At approximately 10:50pm on December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon in the entrance of the Dakota apartment in New York City.
Thirty years to the day, Lennon’s message is louder than ever and he is missed as much as the day he died.
John Winston Ono Lennon was a human being with flaws like everyone else. He was angry at times, extremely creative at times, he fought hard for freedom and peace and wrote a good song or a few hundred.
Lennon didn't act like a rock star beyond reproach. He was outspoken and refused to be politically correct. He stood up for his beliefs and that resonated with millions.
Lennon’s music is played at every moment of every day somewhere in the world and some predict that may never change.
In his own words…
If everyone demanded peace, instead of another television set, there’d be peace.
The more real you get, the more unreal everything else is.
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
I don’t believe in killing, whatever the reason.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
You’re all beautiful and you’re all geniuses.
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