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The Sentimental Journey of John Lennon's "Imagine"

In the decades since John Lennon's death, "Imagine" ironically has become associated not with revolution or anti-establishment protest, but with the warm fuzziness of a comfortable dream that seems beyond our grasp.


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.

Nathan Pensky

'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.

Mark Casellini

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.


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.


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.


"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.

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

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.


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.


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.

Jessy Krupa

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.


John Lennon 101: Let's Experiment! (1968-1969)

Lost, in love, and unburdened by the demands of his oppressive fame, John Lennon joined his newfound soul mate on two experimental albums.

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