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Remembering John Lennon 40 Years After His Death

The world lost a legend on December 8, 1980

John Lennon released the song Imagine in May of 1971.

I was born less than six months later in that same year, the third child of a couple hippies who had no business having kids. But they had truth - and so did John.

He had love and truth and he was the BEATLES, same as Mick Jagger is The Rolling Stones, and Shane MacGowan is The Pogues. And Chuck Berry is... Chuck fg Berry.

And then consider these inventors of all that we listen to, those who create the sountrack for our lives: Buddy Bolden, Robert Johnson, Professor Longhair, David Bowie, Fats Domino, Kendrick Lamar, and Van Morrison.

In an alternate universe they would be seen as Joyce, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Frederick Douglas, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Walter Mosley, Seamus Heaney - the beacons of truth through the dark and dimly-lit tunnel of sociological change and evolution.

IMAGINE. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Flux Fiddlers) HD www.youtube.com

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Instead, Lennon was feared by parents for being a "rock-n-roll" musician, for playing "black" music. Imagine that. Wow.

"People have always been trying to stamp out rock 'n' roll since it started, I always thought that it's because it came from black music and the words had a lot of double entendre in the early days. It was all this 'our nice white kids are gonna go crazy moving their bodies', y'now the music got to your body and The Beatles just carried it a bit further, made it a bit more white, even more than Elvis did because we were English." - John Lennon.

We miss you, John, and thank you for inspiring people to learn to love truth and for honoring the invention of our African American brothers and sisters. You stayed true. You will be missed.

WORKING CLASS HERO. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (official music video HD) www.youtube.com

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Below I lay some flowers at your grave - the track my brother Joey wrote - inspired in large part by your style and sound, your truth.

Joey was part of a Dublin band that charted in the UK, trying to model your mojo. He wrote this song when he got back to the States, but continues to busk in front of the Dakota with his band mate, Nigel Williams, on the date of your birth - whenever possible.

You are missed and remembered, John. Slainte.

by Kevin Fortuna

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Paul McCartney Buries Lennon Rivalry and Settles the Beatles vs. Stones Debate

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5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Cancelled

It's Almost Like They're Still Getting Away With Stuff...

Cancel culture has gone absolutely crazy.

You can't say anything these days without "triggering" a bunch of SJWs to get together and collectively cancel you. I mean, that's the contention of half the comedy specials on Netflix, so it must be true. They will dig through past comments and behavior to find any excuse. Even after you're dead, you can still get canceled! The whole situation is getting so out of control that it's getting hard to keep track of who is and isn't canceled, so here's a helpful guide to remind you of some of the celebrities whose cancellations may have escaped your notice.

Mark Wahlberg

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Everyone knows Mark Wahlberg as the star of the Ted films, and Mel Gibson's son in Daddy's Home 2, but did you know that in his teen years, he was also the perpetrator of a string of brutal, racially motivated assaults, and that he has never acknowledged the racial component of his violent past? But who hasn't permanently disfigured and partially blinded a man while shouting racial slurs? Still, as a result of this normal, not-at-all upsetting history, Mark Wahlberg was officially cancelled in February. Since then, Wahlberg's once flourishing film career has collapsed to the point that he is only starring in five major motion pictures currently in production.

Jerry Seinfeld

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Jerry Seinfeld made himself a target of cancel culture when he called out college kids for not laughing enough at his brilliant "gay French king" joke, but what really sealed the deal was the fact that, at the age of 39, when Seinfeld was the star of America's favorite sitcom, he was also dating a seventeen-year-old high school student named Shoshanna Lonstein. And yes, he absolutely looked like her awkward father in every picture they took together, but what man in his late thirties hasn't spent some time outside a high school looking to pick up chicks? Unfortunately for Jerry, the cancel cops got a hold of this info, and officially blacklisted him in August, resulting in Netflix only paying an estimated $500 million for the streaming rights to Seinfeld.

Whoopi Goldberg

Speaking of men and teenage girls, did you know you can be cancelled just for defending someone? That's what happened to Whoopi Goldberg in response to her 2009 comments on Roman Polanski, in which she said of Polanski's 1977 crimes "I don't think it was rape-rape," despite the victim's testimony that she continuously resisted his advances as Polanski gave the thirteen year old alcohol and drugs, and proceeded to rape her.

As a result, Donald Trump Jr. headed the team that cancelled Whoopi last October, which is why she has since appeared on The View only 5 days a week. Goldberg joins the ranks of Quentin Tarantino and a host of other prominent Hollywood figures whose careers have been absolutely tanked by impassioned Polanski defenses that are not at all indicative of a horrible culture that values talented men too much to punish horrifying crimes. Besides, it was only 8 years after Sharon Tate's murder! You can't be held accountable for anything you do in the decade after a loved one dies, even raping children!

John Lennon

Remember when people used to really idolize John Lennon and The Beatles? Their music used to be really popular, and people would even say mean things about Yoko Ono, blaming her for breaking up the band, not anymore. That all went out the window in July of last year, when a Twitter user reminded the world that John Lennon was a serial abuser, and then cancelled The Beatles. Sure, Lennon abused multiple partners, and at least one of his sons, but ever since Lennon was struck with the same post-mortem cancellation that Michael Jackson received, his solo music and The Beatles' entire catalogue have dropped completely out of cultural relevance, and is now valued at only around a billion dollars. "Imagine" that.

