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John Lennon

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.

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58 Years Ago: John Lennon Meets Paul McCartney

One of rock's most significant moments happened when the teenaged John Lennon met Paul McCartney on July 6, 1957.

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Paul McCartney Says John Lennon’s Death Made Him a ‘Martyr’

Paul McCartney said that it was 'frustrating' to see John Lennon be seen as the leader of the Beatles in the wake of his death.

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46 Years Ago: John Lennon Learns He’s a Bad Driver the Hard Way

John Lennon was a brilliant songwriter, but not much of a driver.

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50 Years Ago: John Lennon Publishes Second Book, ‘A Spaniard in the Works’

John Lennon followed up 'In His Own Write' on June 24, 1965 with another collection of short stories, poems and drawings, called 'A Spaniard in the Works.'

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Ringo Starr Says Playing on John Lennon’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’ Was a Career Highlight

Starr says the chemistry with Lennon and bassist Klaus Voormann was something special.

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John Lennon Albums Ranked Worst to Best

John Lennon Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Of all the Beatles, John Lennon is the one with the most wayward solo discography.

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John Lennon’s Solo Albums Collected in New Vinyl Box

John Lennon's solo albums are getting the vinyl reissue treatment — and being boxed up for a deluxe package scheduled to arrive in stores on June 9.

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40 Years Ago: John Lennon Makes His Last Live Appearance

Everything finally seemed to be coming together for John Lennon, as he took the stage for what would sadly become his last public performance on April 18, 1975.

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The X-Rated Reason Why John Lennon Called Eric Burdon ‘The Eggman’

One of the most widely quoted lyrics from the Beatles classic "I Am the Walrus" was an inside — and X-rated — joke between John Lennon and Animals singer Eric Burdon.

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Announce Sex-Change Plans

Throughout their life together, John Lennon and Yoko Ono developed a reputation for public absurdism.

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