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.
Underrated John Lennon: The Most Overlooked Song From Each LP
These often share little in common, and that's certainly fitting.
40 Years Ago: Beatles Reunite for a John Lennon Tribute Song
George Harrison gathered his former bandmates for 1981 single “All Those Years Ago,” written about late friend.
Visit John Lennon’s 1971 Home in New ‘Isolation’ Video
Raw studio mix from upcoming box set offers tour of private rooms.
John Lennon Rehearses 'Give Peace a Chance' in Unearthed Video
Clip, recorded with Yoko Ono in the Bahamas, previews upcoming 'Plastic Ono Band' box set.
'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection': Review
A half-century after its release, the best post-Beatles solo album remains a cathartic and invigorating listen.
Watch Long-Lost FIlm of John Lennon in New ‘Look at Me’ Video
Ex-Beatle and wife Yoko Ono revealed at work in 1968 for ‘Plastic Ono Band’ box set.
New 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' Box Set Announced
Eight-disc set features dozens of new remixes and remasters.
Why John Lennon Originally Hated the Beatles' 'Twist and Shout'
"You can hear that I'm just a frantic guy doing his best," singer later recalled of throat-shredding 'Please Please Me' song.
Why John Lennon Called the Beatles' 'Eight Days a Week' 'Lousy'
This breezy rocker highlighted a subtly evolving sound, becoming their seventh U.S. No. 1.