[NOTE: page 2 of this post contains a documentary video]
No disrespect intended, but to many, December 8th, not December 7th is the “Date that will live in infamy“.
The main distinction comes to those born after World War II.
Candy Leonard writes about it in her article on Next Avenue and explains that on December 8th in 1980, John Lennon was assassinated. To the Baby Boomer generation IT was a date to remember.
Here is a quote from her article:
“Baby boomers, myself included, continue to mourn this man they never met, a man who aspired only to play rock ‘n’ roll but who, between 1964 and 1970, unwittingly became the de facto leader of a worldwide youth movement.”
John Lennon, of Beatle fame first, and activist notoriety last, was “large in life” and is even “larger in death”.
Leonard's article goes into various aspects of Lennon's life…
“The Voice Of A Generation” – the Beatles and John alike, with John and his thoughtful lyrics embedded with undertones and overtones of the counterculture, the political, the nonconformity, and his passions. He was vulnerable, imperfect, a motivator for an entire generation, and the behind the scenes leader of the Beatles it would seem.
Leonard goes on to add:
“… And while Lennon wasn’t everyone’s favorite Beatle, he was the one who most often brought the “weirdness” that was so compelling.”
We liked him, we hated him, we miss him.
And it's not just the boomers that see Lennon with a favorable light, plenty of young admirers who weren't alive when Lennon was have followed.
There were particular aspirations to be recognized, music to be expressed, love to be made.
Then it was all taken away. Or was it?
Please continue on, and read
“Why We Still Mourn John Lennon
This worldwide icon is still on the minds of many, 34 years later”
by Candy Leonard on Next Avenue
“The Day John Lennon Died” (documentary 2010) is a look at Lennon and his death through archival footage and interviews.
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Documentary video “The Day John Lennon Died” (documentary 2010) courtesy Youtube
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