John Lennon Poetry Slam
November 30, 2010
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On Wednesday Dec.8th, the Belmont Library will be hosting its final open mic of the year to commemorate the thirtieth death anniversary of John Lennon. This event will be from 7:00-9:00, all are encouraged to participate as audience members and performers.
“John Lennon’s life was a testament to the power of music to bring about peace and social justice, and his absence is palpable even now thirty years later [after his death]” said Carlmont English teacher Joseph Hill.
“I’ll probably be popped off by some loony,” said John Lennon when asked how he expected to die, which was exactly the way he did.
No one knows what would have happened if he were still around today, if he would have kept on making music, or continued spreading peace.
“Imagine” has been named second best song of all time in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
“John Lennon is amazing and should have stayed part of The Beatles. He truly is as great as Jesus.” said Melissa McCormick.
“We all looked up to John. He was older … the quickest wit and the smartest.” said band-mate Paul McCartney.
The Beatles achieved major success in the UK in 1963. Some of the more popular songs John Lennon wrote in The Beatles include “All You Need Is Love”, “Come Together”, and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”
With his introduction to LSD and drug use, his songwriting ability was affected, and he felt lost. When The Beatles stopped touring, it ended.
From the 70’s up until Lennon’s death, he stayed family oriented with wife Yoko Ono, and their son Sean. He released solo albums such as Imagine, Double Fantasy and Mind Games.
He even co-wrote David Bowie’s first US number one “Fame”.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono left their New York apartment at around five o’clock pm on December 8th, 1980. Waiting outside were some fans waiting to catch a glimpse of Lennon. He signed a copy of his Double Fantasy handed to him by a longtime fan, Mark David Chapman.
At around eleven o’clock pm Lennon and Ono returned home from a recording session. Chapman called out “Mr. Lennon!” from the shadows and shot Lennon with a .38-caliber revolver, with four hollow-point bullets hitting Lennon.
Chapman read parts from The Catcher in the Rye to Lennon as he lay dying. Pleading guilty, he spends the rest of his life in a mental institution being denied parole four times.
“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.” -John Lennon