Is John Lennon bigger now than ever before? Twenty-nine years ago this day
he was shot and killed in New York City by a crazed fan. With the country mired in war and weighing climate change fixes, on this
commentators are invoking Lennon's message of peace, and his cultural legacy. Fellow Beatle
Paul McCartney has also come forward to cast a friendlier light on their
tumultuous relationship. Here's how
he's being remembered across the Web:
- "All We Are Saying Is Cut Greenhouse Gas!" writes Matthew McDermott
at Treehugger, reporting from Copenhagen: "The spirit of John Lennon
took over the Bella Center in Copenhagen
this afternoon, if only briefly. On the anniversary of John Lennon's
assassination a group of twenty young people from the Youth Climate
staged a 'Bed-In', assembling in their pajamas and singing a variation
of the classic 'Give Peace a Chance'. The new lyrics had a more COP15
theme... 'All we are saying is give youth a chance!' They sang in tune,
not always unison. 'All we are saying is cut greenhouse gas!'"
- A Lasting Messenger of Peace, writes Amy Beth Arkawy at The News Junkie Post: "Lennon's legacy for peace, captured in beautiful and profound
simplicity: 'War is over. If we want it,' is as relevant today as it
was all those years ago. It's still hard to believe anyone was ever
threatened by such a powerful and loving message. Events like Band Aid
and Farm Aid and artists from Bono to Springtsteen, R.E.M. to the
Indigo Girls, Mellencamp to the Dixie Chicks all owe a debt to Lennon's
audacity, conscience and spirit."
- Rethinking John and Paul's Relationship In an interview
with the Times of London on Saturday, McCartney said he reconciled his
relationship with John, defying widely-held rumors that Lennon and
McCartney were at odds until the end. McCartney describes eulogizing
Lennon in song: "Yeah, we were mates. God, that was so cool. It was the
saving grace. Because it got a bit sticky after the Beatles. No, we
were really good mates again -- it was lovely, actually. Performing this
song, in New York, where he was killed, is a very emotional affair. The
last verse, where I sing 'and if I said I really loved you, and was
glad you came along' ... Jesus, it's like singing it to your dad who
Asked if they would have collaborated together, McCartney responded,
""Had he lived it might have happened, there was a mellowing. It could
have been pretty interesting."
- It's About "Yearning Our Past Selves," writes Colin Horgan at True/Slant: "Lennon said that he didn't believe in Beatles. That's cool, but the
problem is that everyone else did. And they believed in Lennon, too,
just like they believed in [Michael] Jackson. Invariably, when we remember
Lennon's death or Cobain's or Jackson's, we're just convincing
ourselves that the nostalgia we've constructed in our minds is grounded
somewhere in reality. Remembering Lennon is about yearning for our past
selves - the way we thought we were. And this is why we keep revisiting
it, even when the anniversary isn't divisible by ten."
- Ushered in the End of an Era, observes music writer David Hansen: "There are very few axis figures in 20th century music, and Lennon is
certainly the most shining of those great beacons--a musician who, with
his work and lifes and his mythology, effectively divided the 20th
century into pre-Lennon and post-Lennon epochs. Like a ripple in
history, Lennon's presence is still keenly observed."
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