Gary Pig Gold – Borrowed Time


Something short and bittersweet for DBAWIS this time; words I quickly put to paper originally for Outer Shell Magazine I believe it was all those years ago regarding a man who, I’d bet, many of us still reflect upon very frequently indeed.

You may say I’m a writer. But I’m not the only one…



December the 8th found me relaxing by my stereo for the first time in much too long. With nothing to do and nowhere to go, I found myself switching the radio on, only to be bombarded by scratchy old Beatles tunes on nine stations out of ten. “Which one died now?” I immediately thought, pessimistically thinking. It was then that I realized it was THAT time of year again:  The anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination.

john-1Tapes of Lennon’s final rash of interviews, published in magazine and book form dozens of times already, were again rebroadcast between the predictable parade of Lennon hits (“In My Life,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Day In The Life,” “Give Peace A Chance,” “Starting Over” and, of course, “Imagine”) (…how come they never play “Cold Turkey” or “Revolution 9” ?!!). Being the loyal boomer I am, I duly listened with half an ear as I read my mail; these songs being, as I’m constantly reminded, The Soundtrack Of My Life.

Most disturbing by far, I found whilst scouring the dial for a non-John tune or two, were the tear-soaked calls from listeners that seem to be the featured attraction of these annual Lennon radio tributes. Calls saying how shocked we were on that fateful night outside the Dakota.


Callers nit-picking the minutest prop and dialogue inaccuracies out of the John & Yoko: Love Story TV-movie bio-pic. And caller-upon-caller bemoaning the fact that Elvis Presley’s death continues to out-vigil, out-draw, and out-headline that of the Chief Beatle’s, despite the fact that, quote, “Presley died a wasteful, self-inflicted death long after his peak, while John was savagely gunned down in his artistic and spiritual prime.”john-2

Believe it or not, I am a fan and admirer of John Lennon’s life and music, and my thoughts and sympathies still find themselves turned towards his family on quite a regular basis. But I no longer find any legitimate purpose in dwelling on the man’s death throughout the media every December 8, particularly when such anniversary productions are dubiously disguised as “Celebrations Of The Man And His Music.”

I, for one it seems, am glad Lennon’s death has not (yet) turned into the cabaret Elvis’ has, and hereby strongly and sincerely urge all his followers to finally awaken from john-3their morbid mourning and listen instead to the music and words of TODAY as opposed to Yesterday. And I’d bet John himself would join me, if he only could, in demanding all you fossilized Beatlemaniacs begin concerning yourselves with the tunes, trials and tribulations of TOMORROW… and let sleeping Beatles lie.

Gary Pig Gold

Port Credit, Ontario, Canada

December 1985.


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DBAWIS_ButtonGary Pig Gold may have grown up in Port Credit, run away to Hamilton to join his first rock ‘n’ roll group, hung out with Joe Strummer on his first-ever night in the UK, returned to T.O. to publish Canada’s first-ever rock ‘n’ roll (fan)zine, run away again gary pig gpld facong leftto Surf City to (almost) tour Australia with Jan & Dean, come home again to tour O Canada with that country’s first-ever (authorized!) Beach Boys tribute band …but STILL, he had to travel all the way back to the USSR to secure his first-ever recording contract

One Response to “Gary Pig Gold – Borrowed Time”

  1. Very nice point of view!

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