September 29, 2006 |
The U.S. vs. John Lennon is a dead-rock-star hagiography of the politically righteous persuasion, a documentary that argues that not only was the former Beatle a living saint, but that in his early '70s solo days he was also a potent enough pop cultural figure to scare the Nixon administration. David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's film, which chronicles the efforts to deport Lennon before the 1972 presidential election, suffers from predictable pitfalls. Too many talking heads, for instance, telling Lennon's side of the story, from lefty stalwarts like Noam Chomsky to suits such as Walter Cronkite.
June 16, 2011 |
'John never expected anything like this would happen - yet he would have loved the fact that it's happening. " The speaker is Yoko Ono. "John" is, of course, her husband, John Lennon, Beatle, peace activist, and artist, who was murdered in 1980. It's a shock to reflect that Lennon would have turned 70 last Oct. 9. An exhibition of his artwork, titled "Yoko Ono Presents 'Imagine Peace': A Visual Tribute to John's 70th Year," runs in Manayunk Friday through Sunday, to raise funds for North Light Community Center, on Green Lane.
November 18, 2010
MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY: LENNON NAKED. 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 12. AMERICAN MASTERS: LENNONYC. 9 p.m. Monday, Channel 12. YES, YOU CAN now download the Beatles on iTunes. Or you can spend a couple of nights with one of them - John Lennon - on PBS. With the 30th anniversary of Lennon's slaying only weeks away, both Sunday's "Masterpiece Contemporary" and Monday's "American Masters" look at the complicated life of the man who walked away from the Beatles, found a measure of peace in America and met his death here at the hands of a deranged fan. One's a drama, the other a documentary, but they dovetail nicely, "Masterpiece's" "Lennon Naked," which stars Christopher Eccleston ("Doctor Who")
August 16, 1988 |
Dig beneath the tombstone of any dead rock star and you're sure to find some sordid revelations to titillate the masses. Elvis. Jimi. Janis. Jim. John. They all lived hard and died sadly. All had been stressed by fame, pressed constantly to top themselves creatively. And all had fallen prey to one (or more) of the easy escapist commodities that were always being thrust at them - drink, drugs, sex . . . . Certainly, John Lennon lived way out on the edge, cowed by the revolutionary impact his music (and that of his fellow Beatles)
October 1, 2010 |
MUSIC AND FILM buffs may wait a couple weeks for the sensitively wrought John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy" to mark its official opening. Or, more intriguing, you could enjoy a special sneak peek of the film on Tuesday at the Keswick, enhanced with a chat and performances by special guests who knew and worked with Lennon back in the day. Scripted by the same bloke (Matt Greenhalgh) who visualized Joy Division's bleak world in the cult hit "Control," "Nowhere Boy" finally brings to the screen the fascinating saga of John Lennon's formative early years.
August 30, 1991 |
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of the late John Lennon, once described the booming business in memorabilia connected to the murdered ex-Beatle as akin to "taking the pennies off the eyes of a dead man. " The evidence suggests that she has changed her mind. Yesterday, at Christie's auction house here, she offered 48 mementos of her life with the great man - heralded as "The Cynthia Lennon Collection" - for sale to the highest bidders. Among the offerings are highly personal items, including a set of papers connected to her divorce from Lennon, who left her in 1968 to marry Yoko Ono. The divorce papers, for which she asked a minimum bid of 1,000 pounds ($1,690)
October 29, 1995 |
Former Beatle Paul McCartney said yesterday that he was bitter about living in the shadow of the late John Lennon and was tired of trying to justify his career alongside that of his former collaborator. McCartney, 53, one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the 20th century, said he was the more avant-garde and innovative of the two. "The thing I find myself doing, which is a pity, really, is trying to justify myself against John - and I hate to do that," he said in an interview with London's Daily Mail newspaper.
December 8, 2005 |
Earle Bailey remembers being half-asleep in his Sansom Street apartment when the news that John Lennon had been killed came over the television. The WMMR DJ bolted to the studios, where he stayed all night and into the next day and night, taking emotional calls from listeners, playing nothing but Lennon, watching as people just showed up outside in Rittenhouse Square. Overwhelmed by the sight, as their broadcast of "Give Peace a Chance" echoed throughout the candlelit square, Bailey and fellow DJ Bubba John Stevens threw open the studio window as hundreds outside sang along.
October 9, 1988 |
Graying, 46-year-old Paul McCartney sat in his home recording studio in the south of England, watching his old partner, John Lennon, on a monitor. Lennon was recounting the cheer in which he used to lead the Beatles, back in the days when the group was on its way up. "When the Beatles were depressed, thinking the group is going nowhere," Lennon said on screen, "I'd say, 'Where are we going, fellas?' And they'd go, 'To the top, Johnny!' And I'd say, 'Where's that, fellas?' And they'd say . . . " Here McCartney joined in, syllable-for-syllable, with the filmed Lennon: "To the toppermost of the poppermost!"
December 8, 2000
Our cluttered culture cannot obscure the fact that the tragedy of John Lennon's death is undiminished. Read a newspaper story with the words John Lennon, who was murdered Dec. 8, 1980, and involuntary responses take over.. . . There is a stomach twinge, a misfiring of the heart, a shaking of the head.. . . You could see him walking in Central Park with his wife and son. There he was, a man, husband, father. Then, he was gone. Here are some of the eternal questions: Who was the best Beatle?