History Music / JohnLennon

18th Jul '16 6:33:37 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* CrazyJealousGuy: "Run for Your Life" (for The Beatles) and "Jealous Guy". He later regretted writing "Run for Your Life" due to the highly misogynistic lyrics (in which he threatens to kill a girlfriend if she's unfaithful).

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* CrazyJealousGuy: "Run for Your Life" (for The Beatles) and "Jealous Guy". [[OldShame He later regretted writing writing]] "Run for Your Life" due to the highly misogynistic lyrics (in which he threatens to kill a girlfriend if she's unfaithful).
4th Jul '16 4:46:38 PM DavidDelony
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Imagine," by Lennon's own admission, "is virtually ''The Communist Manifesto''" set to music, "even though I'm not particularly a Communist and I do not belong to any movement". (It could arguably be considered more similar to the writings of [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anarcho-communists]] like Pyotr Kropotkin and Emma Goldman, who took issue with some of Marx's ideas). Of the song, Lennon told ''NME'', "There is no real Communist state in the world; you must realise that. The Socialism I speak about ... [is] not the way some daft Russian might do it, or the Chinese might do it. That might suit them. Us, we should have a nice ... British Socialism."

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Imagine," by Lennon's own admission, "is virtually ''The Communist Manifesto''" set to music, "even though I'm not particularly a Communist and I do not belong to any movement". (It could arguably be considered more similar to the writings of [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} anarcho-communists]] like Pyotr Kropotkin and Emma Goldman, who took issue with some of Marx's ideas). Of the song, Lennon told ''NME'', "There is no real Communist state in the world; you must realise that. The Socialism I speak about ... [is] not the way some daft Russian might do it, or the Chinese might do it. That might suit them. Us, we should have a nice ... British Socialism."
3rd Jul '16 10:51:46 PM Premonition45
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* LennonSpecs: They do look pretty goddamn cool, don't they?

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* LennonSpecs: They do look pretty goddamn cool, don't they?JesusWasWayCool: What he really tried to talk about during his "more popular than Jesus" statement was the good Christ/bad Christian dichotomy that other famous dead people have commented on.
-->'''John:''' Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
4th Mar '16 10:50:50 PM Mdumas43073
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'''John Winston Ono Lennon''' (9 October 1940 8 December 1980) was a member of the revolutionary band Music/TheBeatles. He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno.

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'''John John Winston Ono Lennon''' Lennon (9 October 1940 8 December 1980) was a member of the revolutionary band Music/TheBeatles. He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno.
11th Jan '16 4:51:58 PM aye_amber
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22nd Aug '15 12:26:33 PM Aquila89
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* TheAtoner: As evidenced in the songs "Getting Better", "Jealous Guy", and "Woman", in which Lennon expresses remorse for his previous treatment of the women in his life.
** He also felt very guilty about being a DisappearedDad to his first son Julian, and attempted to repair their relationship toward the end of his life.

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* TheAtoner: As evidenced in In the songs "Getting Better", "Jealous Guy", and "Woman", in which Lennon expresses remorse for his previous treatment of the women in his life.
** He also felt very guilty about being a DisappearedDad to his first son Julian, and attempted to repair their relationship toward the end of his
life.



* BadassBeard[=/=]BeardOfSorrow: Quite often. He changed his look a lot.



* BrilliantButLazy: Journalist Maureen Cleave wrote of John, "He can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England."
** John even wrote two songs about it: with Music/TheBeatles it was "I'm Only Sleeping", and solo it was "Watching The Wheels".
** He took five years off of work, 1975-80.
** A ''Magazine/RollingStone'' article about the pair said that John loved bedrooms and sleep, and his side of the bed was his private sanctuary.
* BrokenAce



* TheBully: Lennon was notorious for being this in his school years. Although gradually mellowing out as he matured, throughout his whole life he would always carry nasty shades of it.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Sarcastic, lazy, eccentric and a musical genius.
* ButNowIMustGo: His retirement from music in 1975. He sang about this after the fact in 1980, in "Watching the Wheels".
--> ''No longer riding on the merry-go-round/I just had to let it go.''
* ByronicHero: Oh yeah.



