Saturday, October 9, 2010

We All Shine On // Long After Death, Lennon Remains An Inspiration

John Lennon would have turned 70 today and although its been nearly 30 years since his death at the Dakota hotel in NYC in December 1980, a polyphony of recently released films, albums and even museum exhibits give undeniable credence to the notion that his inspiration lives on in a vibrant manner. The below article discusses the myriad of newly released projects and reflects on the ground-breaking man himself. Happy Birthday, Mr. Lennon! -- Leif

Critic's Notebook: Long After Death, Lennon Remains an Inspiration
by Allan Kozinn

Full Article Here // Excerpt Below

Among the many projects competing for Lennon fans’ attention is Sam Taylor-Wood’s feature film, “Nowhere Boy,” which looks at Lennon’s adolescence and his complicated, often conflicted relationship with his Aunt Mimi, who raised him, and with his more footloose mother, Julia.

The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio), meanwhile, offers an ambitious schedule of Lennon and Beatles films, as well as a photo exhibition, through Dec. 31. Numerous concert tributes will celebrate Lennon too, including a concert by the surviving members of his first band, the Quarry Men, at the Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday night.

But the two most compelling offerings are “LENNONYC,” a comprehensive documentary about Lennon’s New York years — his final decade, or virtually his entire post-Beatles career — by Michael Epstein, and an expansive CD reissue series that was overseen by Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, that includes the eight studio albums he made between “Plastic Ono Band,” in 1970, and “Double Fantasy” and the unfinished “Milk and Honey,” in 1980. [Read On...]

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