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41. John Lennon: A Founding Member of the Beatles
John Lennon is one of the most complex
ever to walk the face of the earth.
British-born musician is a true international icon who
the world with his message of peace and
. In America, Lennon is one of the most
people to ever call the United States home.
was one of the founding members of the
super group, the Beatles. He, along with Paul
, formed the early creative brain trust of a
that changed music worldwide. The group’s success has
been duplicated, and its music is as popular
as it was in the 1960s and 70s.
wrote, or co-wrote some of the most memorable
ever written in the Rock ‘n’ Roll genre.
found great success as a member of the
, which is the most commercially successful group in
, and as a solo artist. Lennon was also
political activist. His views on religion and politics
a great deal of controversy in the United
. He was an outspoken critic of the country’s
in the Vietnam conflict. His popularity caused great
with government officials because he had the attention
the young people in America at the time.
had been living in New York for several
, where he was being watched by the FBI
order to find grounds to deport him from
United States. He used flamboyant gimmicks to spread
word of peace. In this passive protest, Lennon
his wife Ono addressed the media from their
claiming people should “make love, not war.” Lennon
killed on December 8, 1980 by a crazy
outside his home in New York City. A
plaque at the site of his death is
of the most visited sites in the country.