Saturday, December 08, 2007

Happy Christmas (War is Over)

1980: John Lennon fatally shot by deranged fan
On this day in 1980, British musician John Lennon—who rose to fame with the Beatles and had a successful solo career—was murdered outside his home in the Dakota building in New York City, causing a global outpouring of grief.

It's taken me a long time to get into John Lennon's solo work, and even now I can't claim to be deeply into it. I've got the requisite The Very Best of, which I will be posting today, but beyond that and Plastic Ono Band, and the fact I do like listening to his stuff, I'm not doing the whole gotta get everything and listen to all of it thing. But, since Lennon was shot and killed on this day 27 years ago and since The Very Best of includes his "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)", which really is a nice song unless you're my dad who hates Yoko Ono's voice and picks it out from all the little kids who sound like Yoko Ono, I figured it was doubly appropriate. So take your pick; if you've got the first, you'll have the other, but the opposite might not be the case. Either way, enjoy!
And, as it's the year of its 40th Anniversary, here is. . .

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