The Killing of John Lennon

Mark David Chapman:

My whole life was pointed in one direction. I can see that now. There has never been any choice for me.

Normal kids don’t grow to shoot ex-Beatles.

Things that you liked as a child stay with you for life.

I began to take refuge in public places; I love the library. I love the smell of books. All that learning is the essence of something orderly.

(On Catcher in the Rye) I haven’t read it since I was 16. It would burn in my hand. It’s like an electric current passing through my body and lighting up all the cells in my brain. Here was something I can identify with, my phony kind of life. And the more I read, the more I see myself in its pages. I was actually becoming its hero – Holden Caulfield.


The fourth picture shows how he arranged his documents to provide clues to the police once they found his things in his hotel room.

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One Day At A Time, I have this book

Unlike Chapter 27,  this effort (2006, that is year earlier than Jared Leto’s) is more comprehensive in scope. Chapter 27 focused on the last three days (December 6-8), his last trip to New York to do what he planned to do. The Killing of John Lennon goes back farther to September 1980 – his circumstances on the eve of his first visit to New York.





Thom Yorke Breaks Silence on Israel Controversy

“It’s really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years,” says Radiohead singer

It’s well over a month until Radiohead wrap up their 2017 A Moon Shaped Pool Tour at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19th, but it’s already shaping up to be the most controversial show of their career. They’ve performed in Israel eight times  most recently in the summer of 2000  but this is the first time they’ve visited the country since the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement began in 2005.

The movement calls for a complete cultural boycott of Israel until Palestinians are granted the “right of return” and Israel’s West Bank barrier is dismantled. It has caused everyone from Elvis Costello to Devendra Banhart to Gorillaz to cancel planned concerts in the country, though many others have ignored it. 

On April 23rd, over 50 prominent figures, including Roger Waters, Desmond Tutu, Thurston Moore and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, signed a petition urging Radiohead to cancel the show. 

“In asking you not to perform in Israel, Palestinians have appealed to you to take one small step to help pressure Israel to end its violation of basic rights and international law,” they wrote. “Surely if making a stand against the politics of division, of discrimination and of hate means anything at all, it means standing against it everywhere – and that has to include what happens to Palestinians every day. Otherwise the rest is, to use your words, ‘mere rhetoric.'”

“There are people I admire … who I would never dream of telling where to work or what to do or think.”

The issue has flared up at recent Radiohead concerts, including their show at the Greek Theater Berkeley where a large banner was held up chastising them for playing the “apartheid” state of Israel. The situation puts Nigel Godrich in an particularly awkward position, as the longtime Radiohead producer also produced the latest album for Waters, the loudest and most passionate voice of the BDS movement.

Through all this, the group has remained quiet. But when we spoke to Yorke for our new cover story about the making of OK Computer, we gave him the opportunity to respond. Here are his complete comments.

I’ll be totally honest with you: this has been extremely upsetting. There’s an awful lot of people who don’t agree with the BDS movement, including us. I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky and a long list of others.

There are people I admire [who have been critical of the concert] like [English film director] Ken Loach, who I would never dream of telling where to work or what to do or think. The kind of dialogue that they want to engage in is one that’s black or white. I have a problem with that. It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public. It’s deeply disrespectful to assume that we’re either being misinformed or that we’re so retarded we can’t make these decisions ourselves. I thought it was patronizing in the extreme. It’s offensive and I just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].

“It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public.”

The university thing is more of a head fuck for me. It’s like, really? You can’t go talk to other people who want to learn stuff in another country? Really? The one place where you need to be free to express everything you possibly can. You want to tell these people you can’t do that? And you think that’s gonna help?

The person who knows most about these things is [Radiohead guitarist] Jonny [Greenwood]. He has both Palestinian and Israeli friends and a wife who’s an Arab Jew. All these people to stand there at a distance throwing stuff at us, waving flags, saying, “You don’t know anything about it!” Imagine how offensive that is for Jonny. And imagine how upsetting that it’s been to have this out there. Just to assume that we know nothing about this. Just to throw the word “apartheid” around and think that’s enough. It’s fucking weird. It’s such an extraordinary waste of energy. Energy that could be used in a more positive way.

This is the first time I’ve said anything about it. Part of me wants to say nothing because anything I say cooks up a fire from embers. But at the same time, if you want me to be honest, yeah, it’s really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years. They talk down to us and I just find it mind-boggling that they think they have the right to do that. It’s extraordinary.

