This is for you, John, forty-one years after your assassination.
“It matters not, who you love, where you love, why you love,
when you love, or how you love, it matters only that you love.”
One year ago tonight, I completed a nine-part, 101-page article / timeline –
It’s the most comprehensive timeline on The Beatles and John Lennon:
The Beatles, John Lennon And December 8, 1980
Perhaps I will publish it for my 64th birthday, January 8, 2022.
John Lennon and The Beatles (Almost 400 Videos)
Playlist by Mark R. Elsis
(The following article was excerpted and abridged from The Beatles, John Lennon And December 8, 1980.)
December 8, 1980
“I am going into an unknown future, but I’m still all here, and still while there’s life, there’s hope.”
John Lennon, December 8, 1980
by Mark R. Elsis
John Lennon was the greatest singer-songwriter and the most influential political artist of the twentieth century. He was assassinated on Monday, December 8, 1980, walking into the Dakota, his home on the upper West side of Manhattan, New York City.
On Saturday evening, November 22, 1980, five days after the release of John Lennon’s Double Fantasy, his first new studio album in 69 months, I was at our local Irish tavern, the Gaslight Inn, in Elmhurst. It was there and then that I had precognition and told a few of my closest friends John Lennon was about to be assassinated. I went on to say that the powers that be were going to blame it on a lone crazy deranged fan and that this person would never have a trial.
I don’t know how I knew all of this would come to be, except to say that besides my parents, John Lennon, someone whom I had never met, was the most significant person in my life. Perhaps because of my lifelong adoration, I was tapped into a precognitive form of what Dr. Rupert Sheldrake postulated in his theory, Morphic Resonance.
I’ve had many other episodes of clairvoyance throughout my life. But none have been as prophetic and tragic as the one I had when I foresaw the assassination of John Lennon.
I was driving my taxi in Manhattan on that beautifully warm Monday evening of December 8, 1980. At around 10 pm, I was traveling without any passengers, when I passed by the Dakota.
About an hour later, I was still driving my taxi while listening, as always, to Vin Scelsa on WNEW-FM 102.7, when he suddenly announced John Lennon had been shot. A short time later, while trying to hold back tears, he announced the death of John Lennon.
John Lennon Assassination Announced By Vin Scelsa On WNEW-FM December 8, 1980 (7:38)
When Vin Scelsa broke this horrible news of John Lennon’s death, I was with a woman passenger in my taxi. I was on East End Avenue, the same street where I was born, in Doctor’s Hospital. As soon as my passenger heard the news, she immediately broke out crying. Soon there were tears in my eyes and rolling down my checks.
I composed myself, turned my off-duty light on, and finished driving my passenger to her home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (one block from where my paternal Grandmother lived). I dropped her off, waited until she was inside her home safely, and then headed straight to the Dakota.
It was about 11:45 pm when I arrived, and already there was a large group of people gathered. I double-parked my Peugeot 504 taxi just about twenty feet West of the archway, in front of the Dakota.
I opened the sunroof of my taxi and placed a portable speaker on the roof so people could hear WNEW-FM live. Soon hundreds of people had gathered outside of the Dakota. Throughout that solemn night, thousands of fans arrived, mourned, and left.
I know about these thousands of people coming to pay their respects and grieve the tragic loss of John in the middle of the night because I stayed in front of the Dakota for the next nine hours.
It was heartbreakingly sad for me to witness. At any one time during the night, there were dozens of grown men and women openly weeping like babies.
These nine harrowing and unforgettable hours I spent in front of the Dakota were the catalysts that transformed my life. When I first arrived, after I double-parked my taxi, I walked over and knelt in front of the large iron gates that are at the entrance to the Dakota and solemnly prayed. As I was kneeling there in mournful prayer with tears pouring from my eyes, a police captain came up to me and presumptuously told me to get up and move along, I looked up at him rather contemptuously, and didn’t. Immediately after this, still kneeling, I looked upon John Lennon’s newly spilled blood; and as I did, I swore to myself that I would do everything I possibly could to enlighten humanity, and to make our world more peaceful and loving for future generations.
