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Wikipedia Summary for John Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued his career as a solo artist and as Ono's collaborator.

Born in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1956, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. He was initially the group's de facto leader, a role gradually ceded to McCartney. Lennon was characterised for the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. In the mid-1960s, he had two books published: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, both collections of nonsense writings and line drawings. Starting with 1967's "All You Need Is Love", his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

From 1968 to 1972, Lennon produced more than a dozen records with Ono, including a trilogy of avant-garde albums, his first solo LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and the international top 10 singles "Give Peace a Chance", "Instant Karma!", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". In 1969, he held the two week-long anti-war demonstration Bed-Ins for Peace. After moving to New York City in 1971, his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a three-year attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon disengaged from the music business to raise his infant son Sean and, in 1980, returned with the Ono collaboration Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release.

As a performer, writer or co-writer, Lennon had 25 number one singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Double Fantasy, his best-selling album, won the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 1982, Lennon was honoured with the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer and thirty-eighth greatest artist of all time. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (in 1997) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994).

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Oh sure. I dug the fame, the power, the money, and playing to big crowds. Conquering America was the best thing.

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Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.

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Pain is what we're in most of the time. And I think the bigger the pain the more gods we need.

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If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.

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If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the '60s, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.

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Paranoia is just a heightened sense of awareness.

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I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition.

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It depends who they are. If it's Mick (Jagger) or the Old Guard as I call them, yeah, they're the Old Guard. Elton (John), David (Bowie) are the newies. I don't feel like an old uncle, dear, 'cause I'm not that much older than half of 'em, hehe.

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You can only breathe out if you breathe in.

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If you want to get peace, you can get it as soon as you like if we all pull together. ... Think peace, live peace, and breathe peace and you'll get it as soon as you like.

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I really had a chip on my shoulder, ... and it still comes out every now and then.

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And Paul hits this chord, and I turn to him and say, 'That's it! Do that again!' In those days we really used to absolutely write like that -- both playing into each other's noses.

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I had a lot of it in my day, but I don't like it. It's a dumb drug. Your whole concentration goes on getting the next fix. I find caffeine easier to deal with.

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I'm cynical about society, politics, newspapers, government. But I'm not cynical about life, love, goodness, death. That's why I really don't want to be labeled a cynic.

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We're not disinterested in politics. It's just that politicians are disinteresting.

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In Western-style Communism we would have to create an almost imaginary workers' image of themselves as the father-figure.

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It seems that all revolutions end up with a personality cult -- even the Chinese seem to need a father-figure.

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I don't purchase records. I do enjoy listening to things like Japanese folk music or Indian music.

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Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war -for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more.

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People are just up tight because the kids are having fun and they didn't have the same freedom.

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We should be trying to reach the young workers because that's when you're most idealistic and have least fear.

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That's part of our policy, is not to be taken seriously because I think our opposition, whoever they may be in all their manifest forms, don't know how to handle humour.

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Without Jimmy Dean the Beatles would never have existed.

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In one way, I was always hip. I was hip in kindergarten. I was different from the others. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things people didn't see. I always saw things in a hallucinatory way.

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I'm an Elvis fan because it was Elvis who really got me out of Liverpool.

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I was a working-class macho guy who was used to being served and Yoko didn't buy that. From the day I met her, she demanded equal time, equal space, equal rights.

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Imagine ... Imagine no religion.

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One day at a time is all we do. One day at a time is good for you.

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What does it mean when a person is such a pacifist that they get shot? I can never understand that.

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All the revolutions have happened when a Fidel or Marx or Lenin or whatever, who were intellectuals, were able to get through to the workers. They got a good pocket of people together and the workers seemed to understand that they were in a repressed state.

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My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.

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We never write anything with themes. We just write the same rubbish all the time.

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If The Beatles or the 60's had a message, it was 'Learn to swim. And once you've learned -- swim!

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Tell the truth and make it rhyme.

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I've never voted. I've never voted yet although I could have voted for the last ten years.

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No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
With just a pocketful of soap.

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I don't expect you to understand after you've caused so much pain, but then again-you're not to blame; you're just human-a victim of the insane.

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Music touching my soul, the spirit dance was unfolding.

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My teacher asked me what I want to be when I grow up, I said happy. She told me I don't understand the assignment, I told her she doesn't understand life.

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Paul and I know each other on a lot of different levels that very few people know about.

