The Anonymous Widower

It is Really Thirty Years?

When anybody writes the history of the twentieth century in the future, one of the most significant days will be December 8th 1980. It was on this day that John Lennon was murdered in New York.

Lennon was a bit hero of mine and probably still is, as in the 1960s, his attititude was an inspiration to me, as the Beatles showed what could be achieved if you just believed in yourself. I would not have succeeded like I possibly have, without the four musicians from Liverpool.

I was also lucky enough to see them live at the Hammersmith Odeon around Christmas 1964, when several of us from school climbed into my battered Austin 8, for the trip across London.  One image of that concert is Lesley Clarke, who was at school with me and in the party, trying to get the girl in front to cut the screaming, as she couldn’t hear anything.

Without the Beatles, I might never have gone to Liverpool, as who would have chosen to go to University in that grim port city in the north?

Liverpoool made me, as I found C there and our first child was conceived in the city.

We both shared a taste for his music, as does or did our sons.

When C died, it was the raw tracks of Lennon’s songs coupled with the haunting ones that Dory Previn created that brought me through.

Now is the day to move completely on.  I owe it to C and my son.  And to John!

The world must move on too!  I would love to see two things die before I do; the death penalty and war.

John and C would have agreed.

December 8, 2010 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. I agree, it is a pity that the peace movement of the 60s and 70s didnt really bring about peace and an end to war. I am a pacifist. War doesnt solve anything, it generally creates more issues.

    I dont believe in the death penaly either, although my reasons are probably different from yours, I believe only God has the right to end a life, and by killing criminals we are committing a social crime ourselves.

    Comment by liz | December 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. […] I did see the Beatles once though, that was at the Hammersmith Odeon after Christmas in 1964. Sadly, I never saw them again. There’s more detsils of that here. […]

    Pingback by Rocking Back to the Past « The Anonymous Widower | February 8, 2012 | Reply

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