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December 8, 1980
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Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins

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Imagine: John Lennon
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Give Peace A Chance
Instant Karma
Gimme Some Truth
Nobody Told Me
Just Like Starting Over
Watching The Wheels
Power To The People
Number 9 Dream
Mind Games
Working Class Hero
Come Together
Beautiful Boy
Happy Christmas/War Is Over
Strawberry Fields
Nowhere Man
All You Need Is Love
In My Life
Jealous Guy
Stand By Me
Across The Universe
You Got To Hide Your Love Away
It's Only Love
Grow Old With Me
Oh My Love

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The Life Of John Lennon

Friday, 8 December, 2000, BBC News

Lennon and McCartney filming a BBC programmeBecoming stars:
John Lennon with Paul McCartney in 1963

John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940, the only child of Fred and Julia Lennon. His parents split when he was a toddler and he was raised by his aunt, Mary Smith.

But he remained close to Julia, who encouraged him to learn the banjo, later switching to guitar. Tragedy struck when John was 17, when Julia was struck and killed by a car.

His first band was a skiffle group called The Quarrymen, named after his school, Quarry Bank High. A 15-year-old Paul McCartney joined in 1957, followed by George Harrison a year later.

After leaving school, John went to art college in Liverpool, where he met fellow student Stuart Sutcliffe.

Beatles with gold discs, 1963
Success first started at
home for The Beatles
Sutcliffe joined the group on bass, and with new drummer Pete Best and a new name, The Beatles, they secured a residency in Hamburg.

The group honed their skills playing wild, all-night concerts in the city's notorious red light district.

Sutcliffe left in 1961 to concentrate on painting - but died shortly afterwards of a brain haemorrhage, an event which deeply affected Lennon.

Back in Liverpool, The Beatles swiftly gained a following and local businessman Brian Epstein became their manager.

After being famously turned down by Decca, the group finally secured a recording contract with EMI, with Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best on drums.

The Beatles at JFK airport
The Beatles' first appearance at JFK airport in New York
First single Love Me Do reached a modest number 17, but follow-up Please Please Me topped the UK chart. Beatlemania was born.

In 1963, John and his new wife Cynthia had a son Julian while the group went from strength to strength with a string of Number One hits, conquering the US the following year.

By the mid-60s, The Beatles were the world's biggest band, and Lennon & McCartney's songwriting skills were developing at breathtaking speed.

With producer George Martin they expanded the parameters of pop music, achieving new levels of sophistication on the albums Rubber Soul and Revolver.

They gave up touring for good after Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, and the band received death threats.

The Beatles' career peaked in 1967 with the release of the psychedelic classic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But the same year saw Brian Epstein die of a drugs overdose.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The 1969
"bed-in" for peace
Lennon's love life was also in turmoil and he finally left Cynthia for avant-garde artist Yoko Ono.

They married in 1969, shortly before embarking on their famous series of "bed-ins" aimed at spreading a message of world peace.

Relations within the Beatles were strained - despite the success of the White Album - and 1970 saw them split.

By this time, Lennon's solo career was well under way after the release of his Unfinished Music records with Yoko, and the Plastic Ono Band's Cold Turkey - which described the pain of heroin withdrawal.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Watergate hearings, 1973
The couple became involved in politics
John and Yoko became immersed in political causes, and Lennon performed Instant Karma on Top of The Pops with cropped hair as an anti-war protest.

1971 was his most productive year as he moved to New York and released the acclaimed solo albums Plastic Ono Band and Imagine.

Plastic Ono Band featured Working Class Hero and Mother, which saw him scream out for his late parent - a world away from his Beatles work.

Imagine's title track became synonymous with him after his death, while it also contained a bitter attack on Paul McCartney (How Do You Sleep?) and Jealous Guy, which was overlooked until Bryan Ferry's 1980s cover version.

Lennon's 1973 album, Mind Games, explored the problems he was having with Yoko, and the couple split for a time, with him going to Los Angeles on a drugs and alcohol binge. They were reunited after a concert appearance with Elton John in November 1974.

John Lennon
John Lennon at a Halloween parade in New York in 1980
The couple had a son, Sean, and John took a five-year break to raise him. In 1980 he, returned with the album Double Fantasy, which went to number one in countries around the world.

He appeared to be set for a period of unprecedented creativity - but his life was cut short outside his home at the Dakota building, near Central Park.

Lennon was survived by Yoko, Sean, and Julian, his son from his marriage to Cynthia.

His assassin, had an application for parole turned down in October 2000.

Who Authorized The Assassination Of John Lennon?
by Mark R. Elsis

John Lennon Biography

December 8, 1980

Family History And Early Years Of John Winston Lennon

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John Lennon Message Board
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For me, John is still alive. I believe he's still with us,
looking over Yoko, Sean and Julian. If you are reading this John, remember that I will never loose faith in you,
and say hi to George for us. Even though I'm only 13,
you're forever going to be my hero,
because of giving your life for Love and Peace.

I'm a great fan of The Beatles, and I beleive that they were
the best rock & roll group in music history. Not many people
my age understand me well. They don't understand why I like
The Beatles and why John Lennon is forever going to be my hero.
They don't understand why a 13 year old girl would be into
The Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison. All I've got to say about this Message Board, is that it helped me in a sort of way,
tell the whole world how I fell about a man, who for no reasons, died.

Remember, War Is Over If You Want It.

Jo, a 13 year old girl from Canada

The heartbeat of Homo Sapiens is music
John was the greatest singer songwriter and
the most influential political artist of our time

Imagine honoring John’s 65th birthday

Sunday October 9, 2005
every October 9th with an International holiday
Celebrating Peace and Love on Earth

Please sign our online petition in order to gather
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Read Petition Letters From Fans In Support Of
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To me, John is a spirit who lives with me each day,
and he holds my hand and teaches me how to live in peace and
be a better person. He guides me to love nature, the environment, myself and my fellow human being. Through his brilliant mind,
I've learned what kind of person I want to be,
and to me he is the true meaning of an artist. He will never
fade as being my all-time favorite song writer and musician.

Laura Coteff:) Love is real //00\\

The Beatles

The Beatles CDs

Photographs of John and Yoko

Let's Be Like John And Yoko
Song, Lyrics and Vocals
by Lori-ann Latremouille

All Instuments, Recorded, Produced and Arranged
by Ray Garand


Yoko Discusses John's Life
And The New Lennon Legend DVD

Just Imagine
In the 60s, Yoko Ono married John Lennon
and campaigned for peace in Vietnam.
More than 30 years on,
she's still irrevocably linked to her dead husband
and America is once again at war.
Here, she talks to Andrew Smith about marriage,
art and inner peace

Give Peace A Chance
Listen To Yoko's New Version


The Greatest Song Ever Written

Imagine (Video)

Imagine (Audio)


Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try,
No hell below us, above us only sky,
Imagine all the people, living for today.
Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too,
Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one,
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one,
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one. |

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