John Lennon

Rock musician John Lennon

John Ono Lennon MBE, born John Winston Lennon was an English musician and singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.
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ARTS | LONG ISLAND; ‘Yoko Ono Imagine Peace’ at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center
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IN 1968, Kevin Concannon was a 12-year-old Beatles fan when an avant-garde artist named Yoko Ono started appearing in press stories linking her with John Lennon . “It was my first exposure ever to a real live artist, and especially a real live avant-garde conceptual artist,” recalled Dr. Concannon, who has a doctorate in art history
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Author uncovers Lennon's letters - BBC News
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More than 250 letters and cards sent by John Lennon to his family and friends are to be published for the first time. Author Hunter Davies, who wrote the only official biography of The Beatles in the 1960s, is trying to track down every missive written
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Mathew Street Festival newsflash: John Lennon immigration form unearthed - Purple Revolver
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Published Mon 29 Aug 2011 19:27, Last updated: 2011-08-29 An immigration form filled in by Beatle legend John Lennon months before he was shot dead in New York City has been unearthed. The official document which showcases John's irreverent sense of
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Singer Emmanuel Kelly wows The X Factor judges - Herald Sun
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Emmanuel, the adopted son of Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly, wowed Ronan Keating, Spice Girl Mel Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his heartfelt performance of the John Lennon classic Imagine on last night's audition
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Signed Beatles record sells for £9000 at auction - BBC News
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Among other highlights was a cap owned by John Lennon which sold for £3200. There were bids made from around the world - with particular interest from Austria, Germany, Australia and the US - for the lots at the auction, part of the annual Beatles ... - -
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John Lennon's funny form up for grabs - Hindustan Times
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PTI The immigration form that was filled in by John Lennon during 1980, is going under the hammer and is expected to reach £15000. Covered with unique answers, it gives an insight into the musician's sense of humour. The form is part of an auction of
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How music affects John Lennon, you & me - NorthJersey.com
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In a phone interview May Pang, ex-girlfriend of John Lennon, said she thinks music's appeal is that "it's universal." One listen to the Beatles as a kid, and Pang, too, was hooked. After hearing the Beatles on the radio, "I wanted to be involved in
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport passengers may benefit from security review - Liverpool Daily Post
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LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport passengers will no longer have to remove shoes, take off belts and unpack laptops – if airport bosses beef up security in other ways. A new “risk-based approach” unveiled by the
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Yoko Threatens Legal Action Against 'Lennon's Pub' In Scotland - RTT News
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Craig has spoken out against the legal threat, saying that he spent thousands of pounds on merchandise associated with John Lennon. The bar owner says that the bar has been named Lennon's Pub for years and the cease and desist notice came out of the
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Imagine... Lennon: the New York Years, BBC One, review - Telegraph.co.uk
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Chris Harvey reviews Michael Epstein's film about John Lennon and Yoko Ono's time spent in New York City in the 1970s. Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, leave a US Immigration hearing in New York on April 18, 1972. ... - -
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Colbert Confirms John Lennon Was Secret Republican (VIDEO) - Huffington Post (satire)
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Stephen Colbert had one tip of his hat and one wag of his finger to dole out on Monday night's show, and the tip was a stunner. Apparently, according to one guy who had one conversation with Lennon a long time ago, the former Beatle had gone all
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Air passenger tax protests at Liverpool John Lennon airport - Liverpool Daily Post
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LIVERPOOL John Lennon airport was the focus today of an industry-wide campaign to block Air Passenger Duty (APD) rises in the next Budget. Campaigners wearing 'Hands off our Holiday Mr Taxman' T-shirts were
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    FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    Died on December 8, 1980.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    Lennon's last act of political activism was a statement in support of the striking minority sanitation workers in San Francisco on 5 December 1980.
    When McCartney released "Coming Up", in 1980, the year Lennon returned to the studio and the last year of his life, he took notice. "It's driving me crackers!" he jokingly complained, because he could not get the tune out of his head.
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    At around 10:50p.m. (EST) on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times in the archway of the building.
