October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980
Lennon was born and raised in Liverpool, England. Growing up, his musical talent had been discovered by a bus driver when playing a mouth organ on his way to visit his cousin in Scotland. As a teenager, Lennon became involved in his first band Skiffle Craze. Shortly afterwards, he had decided he wanted to make a new band called The Quarrymen which shortly after evolved into The Beatles in 1960.
As the group slowly drifted apart, John Lennon took on his own solo career that produced many popular top hits and albums including “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”, which he wrote the lyrics to as well. Many fans and people around the world were inspired by his musical lyrics, interviews and quotes as they had such meaning to not only his life but also to many other people’s lives as he spoke of much wisdom towards the community. Lennon’s inspiring quotes include “I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can… But I still believe in peace, love and understanding” and “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”
In March 1969 after getting married to his wife Ono, they spent their honeymoon in bed at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel as what they named “Bed-In for Peace” which attracted the worldwide media.
A few years after in 1971 Lennon had moved to New York where his criticism of the Vietnam War and songs War Is Over and Give Peace a Chance were used as anthems by the “Anti-War Movement.” Later on that year, Lennon and Ono supported the family of James Hanratty, after he was hanged for murder in 1962 to prove his innocence. The couple had staged a “Silent Protest for James Hanratty” along with a “Britain Murdered Hanratty” banner march and a fourty minute documentary on the case. Years later at a hearing, Hanratty’s conviction was upheld. John Lennon and his wife had also showed their fellowship and support towards the Clydeside UCS workers’ work-in in 1971 by sending a checque for £5,000 and a bundle of red roses.
On December the 8th, 1980 was when John Lennon was shot five times in the back on his way home to his hotel with Ono. The murderer was an obsessed fan, Mark David Chapman, who thought he would get Lennon’s fame if he murdered him. An hour after the incident, Lennon was declared dead.
John Lennon to this day has remained an inspiration, both for his life after the Beatles career as a peace.
- by Kirsty Ineson, 10ENG