Drake

Drake with Bella Harris

Footage recently resurfaced of Drake from a 2010 concert in Denver, in which he brings a girl onstage to dance with her, then takes the opportunity to drape his arms across her chest and kiss her neck before asking her age. When she answers that she's 17, Drake reacts as any 23 year old would when coming to terms with the fact that his behavior with an underage girl was suggestive and inappropriate. He says, "Why do you look like that? You thick. Look at all this," and follows that up with, "I like the way your breasts feel against my chest." Cool.

At any rate, that was nearly a decade ago, and Drake was pretty young himself, there's probably no reason to look further into the now 33 year old's tendency to befriend teenage girls who he ends up dating once they're of age. That's what the people who cancelled him in January—resulting in him being only the fifth richest rapper on earth—want you to focus on. They want you to be concerned about his friendship with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown but let's just talk about his grooming habits instead.

On second thought, maybe the hysteria over "cancel culture" attacking any and every tiny misstep is a little overblown. Sure, Kevin Hart didn't get to host the Oscars, but he definitely still has a career, and James Gunn's brief cancellation was revoked. Maybe it's justified to call people out when they screw up, to push for apologies for minor offenses, and to stop giving money and awards to people who've done truly monstrous things. Maybe cancel culture should actually be going a lot further...

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Paul McCartney to Play Secret Live Streamed Concert in NYC

The Beatles Member will Revisit Original Hits and Solos

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Nostalgia certainly runs deep in determining what our favorite music, movies and shows are — it explains the recent reboots of classic '80s and '90s shows, the resurgence of high-waisted jeans, and the hipster record players being sold at Urban Outfitters.

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Whatever your past poison might be, Paul McCartney is here to relinquish some of your Beatles nostalgia — he'll be performing at an unnamed location in New York today at 8 PM. If you weren't invited — like most of us — don't worry, it'll be live-streamed too.

The performance seems to be in promotion of his new album, Egypt Station, which also releases today. Other appearances and performances include The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon yesterday.

"Over the last days, Paul has been teasing fans and hinting at something coming this week in New York City," reads his website. "Today he confirms he will be joining forces with YouTube Originals to live-stream a secret concert via his channel this coming Friday 7th September to celebrate the release of his new album Egypt Station."

McCartney will be playing tracks from his new album, biggest hits from the Beatles, songs from Wings and other solo works.

From his interview with Howard Stern's SiriusXM show, McCartney only spoke a bit about his new album's name. "I did a painting that kind of had Egyptian-y stuff in it because I like Egyptian [writing]," said McCartney.

However, he did a little more recounting on the days of the Beatles and realized that hindsight is 20/20. "There was a meeting where John came in and said, 'I'm leaving the group.' And looking back on it, he'd reached that stage in his life. We all had," said McCartney. "Even though we thought [Yoko Ono] was intrusive because she used to sit in on the recording sessions and we'd never had anything like that. But looking back on it, you think, 'The guy was totally in love with her. And you've just got to respect that.'"

On his appearance with The Tonight Show, McCartney was a little more goofy and fun and described his album as a concept album rather than a modern pop album — which is a bit contradictory since he worked with a primarily pop producer Greg Kurstin.

Whatever you may think of Paul McCartney, you can't deny that he's a legend and that any chance of seeing him play would be like watching living history. And if you don't have that opportunity, there's always this live-stream at 8PM today.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and intern at the Stonewall National Monument.


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Up for His 10th Parole, John Lennon’s Killer Denied

Mark David Chapman will Remain Behind Bars

Winter of 1980 will forever be etched in the minds of Beatles fans who lost an icon one chilling December evening.

On the eighth at the age of 40, musician and peace activist John Lennon was taken by the hands of an assassin, Mark David Chapman, at his home in the archway of the famed Dakota building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Shot four times in front of his wife Yoko Ono leaving two children without a father.

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The past 38 years have gone by in a flash, though perhaps not so for Lennon's killer who has been sitting behind bars awaiting parole hearing after parole hearing, only to be turned down time after time. And on his recent tenth try, Chapman was once again rejected, facing the possibility of living the rest of his life holed up in a cell, referred to as inmate 81A3860, and forever linked to the heinous crime that not only took the life of a legend, but stole a part of so many others' souls in the process. Now 63-years-old, Chapman is serving out a 20 years to life sentence at a maximum security prison. He pleaded guilty to the murder of Lennon in '81.

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As reported by USA Today, "Mark David Chapman appeared before New York's parole board on Wednesday." Parole denied, the three-member panel of the state Board of Parole wrote to Chapman explaining, "The panel has determined that your release would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society." In two years, he will be considered for release for the 11th time. Until then, he will remain at the Wende Correctional Facility, located near Buffalo, NY in Alden.

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"You admittedly carefully planned and executed the murder of a world-famous person for no reason other than to gain notoriety," the parole panel wrote in its denial decision. "While no one person's life is any more valuable than another's life, the fact that you chose someone who was not only a world renown person and beloved by millions, regardless of the pain and suffering you would cause to his family, friends and so many others, you demonstrated a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the pain and suffering of others."

Prior to the parole hearing, fans and politicians gathered to "Come Together" for a rally at Strawberry Fields in New York City's Central Park to request continued justice for the late Lennon. Named after the Beatles' hit "Strawberry Fields Forever," the Lennon memorial is a tribute to the life and loss of a man who not only made music, but championed for change.

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…Imagine all the people living life in peace…


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We all like listening to something light, simple, and happy to make ourselves feel good about our lives. Nothing wrong with that. But what if we were to tell you that a bunch of those happy, happy songs that you love were actually (for one reason or another) pretty darn sad? Ready to have some tunes ruined for you? Here we go!

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