night”

  1. Lennon’s murder is a touchstone for those who belong in civilized society, divided between people who loved, were neutral to, or disliked Lennon and who view murder as bad, and the savages who hated Lennon and “glad that he’s dead”. The latter being people, whom, if order was ever to break down in our society, would be shooting you and raping your daughters. Sorry to kill this thread by commenting. It’s not my fault I’m smart, know what I’m talking about, am confident and am more in touch with all-around society than most of you will ever be with your archaic 90s-left-liberal worldview. Bye for now. Garth LeGarth out.

  2. Here’s a link to the trailer for the documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” that examines efforts by the Nixon administration to silence Lennon as a peace activist in America during the Vietnam War.

  3. John was such a self-serving piece of shit…in my mind, he was the genesis of today’s hipster movement, spawning legions of hypocritical assholes who love the smell of their own shit.

    Imagine no possessions lying around in a fancy hotel room with a fucking Rolls Royce sitting on your mansions driveway. Suck it, John!

  4. I don’t know how Lennon would answer that criticism but I think people should be encouraged to look beyond their shortcomings and failures. I’m not going to dismiss a beautiful, powerful song because the musician who wrote it was fabulously wealthy. We’re all snared in contradictions and hypocrisy. Right?

    (Any Lennon fans want to take Seanbot on? I bet it’d be fuuun!)

  5. I’ll be the first to admit that although I am not a huge Lennon or Beatles fan, I do applaud the fact that he used his influence and celebrity to try and give society a more positive outlook on life.

    Hypocrite? Sure. Hipster? Of course. Talented musician? Definitely. Piece of shit? Little extreme.

    Seanbot3000 (a lack-luster nickname, I might add) puts his lack of intelligence on the front line with the vulgar language and narrow minded comments.

    Regardless of financial status, I am glad Lennon at least tried to make a difference rather than just seek attention…like many people do on blogs and the internet. *cough, cough*

    – Ring-bot7000

  6. John was not nice to women until he met his match in Yoko Ono, who loved and admired him but refused, in all the ways that counted, to indulge him. She had even kicked him out at one point when he was behaving spectacularly badly. They did get back together, and became pregnant. Sean was something of a miracle baby, but the deal was that Yoko would have him and John would take care of him, and that’s what they did. In a Playboy interview done in the late 1970s, John described being an at-home dad and bread baker, and that he’d quickly learned how unappreciated women’s work was, and how fatiguing. As to his hiatus from music, he told Playboy that, as any housewife knows, bread and babies are a fulltime job. He sounded happier than he had ever sounded before, which makes me think that before he died he found some measure of the peace that he asked everyone to give a chance.

  7. You’re always just so proud to let the three people reading these comments know that you know things, aren’t you Barb?

    She said her name was Brabra.

  8. I don’t know who you’re referring to but he sounds gay. My last statement before I move to a remote location without Internet access for 3 months is as follows: It’s only entertainment, babies. First rule of modern journalism: If you’re not going to be good, be entertaining. If you’re not even entertaining, like the L-P, just be gone. All the popular brands pander to entertainment value these days: Fox News, rightwing radio, hell, even the Prairie Dog. Why else would you insert swear words into otherwise legitimate-seeming news articles. Entertainment value, babies. OPINION is entertainment. Take it with a grain of salt. If I’ve pushed your buttons, I’ve succeeded.

  9. That guy above me is wack. The tragedy is that John Lennon had just grown up and become a man, dropped all the hipster jive, was embracing maturity and died just as he was emerging.

  10. Sounds to me like the only one smelling his own shit on this forum is Seanbot3000. He’s probably gorged on McDonald’s and import beer then squatted over a great big stainless steel bowl, taken a great big huge running shit, then grabbed a towel, leaned over the bowl, asked his servile womanfriend to drape the towel over his hid head and INHALED deeply until he thought of that reply. Triggered the synapses that broke apart when he suffered his unfortunate brain injury beginner-skateboarding as a 20-something. Some people you just gotta ask, where did you get your enlightenment from? Bad American indie flicks featuring feisty young latchkey kids in no-name middle american towns?

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