Beatles frontman John Lennon was killed on this day in 1980. Lennon was shot in the back four times by fan Mark David Chapman. After the shooting Chapman remained at the scene reading The Catcher in the Rye until police arrived and arrested him. John was forty years old and had just released what would be his final album Double Fantasy three weeks prior to his murder.
Key Library Checkouts:
Nowhere Boy - This 2009 biopic covers Lennon's years as a troubled teen reeling from a profoundly messed-up childhood and features his early attempts at starting a band, as well as his first ever meeting with Paul McCartney.
Backbeat - Released in 1994, this film chronicles The Beatles time spent in Hamburg, Germany. At this point The Beatles were a five piece band with Pete Best on drums and Stuart Sutcliffe on bass. Sutcliffe was Lennon's best friend in the band, but the rest of the group felt his lack of talent was holding them back.
Lennon Naked - Taking place in the late 1960's after John was a huge superstar this biographical movie deals with Lennon's attempts at reconnecting with his father, while completely ignoring his own son Julian.