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Remembering John Lennon through his letters (and postcards)
The night John Lennon died, I was at a Bruce Springsteen show in Philadelphia. The next evening, Springsteen would open with a cover of “Twist and Shout,” but on that fateful night, in the pre-cellphone, pre-Internet era, my friends and I spent the moment of Lennon’s murder blissfully oblivious — until we came out after the concert to find the news burning through the parking lot like a grass fire.
By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
December 7, 2012