“It’s such an extraordinary waste of energy. Energy that could be used in a more positive way.”

Imagine how this has affected me and Nigel’s relationship. Thanks, Roger. I mean, we’re best mates for life, but it’s like, fuck me, really?

[Godrich responds: “I don’t believe in cultural boycotts. I dont think they’re positive, ever. And actually, I think that its true to say that the people youd be denying [the music] are the people who would agree with you and dont necessarily agree with their government. So its not a good idea. Thom and Roger are two peas in a pod, really, in certain respects. They just have a disagreement about this, but theyve never even met. I think Thom feels very protective of Jonny, which I completely get. But Im not in the middle of Thom and Roger. Fucking hell, I wouldnt like to be in the middle of those two. No.]

All of this creates divisive energy. You’re not bringing people together. You’re not encouraging dialogue or a sense of understanding. Now if you’re talking about trying to make things progress in any society, if you create division, what do you get? You get fucking Theresa May. You get [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, you get fucking Trump. That’s divisive.

As told to Andy Greene

Thom Yorke and his Radiohead bandmates look back at how incessant touring, and a creeping sense of alienation, inspired ‘OK Computer.’ Watch here.

Chris Cornell Autopsy, Toxicology Report Released – Rolling Stone

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“Many of us who know Chris well noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off,” Vicky Cornell says

Michigan’s Wayne County Medical Examiner released the autopsy and toxicology report in the death of Chris Cornell Friday, with the coroner confirming that the manner of death was suicide and that “drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.”

“It is my opinion that death was caused by hanging,” Wayne County assistant medical examiner Theodore Brown wrote in his post mortem report in documents obtained by Rolling Stone. “Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide.”

The medical examiner then reiterated the circumstances of Cornell’s death as found in the police report, which stated that Cornell was “found partially suspended by a resistance exercise band in his hotel room.”

The injuries sustained “were all consistent with hanging, partially suspended by the resistance exercise band.”

Additionally, seven different drugs were found in Cornell’s post mortem toxicology report, including a significant dose of the anxiety medicine Ativan. However, it is the medical examiner’s opinion that “these drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.”

The drugs found in Cornell’s system were “butalbital, lorazepam, pseudoephedrine and its metabolite norpseudoephedrine, caffeine, and naloxone.” The caffeine came from No-Doz tablets the singer ingested prior to his death, while the pseudoephedrine was employed as a decongestant.

Other prescription drugs included the sedative Butalbital, Narcan (“a narcotic antagonist”) and four doses of Lorazepam, which is known as the anxiety medication Ativan.

The Cornell family has previously blamed the rare side effects of Ativan – which includes suicidal thoughts – for catalyzing the singer’s death. However, the medical examiner noted that while the 200 ng/mL level of Ativan in Cornell’s blood was well higher than the average 30-50 ng/mL dosage, it was also lower than the 300 ng/mL Ativan blood levels of those whose death are tied to the drug.

Following the release of the autopsy and toxicology report, Cornell’s widow Vicki released a statement to Rolling Stone.

“Many of us who know Chris well noticed that he wasn’t himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind,” Vicky Cornell wrote.

“Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy.”

We can’t stop watching this first look at Ed Sheeran’s “Carpool Karaoke”

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We’ve known this would be happening for months, but we’re finally getting a look at Ed Sheeran’s Carpool Karaoke. Set to air this upcoming Tuesday, it looks like Sheeran and The Late Late Show’s James Corden got along quite well during the segment.

As you probably know, Corden has had celebrities on for the fun, song-themed sketch for quite some time. In fact, Carpool Karaoke is so popular that it’s getting its own series. While it’s been delayed (it was supposed to debut this April) folks over at Apple Music are certain that it’ll premiere a little later this year.

Corden’s segment with Sheeran will air during one of his shows that’ll be based in London. He’ll be airing his show there for three days.

From the looks of it, Corden and Sheeran will be belting out “Castle on the Hill” and “Sing” — but we know there’ll be plenty more.

According to Sheeran, he was actually hoping that Corden would bust out some other tunes during the segment.

“I know the whole thing is singing to your tune, but I think I’d feel a bit awkward singing to my song. I think I’d just want to put on some Biggie,” Sheeran said on Capital FM’s Roman Kemp Show.  “I want to put on something really awkward and dirty, like Biggie’s song ‘Big Booty Hoes’—or something like that—and just hear James Corden sing along to that.”

We have a feeling that this may be one of the best Carpool Karaoke sketches yet!