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John Lennon 30 Years Gone

John Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment on the night of 8 December 1980.

The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Mark Chapman was convicted of Lennon’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.

I remember waking up the next morning to the following BBC News Broadcast

“Working Class Hero” – John Lennon

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” – The Beatles

“How?” – John Lennon

How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing?
How can I go forward when I don’t know which way to turn?
How can I go forward into something I’m not sure of?
Oh no, oh no

How can I have feeling when I don’t know if it’s a feeling?
How can I feel something if I just don’t know how to feel?
How can I have feelings when my feelings have always been denied?
Oh no, oh no

You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

How can I give love when I don’t know what it is I’m giving?
How can I give love when I just don’t know how to give?
How can I give love when love is something I ain’t never had?
Oh no, oh no

You know life can be long
You’ve got to be so strong
And the world she is tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

How can we go forward when we don’t know which way we’re facing?
How can we go forward when we don’t know which way to turn?
How can we go forward into something we’re not sure of?
Oh no, oh no

To buy the music of John Lennon click HERE

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December 8, 2010 Posted by | News, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

New News – John Lennon

John Lennon‘s solo albums have been remastered to mark the late singer’s 70th birthday.

Yoko Ono and a team of engineers led by Allan Rouse at London‘s Abbey Road Studios and by George Marino at New York‘s Avatar Studios have helped re-work all eight of his albums and several newly-compiled titles.

“In this very special year, which would have seen my husband and life partner John reach the age of 70, I hope that this remastering/reissue programme will help bring his incredible music to a whole new audience,” Ono said.

“By remastering 121 tracks spanning his solo career, I hope also that those who are already familiar with John‘s work will find renewed inspiration from his incredible gifts as a songwriter, musician and vocalist and from his power as a commentator on the human condition. His lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were first written.”

All of the remastered albums and collections will be available on CD and for download around the time of Lennon‘s birthday on October 9. For more information go to JohnLennon.com.

Source www.uncut.co.uk

John Lennon Live In New York is currently screening in the UK on Sky Arts 1

July 1, 2010 Posted by | New News, Video | | Leave a comment

Lennon & Nilsson – The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend seems an appropriate title for a post given my current mood, however, it is really a opportunnity to post on one of Harry Nilsson’s less commercial albums “Pussy Cats” which was one of the products of John Lennon’s infamous “lost weekend” which lasted months rather than days.

In order to set the scene you have to go back to September 1973 when Lennon travelled to LA to get away from NYC and the now estranged Yoko Ono, with him was May Pang who ironically Ono had encouraged to have an affair with Lennon to stave off other non marital experiences!

In addition Lennon was still in the midst of a big dispute with Paul McCartney and had just experienced a big drop in sales of his solo output which had initially peaked with “Imagine”.

LA was to be the scene for the wildest period of Lennon’s life (even wilder than the Hamburg days).

Whilst Lennon wasn’t broke he had little liquid assets with his monthly allowance from Apple still being paid to Ono thus after a  stay at his lawyers apartment he accepted the offer of accommodation from Harry Nilsson who had been attending some of the shambolic Phil Spector produced sessions that Lennon had been recording since his arrival in LA.

These sessions were eventually partially salvaged via the “Rock ‘n’ Roll” album.

“Ain’t That A Shame” – John Lennon

Nilsson was living in a beach house in Santa Monica rented for him by his record company and already had two house guests messers Ringo Starr and Keith Moon, who was also in the USA to pass the time away whilst The Who were off the road.

As you can imagine (sic) this was a lethal combination which, following the collapse of the Spector sessions saw Lennon agreeing to produce an album for Nilsson and the three amigos agreeing to help Moon complete his ill-advised solo album “Two Sides Of The Moon”

From the album here is a version of Nilsson’s “Together”

“Together” – Keith Moon

This being the lessor evil than posting his version of “In My Life”

The Nilsson album “Pussy Cats” had the intent of being a much more serious project, however, Nilsson was suffering from a severe throat condition which limited his vocal ability to a great extent but he wasn’t willing to let Lennon know in case he pulled the plug on the sessions.

At the end of the first day of the session a guest arrived in the form of Paul McCartney who after four years of disagreement with Lennon had perhaps heard of his current state of mind and came on some sort of mercy mission.

McCartney agreed to “jam” but only if he played the drums (he did not want this to be perceived as a Beatles reunion) the session was later bootlegged.

This is perhaps the nearest to a Nilsson standard that they recorded.

“Don’t Forget Me” – Nilsson

Here are all the four musketeers with a “version” of THE Bill Haley song

“Rock Around The Clock” – Nilsson

Lennon returned to NYC in April 1974 where he salvaged after Capital Records paid a ransom to buy back the tapes from Spector.

Lennon and Ono made the first steps to reconciliation at the end of November 1974 when Lennon made a return to the live stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden

“Pussy Cats” was released in 1974 buy HERE

“Two Sides Of The Moon” was finally released after much more drinking and re-recording in 1975 buy HERE

“Rock ‘n’ Roll” was salvaged and released in 1975 buy HERE

For the full story on the Lost Weekend see the new issue of Q Magazine

January 3, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving Day

A Happy Thanksgiving to all my US visitors who regularly drop in to this site.

