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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.

John And Cynthia Lennon
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John Lennon’s Letter to Ex-Wife for Sale at Auction

A letter written by John Lennon to his ex-wife disputing Yoko Ono’s involvement in their divorce is one of two letters up for auction.

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Daily News
Daily News

Album John Lennon Autographed for Killer to Be Sold Again

One of rock's more upsetting and morbid pieces of memorabilia is up for sale again.

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John Lennon Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono May Get a Songwriting Credit for ‘Imagine’

Administrative efforts are underway to officially add Yoko Ono's name to the songwriting credits for John Lennon's 1971 classic "Imagine."

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Apple
Apple

45 Years Ago: John Lennon Goes Off the Deep End on ‘Some Time in New York City’

'Some Time in New York City' remains one of John Lennon's most determinedly topical, most critically reviled, and most often ignored solo albums.

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Quarry Bank High School
Quarry Bank High School

John Lennon’s ‘Best Friend,’ Pete Shotton, Dies at 75

Pete Shotton played a role in two major Beatles songs.

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Michael Ochs Archive, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono Become TV Hosts

We tend to look back on the '60s and early-to-mid '70s as a pretty turbulent time in terms of the establishment trying in vain to crack down on the counterculture, but it wasn't always adversarial.

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Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Yoko Ono to Produce Film About Her Relationship With John Lennon

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's domestic and creative partnership will be the focus of a new film with Ono serving as one of the project's producers.

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Frank Mastropolo
Frank Mastropolo

An Insider’s Guide to Sotheby’s ‘Rock and Roll Anthology’ Auction: Exclusive Interview

On Dec. 10, Sotheby's will bring to the auction block some of the most historically important artifacts of rock history.

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Larry Ellis, Getty Images
Larry Ellis, Getty Images

Hostile Note From Lennon to McCartney Headed to Auction Block

Tensions between John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the wake of the Beatles' breakup are highlighted in an annoyed and often profane letter that's expected to sell for roughly $20,000 at auction.

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Capitol
Capitol

30 Years Ago: John Lennon’s ‘Menlove Ave.’ Takes Revealing Look at a Troubled Period

'Menlove Ave.' served as a powerful reminder of what went wrong for John Lennon in the mid' 70s, and a glimpse into what might have been.

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