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John Lennon 004

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John Winston Ono Lennon

John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England and died on December 8, 1980.

Lennon was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance”, “Working Class Hero”, and “Imagine”. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon’s administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

As of 2012, Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer, or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart.

Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on the 8th of May, 1970, almost a month after the group’s break-up. Like most of the band’s previous releases, it was a number one album in many countries, including both the US and the UK, and was released in tandem with the motion picture of same name.

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Gimme Some Truth’ appears on John Lennon’s 1971 album Imagine, and in a sense it serves as the aesthetic and ideological counterbalance of that album’s legendary title track.

Imagine’ evokes a utopian world in which heightened consciousness makes everything that oppresses us wither away, ‘GimmeSomeTruth’ looks our real troubled world square in the eye and demands answers right now. One song floats like a feather on a piano melody as gentle as an evening breeze. The other rides a droning, distorted guitar line and a searing slide-guitar solo. One vocal sounds intimate as your good angel speaking to you from someplace inside your own mind, the other pins you against the wall, so impassioned the singer barely breaths as he to spits out his lyrics.

Those are two of the many sides of John Lennon, two expressions of the many truths that he came to know. These days we live in a world that to value an unthinking consistency above all other virtues. If you hold an opinion that contradicts something that you said twenty years before, it’s not assumed that you’ve simply matured or reconsidered your earlier views for perfectly good reasons. No, you’re a waffler, a hypocrite, a flip-flopper. People are not encouraged to ‘contain multitudes’, in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s immortal phrase. They are encouraged to be as small and one-dimensional as possible if they want to avoid controversy.


The artwork:

Each illustration is tied to a non-profit fund raiser. The first print of this John Lennon illustration was sold in a silent auction at “Starry Nights,” a benefit for less fortunate kids to have a chance to go to summer church camp.

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite and Prismacolor: Burnt Ochre for Lennon’s “earthy” lyrics; Indigo Blue because his message was often indignant to the establishment; Periwinkle Blue for the humor of the controversial messages; and True Green as his messages of social awareness were embraced as a truthful world view.

DERIVATIVE Work – photo credit: Celebrity Eating Disorders Images | TheCelebrityPix

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)
11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 100)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
 (Free shipping)

John Lennon 004

The most memorable member of the Beatles.


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