It wasn’t even 8am when the ‘phone rang. The house ‘phone. We didn’t have mobiles in 1980. It woke me. I leaned out the bed and picked up the handset. “John Lennon is dead,” the caller said. I said nothing. He said it again. I knew the voice. It was my news editor Padraig and … Continue reading It was December 9 in Europe when we heard John Lennon was dead. I couldn't even do my job that day…
John Lennon would have been 79 today. I can’t help his being one of my heroes. It’s despite myself. I’ve read enough about Johnny to know that he wasn’t always a nice guy. I know he treated some people very badly. Yeh, he treated some people very well! But he left scars. We hadn’t a … Continue reading John Lennon’s birthday – and the time I almost but not quite got the chance to interview him!
I pride myself on knowing quite a bit about The Beatles. Occasionally, I will try to turn a conversation around so that I can tell people that the backing singers on Across the Universe were actually two fans who’d been hanging around outside the Abbey Road studios. “Really?” someone will say. And that allows me … Continue reading When Johnny came to Mulranny
Protest songs. They’ve been around forever. This year, Childish Gambino made Number One on the Billboard chart with This is America. But protest songs go all the way back to the American Civil War. They take various forms. They can plead for peace. They can demand that wrongs be put right. They can be angry. … Continue reading If Only John Lennon Was Here