Personalities | John Lennon | Seventies | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1940–80)

Lennon’s post-Beatles solo career began with John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), a harrowingly honest record inspired by the Primal therapy that Lennon was undergoing. Imagine (1971) featured his best-loved song (not released as a UK single until 1975) and was a more sugar-coated affair. The double album Sometime In New York City (1972) featured politically charged lyrics and received a hostile reception. The workmanlike Mind Games (1973) was recorded in the shadow of Lennon’s separation from Yoko Ono. His infamous ‘lost weekend’ in LA produced 1974’s Walls And Bridges, a partial return to form.

He was reunited with Yoko Ono in 1974 and, after the birth of son Sean in 1975, Lennon temporarily retired from music, becoming a house-husband. Shortly before his murder in 1980, he re-emerged with Double Fantasy, an album shared equally between Lennon and Ono. A second collaboration, Milk And Honey, was released posthumously in 1984.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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