Most notably a founder of the iconic rock group the Beatles, John Lennon (1940-1980), was also a successful solo recording artist, author, graphic artist, and collaborator with Yoko Ono. At 16, a sensitive and brilliant teen who had learned the bango, he started a band that evolved into The Beatles and became a rock and roll rebel icon. A joint venture with Paul McCartney, this became the most important musical group of the late 20th century.
Culturally, Lennon was a candid provocateur. After a failed marriage and divorce with a more traditionally supportive woman, at 28, he married Yoko Ono – an unconventional and independent artist and partner. Not only a musical legend, Lennon’s genius came through in his writing and visual arts, the only field he had received formal training. With natural gifts, he proved a casual humorist and cartoonist. The music and art made after meeting Ono reflects their belief in art without any pretense, yet with declarative purpose. The “Bed In For Peace” – as seen in the silkscreen limited edition for sale (in addition to “It’s Only Rock and Roll”), is a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War. Their marriage projected many powerful images alongside their activism.
Lennon was shot to death on December 8, 1980 by a deranged fan in front of his Manhattan apartment building. He lives on in his music and art.
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