The Troubled Beatle – John Lennon Biography

in a boyish smile rebellious hairstyle and a loving Liverpudlian accent it's genius in extended beyond music to words play and visual arts while he excited and inspired teens he frightens parents and pastors and was a target of the Nixon era FBI who was this British phenom well that would be the inimitable John Lennon with bombs falling around the hospital John Lennon was born on October the 9th 1940 in the midst of World War two his mother Julia gave him the middle name Winston in honor of Britain's leader at the time his father Alfred was a merchant marine and was absent John's birth meze would be for much of John's childhood Lennon's childhood was unsettled with an absent father and mother who simply couldn't handle the motherhood after the age of four Leonard didn't even live with his mother instead living with his childless uncle George and aunt Minnie the two were a stern but loving influence on Lennon throughout his childhood though Minnie did what she could to discourage Lennon's love of music it was she who famously told him the guitars all very well John but he'll never make a living out of it Lennon's mother was more supportive of his musical interest in fact it was Julia who bought the guitar for him though Denon didn't live with his mother he remained close to her regularly visiting a house where the two would listen to Elvis records and pluck chords on the banjo ukulele and the guitar Julia was also a frequent visitor at her sister's house where she spent morning's drinking tea with Minnie and chatting with her son after one of these prank war visits unfortunately tragedy struck as Julie across the street to head home one day she was struck and killed by a passing car John was 16 years old when his mother died and he carried the weight of the tragedy with him for the rest of his life at the time Julia died Leland was already having trouble in school he was smart no doubt about that but his wit and attitude got him into trouble with teachers he created comics of teachers and fellow students in a work he titled The Daily howl and detention sheets from Quarry Bank high school show that Lennon at once received three detentions in one day with offenses over the years ranging from fighting in class to sabotage to just no interest whatsoever while he was goofing off in school Lennon was paying close attention to his music Lennon was playing in a band called The Quarrymen and he was one of this bands gigs that would ultimately lead to the formation of the Beatles on July the 6 1957 the quarry man played the Wilton village fete and one of Lennon's bandmates decided Lennon should be introduced to a friends of his and swelled he was that friends well he might have heard of him that friends was Paul McCartney that in McCartney who was two years john's jr. taught lenin how to tunicates morons impressed him with a rendition of the song 20 flight rock the atmosphere of the day stuck with Paul even if the exact here didn't a Walton village fate I met him I was a fat schoolboy and he leaned an arm on my shoulder I realized he was drunk we were 12 then but in spite of his sideboards those sideburns we went on to become teenage pals it was only two weeks before Paul was asked to join The Quarrymen band he agreed shortly thereafter Paul introduced John and the other band members to his friend George Harrison it was 1958 and three of the four Beatles had already found each other but music couldn't be John's only focus though he had failed his exams upon leaving high school Lennon's arms and former headmaster pulled strings and persuaded the Liverpool College of art to accept to the rambunctious teen who did show incredible promise in the arts Lennon started attending the Liverpool College in art in the fall of 1957 Oh Alan didn't fare much better in art school than he had in traditional school though he did meet his first wife Cynthia Powell Len Ernie never had the right equipment for his classes and was always borrowing Powell's tools it was also up to Powell to help Lennon through his exams which she ultimately fails for all the help she gave him Lennon was not a kind and loving boyfriend to Powell in fact he could be downright abusive even acknowledging as much by later saying I was sort of in a blind rage for two years and we see the drunk or fighting it had been the same with other girlfriends at hat there was something the matter with me the relationship lasted though and in 1962 Powell discovered she was pregnant with Lennon's Charles in keeping with the expectations of the time the two were married in a simple civil ceremony in Liverpool Lennon's music career had already taken priority over all else finest points and they skipped a honeymoon so he could play a gig the night of their wedding Cynthia gave birth to Julian Lennon in 1963 and with the beatles star on the rise in Liverpool John didn't pay much attention to his son in fact his relationship with his son was no better than it was with his wife something Julian publicly and angrily spoke about as an adult he stated dad could talk about peace and love out loud the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant them his wife and son how can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces no communication adultery divorce John was the only married weasel and the only one with a child and the group's manager tried to keep this information about Lennon under wraps as he marketed the group girls wanted their pop stars to be single and cute not married The Beatles rise to fame began at the cavern club but it was in dispersed with performances in Germany along with the Lennon McCartney and Harrison bandmates Stu Sutcliffe and P best made up the band's lineup for their infamous stays in Hamburg Germany at the Kaiser Keller Club the boys no more than 22 and George Amy 17 lived in horrid