John Lennon: Biography
I, John Winston Lennon, was born in Liverpool, England in 1940. I was
the founding member of a group called the Beatles, which was the most popular
music group in the history of rock and roll (World Book 197). The group
included George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and myself. We
originally formed in 1958, but it wasn’t until 1960 that we decided to name
ourselves the Beatles (World Book 191). My philosophy of the Beatles was, “when
you said it, it was crawly things; when you read it, it was beat music (The New
Book of Knowledge 108).
I, along with Paul, wrote most of the Beatles’ music.Songs that were
written primarily by myself include “Help,” “All You Need is Love,” and “A Day
in the Life.”(World Book 197). In 1970 we decided to break up for a number of
artistic, business, and personal reasons (World Book 190).
I, like the other former Beatles members, continued to perform as a solo
artist. Yoko Ono, whom I married in 1969, became my partner (World Book 197).
Yoko and I, being extremely opposed to the war, performed together making peace
our theme (Rolling Stone 229). As our taste for war bittered, Yoko and I became
involved in many anti-war protests. We recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in our
hotel room in Montreal, and I had it rush released (Rolling Stone 229). In
January of 1970 I wrote and recorded “Instant Karma” in one day and had it
released (Rolling Stone 229). Three months later, Yoko and I flew to Los
Angeles for four months of primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov (Rolling
Stone 229). Because of this experience the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
was made (Rolling Stone 229).
In 1971 I moved to the United States to continue my campaign for peace
(World Book 197). That year, the US Government made continual attempts to
deport me (Rolling Stone 229). A protest concert that we planned to hold on the
doorstep of the Republican National Convention made the Nixon administration a
bit upset (Rolling Stone 229). Claiming that my 1968 drug arrest made me an
“undesirable alien,” they also made attempts to deport me (Rolling Stone 229).
In 1976 I was granted permanent resident status that ended this problem (Rolling
In 1980 Yoko and I released Double Fantasy, which was my first album in
five years (World Book 197). On the eighth of December that year, I was shot to
death outside my New York City apartment by a man named Mark David Chapman
(World Book 197).
That, to some extent, is my life’s story. I hope people will look
deeper into my music and find its meaning instead of just reciting the words.
Music was my way of communicating with the world. I also hope that I have made
people realize the value of peace in the world. If only everyone could
understand how great world peace would be.