I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. 30 years since public nutjob-looking-to-make-a-name-for-himself #1, Mark David Chapman, shot John Lennon.
I remember reading the paper the next day with my friend Ian. We were both paper boys for the Detroit Free Press and did our routes at 6 am in those days. We sat in the bitter cold at our paper drop, reading and not believing it. After my route, I went home and my brother (who’s a huge Beatles fan) was distraught and listening to Howard Stern on the radio (Stern was a local Detroit DJ back then). It’s all so vivid. I can’t believe it’s been 30 years wow.
I came across this interview today. It’s Lennon’s last interview, just a short time before his death. Recently I watched a very good documentary on Phil Spector. Spector said that he wasn’t completely surprised that Lennon was murdered. Lennon refused to have security and absolutely insisted he live life as a normal person. Unfortunately, that ultimately cost him his life.
One last thing before the video. Here’s a page on BBC.com that is the actual reporting from that dark day three long decades ago. It’s pretty interesting.
One of the greatest of all time. One of my favorites. I even went to Abbey Road when I was in England a few years back and took that famous picture. It was a little scary. Cars were whizzing by and we had to walk across the road and avoid being hit.
Damn you Chapman. Why did you do it? So much more music was supposed to happen. So much more.