John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He is best known as the founding member of The Beatles, a leader of Yippie forces during Revolution 1, and an important Frateror in New America. Lennon was shot on December 8, 1980 by a deranged Fascist in New York City.
Early Life (1940-60)
Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England. John Lennon grew up in Liverpool and Blackpool, England. When he formed the band The Beatles in 1957 he went to Hamburg, Germany to play his music in clubs.
The Beatles (1960-72)
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The Beatles, Early (1960-66)
The Beatles played in Hamburg, Germany from 1960-62. By 1962, they began to become popular in England. In 1964, the Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released in the United States, and they immediately became popular there, too.
At first, the Beatles were seen as a great new band. John Lennon became a sex symbol in the United States. There was a large backlash against The Beatles even during this era mainly because of John Lennon. Some of his songs including "From Me to You" and "Love Me Do" were criticized for referencing sex. Lennon first tried marijuana in 1964, but he did not admit this to the public until 1967. By 1965, he was using the drug three to five days a week, and the public had no clue.
On March 4, 1966, Lennon said that Christianity was over and that the Beatles were greater than Jesus. He was criticized harshly and made a shallow apology to the American public a week later.
The Beatles, Second Age (1966-68)
By 1966, The Beatles began to drift in a "different" direction. First, John Lennon in July and then the other three band members in September, tried LSD. Although the other members of the band enjoyed LSD and other psychedelics they were later introduced to, Lennon became very engulfed in these drugs. Their music changed radically as did their image.
From 1967-68, as America drifted into revolution, The Beatles increasingly gained influence over the movement. On May 4, 1967, Lennon joined the Youth International Party, followed by the other members of the band joining on May 10. On June 6, 1967, John Lennon announced that "The America that we know is pretty much done. Soon revolutionaries will rise up against the Fascist bastards that reign over us, and a just nation will be re-created, just as one was in 1776." This created a huge reaction. In colleges and larger cities across the United States, youths began protesting the U.S. government's involvement in Vietnam and the legal status of marijuana and LSD, which later led to violent conflicts between the protesters and the police. On June 26, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared that Lennon was to be arrested immediately. With the help of the Weathermen, Lennon and the Beatles were transported to India, where they stayed with the Maharishi.
On August 8, President Johnson declared that Lennon was allowed to return to the United States. When the Beatles arrived in the United States on August 11, a crowd of nearly 615,000 fans met them at JFK Airport in New York. When getting off the plane, Lennon announced "Revolution is imminent." He then played a new song that he wrote, called Revolution 1.
After this, John Lennon was seen as an advocate for LSD use and a revolution in general. From February-April, 1968, Lennon and the Beatles traveled around the country holding free concerts where they spread their message. Other bands including the Grateful Dead, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane, and including famous figures such as Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, the Dalai Lama, and the Maharishi. The concerts were free, and attendants were encouraged to bring psychedelic drugs, have sex, and commit as many non-violent, non-theft related crimes as possible while there. Many of the concerts were raided by the cops as well as the federal government, most notably the concert at Fresno on April 9.
Lennon first met his future wife, Yoko Ono, in 1966. His wife at the time, Cynthia Lennon, left him in May, 1967 because of his increasing drug use and relationship with Yoko Ono. On June 3, 1968, Lennon and Ono declared themselves to be wed, since the revolution prevented them from getting married. It is known that during this time, Lennon used marijuana 5-6 days a week, sometimes using it five times in one day. He was also using LSD once every three to five weeks, and briefly used heroin from November-December, 1967, but quit after he began to feel 'less inspired.'
The Beatles, Revolutionary Era (1968-72)
By May, 1968, revolution was imminent. In high schools, police officers raided and randomly beat or arrested people suspected of using drugs. Ram Dass was arrested for being within 50 feet of psilocybin mushrooms, and was accused of having placed them there. On May 16, Timothy Leary announced that "There truly is need for revolution. The system is corrupt. Like our forefathers, we must overthrow the current regime and end tyranny for as long as we can." Lennon publicly announced his support for the declaration of a revolution. On May 13, a warrant was put out for Lennon's arrest for treason, but by then he had fled to Leary's mansion in New York.
During 1968, Lennon spent much time in Leary's mansion, where the Beatles wrote songs to encourage the revolutionaries to continue fighting. In February, 1969, Federal troops came within 40 miles of Leary's mansion and the Beatles fled to Nevada. There, they stayed in hiding for as long as they could, but on March 9, Federal troops were reported to be just 35 miles from their camp. They were there with three thousand revolutionaries. When the head of the revolutionary unit was preparing to surrender, Lennon said that he would never surrender. He then rallied up the crowd to prepare to resist the Federal troops.
As the army of Feds neared, the army of Yippies were given amphetamine to stay alert. They then constructed pitfalls and caged dogs outside of the camp to scare the Feds. Closer to the camp, large piles of marijuana were laid and were to be lit on fire as the Feds were near. In trees, vials of LSD were set up to drop onto passing troops. Right near and in the fort, Yippies dug trenches and made a tunnel that would bring them away from the camp in the event that they'd lose. Bows with narcotic darts were given to some Yippies, but most were given only shields. They were prepared for a non-violent battle.
