Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
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John Lennon Died Too Young, But Not That Young, And He Was Content

"You know what I listened to for the past five years? Muzak! For the kind of chores I was doing around the house, it was perfect. I know people are going to say, 'Oh, that's because he's got to be 40 and got soft.' Well, it might be that; it's irrelevant to me. The attitude is that when you change when you get older that there's something wrong with that, but the world is stupid enough as it is; if the young were running it, it would be really dumb."
John Lennon, in an interview a month before he was killed on December 8th, 1980. (This opens a PDF file of the article in the Times.) So if the fact that that was thirty years ago today is making you feel old, don't worry about it. John wouldn't have. More darkly, though, you wonder, if he had known those would be the last years of his life, would he have still listened to all that muzak? Which is why, when I'm doing chores around the house (Hey! There's a bright side to being unemployed and turning 40—I'm living like John Lennon!) I make sure to play some of his music. You never know. And I want to make sure I go out on the good stuff. Like this.

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C_Webb (#855)

I like this much better than the thing about tea. My daughter is 10, and I'm 40, and I'm wondering (morbidly) who could get shot today that would be her/my equivalent of John Lennon …

deepomega (#1,720)

Ke$ha, clearly.

KarenUhOh (#19)

When I was 10, my parents tried to kill me with a Mantovani album.

brent_cox (#40)

Think about it, 40 year olds: sizable portions of our lives have been defined by dying musicians.

The dead ones can't sell themselves out (any longer). Only their surviving spouses, band-mates, murderers, et. al., can.

LondonLee (#922)

I bet he was very un-content when Chapman shot him.

PropSword (#2,870)

RIP John Lennon.

City's Best has some great pics from Strawberry Fields taken today — http://citysbe.st/evv1eu

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

He also liked watching the Uncle Floyd show. Introduced David Bowie to the show. And showed up at the Bottom Line for one of Uncle Floyd’s live shows.

Nowadays he would be watching cute animal videos on YouTube. And FWIW, my dad who was far from a teen when the Beatles hit it big was quite upset when John Lennon died.

You know what this world is missing? True celebrities that cross generations and have talent.

So Snookie is going to be shoved into a ball and dropped in Times Square you say? Boy oh boy ain’t that a pip!

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