Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Music: Happy 72nd Birthday to John Lennon

John Lennon at the Plaza Hotel in NYC, 1964.  Photo by Bill Eppridge.

Today marks John Lennon's 72nd birthday (his son Sean actually celebrates his 37th birthday today).  I definitely need to make a trip out to the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.  Yoko Ono celebrated her late husband's life over the weekend by putting together an exhibit of his sketches and illustrations in Soho (130 Prince Street, for those in NYC).  Today marks the last day of the exhibit.

Below are some selected images and quotes of John throughout his career.

"When I was about 12, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed.
Either I’m a genius or I’m mad, which is it?"
- John on his childhood

 "You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth."
- John being cheeky about the Beatles' success 

"Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing."
- John on his first son, Julian

"I didn’t become something when The Beatles made it; I’ve been like this all my life."
- John on success with the Beatles

Q: John, is it true that you and Bob Dylan are really the same person?
John: I didn't read that article, but I think it's quite funny. No, we're not. Mind you, we could be.
- From a 1965 interview

"We were more together than we had been for a long time.
It's lucky when you get all four feeling funky at the same time."
- John on recording "Abbey Road"

"Around me he was just a father. I just loved being with him.
If we went to stare at a wall, I would be happy...just his presence was all I needed."
- Sean Lennon on his dad

"To feel is to live. Life is made up of feeling all sorts of things.
Every day’s the same: there’s some heaven and some hell."
- John on life

Photo Sources:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

1 comment:

  1. Amazing post on Lennon, I loved his voice and his songs, and all these pics from his younger days are great.



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