EddieV wrote:My older brother went to US and New York in the summer of 2009. He told me that John Lennon is still a great hero in New York. It was shortly after the death of Michael Jackson, but JL was and is much bigger in NY, even though it nearly 30 years since he was killed? Is that true??
There is always an element of the "dead rock star syndrome" surrounding him after his death that I don't care for. We love our dead rock stars here in the US. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Big Bopper, and so on... always on or at the top of the lists of the "greatest of all time". They had their talents, but the truth is they weren't the 'greatest' of anything at any time. Only their deaths and marketing executives made it so. How coincidental all the "greatest" ones are all the ones who are dead, huh?
There was a lot of revisionism to the Lennon legacy that occurred as a result of his murder... and when you look at it objectively, that means his murder was the greatest achievement of his career. I won't play to that. Personally, I prefer to think his greatest achievement was the great songs he wrote, and wrote with Paul as Beatles.
Most of us as teenagers in the 70's thought all that peace and bagism ***censored*** was just that. Anyone, and I mean anyone can make up peace mottos and go around preaching bullshit that really has no practical way of helping anybody. Who cares? But... How many among us can write those songs?