The life of an unforgettable man: John Lennon

What do you know about John Lennon‘s life?

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John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool in the Maternity Hospital on Oxford Street. His parents, Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon who have been married two years earlier, separated in April 1942. John, spent his  childhood and adolescence with his aunt Mimi. The spirit of the boy was already rebellious and in search for freedom and new experiences. At the age of seven, John begins to make his first drawings.
In 1952 John joined the Quarry Bank High School. In those years, John explained, “I was aggressive because I wanted to become popular, I wanted to be considered the ‘boss.’ ”

As time goes on, John tends to get closer to uncle George, husband of Mimi but unfortunately, in June 1953, George died of anemorrhage.  To overcome this bad situation, Julia (John’s mother) adviced him to become a guitarist, teaching him the first arrangements on a banjo. In fact, firstly, John’s style was more like a banjo than a guitarist. In March 1957 he founded his own skiffle group, calling it firstly “The Black Jacks” and  then “Quarrymen” (by the name of the school). The following July 9th during a concert in Woolton, their sound deeply impressed a spectator named Paul McCartney who revolutionized his life.

In fact, this was the beginning of Lennon-McCartney’s duo, which has given life to the future band Beatles. On July 15, 1958, John’s mother, Julia, dies in a car while she’s together with her son. The Quarrymen, now with George Harrison, recorded their first tracks. John also composes his first song “Hello Little Girl”. In the same year John meets and falls in love with Cynthia Powell at Liverpool Art College. In 1959, Quarrymen changed their name into Silver Beatles and became one of the major attraction of Liverpool’s Casbah Club. In August 1960 they performed at the Reeperbahn in Hamburg with Stu Sutcliffe at the bass, where they played uninterruptedly for eight hours a day. To keep to rhythms of that heavy work John begins to take amphetamine, getting in a state of confusion.

Afterwards, In January 1961 The Beatles performed their first concert at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. John, meanwhile, writes the first biography of the Beatles for Mersey Beat, a local music newspaper, and in which he also weekly writes stories, poems and cartoons. During these years, John started to assume heavy drugs.

However, in November 1966 John meets for the first time Yoko Ono, an event that would radically change his life. In April 1973, John and Yoko bought an apartment in New York in front of Central Park. Meanwhile, John had big problems with the federal government for the recognition of American citizenship. In the second half of the same year, John and Yoko broke their love relationship.

Accordingly, John moves momentarily to Los Angeles and interlaces a relationship with May Pang secretary of Yoko. But their separation was not longer because they met themselves again at John’s appearance at Elton John’s Concert at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.

During these years he saw various problems with his band, causing some distances, because of the presence of Yoko Ono. However, a new project named Get Back was launched by the Beatles. This could have led to the hope of an hypothetical meeting of the quartet but On Monday, December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot by a crazy man.

This brought to the loss of a unique and unforgettable man in the history of rock music.

Among the main works of John Lennon, we have to remember the song “Imagine“, which still remains one of the best songs of all  time.

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