John Lennon Achievements

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Living Lennon Noted for a rebel, John Lennon used his fame and status as a way to advocate for a force greater than war. John Winston Lennon was raised in Liverpool by his grandma, Mimi. Lennon struggled in school and was frequently known for causing a ruckus in class. John Lennon later focused on making music and began a band. The Liverpool localities would soon be international as part of the “Beatles” the “most influential act of the rock era” (Magness). Post Beatles Lennon went on to use music to promote peace and love. Although John Lennon struggled in his personal life with horrid drug abuse and domestic violence, Lennon’s optimistic wife,Yoko Ono, led him to leave an encouraging legacy that is very memorable due to public actions making …show more content…
Born and raised in Liverpool, United Kingdom, he was mischievous and became the class clown. Throughout his childhood Lennon often had visits from his mother, Julia, who taught her son how to play a few instruments. Lennon’s musical interest did not sprout until “Elvis Presley 's explosion onto the rock music scene,’ which “inspired a 16-year-old Lennon to create the skiffle band called the Quarry Men, named after his school”(Biography.com Editors). From there the Quarry Men were off playing local gigs all around the Liverpool area (Biography.com Editors) . Sooner yet later the Quarry Men transitioned into the well famed Beatles. The Beatles were the first United Kingdom based band to ever make it big in the United States. As time went on the Beatles broke up, and Lennon resumed music solo. Now with his second wife,Yoko Ono, Lennon began to see eye to eye with Yoko about war. Specifically the war that was waging against the United States and Vietnam. The power couple argued that war was not the answer that all nations should “Give Peace a Chance”, as one of his solo songs says. One of Lennon’s most popular song is “Imagine” the song lyrics depict one 's mind to think of how life as one knows it to be so much different than the violent cycle of conflict. Using his voice as a stand against conflict, Lennon went against the norm but the consequences …show more content…
Richard Nixon, President of the United States, did not wish to have John Lennon stay in the United States “... due to his 1968 marijuana conviction in Britain, but the singer believed that he was being removed because of his activism against the unpopular Vietnam War”(Biography.com Editors). In the time period where Lennon was focused on supporting a conflict free world, he was denied extended admission in the US seeing that the Americans were at war with the Vietnamese people. Together they hosted anti-war efforts such as “Bed ins-for Peace.. where they sat in bed for two weeks straight, from nine in the morning to nine at night, engaging in discussions about world peace”(Whitehead). Lennon gained thousands of loyal supporters who held rallies in large cities. Post his devastating murder in New York in 1980 by a fan,Mark Chapman, people began to purchase loads of Lennon’s work as a solo artist(Sebner). Annually citizens come together to the New York hotel that Lennon was shot at and lay down flowers and small gifts., “he continues to be admired by new generations of fans. Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994” (Biography.com Editors). Still seen as the icon of peace, John Lennon 's music is frequently used to show hope in the face of hardships. For example,

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