"I Was Having The Time Of My Life" How A Storm At Sea Changed John Lennon's Life
As the Megan Jaye sailed into St. George’s Harbour in Hamilton, Bermuda, one of the passengers scrawled in the guest log, "Dear Megan, There’s no place like nowhere."
The forty-three-foot Hinckley centerboard sloop, lovingly named Megan Jaye after her owner’s daughter, had safely arrived after a seven-day journey from Newport, Rhode Island, with precious cargo. The dedication continued with a fond thank you to the yacht’s captain, Hank Halsted, complete with the writer’s trademark caricature self-portrait and a sketch of the Megan Jaye sailing into the sunset. It was signed “love, John Lennon."
Many of you have read this article here before, possibly several times. I could apologize for repeating it but I won’t because I truly believe the message this article delivers is much too important to be swept away into an archive and be forgotten.
I honestly believe – as a parent and grandparent myself – it remains one of the most important articles this web site has ever published. If you have children or grandchildren, this is a story you MUST read, and more to the point, if you are a teenager or young adult, this story is speaking directly to YOU.
A LETTER FROM THE GRAVE
I have been in love with rock & roll music my entire life. Many times, music has been a safe haven for me in times of trouble.
However, I am not naďve. I know – and so do you – the life of a rock musician is not a fairy tale filled with only the best in life. The reality is drug and alcohol abuse has taken far too many musicians from us, and in too many instances, at a far too early age.
This letter from a musician who was an idol for millions of teenage fans is one of the most heart-wrenching I have ever read. It is a stark reminder of the perils teenagers faced then and still do today. It proves you don’t have to be a rock and roll star to start down a highway that has no exit.
It is graphic and brutal. It is honest, and for that, we should all be grateful for one very brave man who realized far too late how precious life really is. I urge you to read it. I urge you to have those you love read it.
June 2 – 8 BIRTHS ... DEATHS ... EVENTS This Painting Inspired A Classic Song Recorded 42 Years Ago This WeekThe Details Are Inside THE ROCK & ROLL MEMORY MAGAZINEA Week With 42 Rock & Roll Deaths And 73 Rock & Roll Factoids!
There are plenty of ways a parent can turn their children against them. Some of them can be innocent mistakes. Some can be 'tough love' attempts.
And some can be a simple case of a father who doesn't have a clue what love means. Put Murry Wilson in that group.
Jerry McGill — the original rock and roll outlaw, former Sun Records artist, notorious road manager, felon and documentary film subject — lived a wild, messy, often violent existence on the road, but his end came quietly in an Alabama hospital. McGill died on May 30 at Huntsville Hospital at the age 73.
Mack Emerman, the founder of Criteria Recording Studios where acts including Eric Clapton, James Brown, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and The Bee Gees made some of their most famous records, has died after a long illness. He was 89.
Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complimented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.
Singer/songwriter Alan O'Day, who recorded Undercover Angel and wrote Helen Reddy's Angie Baby, Cher's Train Of Thought, and the Righteous Brothers' Rock And Roll Heaven, died of brain cancer at his Westwood, CA home on May 17. He was 72.
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