John Lennon was a musician born in Liverpool, England. He was one of the members of the world famous group, The Beatles, along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star. He was raised primarily by his aunt, Mimi Smith, when his parents divorced. In his own words, he described his personality as rebellious and “…I did my best to disrupt every friend’s home.” His mother helped him to purchase his first guitar but his aunt did not approve of his interest in music. His mother later died when she was hit by a car on her way home from visiting Lennon. Lennon also failed his examinations for college and only entered art school with the help of his aunt but he ended up being expelled after disrupting the classes.
Lennon went on to form his first musical band, The Quarrymen, at the age of 15. It was during this time that he met the other three members of what would eventually become The Beatles. His aunt Mimi still did not approve of the music business and tried to convince him to return to art school. Lennon and McCartney then started to write songs together, forming a musical partnership that created many of the greatest Beatles hits.
Lennon married fellow art student Cynthia Powell and was asked to keep their marriage a secret. Beatlemania had hit and it was thought that the marriage would harm the fan base. Soon after, his son Julian was born but Lennon was away on tour and would not return home for three days. His relationship with Julian was rocky throughout most of his life. Also at this time, Lennon started one of his many drug abuses. It was suggested by Cynthia that this helped to cause their marriage to fall apart. Cynthia finally divorced him when upon returning from a holiday, she found him in their home with Yoko Ono.
Lennon met Ono sometime in 1966 and was intrigued with her art. Ono was a performance artist originally from Japan. She also became a musician and writer. Together, the two were involved in a number of experimental art and music performances. On their marriage, the two became known for their series of political campaigning against the Vietnam War by their “bed-ins”. This was their non-violent way to protest for peace. During their honeymoon, the press was invited to their hotel suite between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to talk about peace. Lennon and Ono conducted their “bed-in” in bed, at various locations throughout the world.
Lennon and Ono led a story marriage with a separation, a mistress chosen by Ono, and finally a reunion followed by their son Sean being born. Upon insistence from Ono, Lennon retired from music to become a house husband and was primary caretaker for their son. They were returning home to put their son to bed when Lennon was shot and murdered by Mark David Chapman. Ono later scattered his ashes over Central Park in New York City.