Thursday, December 09, 2010

I still find it hard to believe.

John Winston Lennon, dead these 30-years now and still it hurts.
I couldn't take it in then and I still can't ,, not really.
How can someone capable of writing such wonderful music be dead ?
John could be an arse at times ,, a real arse ! ... but hey, can't we all ?
He was a contradition of himself ,, one minute brash, tough & cynical, the next soft, vulnerable and totally insecure. But John could ( and still can ) take you to places you'd maybe rather not go ,,, places too dark and painful, but places we all have to visit at some point in life ,.,.,
AND, make you happy that you'd been there with him.
He wrote songs for his wife, his son, the world ,,, songs that will last many, many lifetimes.
I chose Wed. 8th. Dec. to start reading Phillip Norman's biography " John Lennon, The Life "naturally, since the date is permenently etched on my heart.
Nornan wrote the definitive bio on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones & Buddy Holly among others and he's a master of his trade.
This book, The Life, is one I've had in my possession now for a year or two and wanted to read but somehow felt a need to do it only now.
It's a compulsive read.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Go on, you know you want to !  Even buy it for yourself if you have to.


Alistair said...

I was never a huge fan of John Lennon, or The Beatles come to that, as they - The Beatles - were just that bit before my {musical awareness} time and by the point I had become aware I kind of thought they were a bit passe. John was more of my time as a solo artist but somehow I couldn't get him disassociated with Paul McCartney who I thought produced almost exclusively cringeworthy material.

Of course there were a few exceptions to that and I've come to appreciate him better as I get older { not McCartney though}

It's disturbing to think what he could have produced and what he could have become if he had lived.

The Scudder said...

Philistine !