by Isaac Orwell
“You may say Im a dreamer But Im not the only one
I hope someday youll join us And the world will live as one”—Imagine
John Lennon was born in Liverpool in the autumn of 1940. The Battle of Britain注1 had just ended， but the war with Germany was far from over. It was into this 1）unsound environment that John Lennon 2）emerged. Who would have thought that he would become such a multi-talented musical genius？
Johns early years were certainly not easy. His parents 3）split when he was a 4）toddler and he was raised by his aunt， Mimi Smith. But he remained close to his mother， who encouraged him to learn the 5）banjo， later 6）switching to guitar. 7）Tragedy struck when John was 18， when his mother was struck and killed by a car. Lennon was 8）traumatised by her death. The turning point in his life though came when he developed a strong interest in skiffle注2， a type of rock and roll music， whilst in his teenage years.
It was while playing for a skiffle band he had formed at school that he met Paul McCartney. The two 9）struck up an immediate friendship， and developed a fine partnership， writing and composing songs. After performing under several band names， the pair， along with George Harrison and Pete Best， settled on calling themselves The Beatles. They played eight-hour 10）shifts at various nightclubs in Hamburg， and were popular at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The drummer， Pete Best， was not particularly good though and held them back. The decision was made to replace him with Ringo Starr， and soon afterwards The Beatles were signed by George Martin for EMI records.
The band began 11）churning out 12）hit after hit， with numerous number ones. Lennon and McCartney were the creative force behind the group， and the amount of quality material they produced was amazing. They began touring the world and were hugely popular， especially in the US. This all changed however， when at a 13）press conference， John Lennon claimed the band were more popular than Jesus， 14）provoking 15）outrage throughout America. They all agreed to put an end to the tours and returned home in 1966.
Around this time， Lennon met Yoko Ono. Although they were immediately attracted to each other， John was married to Cynthia Powell and they had a child. It soon became clear to Cynthia though， where Johns 16）affections lie， and she 17）filed for divorce. John and Yoko married in 1969.
In 1970， Paul McCartney quit the Beatles， causing tension between himself and John. A year later， Lennon released the hugely popular Imagine album. Together he and Yoko 18）campaigned for world peace. Calling for an end to the Vietnam War 19）offended the American government deeply， and he nearly lost his green card as a result.
From 1975 to 1979， John Lennon produced no music of any real quality， preferring to stay at home with his young son Sean， whom Yoko had borne. If he had known what was to follow， it is very likely that he would have stuck with that peaceful lifestyle.
Unable to 20）repress the musical genius inside himself， he wrote the album Double Fantasy.
On December 8th， 1980， the 40-year-old artist was shot and killed by an 21）obsessed fan in New York City. He was entering his 22）luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close 23）range. Lennon was rushed to the hospital but died 24）en route. Chapman had received an autograph from Lennon earlier in the day and voluntarily remained at the scene of the shooting until he was arrested by police. For a week， hundreds of fans kept a 25）vigil outside Lennons apartment building， and 26）demonstrations of 27）mourning were held around the world.
Chapman was to receive a 28）life sentence， but the rest of the world was 29）deprived of yet more musical brilliance from the former Beatle. Lets all be glad at least， that he gave us a taste of his magic.