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John Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon) (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th ... more »

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  • ''You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Quoted in Lennon Remembers, ed. Jann Wenner (1970).
  • One has to completely humiliate oneself to be what the Beatles were, and that's what I resent. I didn't know, I didn't foresee. It happened bit by bit, gradually, until this complete craziness is surr...
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. quoted in Rolling Stone (New York, Jan. 7, 1971).
  • ''If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that.... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. The Tomorrow Show, NBC-TV (April 1975).
  • New York is what Paris was in the twenties ... the center of the art world. And we want to be in the center. It's the greatest place on earth.... I've got a lot of friends here and I even brought my o...
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. The Tomorrow Show, April 1975, NBC-TV. Lennon was finally given residency status in the U.S. the f...
  • ''Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.''
    John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. CBC-TV, June 1969. "The Way It Is."
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