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    Lennon emerged from retirement in October 1980 with the single "(Just Like) Starting Over", followed the next month by the album Double Fantasy, which contained songs written during a journey to Bermuda on a 43-foot sailing boat the previous June, that reflected his fulfilment in his new-found stable family life.
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    In September 1980, Lennon commented about his family and his rebellious nature:
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    He wrote "Cookin' (In the Kitchen of Love)" for Starr's Ringo's Rotogravure (1976), performing on the track in June in what would be his last recording session until 1980.
    He said in 1980: "I used my resentment against Paul… to create a song… not a terrible vicious horrible vendetta… I used my resentment and withdrawing from Paul and the Beatles, and the relationship with Paul, to write 'How Do You Sleep'.
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  • 1977
    Age 36
    The following year, his US immigration status finally resolved, Lennon received his "green card" certifying his permanent residency, and when Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as president in January 1977, Lennon and Ono attended the Inaugural Ball.
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    He formally announced his break from music in Tokyo in 1977, saying, "we have basically decided, without any great decision, to be with our baby as much as we can until we feel we can take time off to indulge ourselves in creating things outside of the family."
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  • 1975
    Age 34
    Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, showed little interest in continuing the battle against Lennon, and the deportation order was overturned in 1975.
    Lennon spent the next three and a half years in and out of deportation hearings until 8 October 1975, when a court of appeals barred the deportation attempt, stating " the courts will not condone selective deportation based upon secret political grounds."
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    Sean was born on 9 October 1975, Lennon's 35th birthday, delivered by Caesarean section.
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    With the birth of his second son Sean on 9 October 1975, Lennon took on the role of househusband, beginning what would be a five-year hiatus from the music industry during which he gave all his attention to his family.
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    In January 1975, he agreed to meet Ono who claimed to have found a cure for smoking.
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    Lennon co-wrote "Fame", David Bowie's first US number one, and provided guitar and backing vocals for the January 1975 recording.
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    Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy.
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  • 1974
    Age 33
    Settled back in New York, Lennon recorded the album Walls and Bridges. Released in October 1974, it included "Whatever Gets You thru the Night", which featured Elton John on backing vocals and piano, and became Lennon's only single as a solo artist to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart during his lifetime.
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    In early 1974, Lennon was drinking heavily and his alcohol-fuelled antics with Harry Nilsson made headlines.
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  • 1972
    Age 31
    In a 2006 Guardian article, Jon Wiener wrote: "For young people in 1972, it was thrilling to see Lennon's courage in standing up to President Nixon.
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    Staged at Madison Square Garden on 30 August 1972, they were his last full-length concert appearances.
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    In 1972, Lennon and Ono attended a post-election wake held in the New York home of activist Jerry Rubin after McGovern lost to Nixon.
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  • 1971
    Age 30
    To escape the acrimony of the band's break-up, Ono suggested they move permanently to New York, which they did on 31 August 1971.
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    Lennon's relationship with Julian was already strained, and after Lennon and Ono's 1971 move to New York, Julian would not see his father again until 1973.
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    Lennon and Ono moved to New York in August 1971, and in December released "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)".
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    Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    Although he and Starr remained consistently friendly during the years following the Beatles' break-up in 1970, Lennon's relationships with McCartney and Harrison varied.
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    In 1970, Lennon and Ono went through primal therapy with Arthur Janov in Los Angeles, California.
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  • 1969
    Age 28
    Lennon left the Beatles in September 1969, and agreed not to inform the media while the group renegotiated their recording contract, but he was outraged that McCartney publicised his own departure on releasing his debut solo album in April 1970.
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    Between 1969 and 1970, Lennon released the singles "Give Peace a Chance" (widely adopted as an anti-Vietnam-War anthem in 1969), "Cold Turkey" (documenting his withdrawal symptoms after he became addicted to heroin) and "Instant Karma!
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    Lennon and Ono were married on 20 March 1969, and soon released a series of 14 lithographs called "Bag One" depicting scenes from their honeymoon, eight of which were deemed indecent and most of which were banned and confiscated.
    After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon.
