It was John Lennon’s death anniversary again and everybody remembered what Lennon stood for all those years ago. Thousands of fans gathered in New York’s Central Park to remember Lennon’s contribution to music, which eventually went on to shape the world as we know it today.
Lennon was among the forerunners of the Rock and Roll era, the era that brought in the age of cultural diversity and sexual freedom to the western world. The Rock and Roll legends not only invented a new kind of music, they changed the culture they were living in. The sixties redefined what was expected of the young men and women. And the revolution started with bands like the Beatles, who became icons of a new generation. John Lennon could not have imagined the impact his band would have on young minds years to come.
Thirty-five years into the future, people still remember how Lennon died. IBT UK reports that his fans gathered in Strawberry Fields in Central Park to mark the day their hero and legend died. His work in Music was outstanding, but his political message was even more so.
Musicians still play his song, “Imagine” when they are asked about their version of Utopia. Lennon’s vision still inspires people; but we are still not close to achieving it. One of the fans at the gathering put it brilliantly, “As much as he was seperated by his notoriety (in sexual liberation and all such matters) and money, he still had his humanity.” And this is what made him stand out.
His fans will always remember the moment when he died. On 8 December 1980, Lennon was shot at by crazed fan Mark David Chapman. The incident took place in front of his New York apartment, where he was living with his second wife Yoko Ono and their young son, Sean.
Rest in Peace, John Lennon! We will try to reimagine the world as you wanted it to be. Let this be our promise.
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