Actor/Musician Jared Leto portrayed shooter Mark David Chapman in the movie Chapter 27.  For the role, Leto had to gain almost 70 pounds, which he did by drinking microwaved pints of ice cream with soy sauce and olive oil every night.  The above photographs are shot by famous photographer Terry Richardson.


December 8th 1980: John Lennon killed

On this day in 1980, the British musician and peace activist John Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York home by Mark David Chapman. Lennon was one of the founding members of possibly the most successful band in history: the Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr achieved worldwide fame and critical acclaim for their music. Lennon was the man behind Beatles hits such as ‘All You Need is Love’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, and ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. After the band broke up in 1970, Lennon had a successful solo career, releasing iconic songs like ‘Imagine’ and ‘Instant Karma!’. In his later years Lennon, along with his second wife Yoko Ono, became peace activists, especially in their opposition to America’s involvement with the Vietnam War. His tragic death at the hands of a deranged fan came right when Lennon was making a return to music. He was universally mourned and is remembered today for his music and his activism, with the Beatles’ enduring popularity securing his continued fame.

“What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff- I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. I know it’s crazy." 

-Holden Caulfield. 


October 9th 1940: John Lennon born

On this day in 1940, John Lennon was born in Liverpool to parents Julia and Alfred Lennon. His father left when John was very young, and his mother left him in the care of his Aunt Mimi. Lennon lived with his aunt and uncle at 251 Menlove Avenue for most of his childhood and adolescence. Lennon’s first band was called the Quarrymen, which soon added Paul McCartney and George Harrison as members. This group became The Beatles in 1960, and spent some time playing in Hamburg; at this time the band also included Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. In 1962, Sutcliffe left and Ringo Starr replaced Best as the band’s drummer, thus creating ‘The Fab Four’. The Beatles shot to fame in the UK, with many successful chart-topping hits including ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’. In 1964, the Beatles visited the United States and played on the Ed Sullivan Show to a television audience of 73 million people - around 40% of the American population. The first America visit catapulted the four Liverpudlians to the status of international stars, and ‘Beatlemania’ became a global phenomenon. Lennon wrote several of the band’s biggest hits, such as ‘All You Need is Love’, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. The Beatles broke up in 1970, having released twelve studio albums in the UK, and each pursued solo careers. Lennon released several songs as a solo artist which have become as famous as many Beatles songs, including the iconic 'Imagine’, 'Instant Karma!’ and 'Working Class Hero’. Lennon and his second wife Yoko Ono became prominent activists for peace, demonstrated through their 'bed-in’ protest to the war in Vietnam. In December 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his New York home, leaving behind his two sons Julian and Sean. The Beatles are remembered as one of the greatest bands of all time, and Lennon remains an iconic cultural figure.

Today, John Lennon would have turned 75

Mark David Chapman
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“Mark David Chapman”

This song was composed with the help of Mindless fans around the globe. Every week, Urine would ask a question regarding the song on MySpace, and based on which multiple choice answer got chosen - that would be the direction of the song. After a few weeks, the votes were counted and the song was created. The song features Urine’s mother lecturing him in spanish. The demo was released on MySpace in January 2007, and the mastered, studio track is available on 2008’s If. It’s the last track from the left, you can’t miss it.

indistinguishable from one another
no possible intention to even bother
it doesn’t matter what is said or how we say it
“coincidentally” we all sound exactly the same
we all want to swindle kids out of their moneyz
if you’re still doing this cuz you believe in it
you are so fucking lame

when the world’s overrun with too many bands
who’s it time for - Mark Chapman
when it all seems absurd he will thin out the herd
ladies and gentlemen - Mark Chapman

there is no heart, there is no fear
we all just cry the same old tear
don’t look to me, i do not lead
i’m just in front and they’re following

some other motherfucker without the balls or cahones to take hold of the reins and use them

why is something so obvious so elusive?
there is nothing on the menu that will turn abusive
i am part of the problem, not the solution
i’m just a prisoner in the same prison as you
we wait for all the shoes to fall into position
already obsolete - no one will miss us at all

there is no awe, there is no fear
we all just cry the same old tear
i cannot tell - is it just me - or do we all look just like

Adolf fuckin’ Hilter with this swoopy emo boy dreamy haircut dangling in our faces
making us all indescribably indistinguishable from eachother
or maybe i’m just another megalomaniac - boo hoo hoo

reginald, release the hounds

Mark David Chapman denied parole for 7th time

The man who killed John Lennon in 1980, Mark David Chapman, has been denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, AP reports.

Chapman shot Lennon outside the Manhattan apartment building where the former Beatle lived. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Photo: Str New / Reuters