John Lennon on Stamps

John Lennon on Stamps

John Lennon is one of the most popular and influential persons in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. So, let’ see some facts and stamps.


Early life

John Winston Lennon was born on 9 October 1940 in Liverpool, during an air raid. His middle name is rarely used and his parents (mother Julia and father Alfred) gave it to him as a patriotic act. John’s father was a merchant seaman and he was not present at his son’s birth. His parents separated when he was four and he ended up living with Aunt Mimi. Mom visited him regularly and thought him to play the piano and the banjo and also bought him his first guitar. She passed away as the result of a car accident in 1958.

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”John Lennon

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”John Lennon


John Lennon and Paul McCartney

John was a prankster when he was younger, but a very talented prankster. His grades were not good, but his talent was perceived during his school days in Quarry Bank School. These were years when Elvis Presley was extremely popular so having your own band was a logical idea. Therefore, he formed the band, The Quarrymen in 1956. That band would later evolve into The Beatles. John was also in a few other bands The Silver Beetles, Johnny And The Moondogs, The Plastic Ono Band and The Dirty Mac (Keith Richards included).


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John and Paul met on July 6, 1957. Paul had been in public even during the Quarrymen performances. John invited him into the band and Paul introduced George Harrison to John the year after that. In 1960 Pete Best joined the group as a drummer (to be replaced later by Ringo Starr).

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”John Lennon

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”John Lennon

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity.”John Lennon


The Beatles

Saying anything about The Beatles in just a few sentences is truly impossible.


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Therefore, I’ll mention the most important songs they gave to the world (accordingly to Rolling Stone magazine):

  • “A Day in the Life”
  • “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  • “Yesterday”
  • “In My Life”
  • “Something”
  • “Hey Jude”
  • “Let It Be”
  • “Come Together”.


“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”John Lennon

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”John Lennon

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” John Lennon

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”John Lennon


Yoko Ono and John Lennon

John had been married to Cynthia when he met Yoko at the Indica art gallery in London on November 9, 1966. That was love at the first sight and they got married 3 years later, on March 20, 1969. Plans for the wedding were completely different, but the problem was that Yoko wasn’t a British citizen. That was the reason that John and Yoko married in Gibraltar. The 10-minute ceremony was performed by registrar Cecil Wheeler.


John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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The year later The Beatles broke up any many blamed Yoko for that. John and Yoko had one son, Saen (John also had a son with Cynthia, Julian).

John and Yoko had numerous musical projects together with the album „Double Fantasy“ being the last released before his death.

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.” John Lennon

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”John Lennon

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon


John Lennon

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Mark David Chapman, December 8, 1980

Mike David Chapman will be remembered in history as the one who shot John Lennon. And the reason for that was attention (“Why did you target this victim?”; “Because he was very famous.”; “And what did you want to get out of it?”; “Attention, bottom line,”). Earlier that day, Chapman waited for Lennon and got his „Double Fantasy“ album autographed.

“He was very kind to me. Ironically, very kind and was very patient with me. The limousine was waiting … and he took his time with me and he got the pen going and he signed my album. He asked me if I needed anything else. I said, ‘No. No sir.’ And he walked away. Very cordial and decent man.”Mark David Chapman

But, even earlier, