"John Ono Lennon", , born "John Winston Lennon";, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a Lennon–McCartney/songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the Skiffle#Skiffle in Britain/skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When Break-up of the Beatles/the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine (John Lennon album)/Imagine, and iconic songs such as

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activist/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 of the 1960s/counterculture.

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