Strawberry Fields forever

December 8  is the anniversary of John Lennon’s death. cover

Christchurch has its own memorial to John Lennon – a plaque surrounded by wild strawberries in Little Hagley Park. The mayor, Vicki Buck,dedicated the field 9 October 1990. This was in response to a request by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, to local authorities around the world asking them to commemorate what would have been Lennon’s 50th birthday and also the 10th anniversary of his death with the planting of a strawberry field. The plaque was removed but returned during the SCAPE biennial celebrations 20 September 2008 by artist Paul Johns.
(I found this information in the Miscellaneous file of our Christchurch Street and Place Names resource)

John Lennon’s life, works and death have been examined in detail in books and film.

Do you have a favourite Lennon song?  I was remembering Norwegian Wood which a fan site tells me was largely written by John with a few extra bits from Paul.

7 thoughts on “Strawberry Fields forever

  1. shug 9 December 2010 / 3:50 pm

    This is a very good bio; John Lennon : the life / Philip Norman.
    He wrote a lot of great songs, my current favourite being Tomorrow Never Knows

  2. Lynners 10 December 2010 / 8:53 am

    I love “Day in the life”, it has a sort of mysteriousness in both lyric and melody, and its funny and subversive too if you want to see it that way. “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall”. “I am the Walrus” too.

  3. Michael A 10 December 2010 / 9:16 am

    His first solo album “Plastic Ono Band” is a ripper. Once you hear the screams of “Mother” and wallow in the darkness of “Working Class Hero” there is no way back from the abyss.
    “They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
    They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool,
    Till you’re so f*#@ing crazy you can’t follow their rules”

  4. Donna 10 December 2010 / 9:25 am

    I love Marianne Faithfull’s snarly version of “Working class hero” too – especially vicious when followed by “Why d’ya do it” on Broken English.

    • Michael A 10 December 2010 / 5:00 pm

      She is one of the few covers of WCH that do it right!

  5. Donna 10 December 2010 / 9:29 am

    I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite … though for many years I am the walrus was my favourite song (not just my favourite Lennon or Beatles).

    Someone on Facebook mentioned #9 dream, and I do love that one … such a beautiful woozy song.

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