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.
50 Years Ago: John Lennon Performs His Final Full-Length Concert
The show arrived in the midst of a tumultuous time for the former Beatle.
Julian Lennon Was 'Shocked' by Paul McCartney's Virtual Duet
He said he wasn't totally on board when he heard new collaboration with John Lennon.
Julian Lennon Says 'Get Back' Helped Him Appreciate His Dad Again
"It made me fall in love with him again, which was really lovely."
John Lennon's Bitter 1971 Letter to Paul McCartney Up for Auction
Three-page document is expected to sell for around $30,000.
Watch Sean Lennon Cover the Beatles' 'Here, There and Everywhere'
Son of the late John Lennon posted his version of the song in honor of Paul McCartney's 80th birthday.
Did John Lennon’s Lost Weekend Nearly Spawn a McCartney Reunion?
Mistress May Pang is certain dinner date would have sent the ex-Beatles back to work - but Lennon went back to Yoko Ono instead.
Odd Couples: How John Lennon Helped David Bowie Tackle 'Fame'
One song led to another at Electric Lady Studios in January 1975.
Alan White, Drummer for Yes and John Lennon, Dies at 72
Prog band's longest-tenured member also played with George Harrison, Joe Cocker and Ginger Baker.
Julian Lennon Says He Was 'Dreading' Singing 'Imagine'
Singer-songwriter admitted to feeling apprehensive about covering his dad's classic song.