  • 1968
    Age 27
    Ono became pregnant in 1968 and miscarried a male child they named John Ono LennonII on 21 November 1968, a few weeks after Lennon's divorce from Cynthia was granted. During Lennon's last two years in the Beatles, he and Ono began public protests against the Vietnam War. They were married in Gibraltar on 20 March 1969, and spent their honeymoon at the Hilton Amsterdam campaigning with a week-long Bed-In for Peace.
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    Lennon's creative focus continued to move beyond the Beatles and between 1968 and 1969 he and Ono recorded three albums of experimental music together: Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (known more for its cover than for its music), Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions and Wedding Album.
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    At the end of 1968, Lennon was featured in the film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (not released until 1996) in the role of a Dirty Mac band member.
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  • 1967
    Age 26
    The anti-war, black comedy How I Won the War, featuring Lennon's only appearance in a non–Beatles full-length film, was shown in cinemas in October 1967.
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    According to biographer Ian MacDonald, Lennon's continuous experience with LSD during the year brought him "close to erasing his identity". 1967 saw the release of "Strawberry Fields Forever", hailed by Time magazine for its "astonishing inventiveness", and the group's landmark album Sgt.
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    Since his involuntary introduction to LSD, he had made increasing use of the drug, and was almost constantly under its influence for much of 1967.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    Deprived of the routine of live performances after their final commercial concert on 29 August 1966, Lennon felt lost and considered leaving the band.
    In March 1966, during an interview with Evening Standard reporter Maureen Cleave, Lennon remarked, "Christianity will go.
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  • 1965
    Age 24
    " expressed his own feelings in 1965: "I meant it...
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    After a year of Beatlemania in the UK, the group's historic February 1964 US debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show marked their breakthrough to international stardom. A two-year period of constant touring, moviemaking, and songwriting followed, during which Lennon wrote two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. The Beatles received recognition from the British Establishment when they were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1965 Queen's Birthday Honours.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    When the Beatles recorded "Twist and Shout", the final track during the mammoth one-day session that produced the band's 1963 debut album, Please Please Me, Lennon's voice, already compromised by a cold, came close to giving out.
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    Soon after their return from Spain, at McCartney's twenty-first birthday party in June 1963, Lennon physically attacked Cavern Club MC Bob Wooler for saying "How was your honeymoon, John?" The MC, known for his wordplay and affectionate but cutting remarks, was making a joke, but ten months had passed since Lennon's marriage, and the honeymoon, deferred, was still two months in the future.
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    They recorded their debut album, Please Please Me, in under 10 hours on 11 February 1963, a day when Lennon was suffering the effects of a cold, which is evident in the vocal on the last song to be recorded that day, "Twist and Shout".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 19
    Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Sutcliffe became "The Beatles" in early 1960.
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  • 1958
    Age 17
    On 15 July 1958, when Lennon was 17 years old, his mother, walking home after visiting the Smiths' house, was struck by a car and killed.
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  • 1956
    Age 15
    His mother bought him his first guitar in 1956, an inexpensive Gallotone Champion acoustic for which she "lent" her son five pounds and ten shillings on the condition that the guitar be delivered to her own house, and not Mimi's, knowing well that her sister was not supportive of her son's musical aspirations.
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  • 1952
    Age 11
    Lennon was raised as an Anglican and attended Dovedale Primary School. From September 1952 to 1957, after passing his eleven-plus exam, he attended Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool, and was described by Harvey at the time as, "A happy-go-lucky, good-humoured, easy going, lively lad."
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Age 5
    In July 1946 Lennon's father visited Smith and took his son to Blackpool, secretly intending to emigrate to New Zealand with him.
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  • 1944
    Age 3
    His father was often away from home but sent regular pay cheques to 9Newcastle Road, Liverpool, where Lennon lived with his mother; the cheques stopped when he went absent without leave in February 1944.
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  • 1940
    Born
    Lennon was born in war-time England, on 9 October 1940 at Liverpool Maternity Hospital, to Julia (née Stanley) (1914-1958) and Alfred Lennon (1912-1976), a merchant seaman of Irish descent, who was away at the time of his son's birth.
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