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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: Harry Nilsson and John Lennon Join Forces for ‘Pussy Cats’

Harry Nilsson, 'Pussy Cats'
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By all rights, the mid-'70s should have been an easy time for Harry Nilsson.

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Watch Eddie Vedder’s First-Time Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performed a first-ever cover of John Lennon's 1971 favorite 'Imagine' on Friday in Portugal.

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Here’s One List John Lennon, Carlos Santana and Bruce Springsteen Probably Didn’t Want to Be On

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Some of classic rock's biggest sacred cows get taken down a peg or two in a new list.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon Learns He’s a Bad Driver – The Hard Way

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YouTube

Learn why John Lennon stopped trying to drive cars.

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Sean Lennon Shares Kidnapping Fears

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Rahav Segev, Getty Images

In some ways, growing up with John Lennon's for a dad must have been pretty cool -- but in others, it could be fairly nerve-wracking, as Sean Lennon explained in a recent chat.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Record ‘Give Peace a Chance’ at Montreal Bed-In

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We spoke with two people involved in the recording of John Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance' on the 45th anniversary of the song.

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Sean Ono Lennon Doesn’t Mind Comparisons To Famous Father

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Rahav Segev / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono says he has gotten used to people asking him about his father.

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John Lennon Mixed With Smash Mouth For Worst Mashup Ever

Hulton Archive/Mike McGinnis, Getty Images
Hulton Archive/Mike McGinnis, Getty Images

Neil Cicierega has combined the piano track from John Lennon's 'Imagine' with a super-slow accapella version of Smash Mouth's 'All Star,' titling the results 'Imagine All Star People.' You can't imagine how bad it is.

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‘Imagine’ the ‘Band on the Run’ – Lennon, McCartney Classics Mashed Together

Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

First, you speed up a classic instrumental solo track by John Lennon. Then, you slow down an accapella version of another solo Paul McCartney smash. Result: Fresh Beatle-y goodness.

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Canadian Dentist Still Hopes to Clone John Lennon

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The Canadian dentist who purchased one of John Lennon's teeth for more than $30,000 at a 2011 auction is still trying to use it to clone the former Beatle.

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