Bruce Frankel

Author of the new book "What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life."

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What Would John Lennon Be Singing At Seventy?

December 9, 2010

The day after the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I find myself stuck in thought of time passed and what might have been. What music would the former Beatle be singing and exploring at seventy?


I was a young reporter three decades ago, and the day after Mark David Chapman shot Lennon, triggering a wave of grief around the world, I was assigned to fill my notebook with the words and images of the fans who gathered in the cold rain outside his apartment building in New York to pay tribute. I have never forgotten the sadness of the wet faces, lit by candles, as they quietly sang “Imagine.”

I called Lennon an “icon of an era” in the article I wrote. The phrase seemed apt enough then.

It now strikes me as trite and beside the point, considering how Lennon and the Beatle’s songs have transcended time, enthralled and touched succeeding generations. In remembrance, here’s “Working Class Hero” from his first post-Beatles solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, followed by a clip from the 30th anniversary vigil.





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