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John Lennon

  1. 1. John LennonThursday, December 13, 12
  2. 2. The Beginning John was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool. He was raised by his Aunt Mimi.Thursday, December 13, 12
  3. 3. Liverpool “The clubs, the bands, trend-setting fashions, world-class architecture and a thriving economy, all came together to make Liverpool the success story of the Swinging Sixties... Liverpool was at the centre of a decade that shook the world.” (Claire Brown, 2009)Thursday, December 13, 12
  4. 4. Growing Up “Part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic poet/musician. But I cannot be what I am not ... I was the one who all the other boys parents— including Pauls father—would say, Keep away from him ... The parents instinctively recognised I was a troublemaker, meaning I did not conform and I would influence their children, which I did. I did my best to disrupt every friends home ... Partly out of envy that I didnt have this so-called home ... but I did ... There were five women that were my family. Five strong, intelligent, beautiful women, five sisters. One happened to be my mother. [She] just couldnt deal with life. She was the youngest and she had a husband who ran away to sea and the war was on and she couldnt cope with me, and I ended up living with her elder sister. Now those women were fantastic ... And that was my first feminist education ... I would infiltrate the other boys minds. I could say, "Parents are not gods because I dont live with mine and, therefore, I know.”- John Lennon (Sheff 1981, pp. 134–136.)Thursday, December 13, 12
  5. 5. The Beginning of The Beatles: “The Quarrymen” John met Paul at church. They were inspired by Elvis Presley and decided they wanted to start a band. Paul knew was friends with George, so he introduced him to John as their guitarists, though he was younger. They named their band “The Quarry Men” after their high school Quarry Bank High School. They later added Pete Best as their drummer for a brief amount of time until they replaced with with Ringo Starr.Thursday, December 13, 12
  6. 6. Who he was John Lennon was known as the “Smart Beatle”(Anthony DeCurtis, 2012) “In fact, he was a far more complex and difficult person, which, in part, accounts for the world’s endless fascination with him.” (Anthony DeCurtis, 2012) “It was a Messianic attitude, to be sure, but one that was tempered by an innate inclusiveness and generosity. If he saw himself as larger than life, he also yearned for a world in which his ego managed at once to absorb everyone else and dissolve all differences among people, leaving a Zen-like tranquility and calm.” (Anthony DeCurtis, 2012)Thursday, December 13, 12
  7. 7. The Beatles The Beatles were a very talented band that affected many people. They made several movies and released thirteen studio albums. The Beatles hold the Guinness World Record for the “Biggest All Time Sales for a Band” with around a billion records sold.Thursday, December 13, 12
  8. 8. “Let It Be” This was really a breaking point for The Beatles. They were fighting, John was no longer interested in the Beatles, and they would be parting soon. “By this time, John had found the great love of his life, the woman of his dreams, the enigmatic Yoko Ono, and the sad truth was he just didnt care much about being a Beatle anymore. Also, Johns growing drug use, especially his current experimentation with heroin, definitely added to his growing disenchantment, paranoia, and hostility.” -Eddie DeezenThursday, December 13, 12
  9. 9. Yoko Ono Yoko Ono was a very controversial women at that time, and still is. Many people hate her. She was John’s wife. Many people think that she broke up The Beatles. After John left the Beatles, they started a band called the Plastic Ono Band.Thursday, December 13, 12