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A bio of John Lennon; his influence on the world through his powerful words

Aneeka Sihra

on 6 October 2013

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Transcript of JOHN LENNON


The 60's
If John Were Here Now...
How Angry I Assume He Would Be...
1940 - 1980
THE 70'S
Involvement in War and Society in the 70's
The Quarrymen
A year later, he met Paul McCartney, then George Harrison, and by 1960 they became The Beatles
Soon, they performed in Liverpool, England then in Hamburg, Germany
Quickly became a national phenomenon in the UK by '62
By '64, the Brits invaded America and took over the mainstream
How They Shaped The 60's
Their Involvement in Society
John was known as the most "daring and outspoken" Beatle
They criticized the American involvement in the Vietnam War
Became the iconic symbol of the struggle against the war effort for the counterculture population of Americans
Beatles VS War
Born on October 9th, 1940 to Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon
Alfred was a merchant seaman in WWII and Julia was a waitress and a closet musician who left school at 15
His parents left him with his Aunt when he was young
He struggled with fears of abandonment all of his life
John Winston Lennon
Grew up in the the 50's (British Skiffle Band and American Rock and Roll)
Looked up to Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and, of course, Elvis Presley
Influenced by Victorian-era word play and humor
Fantasy, illogic, and nonsense
Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and W.S. Gilbert
Musical & Literary Influences
John remarked,
"Christianity will go...I'm right and I'll be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus Christ now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity."
Sparked huge controversies around America
He later regretted it and apologized
The Beatles Broke-Up
In 1965, John publicly announced that being a Beatle was "no longer satisfying artistically"
By 1970, the Beatles decided to part ways
The 60's could be described as the decade in which The Beatles single-handedly dominated the music industry
Their music is still described today as culturally relevant and becoming more and more popular with newer and younger generations
The Plastic Ono Band
In 1969, John married Yoko Ono
She was an avant-garde conceptual and performance artist who met John as a fellow artist and stole his heart
She never even heard of The Beatles
He made the album "The Plastic Ono Band" which he co-produced with Yoko
They wrote emotionally raw and not particularly dance floor friendly songs together
There was dramatic change from the music he made in The Beatles
His songs needed to say something meaningful or he wouldn't sing them
It didn't matter if they were successful, he just wanted them to have real emotion and ideas behind them
"Instant Karma" and "Imagine" are examples when his meaningful literature combined with the mainstream
His Music After
"It's peace or war; those are the two products." - John Lennon
Our Product is Peace!
He believed that there should be peace on Earth; he wanted people to be able to actually believe and imagine that peace can happen
He (unwillingly) became the symbol of peace
He and Yoko actively criticized the War through passionate interviews, through their music and through their target audience
The Nixon-Era
In 1972, John released his third solo album "Sometime in New York"
It read like a newspaper and documented his time in New York with his new family
It generated a lot of fear for the Nixon Administration
Led to years of harassment and legal battles surrounding John Lennon's green card
Their use of advertising in the 70's to promote world peace
John and Yoko's Anti-War Movement
In 1975, John and Yoko had their first son Sean Ono Lennon
Promptly, John decided to let Yoko become the breadwinner and raise his son out of the public eye
Called himself a "Househusband" and stopped making music for five years while raising Sean
Some believe that this made a greater statement about his views on gender roles and "priorities than [his] words and music [ever did]"
On December 8th 1980, after coming back from recording a new album "Milk and Honey", he shot outside of his New York apartment
The man who shot him, Mark David Chapman, was mentally ill and was stalking John for a number of months before killing him
His legacy, view on life, and peaceful ways live on through both his progressive avant-garde wife and his modern, minimalistic son
His Death
"Gentle Prince of Peace"
His Personality
When John felt strongly about a situation, he was confident but contained
He never wavered but he wasn't ever overly irrational or emotional
He was "cool, calm and collected"
He seems to have all of the answers but he never wanted to be perceived as superior or all-knowing
He was no-nonsense, he brushed off idle trivialities
He was accepting and never aggressively challenged others because of their view or opinion
His Approach
He was clear about what he wanted and knew how to get it
His Message
He wanted peace and he defined this peace in many ways
He made people rational about peace, he showed people it was easy to attain with the proper mentality
He made it his duty to spread this belief
This view of peace really tugged at the heart-strings of the youth in that time because of the wars the US fought in the 60's and 70's
John Lennon was funny, witty, artistic, enthusiastic, easy-going, opinionated, interesting, unique, conversational, down-to-earth, honest, and blunt
At the same time, he was pretty crazy, he had anger-management problems, he was really impulsive, easy to provoke and unpredictable
These traits made him approachable and easy to get along with as well as intimidating and powerful
His Mannerisms
John even signed a copy of "Double Fantasy" earlier that evening for Mark
Early Life
John's mother taught him to play and tune a banjo
His Aunt Mimi bought him a guitar in 1956 and he quickly formed a band named after his high school
They were describe as a "rock and roll skiffle band"
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