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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.

John Or Paul? Hundreds of Celebrities Weigh in

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550 celebrities were asked if they prefer John Lennon or Paul McCartney in a new video.

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34 Years Ago: John Lennon Murdered

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John Lennon died on Dec. 8, 1980.

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Paul McCartney Calls John Lennon’s Killer the ‘Jerk of Jerks’

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Paul McCartney recalled hearing the news of John Lennon's death.

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40 Years Ago: John Lennon Makes His Last Concert Appearance

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YouTube.com

Dual legends initially grew up around John Lennon's Nov. 28, 1974 appearance on stage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Returns His MBE to the Queen

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C. Maher, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

As soon as the Queen of England decided to bestow one of the country's highest honors upon John Lennon, almost anyone could have guessed it wasn't going to end well.

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30 Years Ago: Julian Lennon Joins the Family Business with ‘Valotte’

Julian Lennon, 'Valotte'
Atlantic

John Lennon's eldest son, Julian, had to know he'd be faced with a lot of unfair comparisons when he decided to start his own recording career.

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John Lennon’s ‘Paperback Writer’ Guitar Heading to Auction

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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The guitar John Lennon used on the recording of the Beatles' 1966 hit 'Paperback Writer' is going up for auction.

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40 Years Ago: John Lennon Gets Lost Among the ‘Walls and Bridges’

John Lennon Walls and Bridges
Capitol

Like most of John Lennon's solo albums, his fifth, 'Walls and Bridges,' came with its fair share of bumps along the way.

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Beatles Release Free EP on iTunes

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iTunes

iTunes certainly seems to be in a giving spirit lately.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Plays First-Ever Solo Concert

John Lennon
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

While the Beatles didn't officially break up until April 1970, one of the first signs that they were at least starting to think outside the constrictions of a group took place on Sept. 13, 1969, when John Lennon performed with the Plastic Ono Band (featuring Eric Clapton) at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.

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