John Lennon

John Winston Lennon

John Lennon was born, October 1940 in Liverpool England

In the late 1950s John formed a rock group called the Quarry Men Skiffle Band. This was the band that eventually became the Beatles. In 1957 he met Paul McCartney and began performing and writing with him. Lennon was considered the leader of the Beatles because he was the oldest and had the most experience. McCartney introduced George Harrison to the band to be lead guitarist.

John Lennon was often outspoken about his views and beliefs. At one point Lennon said that “the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ.”

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During the late 1960s John Lennon and the Beatles became interested in meditation and began to experiment with LSD as is evidenced in their monumental album, Sargent Peppers .

After the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 John Lennon created a very successful solo career, often with the help of Yoko Ono. He also became a leader in the anti war Movement. His song “Give Peace a Chance” became an major rallying song for the movement. Due to his anti war stance the Nixon administration tried to have him deported, but was eventually granted a green card in 1976. John Lennon was shot dead in 1980, by David Chapman In the almost 40 years since his death his music, art and legend have grown stronger each year. He was truly the poet and philosopher of his generation.