The battle on March 11 was a total success. Of the 1150 Federal troops, 75 fled or were injured before entering the campground, some 180 were injured or trapped while on the campground, and another 300 could not fight due to intoxication from LSD or marijuana. During the battle, 40 Federal troops were killed, injured, or knocked out. The remaining army of 555 was set to retreat, but 60 of the sober Federal troops joined the Yippies immediately after the battle. Also, 260 of the intoxicated troops switched sides.
After this, Lennon continued to write music, but he traveled around the country helping Yippie revolutionaries set up defendable camps. In June, 1970, he went to Mexico and Libya, where he helped branches of the Yippies smuggle supplies back to the United States, and was arrested by Mexican police on June 14. According to International Law, he was to be given to the United States government for prosecution. Although on the way back to the United States, he escaped and was brought to Algeria, where he was once again hiding out with Timothy Leary. He met back up with the Beatles on July 2 in San Francisco, where Paul McCartney announced that he wanted the band to break up. They decided to postpone their breakup until after the revolution, but they only produced one more album after this meeting, and that would be their goodbye album.
From Fall, 1970-August, 1971, Lennon and his new wife, Yoko Ono, traveled around the United States and Mexico (at this point being invaded by both the US government and US Yippies) helping to improve camps and forts and performing some places. In August, 1971, Leary (the leader of the Yippies) assigned Lennon to the task of rallying Yippies in other countries and helping them to set up for revolution. He secretly traveled to Algeria, Libya, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, and North Ireland during this time.
By December, 1971, the revolution was just about over. Yippie forces had seized Baltimore on the 3rd Washington on the 14th. On January 15, 1972, the revolution was declared over by Leary, and two days later, the Beatles announced their breakup. They released their final album, Let It Be...Naked, on January 29.
Politician in New America (1972-77)
On February 16, Timothy Leary (the self-declared head of New America) called a congress of 116 people from around the world together, to help draft a constitution for New America. John Lennon was one of the men called, and he arrived in Concord, California, on February 24.
The Congress of 116 met twenty days a month for two separate sessions lasting four hours each, starting in February, 1972 and lasting until December 30, 1972. Lennon was reported to have been present at 354 of the 392 sessions, which was a modest attendance rate. While the Constitution was being created, Lennon battled for economic communism managed by the people on a small-scale and the government on a large-scale, near absolute social freedom, continuation of the national park system, a tree policy, the continued illegalization of hard drugs but lesser penalties for those who violate it, and the government providing two free doses of the psychedelic of their choice each year. He was satisfied with the resulting Constitution that he signed on December 30, but he said there should have been more to ensure communism.
Lennon stayed in Concord, California until February 12, 1973. Then, Timothy Leary (still acting as head of the country) granted him full citizenship to the country and the state of New York. He moved back to his apartment in New York City. On March 5, Lennon announced that he would run for Frateror (which is like a Senator) of his district (New York City 1). He won by a 96% majority on May 1. He was inaugurated the next day and flew back to Concord, California where the Council was currently meeting. He claimed membership to the John Lennon Party, which he had founded for himself (which later attracted some other politicians). He continued to battle for economic communism, absolute social freeedom, environmental conservation, and the spread of the American government into other countries.
Lennon won re-election for his district again in 1974, 75, and 76. In 1977, he did not seek re-election. Up to that point, his contributions to society had already been enough for one man.
Solo Career (1973-76)
From 1973-76, Lennon produced four albums as a solo artist, although Yoko Ono, George Harrison, and others were frequently featured in some of his songs. His work from this time was deeply political and philosophical. On October 1, 1976, Lennon declared his retirement from the music industry.
In 1977, Lennon and his extended family moved to a natural plot he had purchased in Montana. He resided there, almost completely isolated from society, until the fall of 1978. It was during this time he wrote most of the passages for what would later become Essentiality, a book combining philosophical thoughts, some stories of events in Lennon's life, drawings, journal entries, gardening tips, recipes, tablature for some of his songs, proverbs that he wrote, and even a few jokes and a detailed prediction of what the year 2003 will be like. The book was published shortly after Lennon's death, and instantly became a best-seller.
During his time at his natural plot, Lennon grew his own marijuana and magic mushrooms, of which he used frequently. He spent most of the time bonding with his family, which included some distant relatives. He only left the plot twice between June, 1977 and October, 1978, and that was once to go to see a doctor and once to go to George Harrison's wedding.
In October, 1978, Lennon flew back to New York City and moved back into his old apartment. He frequently moved back from his apartment to his natural plot for the rest of his life.
In New York City, Lennon published two children's books and volunteered frequently at the city's ASPCA and homeless shelters.
Return to the Mainstream and Death (1980)
On March 3, 1980, Lennon announced that he would return to the music industry to produce another album. He also announced that he would be working with three special guests to produce it, and it was later revealed that it was to be Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and that it was to be somewhat of a Beatles reunion album. However, on December 8, 1980, Lennon was walking through Central Park in New York City when a deranged fascist named Mark David Chapman shot him four times. Lennon died instantly.