conditions and survived on only pills and alcohol during their stay but the audience's they loved them especially lemons onstage antics one night he was supposed to be on stage but instead was fooling around with a woman and the two only broke up when the club's bouncer dumped cold water on them instead of getting dressed to go on stage Lennon grabbed his guitar and joined his bandmates only wearing underwear and a toilet seat around his neck when the Beatles returned to Liverpool and resumed playing at the Cavern Club they caught the attention of a young record store owner in the area familiar with the group from their visits to his store Brian Epstein went to one of their performances where he saw their potential and signed on as their manager he got them a record contract and was by their side until his death in 1967 Epstein was gay and homosexuality was still illegal in England during the 1960's over the years rumors have persisted that Lennon Epstein had an affair largely stemming from a vacation the two took together in Spain in 1963 mere weeks after his son was born Lennon denied the rumours saying I was on holiday with Brian Epstein in Spain where the rumours went around that he and I were having a love affair it was almost a love affair but not quite it was never consummated but it was a pretty intense relationship by early 1964 The Beatles were hitting the airwaves in America then on February the 7th 1964 their plane touched down at the newly renamed Kennedy Airport in New York City crowds of teenagers greeted them hanging over the railings screaming and waving signs when they made their way through the crowds to speak to the press Lennon treated the American media to a dose of his classic wit when a reporter asked why people love the Beatles so much Lennon replied if we knew we'd form another group and be managers two years later the last from Liverpool made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show as the studio audiences screamed and 73 million Americans watched from home The Beatles performed five songs during the show each Beatles name at the on the screen then ins name had an addendum though it read sorry girls he's married giving Cynthia and Julia's existence quiet was not possible for a man who was about to become one of the most recognizable people in the world 1964 it saw the release of both the movie and the album a hard day's night marking all four Beatles foray into the film industry Lennon would later appear in a satirical film called how I won the war not to be constrained by only two artistic mediums though Lennon also published a book in 1964 entitled in his own right which he later followed up with a volume entitled a Spaniard in the works as the 60s continued on the Beatles stayed at the top of the pop culture world and that high profile meant that a Lennon's mouth could get him and the band into trouble pretty easily in 1966 he famously told a reporter that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus when the remark was published it caused an uproar so-called Beatle burnings were held around the United States during which teens and their parents burned albums photos and other Beatles memorabilia 1967 was the year that the Beatles took a rock-and-roll to new heights with a release of sergeant pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band psychedelic concept album that featured a collage of historic figures and celebrities on its cover initially Jesus were supposed to be among those pictured in the artwork but after Lennon's 1966 remarks he was removed from the array one of the songs on sergeant Pepper's was Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and it has long been thought to be drug-related as the major words in the title create the acronym LSD however Lennon said that his inspiration for the songs imagery it came from one of his favorite works of literature Alice in Wonderland's the overall idea stemming from one of Julian's childhood drawings of a school friend named Lucy during this time period London began moving in avant garde artistic circles primarily due to his new relationship with artist yoko ono he had met oh no which one of her gallery shows and at the time at their meeting consisted solely of her handing him a card that said nothing but brief on it though Lennon was still married to Cynthia he and Ono began spending time together even recording an album calls to virgins that featured both of them standing fully nude on the cover Lennon and Cynthia did not officially divorce until 1968 though the relationship between Ono and Lennon was well-known with earnest spending time in the recording studio as the Beatles worked and even lent her voice to the White Album song bungalow bill in 1969 Lennon and Ono married in a ceremony at the Rock of Gibraltar an event that was famously chronicled in the song The Ballad of John and Yoko it goes like this and no I'm not going to try and sing it because you really don't want to hear that finally made the plane into Paris honeymooning down by the sin Peter Brown called to say you can make it okay you can get married in Gibraltar near Spain while their wedding was a relatively isolated affair they welcomed the world to their honeymoon Yoko and Lennon set up camp in a bed in the Amsterdam Hilton in order to promote world peace lying in bed fully clothed for a week they repeated the stunt two weeks later in Montreal and it was at the Montreal bed in that they recorded give peace a chance surrounded by men of the press and other friends and followers by this time that Lenin was fully dedicated to his life with Ono and each of the Beatles had started to move in their own directions oh no its presence in the recording studio Manta input on the music to the other Beatles and they also had begun exploring different artistic worlds the disintegration of the world's most famous