* ChickMagnet: John was quite attractive.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: So, so ''very'' much, which is a big part of why he's still fondly remembered.
** During the Beatles' early, pre-fame UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}} performances, Lennon, goofed up on speed and urged by the owner of the Kaiserkeller club to "''Mach Schau!''" ("Make a show!"), would pull such stunts as coming onstage naked with a toilet seat around his neck, and taunting his audience by goosestepping around and calling them "stupid fucking [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]" (they reportedly loved it).
** Soon after he took his relationship with Yoko public, the two of them pulled a series of unusual stunts promoting the cause of world peace: holding two "bed-ins" with numerous hangers-on and reporters in attendance, sitting nearly motionless onstage inside a bag for forty-five minutes (contrary to some reports at the time, they didn't have sex in the bag), and mailing acorns to world leaders.



* CoolCar: His famous 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V, customised with, among other features, a very psychedelic paint job.



* CrazyJealousGuy: "Run for Your Life" (for The Beatles) and "Jealous Guy". TruthInTelevision, by his own admission.
** He later regretted writing "Run for Your Life" due to the highly misogynistic lyrics (in which he threatens to kill a girlfriend if she's unfaithful).
* DaddyDidntShow: Lennon lived this trope from both perspectives, due to his relationships with his father Freddy and eldest son Julian.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Parental abandonment issues, coupled with abusing the women he loved.

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* CrazyJealousGuy: "Run for Your Life" (for The Beatles) and "Jealous Guy". TruthInTelevision, by his own admission.
**
He later regretted writing "Run for Your Life" due to the highly misogynistic lyrics (in which he threatens to kill a girlfriend if she's unfaithful).
* DaddyDidntShow: Lennon lived this trope from both perspectives, due to his relationships with his father Freddy and eldest son Julian.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Parental abandonment issues, coupled with abusing the women he loved.
unfaithful).



* DeadpanSnarker: A noted master.
---> "Time wounds all heels." (on his immigration fight, after he finally got his green card in 1976) (he swiped that line from [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]])



* DisappearedDad: When John was five, his father Freddy abandoned his family after a heated marital argument and didn't re-establish contact with his son for twenty years (conveniently re-entering his life, twice, after the Beatles became famous).
** John himself towards Julian, his son with first wife Cynthia, due to the Beatles' constant touring, John's growing boredom with Cynthia and conventional domestic life, and his numerous infidelities. During Lennon's "lost weekend" period of estrangement from Ono (see below), he managed somewhat to repair his relationship with Julian. That's why the track "Ya Ya" from ''Walls and Bridges'' has the then-11-year-old Julian on drums.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with John and Sean, his son with Yoko. As a househusband from 1975 to the end of his life, Lennon was a doting and enthusiastic father.



* GenerationXerox: John spent his childhood [[MissingMom separate from his mother]] (her having left him with his aunt Mimi when he was five), and he felt regret and anger about it throughout his adolescence, but towards the end of his teenage years resumed contact with her for a few years and patched up their relationship -- only for her to be killed at the hands of a drunk driver. Julian was left by John with Cynthia for the vast majority of his childhood and became a DisappearedDad for Julian's entire childhood and adolescence. Towards the end of his teenage years, John came back into contact with him, and they slowly patched up their relationship over the next couple years. Only for John to be murdered by a [[LoonyFan crazed anti-fan]].



* AGodAmI: Following an LSD trip in May 1968, he was convinced he was {{Jesus}} reincarnated and convened a private meeting with his bandmates the next day to tell them so. They wisely humoured him and said they needed time to mull it over before announcing it to the world. Sure enough, by day's end he'd forgotten all about it and instead spent the night recording ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'' (and engaging in other non-virginal activities) with Yoko.



* GoodIsNotNice: He was a great activist for peace. And a dick. In this case, one led to the other - see TheAtoner.



