Only four men were Beatles. One of them was John Lennon. Therein lies the great fact of Lennon’s creative and personal life as a soloist. Or perhaps it is most appropriate to say that Lennon was a “duo artist,” since the entirety of his solo career was circumscribed by his artistic and personal relationship with Yoko Ono, who became his paramour in mid-1968 and his wife on March 20, 1969, and who served, for better and for worse, as his catalyst for the remainder of his too-short life.
Of all the Beatles, Lennon perhaps chafed the most against the confines of his universally beloved band. In the years following the death of the group’s manager Brian Epstein in August 1967,... Read More