band well it had begun Lennon was the first of the Beatles to tell them that he was leaving the group and he did this in September of 1969 but it was Paul McCartney who broke the news to the world publicly that he was leaving and the Beatles officially split on April the 10th 1970 though he had left the Beatles behind Lennon did not abandon music his first post Beatles album was released in 1970 with many of the songs inspired by the primal scream therapy he had begun practicing as a method of dealing with the trauma he had experienced in his childhood the song that perhaps most demonstrates the influence of primal scream his mother which includes the lyrics mother you had me but I never had you I wanted you you didn't want me so I I just got to tell you goodbye goodbye by the time then released his next solo album he and Ono were living in the United States settling into the luxurious Dakota apartment building in New York City it was here that he ropes the most iconic of his solo works and that would be imagine the song and the album they were huge hits in nearly 40 years after Lenin's death the song remains an international anthem of peace and love now no no no no they enjoyed living in New York City but the US government did not enjoy having the counterculture icons in the midst of the largest American metropolis in 1972 18-year olds would have the right to vote for the first time and eighteen year olds they listened to John Lennon when they sang and spoke about the evils of war and the actions of the government that made him a threat to Richard Nixon's re-election and in 1972 the government revoked Lennon's visa based on these fears they threatened deportation and not wanting to be separated from Ono Lennon essentially stopped his involvement with countercultural activities but as threats of deportation continued Lennon was forced to hire attorneys and continuously appeal to stay in the country in 1976 only after the Nixon presidency fell apart under the pressure of Watergate did Lennon receive his green card and was safe to stay in the United States during this struggle to obtain his green card Lennon was also struggling with his relationship with Ono the two essentially separated for over a year and Lennon even moved out to California to live with a former secretary May pang with whom Ono had encouraged him to begin a relationship Lennon later refer to this period of his life as the Lost Weekend as it was fueled by alcohol and drugs and marked by aggressive behavior from Lennon he once even trying to strangle pang and got thrown out of a club fed drunkenly heckling the as brothers from Lenin's absence Ono realized that she needed him in her life she ultimately came to blame society's pressures and not him telling playboy Don was a fine person it was society that had become too much I'm thankful to John's intelligence that he was intelligent enough to know this was the only way that we could save our marriage not because we didn't love each other but because it was getting too much for me when the two reunited who quickly became pregnant she gave birth to Sean Lennon on John's 35th birthday on October the 9th 1975 with the birth of Sean came a sea change in Lenin's life where he had been an absent father to Julian he was a doting father to Sean giving up music and instead spending his time as a househusband Lennon orcid again spending time with Julian again during the 1970s Julian visited New York and anden taught his first son guitar techniques for five years Lennon focused on domestic life but by 1980 he felt the tug of the artistic muse once again he began writing songs recording an album and officially re-entering the music scene with the release of Double Fantasy in the fall of 1980 John Lennon well he was back but his return to music well it was not to last two months after Double Fantasy was released Lennon and Ono headed to the recording studio to work on new songs that they had written on their way to the studio then and stopped to sign a copy of Double Fantasy for Mark David Chapman a fan who was waiting outside the Dakota on their return shortly before 11:00 p.m. Chapman was still waiting outside the Dakota building as Lennon and Ono walked by Chapman pulled a gun and fired five shots at Lennon and hysterical Ono called for help and the NYPD arrived officers loaded the wounded Lennon into the back of a cruiser and drove him to the Roosevelt Hospital well their efforts they were fruitless John Lennon was declared dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m. December the 8th 1980 the United States heard the news via Monday Night Football broadcast and the news quickly made it to the rest of the world crowds began to show up at the Dakota singing Lennon's songs and carrying signs in his memory no funeral was held instead Ono had his body cremated and scattered his ashes in Central Park the location now called Strawberry Fields is a memorial dedicated to Lennon that is visited by legions of fans every year John Lennon's public life was dedicated to art and the promotion of peace but his private life was quite a bit more complicated and dramatic what is certain is that there is no doubt that he holds a special place in the lives of those who grew up with him and his music as well as the children and grandchildren of those baby boomers who have come to love his music and his legacy a groundbreaking musician an experimental artist Lennon turned his private pain into beauty for the world his legacy has lived on for decades after his death and surely will continue to live on long after we're all gone so I really hope you found their video interesting if you did hit that like button below and don't forget to subscribe we put out to Baia graphics videos every week also check out some of the other ones that I'm linking to on the screen now and as always thank you for watching