* GrowOldWithMe: Title to one of the last songs he ever wrote. Averted.
* HappilyMarried: To Yoko, with the exception of the notorious eighteen-month "lost weekend" during which he moved to Los Angeles with secretary May Pang (at Ono's own suggestion). Some biographers have claimed that even before and after that period their marriage was [[HappyMarriageCharade far from the Edenic bliss the couple publicly claimed it was]].
* HollywoodNerd: Type 2
* HotAndCold
* HouseHusband: Although he admitted in his 1980 Playboy interview that they had a staff of domestics to do the housework, which means that basically he spent five years loafing about at home (and, more positively, spending time with his son).
** Loafing, literally. He went on a bread-baking trip. He said the first time he made some, it was "like an album coming out of the oven." He gave away hundreds of loaves.
** Sean has verified that his father really did do most of the day-to-day caring for him and it was not (as Goldman had it) just a put-on for photo ops and publicity.

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* GrowOldWithMe: Title to one of the last songs he ever wrote. Averted.\n* HappilyMarried: To Yoko, with the exception of the notorious eighteen-month "lost weekend" during which he moved to Los Angeles with secretary May Pang (at Ono's own suggestion). Some biographers have claimed that even before and after that period their marriage was [[HappyMarriageCharade far from the Edenic bliss the couple publicly claimed it was]]. \n* HollywoodNerd: Type 2\n* HotAndCold\n* HouseHusband: Although he admitted in his 1980 Playboy interview that they had a staff of domestics to do the housework, which means that basically he spent five years loafing about at home (and, more positively, spending time with his son).\n** Loafing, literally. He went on a bread-baking trip. He said the first time he made some, it was "like an album coming out of the oven." He gave away hundreds of loaves.\n** Sean has verified that his father really did do most of the day-to-day caring for him and it was not (as Goldman had it) just a put-on for photo ops and publicity.



* InsufferableGenius: During his worst moments; see below...
* {{Jerkass}}: Far from [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold completely so]], to be sure, but Lennon himself, in his music and in interviews, owned up to his hair-trigger temper and tendency toward casual, cruel sarcasm.
** John admitted in many, many, many interviews, especially by 1980, that he [[JerkassFacade developed a tough guy, chauvinistic, sarcastic, "teddy boy" facade]], a "working class hero" image in leather jacket, and was cruel to his woman and beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved, [[BrokenAce because he was hiding his painful, broken childhood, the loss of his parents, hiding his embarrassment at being from a well-to-do family (particularly where Aunt Mimi was concerned) who became a rich rock star (hence "imagine no possessions"), had a hard time coping without a woman as his beck and call (hence the "baking bread" business), and had difficulty communicating, so he resorted to violence]]. He dressed like a teddy boy, but admitted that around any ''real'' "teddy boys", he would have gotten beat up. It took him a long time and the help of Yoko to start getting straightened out, and by then he was killed.
** After the breakup of the Beatles he had a habit of exaggerating his contributions to a few songs. Most notably he claimed that he wrote 70 percent of "Eleanor Rigby", a claim that even his childhood friend disputes.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold



* MissingMom: Although the free-spirited Julia Lennon agreed to have her more responsible sister, Mimi, do the practical work of raising her son, she and John had a close relationship, more like best friends...until she was killed by a drunk driver when he was 17. This was the defining tragedy in Lennon's life, finding artistic expression in "Julia" (from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'') and, more directly and painfully, in "Mother" and "My Mummy's Dead" (which respectively opened and closed ''Plastic Ono Band''). This also helped him bond with Music/PaulMcCartney, who'd also lost his mother at a young age.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: John UsefulNotes/{{Winston|Churchill}} Lennon. (He was born in an air-raid shelter during the Blitz.)
* {{Nephewism}}: Raised by his Aunt Mimi after his parents broke up. His father was unaccounted for and his mother was living with another man, which her sister thought was a bad atmosphere for a five-year-old boy.
* NerdGlasses: His famous LennonSpecs.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Sheet music.
* NiceHat: He popularized Greek fishermen's caps when he was in Music/TheBeatles.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: After moving to New York city, Lennon's natural [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool]] accent slowly started to become less prominent. Music/PaulMcCartney once recalled getting a phone call from him and not recognising his voice since he sounded much more American.
* ParentalAbandonment: John's father left him at an early age.



