This song pertains to the bizarre circumstances that surrounded
John Lennon's death. The murderer, mentally ill Mark David Chapman,
thought that he was a character from J. D. Salinger's famous/infamous
book 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Leading up to the murder Chapman went
through a series of scene re-enactments, and he also performed a satanic
rite to give him 'strength' after his first murder attempt failed.
Fundamentally the song is a tribute to John. A visit to the wall
outside Abbey Road studios in London will make it clear
that John's memory 'will live on'.
'The Death Of John' was recorded on a 4 track a year or two ago,
and has a fairly raw, live sound.
Death Of John' in streaming RealAudio format. If you can't
get a good connection, or if you have an older version of RealPlayer
(ie anything before version 5.0), then you can
it and then play it.
If you don't have RealPlayer 5.0 then you get one from the
If you're interested, some good info about John can be found
Also, feel free to email Marek Shalom
if you have any questions or comments.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the tune. Be sure to use the 'Backchat'
facility on this page to pass on your comments... and does anyone
out there know of some obscure bits of Lennon trivia?