We All Shine On:

A Tribute to John Lennon

By PopMatters Staff

23 November 2010

PopMatters presents our eight-day tribute to the revolutionary, the pop smart avant-garde idealist who let his art and his actions do all of the talking (even when he had lots to say personally).
There’s No Heaven: The Death of John Lennon

The murder of John Lennon was more than just the end of the Beatles. It was the end of a specific segment of pop culture.

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You Are Here: The 10 Best John Lennon Solo Songs

Ten Snippets from the Solo Sonic Psychology of John Winston Ono Lennon.

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22 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

Revolutionary Man: John Lennon As Political Artist

John Lennon helped to transform the art and image of the pop star. His very public political activism and socially and politically aware lyrics have earned him a prominent place in the creative and political history of rock.

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John Lennon 101 - Day 7: Odds and Sods (1984 - 1986)

In the end, Lennon's cultural import deserved better than his mid-'80s offers, a pair of collections that feel more like leftovers than legitimate parts of his legacy.

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The Cult of Memory in the Music of John Lennon and the Beatles

In some ways, John Lennon's solo career was a response to his time as a Beatle. In others, it was something much more personal.

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21 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

‘Double’ Disappointment

While it might seem sacrilegious to say it, John Lennon's last album wasn't the watershed it was supposed to be. In fact, it's really not very good.

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21 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

John Lennon 101 - Day 6: Then… and Now (1975 - 1980)

Lennon's decade ends with a cobbled together collection of tracks. His new decade opens with the promise of 'starting over'...and an untimely end to said pledge.

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Renaissance Rebel: Lennon Outside Music

While his greatest legacy remains sonic, John Lennon also dabbled in other artforms that only enhanced his personal and professional legacy.

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18 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

John Lennon 101 - Day 5: Let’s Play House (1974 - 1975)

Settling his affairs with Yoko and suddenly finding himself a new father, Lennon learns to let go... and almost doesn't return.

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17 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

“Bring on the Lucie”: Lennon’s Last Overtly Political Stand

To this day, "Bring on the Lucie (Freda People)" is Lennon's sound of change, a change one writer will always believe in.

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17 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

Lennon and Location: Someone’s Time in New York City

Lennon's new adopted country and hometown became the inspiration for one of his most sprawling, savage albums.

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17 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

John Lennon 101 - Day 4: The Lost Weekend (1972 - 1973)

As his relationship with Yoko hits the skids, Lennon embarks on a series of LPs that explore his favorite elements -- politics and personal growth.

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The Sentimental Journey of “Imagine”

Once it was a simple song of hope and quiet revolution. Thanks to the media, "Imagine" now has a wholly misunderstood message.

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16 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

John Lennon 101 - Day 3: New Classicism (1970 - 1971)

With the wild flights of experimental fancy over, Lennon reinvents himself as a post-Beatle poet with two amazing LPs.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney: The Friendship Heard ‘Round the World

Two unbelievably talented friends changed the world with their music, but the strain of normal life changes and out-of-control fame would test their bond. Meanwhile, most of their fans separated into two hotly debated sides that often miss the whole point.

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15 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

John Lennon 101 - Day 2: The Dream Is Over (1969)

The Beatles finish the process of breaking up while their flummoxed 'frontman' continues his experimental explorations.

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“I Don’t Believe in Beatles”: John Lennon’s Minimalist Journey to Independence

How an audacious, daring record from a disgruntled ex-Beatle became a major musical landmark.

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14 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

John Lennon 101 - Day 1: Let’s Experiment! (1968 - 1969)

Lost, in love, and unburdened by the demands of his oppressive fame, Lennon joins his newfound soul mate on two unusual releases.

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