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    Default John Lennon (12.8.1980)

    ...since a lad from my city died in yours.

    J.W. Lennon. 1940-1980

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    Floral, Musical Tributes for Lennon 25 Years On


    Published: December 8, 2005

    LIVERPOOL, England/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Liverpool and New York prepared to honor pop icon John Lennon on Thursday with floral and musical tributes and a candle lit vigil close to where he was shot dead 25 years ago.

    In a ceremony in the center of the northern English city where Lennon was born and raised, fans and officials will create a shrine beneath a statue of the legendary Beatle, gunned down in New York by a fan in the presence of his wife Yoko Ono.

    Later in the day, the city holds a memorial service for the man who created some of the best-known tunes in pop and is considered one of the most influential songwriters of all time.

    In New York, hundreds of mourners are expected to gather at the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park and light candles at 10:50 p.m. EST (0350 GMT Friday), the time Lennon was shot.

    Friends in Liverpool remembered Lennon with fondness, but also felt he distanced himself from them after meeting Ono, the woman who many fans blame for breaking up the Beatles in 1970.

    ``You couldn't approach John at the end, and looking back it was from the moment ... he met Yoko Ono,'' said former friend and fellow musician Billy Kinsley, who knew Beatles Lennon and Paul McCartney in the 1960s.

    ``It was sad. He was my hero from when I was a 15-year-old kid, and he was always approachable, always said hello, and had a little chat. But after he met Yoko, that went out the window completely.''

    His assessment of Lennon and the Beatles as musicians, however, has never changed.

    ``It really did make a big impression on me seeing the Beatles on that first night at the Cavern, because it just changed my outlook,'' he told Reuters in a makeshift recording studio in his garden, recalling the night in February 1962.

    ``I thought 'My God, I have just seen the best thing that I could ever see', and since then it's been downhill because I've never seen anything as good as the Beatles.''

    Kinsley will perform ``Beautiful Boy,'' which Lennon dedicated to his second son Sean on his ``Double Fantasy'' album, at a memorial service in Liverpool later on Thursday.

    In New York, Ayarton Dos Santos will be at the ``Imagine'' mosaic, named after one of the Lennon's most famous songs, just as he has been nearly every day for the last 13 years to arrange petals, acorns, apples and bagels into a peace sign.

    ``It's all about peace, love and happiness. It's for brother John,'' Dos Santos, 41, said.

    ``You come here, you feel his spirit. His spirit is so alive in here,'' he added.
    Yet the man who brought a generation such pleasure with seminal tracks like ``Strawberry Fields Forever,'' ``Give Peace a Chance'' and ``Imagine,'' also caused pain to those who loved him.

    Both his first wife Cynthia and their son Julian recently voiced their sense of rejection when Lennon left them for Ono.

    Cynthia told Reuters earlier this year that she and Julian were ``airbrushed'' from the Beatles' story and that Ono made it clear she did not want her in New York after Lennon's death.

    In a statement on his Web site, Julian added: ``I have always had very mixed feelings about Dad. He was the father I loved who let me down in so many ways ... it's painful to think that his early death robbed me of the chance for us to know each other better.''

    Ono's spokesman Elliot Mintz said he had received more than 500 requests for interviews with Lennon's Japanese-born wife.

    ``It's just too painful for her to discuss,'' he said.

    Copyright 2005 Reuters Ltd.

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    John Lennon, Beatles star, was a closet Republican and fan of Ronald Reagan: former assistant

    By Aliyah Shahid / DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Thursday, June 30 2011, 8:22 AM

    Vinnie Zuffante, Anwar Hussein/GettyJohn Lennon was a closet Republican and fan of Ronald Reagan at the time of his death, the singer's former personal assistant is claiming.

    Imagine there's no taxes.
    Anti-war music legend John Lennon was a closet Republican at the time of his death, one of his former personal assistants now claims.
    Fred Seaman, who aided the British musician from 1979made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter," Seaman reveals in the new documentary "Beatles Stories," according to the Toronto Sun.
    "He'd met Reagan back, I think, in the '70s at some sporting event. ... Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young [peace] demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that. ... He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me," he told "Beatles Stories" filmmaker Seth Swirsky.
    until the singer's assassination in 1980, said the Beatle was a big Ronald Reagan supporter.
    "John, basically, Seaman said Lennon was embarrassed by his radical past.
    "He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been when he wrote 'Imagine.' By 1979 he, looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy's naivete," he said.
    Lennon released the hit song and liberal anthem "Imagine" in 1971.
    The revelation about Lennon, who was probed by the FBI in 1972 after he allegedly contributed $75,000 to a group planning to disrupt the Republican National Convention, is likely to shock the peace-and-love songwriter's fans.
    But critics point out that Seaman may not be the most trustworthy source.
    In 1983, he pleaded guilty to stealing Lennon's photographs and diaries and was sentenced to five years of probation.
    A spokesman for Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, did not immediately return requests for comment.

    Came across this while reading another article. Never heard of it til now.

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