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 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.
Revisiting John Lennon's Frustrating 'Live in New York City' LP
Posthumous album collected songs from former Beatle's two final live shows.
How John Lennon's Final Solo Sparked 'Walking on Thin Ice'
He started by pulling out the famous Rickenbacker from the Beatles' appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'
Hear Chris Cornell Cover Lennon, Guns N’ Roses and More on New LP
The surprise release 'No One Sings Like You Anymore' presents a collection of the late singer's cover songs.