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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, 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, given the "prophet of peace" bit, is ComicallyMissingThePoint).
** He refers to this phenomenon in "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out"
---> Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground

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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, 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, given the "prophet of peace" bit, is ComicallyMissingThePoint).
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He refers to this the phenomenon of dead artists seeing heightened popularity in "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out"
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Out" %%Note: Examples about Lennon himself go on the YMMV page under PosthumousPopularityPotential.
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Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground


John Winston Ono Lennon,[[note]]Born John Winston Lennon, Lennon changed his name by deed poll on 22 April 1969, adding "Ono" as a middle name. He used the name John Ono Lennon thereafter, but official documents referred to him as John Winston Ono Lennon, since he was not permitted to revoke a name given at birth as per British statute.[[/note]] [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever MBE]][[note]]Though John gave up his MBE medal, the British government never rescinded the title.[[/note]] (October 9, 1940 December 8, 1980) was an English musician who gained worldwide fame as member of the revolutionary band Music/TheBeatles. His songwriting partnership with Music/PaulMcCartney remains the most successful in history.

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John Winston Ono Lennon,[[note]]Born John Winston Lennon, Lennon changed his name by deed poll on 22 April 1969, adding "Ono" as a middle name. He used the name John Ono Lennon thereafter, but official documents referred to him as John Winston Ono Lennon, since he was not permitted to revoke a name given at birth as per British statute.[[/note]] [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever MBE]][[note]]Though John gave up his MBE medal, the British government never rescinded the title.[[/note]] (October 9, (9 October 1940 8 December 8, 1980) was an English musician who gained worldwide fame as member of the revolutionary band Music/TheBeatles. His songwriting partnership with Music/PaulMcCartney remains the most successful in history.


* 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/{{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."
** "Pornographic priestess" and "you let your knickers down" in "[[Music/MagicalMysteryTour I Am The Walrus]]"; the "tit tit tit tit" backing vocals in "[[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.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Imagine," by Lennon's own admission, "is virtually ''The Communist Manifesto''" set GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to music, "even though I'm not particularly a Communist overwhelming and I do not belong to any movement". (It could arguably be considered more similar to the writings of [[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 persistent misuse, GCPTR is no real Communist state on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the world; you must realise that. The Socialism I speak about ... [is] not future, please check 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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He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. On December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered in New York City by a LoonyFan shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.

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He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. On At the end, on December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered shot dead outside the Dakota apartments in New York City by a LoonyFan shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.


He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. On December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered in New York City by a LoonyFan, shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.

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He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. On December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered in New York City by a LoonyFan, LoonyFan shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.


He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. On December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered in New York City by a LoonyFan, Mark David Chapman, shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.

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He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. On December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered in New York City by a LoonyFan, Mark David Chapman, shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.


He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. He was murdered by a LoonyFan, Mark David Chapman, on December 8, 1980.

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He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. He On December 8, 1980, Lennon was murdered in New York City by a LoonyFan, Mark David Chapman, on December 8, 1980.
shortly after completing a recording session. He was 40 years old.

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* BuffySpeak: "Mind Games"
-->Some kind of {{Druid}} dude\\
Lifting the veil


He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. He was murdered by a LoonyFan on December 8, 1980.

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He left The Beatles in late 1969 to focus on his solo career with his wife Music/YokoOno. Around this time he became notorious and controversial for his political and peace activism; his criticism of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar resulted in a three-year attempt by the [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon left the music business to raise his infant son Sean, before returning in 1980. He was murdered by a LoonyFan LoonyFan, Mark David Chapman, on December 8, 1980.


* VoiceTypes: Baritone.
** He had probably the best vocal range of the four Beatles as he could hit most (but not all) of the top tenor parts that [=McCartney=] could (usually by screaming) and he could also reach down into the bass register, which was demonstrated on a few songs such as "Happiness is a Warm Gun". [=McCartney=] and Harrison were comfortable tenors while Starr rarely strayed out of baritone.

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* DeadGuyJunior: Named his elder son Julian after his mother Julia.


* 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. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_PET Two, if you count the Commodore PET]]. The screen size on the first one looks somewhat like the OLPC. They should have made a pun of that perhaps?


He ended at #8 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.

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He ended at up ranked #8 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.
''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''. Lennon has been inducted twice into the UsefulNotes/RockAndRollHallOfFame, once each as a member of Music/TheBeatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994. He is also a member of the UsefulNotes/SongwritersHallOfFame.


* HistoryRepeats: When John saw for the first time a picture of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuda_Zenjirō Yasuda Zenjirō]], who was Music/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]]".

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* HistoryRepeats: When John saw for the first time a picture of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuda_Zenjirō Yasuda Zenjirō]], who was Music/YokoOno's grandfather, great-grandfather, he supposedly said "[[{{Reincarnation}} that's me in a former life]]", to which she responded "don't say that. [[TemptingFate He was assassinated]]".

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