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John Lennon was the radical Beatle, the political one who would shoot off his mouth at a time when pop stars were supposed to smile and sing. He’s the one who claimed the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, and he’s the one who, with wife Yoko Ono, staged a bed-in for peace. He posed naked on his album covers. He wrote songs with controversial lyrics. And he dismissed his Beatles years with casual cynicism. When the band broke up in 1970, Lennon released his first official album (there were a couple of experimental records before that), ‘John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band,’ a cathartic exercise that confronted his mommy issues and dismantled the Beatles’ myth. For the next five years he released increasingly easier records, until his retirement in 1975 to care for his young son. A few weeks after he released his comeback LP, ‘Double Fantasy,’ in 1980, he was killed by a deranged fan.

40 Years Ago: John Lennon Returns to His ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ Roots

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Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

In a way, John Lennon's 'Rock 'N' Roll' album is the back-to-basics record the Beatles' 'Let It Be' was supposed to be.

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Watch ‘Paul McCartney’ Explain Kanye West to ‘John Lennon’

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YouTube

Comedian Dana Carvey imagines how Paul McCartney would explain Kanye West to John Lennon.

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John Lennon’s Son Is Being Sued for $10 Million Over a Tree

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Rahav Segev, Getty Images

Sean Lennon's next-door neighbors in New York's West Village -- who just happen to be the parents of Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei -- are suing him for a whopping $10 million over a tree.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Hustles Out ‘Instant Karma!’

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YouTube

Written, recorded and released over a period of just 10 days, John Lennon's 'Instant Karma!' was a huge hit, boasted one of rock's most inventive drum fills -- and had sweeping implications for the Beatles.

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57 Years Ago: George Harrison Joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Quarry Men

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The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958.

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Watch Trailer for Al Pacino’s John Lennon-Inspired Movie ‘Danny Collins’

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’Danny Collins,’ a movie inspired by a real-life story that involved John Lennon and features songs by the late Beatle, will open in theaters next month.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Donate Their Hair

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Any world-famous rock star can write a check in support of a pet charity project.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Writes and Records ‘Instant Karma’

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Apple

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner."

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon’s ‘Bag One’ Art Exhibit Raided by Police

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

An exhibit of John Lennon's artwork was raided due to its erotic content.

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46 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Controversial ‘Two Virgins’ Album Seized by Police

John Lennon Two Virgins Seized by Police
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On Jan. 2, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Two Virgins' was seized by police because of its controversial cover.

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