Twenty-seven years ago tonight, John Lennon was shot and killed by crazed nutjob Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota, under an archway that I just walked past in October, feeling a little odd at its normalcy under the bright New York City sunshine that day. This photo still creeps me out, Lennon signing a copy of his new Double Fantasy album for Chapman, hours before he would come back for Lennon with a revolver. WTF.
Earlier that day, Lennon recorded 75 minutes of radio broadcast content alongside Yoko Ono in the offices of Geffen Records to promote Double Fantasy. The full interview is now available through Synergie OMP, and you can take a listen to part one -
You may also enjoy this post from 2 years ago, the 25th anniversary of his death. I’ve re-upped that song on there; it’s still one of my favorite John Lennon recordings, a honest and raw demo of “I Know”.
On a personal front, thank you for all your notes of encouragement and prayers for my uncle. “Guarded optimism” were the words of the day yesterday; although it’s still critical and unsure at this junction, at least things are not still declining. I sat with him and sang for two hours last night; hopefully in some small way that helped.