John Lennon’s Birthday Gifts

Tomorrow would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday if his life had not been taken away in December 1980. Recently, there’s been some talk in our community about Lowell and Liverpool, Kerouac and The Beatles, with similarities being pointed out. Lennon’s life and artistic legacy continue to generate interest and be the subject of new recordings, films, and books. In today’s NYTimes, reporter Allan Kozinn describes several new music and film projects. Here’s the link; get the NYT if you appreciate the content. The photo below shows the Lennon tribute in New York City’s Central Park, a small area called Strawberry Fields. People visit and leave items expressing affection and messages of remembrance in the same way that pilgrims do at Kerouac’s grave in Edson Cemetery in Lowell.