History Music / JohnLennon

7th Jan '18 11:43:42 AM bowserbros
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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 was murdered by LoonyFan Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980.



* 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 (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.

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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 (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 the staunchly Christian and comparatively conservative America.



* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Far from a perfect example of this trope, as Lennon had more than his share of critical and popular recognition during his lifetime. Nevertheless, the years following his murder saw his less positive traits, and the unevenness of his post-Beatles career output, largely forgotten in favor of the mythical image (strongly, but not solely, cultivated by his widow) of Lennon as a gentle, saintly prophet of peace. As a result, when Albert Goldman published his negative, sensationalistic ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lives_of_John_Lennon The Lives of John Lennon]]'' a mere eight years after the subject's death, he received, in addition to justly deserved criticism for his shoddy and selective research, numerous ''death threats'' from Lennon fans for daring to say ''anything'' negative about him. (Which, given the "prophet of peace" bit, is ComicallyMissingThePoint.)

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* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Far from a perfect example of this trope, as Lennon had more than his share of critical and popular recognition during his lifetime. Nevertheless, the years following his murder saw his less positive traits, and the unevenness of his post-Beatles career output, largely forgotten in favor of the mythical image (strongly, but not solely, cultivated by his widow) of Lennon as a gentle, saintly prophet of peace. As a result, when Albert Goldman published his negative, sensationalistic sensationalist ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lives_of_John_Lennon The Lives of John Lennon]]'' a mere eight years after the subject's death, he received, in addition to justly deserved criticism for his shoddy and selective research, numerous ''death threats'' from Lennon fans for daring to say ''anything'' negative about him. (Which, him (which, given the "prophet of peace" bit, is ComicallyMissingThePoint.)ComicallyMissingThePoint).



* TheDeadRiseToAdvertise: Encouraging us to donate to One Laptop Per Child. It's a good cause and all, but still unnerving. A "'portable' computer with built-in monitor" [[http://oldcomputers.net/ibm5100.html DID exist]] in John Lennon's lifetime. . The screen size looks somewhat like the OLPC. They should have made a pun of that perhaps?

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* TheDeadRiseToAdvertise: Encouraging us to donate to One Laptop Per Child. It's a good cause and all, but still unnerving. A "'portable' computer with built-in monitor" [[http://oldcomputers.net/ibm5100.html DID exist]] in John Lennon's lifetime. . The screen size looks somewhat like the OLPC. They should have made a pun of that perhaps?



* WordSaladLyrics: "I Am the Walrus," "What's the New Mary Jane," "[[Music/AbbeyRoad Come Together]]," "Sun King," "Give Peace a Chance," the chorus to "#9 Dream."

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* WordSaladLyrics: "I Am the Walrus," "What's the New Mary Jane," "[[Music/AbbeyRoad Come Together]]," "Sun King," "Give Peace a Chance," the chorus to "#9 Dream."" Amusingly, "I Am The Walrus" became an example of this trope solely to spite people who he felt were over-analyzing Beatles lyrics.
3rd Jan '18 10:09:04 PM AreYouTyler
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* SignificantBirthDate: John Lennon (1940) and his youngest son Sean (1975) were both born on October 9.
2nd Jan '18 10:41:27 PM SilverHammed
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** "How Do You Sleep" references [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]], PaulIsDead and "Yesterday".

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** "How Do You Sleep" references [[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Sgt. Pepper]], PaulIsDead the Paul is dead theory, and "Yesterday"."[[Music/{{Help}} Yesterday]]".



* WordSaladLyrics: "I Am the Walrus," "What's the New Mary Jane," "Come Together," "Sun King," "Give Peace a Chance," the chorus to "#9 Dream."

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* WordSaladLyrics: "I Am the Walrus," "What's the New Mary Jane," "Come Together," "[[Music/AbbeyRoad Come Together]]," "Sun King," "Give Peace a Chance," the chorus to "#9 Dream."
1st Jan '18 9:44:28 AM SilverHammed
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** "Pornographic priestess" and "you let your knickers down" in "I Am The Walrus"; the "tit tit tit tit" backing vocals in "Girl" (not to mention the very clear reference to the inhalation of marijuana in the chorus); the drug references scattered throughout Music/TheBeatles' latter-day songs--he loved this trope. He was much more blatant in his solo career, but cases like "Tight A$" and "Meat City" still show a bit of it.

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** "Pornographic priestess" and "you let your knickers down" in "I "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am The Walrus"; Walrus]]"; the "tit tit tit tit" backing vocals in "Girl" "[[Music/RubberSoul Girl]]" (not to mention the very clear reference to the inhalation of marijuana in the chorus); the drug references scattered throughout Music/TheBeatles' latter-day songs--he loved this trope. He was much more blatant in his solo career, but cases like "Tight A$" and "Meat City" still show a bit of it.
17th Dec '17 1:39:39 AM extrapettyhoe
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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he {{IMissMom never had since the passing of his own mother}}.

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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he {{IMissMom [[IMissMom never had since the passing of his own mother}}.mother]].
17th Dec '17 1:38:44 AM extrapettyhoe
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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he [IMissMom never had since the passing of his own mother].

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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he [IMissMom {{IMissMom never had since the passing of his own mother].mother}}.
17th Dec '17 1:38:11 AM extrapettyhoe
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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he {{MissingMother never had since the passing of his own mother}}.

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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he {{MissingMother [IMissMom never had since the passing of his own mother}}.mother].
17th Dec '17 1:37:07 AM extrapettyhoe
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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he [MissingMother never had since the passing of his own mother].

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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he [MissingMother {{MissingMother never had since the passing of his own mother].mother}}.
17th Dec '17 1:36:17 AM extrapettyhoe
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* LikesOlderWomen: In a rare interview with Cynthia Lennon, she stated that the reason why John would end up with Yoko (and was attracted to Alma Cogan) was that of her age. Yoko's age made her a mother figure to John, which he [MissingMother never had since the passing of his own mother].
4th Dec '17 5:56:21 PM NWolfman
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* GrowOldWithMe: Title to one of the last songs he ever wrote.
* Grow Old With Me is also HarsherInHindsight: It's about looking forward to sharing a long and happy life with his true love...and we now know he had only weeks to live when he wrote it.
* HistoryRepeats: When John saw for the first time a picture of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuda_Zenjirō Yasuda Zenjirō]], who was Creator/YokoOno's grandfather, he supposedly said "[[{{Reincarnation}} that's me in a former life]]", to which she responded "don't say that. He was assassinated". Come 1980, and what would the tragic fate of John Lennon be?

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* GrowOldWithMe: Title to one of the last songs he ever wrote.
* Grow Old With Me is also HarsherInHindsight: It's about looking forward to sharing a long and happy life with his true love...and we now know he had only
wrote. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment He wrote it five weeks to live when he wrote it.
before his assassination]].
* HistoryRepeats: When John saw for the first time a picture of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuda_Zenjirō Yasuda Zenjirō]], who was Creator/YokoOno's grandfather, he supposedly said "[[{{Reincarnation}} that's me in a former life]]", to which she responded "don't say that. [[TemptingFate He was assassinated". Come 1980, and what would the tragic fate of John Lennon be?assassinated]]".
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