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.
Paul McCartney Revisits First Song He Wrote With John Lennon
He plays part of "Just Fun" on radio show marking late Beatle’s 80th birthday.
Mark Chapman Says He Deserves Death for Killing John Lennon
Transcript of latest parole hearing includes apology to Yoko Ono.
Top 20 Unfinished Beatles Songs That Ended Up on Solo Projects
The drawn-out 'Let It Be' sessions account for a list-leading 10 tracks; the White Album era produced seven others.
The John Lennon Song That Healed the Beatles After 'Let It Be'
Without it, the group might never have rebounded from crushing disappointment to complete 'Abbey Road.'
Florida House Once Owned by John Lennon on Sale for $47.5 Million
Former Beatle purchased the property several months before his death.
Hear Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp Cover John Lennon's 'Isolation'
Guitarist and actor have been working together a few years and chose song because of its timeliness.