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.
Birthday: Oct. 9, 1940
Died: Dec. 8, 1980
Selected Discography: ‘John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band’ (1970), ‘Imagine’ (1971), ‘Double Fantasy’ (1980)
On March 4, 1966, an article appeared in the London Evening Standard that would cause an uproar and ripple for some time. Journalist Maureen Cleave was doing a series entitled 'How Does a Beatle Live?' and her encounter with John Lennon provided controversy that spread far beyond the London paper.
Classic rockers will continue to be featured on American stamps. Today (Feb. 21), it was learned that we can expect to see names such as John Lennon and Janis Joplin adorning letters over the next few years.
When John Lennon was killed on Dec. 8, 1980, he was in the midst of recording the follow-up to the recently released 'Double Fantasy.' Those songs, combined with some outtakes from the 'Double Fantasy' sessions, were compiled by his widow, Yoko Ono on their album 'Milk and Honey,' which came out on Jan. 27, 1984.
Former BeatlesPaul McCartney and John Lennon have been pitted against each other in the press many times since the band split up, and even though it's not really in the holiday spirit, we're going to do it again with a very special holiday-themed Christmas song readers' poll.
It came as little surprise that John Lennon released the most adventurous, and occasionally confusing, solo records after the Beatles broke up. After all, 'Revolution 9' was his idea. Where Paul McCartney used the occasion t
They are undoubtedly the greatest songwriting duo of the rock era. But which Beatles star -- John Lennon or Paul McCartney -- created better music on their own following the group's breakup? We asked two of our writers to each take on one side of this great classic roc
Today's dose of "kinda cool, kinda heartbreaking, kinda creepy" news comes to us courtesy of Sachs Media, where execs recently bankrolled a series of computer-generated portraits depicting what some of rock's best-loved deceased stars would look like if they were alive today.
They helped shape hard-rock music in the '70s and forever after. He helped define the sound of popular music for the last two-thirds of the 20th century. Led Zeppelin take on John Lennon in the semifinals round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
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