December 8, 1980: the Day John Lennon Died

December 8, 1980: the Day John Lennon Died

The Day John Lennon Died

Book - 2010/11/01
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"Follows the day's events leading up to the horrible moment when Mark David Chapman, realizing his perverse fantasy of attaining perennial notoriety, calmly fired four bullets from his Charter Arms .38 Special into the rock icon."-- Dust jacket.

Hal Leonard
(Book). In a breathtaking, minute-by-minute format, December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died follows the events leading to the horrible moment when Mark David Chapman calmly fired his Charter Arms .38 Special into the rock icon, realizing his perverse fantasy of attaining perennial notoriety. New York Times bestselling author Keith Elliot Greenberg takes us back to New York City and the world John Lennon woke up to. The day begins with a Rolling Stone photo session that takes on an uncomfortable tone when photographer Annie Leibowitz tries to maneuver Yoko Ono out of the shot. Later Lennon gives the last interview of his life, declaring, "I consider that my work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried and I hope that's a long, long time." We follow the other Beatles, Lennon's family, the shooter, fans, and New York City officials through the day, and as the hours progress, the pace becomes more breathless. Once the fatal shots are fired, the clock continues to tick as Dr. Stephan Lynn walks from the emergency room after declaring the former Beatle dead, Howard Cosell announces the singer's passing on Monday Night Football , and Paul McCartney is lambasted for muttering "Drag, isn't it?" - his bereavement confused with indifference. The epilogue examines the aftermath of the killing: the considerable moment when 100,000 New Yorkers stood in silence in Central Park, the posthumous reunion of the Beatles in the studio with George, Paul, and Ringo accompanying the recordings of their old friend the unveiling of a bronze John Lennon statue in Fidel Castro's Cuba, and the durable legacy that persists today.

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Follows the events leading to the moment when Mark David Chapman killed rock icon John Lennon in New York City and looks at the aftermath, in a minute-by-minute format.
In a riveting, minute-by-minute format, a best-selling author follows the events leading to the moment when Mark David Chapman killed rock icon John Lennon in New York City, in a book that also looks at the aftermath.

Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2010/11/01
ISBN: 9780879309633
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 GRE
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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there is an old saying in the news business: 'If you can't print the facts, print the legend.' this, then, is a legend of john lennon's death. it is briskly written, and quite entertaining, but it is like a Disney version of recent history. Nothing but likeable characters: even the obvious assassin, Chapman, does not come off as too dark of a character, for, you see, he too is a victim; of mental illness (his 'little people, urging him to Do It!, Do It!). He was so obliging as to inform the arresting officers that he did what he did on his own ( 'not a conspiracy this time.') they did not care to comment, being mostly concerned with getting John to the hospital before he bled out completely to see what the doctors could do with him there. the writer takes us in that emergency room and leaves us with an image of john gasping for breath on his back on a hospital stretcher, all alone, while ALL MY LOVING plays on the hospital's MUZAC machine. later Yoko is led in, and sits on the floor of the room while john expires above. many previously published facts which could have led people to believe that this was a hit, rather than a 'random act of violence,' are left out , in this new book. I am reminded of Edgar Hoover turning a blind eye toward organized crime, until Bobby Kennedy became his boss. Or the highly esteemed New York Times' ignoring Stalin's purge of 30 million Russians. With the passage of time, we get books like this, where everything is sanitized. Of course our leaders don't want us to think for ourselves. You do know that, don't you? "And you think you're so clever so classless and free. But yer still fucking peasants, as far as I can see."


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