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All this bit about angels and all the different religions, it's based on something. I think anything's possible. I believe in everything until it's disproved.

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What I'm trying to do is to influence all the people I can influence. All those who are still under the dream and just put a big question mark in their mind. The acid dream is over, that is what I'm trying to tell them.

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There are only a few notes. Just variations on a theme.

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You feel alone if you're the only one thinking 'wouldn't it be nice if there was peace and nobody was getting killed.' So advertise yourself that you're for peace if you believe in it.

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The Beatles had gone beyond comprehension. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. We were well into marijuana and nobody could communicate with us, because we were just glazed eyes, giggling all the time.

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I'm a moldy moldy man I'm moldy thru and thru I'm a moldy moldy man You would not think it true I'm moldy til my eyeballs I'm moldy til my toe I will not dance I shyballs I'm such a humble Joe.

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Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you.

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I'd like to incite people to break the framework, to be disobedient in school, to stick their tongues out, to keep insulting authority.

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I wanna hold your gland.

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I didn't come after Elvis and Dylan, I've been around always. But if I see or meet a great artist, I love 'em.

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Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.

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I'm not saying we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person, or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said, and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this.

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I found I was having continually to please the sort of people I'd always hated when I was a child. This began to bring me back to reality.

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I've got used to the fact -​ just about -​ that whatever I do is going to be compared to the other Beatles. If I took up ballet dancing, my ballet dancing would be compared with Paul's bowling.

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There is nothing conceptually better than rock 'n' roll. No group, be it Beatles, Dylan or Stones, have ever improved on Whole Lot of Shaking for my money. Or maybe I'm like our parents: that's my period and I dig it and I'll never leave it.

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It's weird not to be weird.

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In England, there are only two things to be, basically: You are either for the labor movement or for the capitalist movement. Either you become a right-wing Archie Bunker if you are in the class I am in, or you become an instinctive socialist, which I was.

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If we took over Britain, then we'd have the job of cleaning up the bourgeoisie and keeping people in a revolutionary state of mind.

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Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine, can't do you know harm to feel your own pain.

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It was my Fat Elvis period. I was eating and drinking like a pig. I was depressed and I was crying out for help. It's real. And I meant it.

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It was a choice of making it or still eating chicken onstage.

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I am like a chameleon, influenced by whatever's going on. If Elvis can do it, I can do it. If the Everly Brothers can do it, me and Paul can. Same with Dylan.

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I just like TV. I think to me, it replaced the fireplace when I was a child. They took the fire away and they put a TV in instead and I got hooked on it.

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I think it's the best thing I've ever done. I think it's realistic, and it's true to the me that has been developing over the years. I like first-person music.

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It's amazing how low you go to get high.

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We gave up everything just to sit at your table.

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I recently got into Haiku in Japan and I just think it's fantastic. Obviously, when you get rid of a whole section of illusion in your mind you're left with great precision.

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We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?

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I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

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I don't bother so much about the others' songs. For instance, I don't give a damn about how 'Something' is doing in the charts -- I watch 'Come Together' (the flip side) because that's my song.

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I never listen to the radio. If it's bad, I make fun of it, and if it's good, I get jealous that I didn't think of it.

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I know I hurt you then But that was way back when.

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Love is all, love is new, love is all, love is you.

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If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!

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One more stage, one more limo, one more run for your life.

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Love is real, real is love.

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New York is what Paris was in the twenties... the center of the art world. And we want to be in the center. It's the greatest place on earth... I've got a lot of friends here and I even brought my own cash.

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I can't remember anything without a sadness so deep that it hardly becomes known to me, so deep that its tears leave me a spectator of my own stupidity.

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I believe in everything until it's disproved.

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Art is only a way of expressing pain.

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When I was a child I experienced moments of not wanting to see the ugliness, not wanting to see not being wanted. This lack of love went into my eyes and into my mind.

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I want to be with my best friend. My best friend, my wife. Who could ask for anything more?

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When I was singing about 'All You Need Is Love' I was talking about something I hadn't experienced.

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There's nothing you can do that can't be done.

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Longer Version:

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It's easy.

Nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It's easy.

Nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.


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I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before.

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Love means having to say you're sorry every fifteen minutes.

--John Lennon
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We must always remember to thank the CIA and the Army for LSD. That's what people forget.... They invented LSD to control people and what they did was give us freedom.

--John Lennon

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