And every day for the last forty-one years, I have been trying my best to do just that.
“By morning, the gates of the Dakota looked like the wall of a Mexican church, or an instant Lourdes, covered with a collage of flowers, messages, photographs, drawings. The crowd had been brought together as if to some new Holy Place, expressing a deep primitive need to mourn. The mourners were not kids, either. I saw men in raincoats come by carrying briefcases, sealed into lives of business and marriage, the sixties part of some golden adolescence, and one at a time, they stood there on the corner, out of the vision of the TV cameras, and, like the people of the night before, wept openly while Beatles music played from dozens of radios. The music seemed elegiac now, all those songs that never went away and probably never will. But now one thing was absolutely certain: John Lennon was dead, and so were the Beatles. They would never come back now. They would never fill a stadium again, never journey all the way back to the years when they changed the English-speaking world and the rest of the world that didn’t know the meaning of Yeh, yeh, yeh.”
(This section was also excerpted from The Beatles, John Lennon And December 8, 1980)
Three Songs by John, Early, November 4, 1963, Twist And Shout by The Beatles, Middle, June 25, 1967, All You Need Is Love by The Beatles and Late, October 20, 1980, (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon.
Early, November 4, 1963, Twist And Shout by The Beatles:
Twist And Shout by The Beatles, Live At The Royal Variety Performance, London, November 4, 1963 (4:12)
On November 4, 1963, The Beatles play at the Royal Variety Performance in London. This was the night of The Beatles’ famous appearance at the Royal Command Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, in the presence of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. Just before singing Twist and Shout, a sheepish yet quite audacious John Lennon made the following controversial remark: “For our last number I’d like to ask your help. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry. Thank you, we’d like to sing a song called, Twist And Shout.”
Twist And Shout by The Beatles (4:12)
Middle, June 25, 1967, All You Need Is Love by The Beatles:
Then while watching television on the evening of Sunday, June 25, 1967, I realized that there was someone else who also believed in peace and love. Sunday, June 25, 1967, was the day John Lennon and The Beatles sang, All You Need Is Love, on, Our World. The Beatles performed the song as Britain’s contribution to Our World, the first live global television link via satellite. An estimated 400 to 700 million people around the globe watched the broadcast.
Watching John Lennon and The Beatles sing, All You Need Is Love, was profound, and one of the most transformational moments of my life. I was already a huge Beatle fan, that started when I watched their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, February 9, 1964, but now the music, lyrics, and images of, All You Need Is Love, touched me at the deepest level inside my heart and soul, as nothing ever had before in my life.
Within three months, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and now John Lennon all had shown me that there were people who were against violence and killing, and for peace and love. I thought maybe there was hope for humanity. Boy was I wrong.
My admiration for John Lennon only grew from the evening of June 25, 1967, until the evening of December 8, 1980. Over these thirteen-plus years, John Lennon kept being extremely vocal about peace. Matter of fact, through his music and civil disobedience campaigns, he was more outspoken for peace and love than any other person on earth. This is why the opening line of this article reads; John Lennon was the greatest singer-songwriter and the most influential political artist of the twentieth century.
All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, Broadcast Live To All Of Earth On June 25, 1967 (3:48)
Late, October 20, 1980, (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon:
(Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon was released on October 20, 1980. It was the first single released off of the album Double Fantasy, released on November 17, 1980, and the first new music in over five years from John Lennon.
(Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon (4:25)
“I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian, Chinese, what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”
Strawberry Fields (Film):
Strawberry Fields: Keeping The Spirit Of John Lennon Alive explores John’s entire life, from his birth on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, to his assassination on December 8, 1980, at the Dakota in Manhattan.
On February 14, 2007, in the living room of Phil Spector’s Pyrenees Castle, Phillip gave me, Mark R. Elsis, a four-hour interview. I was the first to be given an in-depth interview with Phillip in thirty years. He did it for my film, Strawberry Fields Keeping the Spirit of John Lennon Alive. Thank you Phillip. https://PhilSpector.com
I would also like to thank William Gazecki, for filming this interview, and Phil Chiocchio for helping throughout the post-production and finishing the editing. But I especially would like to thank my late girlfriend, Sarah Ford, who was the invaluable Associate Producer of Strawberry Fields.
