Date of Birth
Place of Birth
(United Kingdom, England, Merseyside, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, Lancashire, North West England)
Also know as
Lennon, John Winston Ono Lennon, John Ono Lennon, John Winston Lennon, J. Lennon, Plastic Ono Band, John, John Ono Lennon, MBE, John Winston Ono Lennon MBE, The Beatles
Artist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Keyboard Player, Actor, Record producer, Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Writer, Film Score Composer, Activist, Composer
- Whatever gets you through the night is all right.
- We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
- I've had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend, and my best friend's my wife. Who could ask for anything more?
- The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it's too hard.
- 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.
- If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.
- We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
- Work is life, you know, and without it, there's nothing but fear and insecurity.
- Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war --for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more.
- Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
- There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
- All we are saying is give peace a chance...
- Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
- You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
- I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love.
- And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.
- My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.
- Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
- The worst drugs are as bad as anybody's told you. It's just a dumb trip, which I can't condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for one's own personal, social, emotional reasons. It's something to be avoided if one can help it.
- Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
- Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
- The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- Woman is the Nigger of the World.
- We're more popular than Jesus Christ now. I don't know which will go first; rock and roll or Christianity.
- I resent performing for frisking idiots who don't know anything.
- He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.
- The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
- When I hold you in my arms and I feel my finger on your trigger I know no one can do me no harm because happiness is a warm gun.
- God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
- Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock and roll or Christianity.
- The more I see the less I know for sure.
- You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of rock group the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.
Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Working Class Hero". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.
Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to New York City in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.