John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

  • Music:

Advent 2011:

On this date in 1980, John Lennon was murdered. I was asleep at time, and when my mom told the news the next morning I was furious with her for not having woken me up to tell me right away. It was, from the perspective of a 12-year-old whose favorite band was the Beatles, the single biggest news story that had occurred in my lifetime, and the idea that I had been allowed to sleep through it was appalling.

This is a Christmas card sent by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 to Karlheinz Stockhausen, a avant-garde German composer who was a pioneer in the field of electronic music. Stockhausen was a particular inspiration to Beatles, and his work Hymnen is said to have influenced Lennon to create "Revolution #9" for the white album. He is one of the figures pictured on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. (He's in the top row, just to the left of W. C. Fields.) Because Lennon personalized the card, I'm showing not just the front but also the inside and back.

John Lennon Christmas card - front
John Lennon Christmas card - inside left
John Lennon Christmas card - inside right
John Lennon Christmas card - back
Collection of Stockhausen Foundation for Music, Germany
Tags: advent: 2011, greeting card, music: beatles

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