Being the avid Beatles fan that I am- when I visited New York City in 2006 for the first time since I was a little girl, I tried to hit as many ‘Beatles places’ as I could during my short stay. The above photo I took while there, trying to match up the infamous shot of the Beatles first visit to America via New York on February 9th, 1964. I got close, but not perfect. I didn’t have the picture with me, and smart phones were practically non-existent at the time.
The important part here being that you can clearly see the Dakota building in the background. The Dakota was John Lennon’s residence as well as the place where he suffered his ‘ultimate demise‘. Yoko still resides there to this day. I have always found it interesting that John Lennon’s American Experience began and ended in nearly the same spot.
Readers of this site already know- I am not your typical Beatles Fan. The Beatles are like an obsession for me. It takes a special kind of weirdness to do what I do here, and I am actually proud of the odd angle in which I view these ‘Lovable Liverpool Lads‘ and just hope that someone besides myself reading these musings finds my angle interesting. If you asked my family, they would probably say that I am over-obsessed with anything and everything Beatles, and they would probably be right (I’m pretty sure there is a coordination effort underway for an intervention haha). However, these days we Beatle-philes have to be careful.
Obsessed Beatles fans sometimes get a bad rap. That is probably due to the ‘fact’ (alternative fact? Who knows!) that a obsessed, lone crazed Beatle Fan shot and killed John Lennon in front of the Dakota building where he resided in December of 1980.
Now I may be obsessed. I am certainly beyond-a-doubt weird. But I am not THAT weird. I am not THAT obsessed. Seriously- if Mark David Chapman’s story is the accurate story, then that man had a plethora of issues. John Lennon has always been and probably always will be one of my favorite people to have ever walked on this plane(t). I admire him in many ways, even with all of his complexities, hypocrisies and controversies. I would never want harm to come of him, or of anyone for that matter. It is a shame that some individuals have so much hatred in their heart and confusion in their brain to do something like this, it is truly unfathomable for me.
Simply walking by the Dakota building, I got the sense of overwhelming enchantment. The Dakota is famous for its interior and exterior use in films, it’s rustic design and of course for its most famous residents- John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It has not had a vacant apartment within its confines since the building was built in 1884. The project was commissioned to an architectural firm as designed by Singer Sewing Machine Company head, Edward Clark. Which is interesting considering the still shot below from the Beatles 1965 film- Help! Working title for the film: “Eight Arms to Hold You” and eight years prior to Lennon moving into the Dakota. What was the creative process behind this shot? Why the use of the antique Singer Sewing Machine? Another ‘strange Beatles coincidence’ to add to the very very long list.
What exactly was the Beatles film Help! all about really? Well, that is a tale for another time, but let’s just say human sacrifice to the Hindu goddess Kali is the central theme and leave it at that, for now.
In addition to the horrible atrocities likened to the man known as Mark David Chapman, he is certainly not the only culprit in the degrading of the obsessed Beatle-phile reputation.
We also have the likes of Charles Manson, who supposedly according to official reports believed that the Beatles were speaking directly to him- via the White Album, to which John had remarked in a 1970 Rolling Stone interview: