booksmusicfilmstv.com: Home Books Music Films TV
Beatles Portal
George Harrison John Lennon Paul McCartney Ringo Starr

John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon was, with Paul McCartney, the greatest songwriter in the history of British popular music. But he was more than that.

Born during an air raid on Liverpool on October 9th, 1940, it was a portent to John's extraordinary, but short life, which ended when a maniac shot him dead in New York City, on December 8th, 1980.

I don't really buy into the concept of heroes, because we all have feet of clay. We're all a mass of contradictions, and John Lennon was no different. On the one hand, a sensitive, songwriting genius, a man of peace, known for such on a level with Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. On the other hand, someone who could be cruel and spiteful, unfaithful to his wives Cynthia and Yoko, and who could be over-indulgent to a sick degree, namely his collection of sealskin coats.

But he was one of the few people I'd class as 'heroes'. Lennon inspired people, creatively, socially, and personally. As a songwriter with The Beatles, and as a solo artist, he wrote 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', 'Imagine', 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Nowhere Man', 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)', 'In My Life', 'A Day In The Life', 'Give Peace A Chance', 'Jealous Guy', 'Tomorrow Never Knows', 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)', 'Woman', 'Across The Universe', and the list goes on.

At the age of 21, I remember listening to the radio in the middle of the night in bed in Luton, Beds, and hearing an unemotional voice announcing that John Lennon had been shot in New York. I was relieved, because I supposed he'd just been wounded, and not killed outright. Then the really bad news came. I cried all day, and Paul said it was a drag.

Liverpool is a city which has produced a disproportionate amount of talented footballers, comedians, and musicians. I would venture to suggest that John Lennon is the greatest talent even that city has ever produced.

- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.


More John Lennon Stuff available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon
(Amazon.co.uk text links - non italics; Amazon.com text links - italics)

John (Paperback)
Author: Cynthia Lennon

Lennon (Paperback)
Author: George Martin, Ray Coleman, Pamela Coleman

Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon (Hardback)
Author: Julia Baird

In His Own Write & A Spaniard in the Works (Paperback)
Author: John Lennon

Lennon and McCartney, Together Alone (Paperback)
Lennon and McCartney - Together Alone (Paperback)
Author: John Blaney, Robert C. DeVries

JOHN LENNON GUITAR HUGE LAMINATED POSTER

B001EBVYFE
Posters: John Lennon Poster - Imagine (36 x 24 inches)
~ 1art1 GmbH

'Imagine DVD'
John Lennon - Imagine DVD

'How I Won The War DVD'
John Lennon in How I Won The War DVD [1967]

The U.S. Vs John Lennon [2006] DVD
The U.S. vs. John Lennon DVD

Retro "John Lennon" Style Round Sunglasses & Case

John Lennon Style Sunglasses

John Lennon Style Mirror Lens Sunglass

Unbox Video Download

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Imagine: John Lennon

John Lennon - Official Site

booksmusicfilmstv.com 1960s Music Index
booksmusicfilmstv.com 1970s Music Index

John Lennon mp3s available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon.co.uk

John Lennon CDs available from booksmusicfilmstv.com - in association with Amazon
(Amazon.co.uk text links - non italics; Amazon.com text links - italics)

John Lennon - 'Imagine'
Imagine
Imagine

B000ASTEC2
Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon
Working Class Hero

John Lennon - 'Double Fantasy'
Double Fantasy

John Lennon - 'Mind Games'
Mind Games

Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur
Instant Karma

B00004WGEL
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon Solo/Plastic Ono Band Discography

(including UK & US Chart Positions)

Albums

Studio Albums
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (with Yoko Ono) (1968) - US #124
Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions (with Yoko Ono) (1969) - US #174
Wedding Album (with Yoko Ono) (1969) - US #178
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) - UK #8, US #6; Gold
Imagine (1971) - UK #1, US #1; 2x Platinum
Some Time In New York City (with Yoko Ono) (1972) - UK #11, US #48
Mind Games (1973) - UK #13, US #9; Gold
Walls And Bridges (1974) - UK #6, US #1; Gold
Rock 'n' Roll (1975) - UK #6, US #6; Gold
Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono) (1980) - UK #1, US #1; 3x Platinum
Milk And Honey (with Yoko Ono) (1984) - UK #3, US #11; Gold

Live Albums
Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (1969) US #10
Live In New York City (1986) UK #55, US #41; Gold
Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (2006) Mobile Fidelity Gold CD reissue

Compilation Albums
Shaved Fish (singles compilation) (1975) UK #5, US #12; Platinum
The John Lennon Collection (best-of and singles compilation) (1982) UK #1, US #33; 3x Platinum
Menlove Ave. (outtakes compilation from 1973-74 recordings) (1986) US #147
Imagine: John Lennon (1988) UK #64, US #31; Gold
Lennon (4CD box set) (1990)
Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon (1997) UK #3, US #65; Gold
John Lennon Anthology (1998) UK #64, US #99; Gold
Wonsaponatime (selections from the Lennon anthology) (1998) UK #76
Acoustic (a compilation of acoustic material, mostly previously released) (2004) UK #133, US #31
Peace, Love & Truth (2005)
Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon (2005) UK #11, US #135
The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
Remember (a special compilation released by Starbucks) (2006)
Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur (Various Artists Benefit Album) (2007)

Singles

1969 Give Peace A Chance (credited as Plastic Ono Band) #2 UK, #14 US
1969 Cold Turkey (credited as Plastic Ono Band) #12 UK, #30 US
1970 Instant Karma! (credited as John Ono Lennon) #3 US, #4 UK (Full song title: Instant Karma! (We All Shine On); Gold
1971 Mother (US only) #43 US
1971 Power To The People (credited as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) #6 UK, #11 US
1971 Imagine (credited as John Lennon)(US only) #3 US
1971 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (US only) (credited as John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir)
1972 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (UK only) (credited as John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir) #4 UK
1972 Woman Is The Nigger Of The World #57 US
1973 Mind Games #26 UK, #18 US
1974 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night #36 UK, #1 US
1975 #9 Dream #23 UK, #9 US
1975 Stand By Me #30 UK, #20 US,
1975 Imagine (UK only) #6 UK
1980 (Just Like) Starting Over #1 UK, #1 US; Gold
1980 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (UK re-entry) #2 UK
1980 Give Peace A Chance (with The Plastic Ono Band) (UK re-entry) #33 UK
1980 Imagine (UK re-entry) #1 UK
1981 Woman #1 UK, #2 US; Gold
1981 Watching The Wheels #30 UK, #10 US
1981 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (UK re-entry) #28 UK
1982 Love (from 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) #41 UK
1984 Nobody Told Me #6 UK, #5 US
1984 Borrowed Time #32 UK
1984 I'm Stepping Out #55 US, #88 UK
1984 Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him
1985 Jealous Guy #65 UK
1988 Imagine/Jealous Guy #45 UK
1988 Jealous Guy (US only) #80 US
1999 Imagine (UK re-issue) #3 UK
2003 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (UK re-issue) #32 UK

 

 

This website is designed by booksmusicfilmstv.com.