39 thoughts on “The Troubled Beatle – John Lennon Biography

  1. Let me take you down is great book. He thought a paparazzi wld kill him, yet he roamed aimlessly in central park NYC..

  2. You are suposed never to use the the name of the shooter that killed john lennon . This is because that is all the shooter wanted to be known for .

  3. (The early 20th century singer also known as the "Denver Nightingale" Billy Murray ) This would make a very interesting video on a forgotten music legend.

  4. Beatlemania who burnt Beatle records and other stuff are absolutely wasting their fair share of Rock & Roll history. Lol. Their loss

  5. Here is one true genius. I haven’t seen him, so may I suggest sir Bertrand Russell. Which did influence John Lennon. I don’t know if Lennon was an atheist, but the man people agree to do have the highest IQ ever ( way over 200 ) certainly was atheist. He was a near friend to Einstein, and as a math /philosopher he did forever change mathematics. He hated facism and as a direct link he became a pacifist and stood as 18 years as a newborn atheist. By pure speculation due to mathematical reasoning. Why I’m not a Christian is a speak, now in book he did after reading the bible. The logic question must end up , who created god. I for one do agree, and the link between religion and low education is frankly scary. But please make one with him. Russel Einstein manifesto once again Einstein just has to deliver his name. He foresaw the outcome of the October revolution, and called it a new form for facism. Russel was born 1872 and did die in 1970 and was as several times in jail, for civil disobedience. Last time nearly around 90 years. He is by far the most decent person I ever read about, and just before he was out of money, due to supporting the poor , he got the Nobel price in litterateur. Looking forward to see if you might do a video about a forgotten giant

  6. FYI: “Lennon composed "Imagine" one morning in early 1971, on a Steinway piano, in a bedroom at his Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot, Berkshire, England. Ono watched as he composed the melody, chord structure and almost all the lyrics, nearly completing the song in one brief writing session.”

  7. Terrible father, adulterer, abusive spouse, crazy addict, pompous and arrogant beyond all measure. Sometimes your heroes ain't who they seem to be

  8. And me 41 So now he would be 76 …long white hair probably than getting award for his song ..but because of mental illness on our planet we will never know

  9. Its astonishing how much music has shifted focus overly the years. The beatles music inspired americans throuout the Vietnam war and civil rights movements. If you want to make it work drink lots of alcohol and listen to the beatles. RIP Jon. We miss you and your music.

  10. Lennon's death is one of those which you will always remember exactly where you were, and what you were doing, when you heard.

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