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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.

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

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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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John Lennon’s Killer Admits He Was ‘Such an Idiot’

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Last week, Mark David Chapman, the man convicted of killing John Lennon, was denied parole for the eight time.

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John Lennon’s Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole Again

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Mark David Chapman will remain in prison for having killed John Lennon.

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40 Years Ago: Harry Nilsson and John Lennon Join Forces for ‘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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Learn why John Lennon stopped trying to drive cars.

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Sean Lennon Shares Kidnapping Fears

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

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