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John Lennon

Born on 10/9/40 in Liverpool, England. Founding member of The Beatles. Formed Plastic Ono Band in 1969. Shot to death in New York City on 12/8/80. Won Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

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  • Aug 5, 2013
A serious contender for The Most Overrated Musician Who Ever Lived. John Lennon started out as one of those guys who pissed and moaned about his fame, but to his credit, he did manage to get over that. However, he basically wrote boy band music in the early years of The Beatles, and wrote like he was more concerned about his reputation as a pretentious artiste in their experimental years. Although he finally seemed like he was starting to write music that meant something to him by the time he died, he still only sang on a handful of songs on his most acclaimed solo album.
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August 05, 2013
Unfortunately by today's standards he would have a hard time. Interesting video of how he would do on The Voice is posted to Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxwHA9kXDKw
 
August 05, 2013
I'd have to agree in some respects that there's a tendency to rate practically anything associated with the Beatles and Lennon and McCartney very high, and that's not always a fair critical assessment. However, it's undeniable that what the two (McCartney & Lennon) accomplished together during their time with the Beatles changed the face of music. Yes, Lennon's solo stuff had some very solid highs and even some curious lows: that's the price of magic change (going from a group to solo), but methinks you're right in pointing out that Lennon was adapting well around the time of his death.
 
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If John Lennon had only been one of the four members of the Beatles, his artistic immortality would already have been assured. The so-called "smart Beatle," he brought a penetrating intelligence and a stinging wit both to the band's music and its self-presentation. But in such songs as "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," "Rain" and "In My Life," he also marshaled gorgeous melodies to evoke a sophisticated, dreamlike world-weariness well beyond his years. Such work suggested not merely a profound musical and literary sensibility - a genius, in short -- but a vision of life that was simultaneously reflective, utopian and poignantly realistic.

While in the Beatles, Lennon displayed an outspokenness that immersed the band in controversy and helped redefine the rules of acceptable behavior for rock stars. He famously remarked in 1965 that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" - a statement that was more an observation than a boast, but that resulted in the band's records being burned and removed from radio station playlists in the U.S. He criticized America's involvement in Vietnam, and, as the Sixties progressed, he became an increasingly important symbol of the burgeoning counterculture.

But it was only after the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 that the figure the world now recognizes as "John Lennon" truly came into being. Whether he was engaging in social ...

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Nationality: English
Genre: Classic Rock
Country: England, UK
Birth Date: October 9, 1940, Oct 9, 1940 12:00 AM, Oct. 9, 1940
Birth Place: Liverpool, England
Gender: Male
Height: 70 inches
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