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.
How Two Beatles Inspired Gary Wright's 'Dream Weaver'
A book from one former member and a song lyric from another helped kick-start the hit song.
Why Lennon and McCartney's US Chart Debut Wasn't With the Beatles
Songwriting duo initially had a tough time attracting American listeners.
Paul McCartney Admires How John Lennon Dealt With ‘Tragic Life’
Surviving Beatles star says he’s not sure he would have managed so well.
What if John Lennon Had Starred in ‘WarGames’?
He was in discussions for key role in man-versus-AI movie before fate intervened.
AI Recreates Lennon and McCartney Solo Songs as Beatles Tunes
Technology reimagines "New" and "Grow Old With Me."
Ex Beatles Lennon and Harrison Stopped Friends Dissing McCartney
Drummer Jim Keltner recalls "brutal" comments that were not to be imitated.
May Pang Revisits Love Affair With John Lennon in New Film
'The Lost Weekend: A Love Story' chronicles her 18-month relationship with the former Beatle.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Movie Explores 'Hijacked' TV Show
'Daytime Revolution' tells story of their week hosting 'The Mike Douglas Show' in 1972.