* RebelLeader: Considered by many to be the voice of an entire generation, the VoiceOfTheResistance, earning the hatred of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, poster boy of [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Corrupt]], and his entire administration, which tried a number of times to have him deported on drug charges. Following his murder, EpilepticTrees claimed that he had been targeted by a GovernmentConspiracy.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The Bed-Ins for Peace.
* SickeninglySweethearts: John and Yoko, at times.



* SirSwearsALot: His therapist described him as having "The mouth of a Merseyside Docker".
* TheSnarkKnight and StepfordSnarker: As mentioned in various above examples, much of his snarkiness and cynicism was a JerkAssFacade to hide his turmoil over having been abandoned by both parents.



* ToxicFriendInfluence: [[WordOfGod Has claimed]] that, partly out of jealousy towards his friends' stable family lives, and partly out of his fear he would grow up miserable with a boring "respectable job" and having conformed to authority figures' wishes, would deliberately peer pressure his friends into rebelling against them and joining him in rebel-rousing. This would extend to PaulMcCartney and Paul's father.
* UnPerson: John's first wife, Cynthia Lennon, was reduced as a dead weight he had been forced to marry in a shotgun wedding. They had been together for ten years, but after John started using drugs they divorced. He later claimed to never have written love songs about her and that their marriage was rushed because of her pregnancy.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Once upon a time to Music/PaulMcCartney.
10th Jul '15 12:16:54 PM Aquillion
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* BiggerThanJesus: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, although John [[BeamMeUpScotty didn't actually say it]]. His actual BlasphemousBoast in 1966 was a claim that the Beatles were "''more popular'' than Jesus," which passed without notice in his native England, then landed him and his bandmates in big trouble when the quote was reprinted ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus out of context]]) in America.

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* BiggerThanJesus: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, although John [[BeamMeUpScotty didn't actually say it]]. His actual BlasphemousBoast in 1966 was a claim that the Beatles were "''more popular'' than Jesus," which passed without notice in his native England, England (where the decline in church attendance he was talking about was a well-known phenomenon), then landed him and his bandmates in big trouble when the quote was reprinted ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus out of context]]) in America.
10th Jul '15 12:14:44 PM Aquillion
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* BiggerThanJesus: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, although John [[BeamMeUpScotty didn't actually say it]]. His actual BlasphemousBoast (which wasn't actually a boast, either--Lennon was actually deploring the fact that a pop group could be more important to kids than their religious faith) in 1966 was a claim that the Beatles were "''more popular'' than Jesus," which passed without notice in his native England, then landed him and his bandmates in big trouble when the quote was reprinted ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus out of context]]) in America.

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* BiggerThanJesus: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, although John [[BeamMeUpScotty didn't actually say it]]. His actual BlasphemousBoast (which wasn't actually a boast, either--Lennon was actually deploring the fact that a pop group could be more important to kids than their religious faith) in 1966 was a claim that the Beatles were "''more popular'' than Jesus," which passed without notice in his native England, then landed him and his bandmates in big trouble when the quote was reprinted ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_popular_than_Jesus out of context]]) in America.
11th May '15 4:28:18 AM Patachou
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'''John Winston Ono Lennon''' (9 October 1940 8 December 1980) was a member of the revolutionary band Music/TheBeatles. He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno.

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'''John Winston Ono Lennon''' (9 October 1940 8 December 1980) was a member of the revolutionary band Music/TheBeatles. He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno.
Music/YokoOno.

He ended at #8 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.
26th Apr '15 8:58:17 AM gallium
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* ForWantOfANail: On December 8, 1980, after a long day at the studio, John decided to go home instead of dining out. But he and Yoko decided to get out on 72nd Street instead of having his limo drive to the more secure courtyard at the Dakota apartment building. As he was heading in, Mark David Chapman, a fan he signed an autograph for earlier that day, walked up and shot him to death. Had he waited until he drove into the courtyard or even dined out, John might not have gotten shot and killed that evening.
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