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.
Was 'All My Loving' the Last Song John Lennon Heard?
One journalist was by chance on scene for music legend's final moments.
Paul McCartney Details His John Lennon ‘Diss Track’
Macca says he wrote "Too Many People" because he was "fed up being told what to do."
Why Paul McCartney Never Told John Lennon ‘I Love You’
He didn't express his feelings until writing "Here Today," shortly after his former Beatles bandmate died.
Paul McCartney’s Deal With John Lennon Kept George Harrison ‘Out’
Early agreement about songwriting resulted in frustration detailed in ‘Get Back’ documentary.
Paul McCartney Says John Lennon 'Instigated' Beatles Breakup
Paul insists he wanted to see the Fab Four continue.
Paul McCartney Finds Radio Play He Wrote With John Lennon
He says ‘Pilchard’ drama is “about the Messiah, actually.”
July 29, 1966, Marked New Eras for Bob Dylan, Beatles and Cream
When one door closes, another opens.
John Lennon's 'Imagine' Receives Star-Studded Olympics Tribute
Yoko Ono responded to tribute on Twitter.
John Lennon, Ozzy and Iron Maiden Among New Funko Figures
Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam and Green Day are also part of latest batch of collectibles.
Underrated John Lennon: The Most Overlooked Song From Each LP
These often share little in common, and that's certainly fitting.