Playlist: Remembering John Lennon
Compiled By: PRX Editors
Lennon was killed 30 years ago on Dec. 8.
These pieces are a celebration of his life, work, and family.
For more about the Beatles, check out our Beatles playlist.
From Paul Ingles | 58:56
Music fans recall how they heard the news of John Lennon's death in 1980, and what Lennon's music has meant to them. Also, excerpts from an interview John and Yoko gave on the morning of the day he died. Great Lennon music, too.
December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.
"...this guy comes running in and said 'John Lennon's been killed!' And I said, 'Yeah...right...' and he said 'no no it's true.' I looked more closely at him and saw that he was just ashen-faced. I went out into my car and turned the radio on. All the way across the dial, you heard Beatles songs. And it was as if...it was as if the world had stopped." - Martin Goldsmith
"...every time I would get off the subway at 72nd street and Central Park West...it's just like this...overwhelming sadness." - Shawn Colvin
"...the checkout lady said she'd heard John Lennon had been killed. She said it was either John Lennon or Jack Lemmon. And I remember going out to my car and wishing it was Jack Lemmon...but it was John Lennon." - Jim Palmer
"...I think about him, every time I do something political, every time I do something I beleive in or teach my child about what I belileve in. I don't want to put him up on a pedestal because he wasn't a perfect human. I just...I think about him." - Emily Zambello
A memorial and celebration, much of it told in Lennon’s own words and music, from interviews, albums, outtakes, and antics.
Born: John Winston Lennon, October 9 1940.
Died: John Ono Lennon, December 8 1980.
The following hour is running on the Hearing Voices series in early October, and available her by mid-October...
John Ono Lennon: 1940-1980
Host: Lynn Neary of NPR
On Monday October 9, 2010, John Lennon would have turned 70 years old. "John Ono Lennon" is an hour public-radio memorial and celebration, much of it told in Lennon's own words and musics, from interviews, albums, outtakes, antics and poetics. The hour features:
"All We Are Saying" by Barrett Golding- Lennon sings, talks, and testifies about peace, family, and art.
"The Day John Lennon Died" by Paul Ingles- Members of the generation jolted by Lennon's death recall how they heard the news and how deeply this ex-Beatle's life affected theirs (where were you when you heard?)
"NYC/LA Radio" & "20th Anniversary Mourners" found-sound from The Professor (WFMU Audio Kitchen)- scanning the radio dial the night of Lennon's death, and mourners 20 years later singing in Central Park.
"On Ed Sullivan" by Lynn Neary- an audio recollection by our host of Beatles live performances and 1963-64 fanclub Christmas messages.
From Paul Ingles | 59:00
(To mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon - Oct. 9) Writers, Reporters, Musicians and Beatle fans share their impressions of some standout John Lennon songs, recorded with The Beatles, between 1963 and 1970.
"11 from John Lennon: An Appreciation." Writers, Reporters, Musicians and Beatle fans share their impressions of some standout John Lennon songs, recorded with The Beatles, between 1963 and 1970. Songs include "Twist and Shout," "I Should've Known Better," "In My Life," "She Said She Said," "Tomorrow Never Knows," "A Day In The Life," "Come Together," and "Across The Universe." The program comes from award-winning Beatle program producer Paul Ingles and includes several rarely heard John Lennon interviews.
The program is offered in 59:00 and a 54:00 version. There is an optional second hour but the first hour stands on its own if that's all the slot you have.
Hour two (to be posted no later than Wednesday, Sept. 22nd) is called "11 (more) from John Lennon: An Appreciation." The companion hour that features more Lennon classics like ""I'll Cry Instead," "You Got To Hide
Your Love Away," "Ticket To Ride," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Rain," "Dear Prudence," "Happiness is a Warm Gun," "Julia," "I Want You" and more - complete with insider commentary and rare interviews.
From Paul Ingles | 59:02
A second hour to celebrate the music of John Lennon to mark the 70th anniversary of his birth (Oct. 9, 2010). Writers, Reporters, Musicians and Beatle fans share their impressions of 11 more standout John Lennon songs, recorded with The Beatles, between 1963 and 1970.
This program is an addendum to the program "11 from John Lennon: An Appreciation" (also here at PRX) This companion hour - for stations who'd like to devote 2 hours to Lennon's memory - features more Lennon classics like ""I'll Cry Instead," "You Got To Hide Your Love Away," "Ticket To Ride," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Rain," "Dear Prudence," "Happiness is a Warm Gun," "Julia," "I Want You" and more - complete with insider commentary and rare interviews.
Hour One of the set is here: http://www.prx.org/pieces/53332-11-from-john-lennon-an-appreciation-hour-1-59
In 1969, musician John Lennon and his wife, performance artist Yoko Ono, were among the most high profile peace advocates on the planet. We'll spotlight the peace work of the duo back then, and hear how Yoko Ono has continued the crusade since John's death.
On this special edition of Peace Talks Radio, we recall the several years when musician John Lennon and his wife, performance artist Yoko Ono, were among the most high profile peace advocates on the planet. John was shot dead outside his apartment in New York in 1980 – 11 years after he wrote the song that – since its creation in 1969, has been a fixture at just about any gathering for peace. We’ll talk with Yoko Ono as well a the producers and directors of two fine films about this part of their lives: David Leaf who co-created the film The US vs. John Lennon , and the co-producers of the film John and Yoko, Give Peace A Song , Paul McGrath and Alan Lysaght. Lennon's voice is heard in clips from both films and in his songs including, Give Peace A Chance, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Power To The People, Revolution, and Imagine.
There is also a 29 minute version of this program available at PRX: