Weekend Diversion: Happy 70th, John Lennon

"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it."

-John Lennon

John Lennon, assassinated thirty years ago, would have been 70 today. Sometimes, a simple song can say it better than any prose can.

This was written for his mother, Julia, who died in an accident when John was a teenager. Happy birthday -- to John Lennon and to everyone who remembers his music -- from me and the rest of scienceblogs!

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Happy 70th!

Still can't believe it was 30 years ago; seems like it was yesterday :/

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon

The morning after he died was the last time I listened to morning news. I actually used news as my radio alarm! I'm still missing the songs he would have written.

I miss you, John. You were really cool!

By Amy Dylan Klein (not verified) on 11 Aug 2011 #permalink

never alive when he was alive, but just reading about him really makes me like him alot. what a great persone he was. he was trying so hard to make the world a better place.

By horselover!!! (not verified) on 07 Feb 2013 #permalink

He was not just a man; he was a legend - way too talent for many people of his own time to appreciate completely. Never ever harmed a soul - believed in what is needed right now in this world of ours - love, love, love .... Will always be remembered and respected as one of the Wonders of the Music World.

By Catherine (not verified) on 28 May 2013 #permalink

I listened to the beatles as long as I can remember but I got my first Lennon album at 14.I think I could have goneeither way but listening to John brought out the best in me.I owe to him what I love about myself.Would consider it a honor to stan in front of those bullets. I love you so much John.I also want to thank you

By mark sergi (not verified) on 15 Feb 2014 #permalink

I will always be grateful for having lived the Lennon/Beatles era, holding them dearly in my heart and soul! It will be an honor to be with them in the afterlife! Lennon's views of peace will forever impact me. Regretful but true, our overall self-centered society should follow his example to make this a peaceful and equitable world for everyone to enjoy! John, I will always miss you and God Bless You!

By albert j. corliss (not verified) on 19 Feb 2014 #permalink

I can't always listen to John's songs, because it still hurts..