“Cold Turkey” – John Lennon (Plastic Ono Band)

To buy the music of John Lennon click HERE

 

November 26, 2009 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Alison Goldfrapp

alison goldfrapp

hey!

hows it goin ? we have finally emerged from an intense period of work and i’m pleased i can now tell you about it (as it is official).  we have written the score for a film called “Nowhere boy”.  it’s about John Lennon as a boy and stars Aaron Johnson, Kristen Scott-Thomas and Anne Marie Duff.  it’s Sam Taylor-Wood’s first feature film and it’s truly amazing that they gave us the oppotunity to do this. we are all really excited about going to abbey road  studios soon to record  the strings with the full orchestra.  the film is closing the london film festival and is premiered on 29th october at odeon leicester square.  now our work on the film is almost finished, we will carry on writing the  Goldfrapp album.

what a beautiful day it was today,  i hope there’s more of that gorgeous autumnal sunshine over the weekend.

love to you all and catch up soonxxxxA

Posted by alison: Friday, September 18, 2009
Taken from www.goldfrapp.co.uk
imagine this

John Lennon once said he wasn’t one for doing autobiography, but a new film – from the Bafta-winning writer of the Ian Curtis biopic Control – will take up the challenge with a controversial retelling of his early life.

Matt Greenhalgh, whose film about the Joy Division frontman won an award for special achievement by the director of a debut feature, will develop Nowhere Boy, a film based on a book by Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird, which questions the conventional account of his upbringing.

Lennon was raised by his Aunt Mimi, who disapproved of his mother Julia, her younger sister, for “living in sin”. Baird’s book claims Aunt Mimi’s disapproval was driven by jealousy, dating back to childhood sibling rivalry.

“When looking for my next project I was wary of musical protagonists – but when John Lennon was floated, that vanished. He is beyond music; above it even,” said Greenhalgh.

“And his early life as told in Julia’s book took me into a world that illuminated so much about this legendary genius. I could see the drama and film immediately. The women in his life, the men who weren’t, the birth of rock’n’roll; all imposing on a brilliantly complicated adolescent mind.

“The nagging questions, the icy secrets, the need for love. John’s angst and anger pouring out into his music, his thankful salvation. Without this story we would never have heard the Beatles – can you imagine that?”

From www.guardian.co.uk

To buy the music of Goldfrapp click HERE

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Movies, New News, Video | , | Leave a comment

Drown In My Own Tears

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I was a year ago today that my beloved Fiona received the news that she was suffering from cancer both in her lung plus a secondary spread to her brain.

It was the latter that developed the symptoms whch were at first diagnosed as a minor stroke. She had been referred a day earlier to the hospital by our GP and the hospital confirmed his stroke diagnosis.

A routine chest x-ray the next day revealed the dreaded news and a brain scan confirmed the spread.

I constantly relive those 48hrs and will never be able to forget receiving the call at home to come as soon as is possible to the hospital and on getting there seeing Fiona and a nurse in her room, she was sitting on the edge of the bed and was showing such bravery in holding herself together to enable her to tell me the news herself…………..her words echo in my mind everyday “Darling I’m so sorry I have cancer I don’t want to leave you this soon”

Throughout the next few days once you take in the news and the spirit clings to hope and positivity and right up to the end 106 days later on the 31st December she was and always will be “the bravest of the brave”

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As for me and the rest of the family we continue to drown in our own tears, face the world the best we can and try to be as brave as she was.

Here is Ray Charles with “Drown In My Own Tears”

It brings a tear,
Into my eyes,
When I begin,
To realize,
I’ve cried so much,
Since you’ve been gone,
I guess I’m drowning in my own tears,

I sit and cry,
Just like a child
My pouring tears
Are runnin’ wild
If you don’t think
You’ll be home soon
I guess I’ll drown in my own tears

I know it’s true
Into each life
Some rain, rain must pour
I’m so blue
Here without you
It keeps raining
More and more

Why don’t you
Come on home
Oh yes so I won’t
Be all alone
If you don’t think
You’ll be home soon

I guess I’ll
(drown in my own tears)
Ooh, don’t let me
(drown in my own tears)
When I’m in trouble, baby
(drown in my own tears)
Oh, yeah, baby don’t let me
(drown in my own tears)
I guess I’ll drown in my own tears
Oh, mmmmm.

“You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough”      John Lennon  1971

You can shine your shoes and wear a suit
You can comb your hair and look quite cute
You can hide your face behind a smile
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside

You can wear a mask and paint your face
You can call yourself the human race
You can wear a collar and a tie
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside

Well now you know that your
Cat has nine lives
Nine lives to itself
But you only got one
And a dog’s life ain’t fun
Mamma take a look outside

You can go to church and sing a hymn
You can judge me by the color of my skin
You can live a lie until you die
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside

Well now you know that your
Cat has nine lives
Nine lives to itself
But you only got one
And a dog’s life ain’t fun
Mamma take a look outside

You can go to church and sing a hymn
You can judge me by the color of my skin
You can live a lie until you die
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside

One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside
One thing you can’t hide
Is when you’re crippled inside

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Fi,
God Bless
Love always and forever
Gilbey   xxx

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Family, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

   

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