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.
Ex Beatles Lennon and Harrison Stopped Friends Dissing McCartney
Drummer Jim Keltner recalls "brutal" comments that were not to be imitated.
When John Lennon and David Bowie Shared a 'Mountain of Cocaine'
Producer Tony Visconti details a memorable night with the rock legends.
John Lennon's Killer Said, 'Gee, I'm Sorry I Ruined Your Night'
Upcoming Apple+ docu-series reveals new first-hand accounts from witnesses.
How George, Ringo, John and Paul Each Left the Beatles
All four Beatles left the band at some point in the last 18 months of their existence.
Watch Peter Jackson's Music Video for the Beatles' 'Now and Then'
It's the last ever Beatles song to be released.
Listen to the Last Ever Beatles Song, 'Now and Then'
All four members of the band can be heard on the newly completed track.
Watch a Short Documentary Film About the Beatles' 'Now and Then'
Behind the making of the last ever Beatles song.
Beatles Announce Release Date for Last Song, 'Now and Then'
Track was made using an old demo tape of John Lennon's.