The late Phil Spector was also gracious enough to produce his last great song for my film. The song is called, Crying For John Lennon, by the artist, Hargo. I will release this beautiful tribute song on December 8, 2030, to commemorate 50 years since John was assassinated. If you would like to listen to it, parts of it play in the Trailer, just below.
Strawberry Fields: Keeping The Spirit Of John Lennon Alive (Film) (1:22:08)
Producer | Writer | Director: Mark R. Elsis
Featuring: Crying For John Lennon, by Hargo, Produced by Phil Spector
Released On DVD: April 9, 2009
Released Online: April 1, 2020
Strawberry Fields: Keeping The Spirit Of John Lennon Alive – Trailer (5:05)
Featuring: Crying For John Lennon, by Hargo, Produced by Phil Spector
(To my knowledge, this peace-loving Trailer which had gone viral with 424,000 views in two months, was the first video ever to be censored by YouTube.com, which shadow-banned it two months after its release on January 13, 2009.)
Strawberry Fields – Trailer II (2:22)
Strawberry Fields – Opening (3:24)
Featuring: Ode To John Lennon by Patrick Lloyd Hulme
Strawberry Fields – Assassination Sequence (3:00)
Painting: Truman Adams
Strawberry Fields – Phil Spector On John Lennon’s Assassination (1:24)
Strawberry Fields – Phil Spector Endorses John Lennon Day (2:04)
Strawberry Fields – Phil Spector On John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1:01)
Strawberry Fields – Phil Spector On John Lennon’s Activism (1:13)
Strawberry Fields – Phil Spector On Being Produced By John Lennon (1:11)
Strawberry Fields – Phil Spector On The Wall of Sound (1:07)
Strawberry Fields – Poem To John Lennon December 8, 2000 (2:43)
Strawberry Fields – Voices for John Lennon Day (4:21)
Strawberry Fields – John Lennon Day by Amos Wengler (2:57)
Strawberry Fields – Let’s Be Like John and Yoko by Lori-ann Latremouille (3:47)
“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil.
The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution.
It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”
Two Interviews, One Article, And One Playlist With 391 Videos:
The Opperman Report Interviews Mark R. Elsis, December 11, 2015 (2:00:01)
Ed Opperman Interviews Mark R. Elsis, about the assassination of John Lennon on December 8, 1980.
Spingola Speaks Interviews Mark R. Elsis, December 11, 2015 (1:42:22)
Deanna Spingola Interviews Mark R. Elsis, about the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the assassination of John Lennon.
Who Authorized The Assassination Of John Lennon?
by Mark R. Elsis
John Lennon and The Beatles (391 Videos)
Playlist by Mark R. Elsis
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.”
Videos On The Assassination Of John Lennon:
The Man Who Shot John Lennon Timeline (54:03)
John Lennon Dies | Archives From TODAY Aired On December 9, 1980 (3:35)
John Lennon Murder Original News Report | Eyewitness News Vault (4:49)
John Lennon’s Last Day And Death In New York City (8:00)
Assassination Of John Lennon (7:48)
The Day John Lennon Was Assasinated Part 1 (16:02)
The Day John Lennon Was Assasinated Part 2 (15:00)
The Day John Lennon Was Assasinated Part 3 (15:40)
John Lennon Central Park Vigil On December 14, 1980 (5:20)
“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself.
You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”
Gates Of Heaven
A warm December night
I passed by the Dakota
Sunroof open barely creeping
An hour before the end
I saw a shadow
Lurked in the darkness
I thought security
Because of the article
How many times
I’ve passed before
Those iron gates
Can I cry once more
Since I was five
I’ve heard the words
Now only vinyl
Is left to hear
by Mark R. Elsis
February 6, 1981
It’s now forty-one years after your assassination, and I still miss you, John Lennon, the greatest singer-songwriter and the most influential political artist of the twentieth century.
Love Is The Answer
Mark R. Elsis
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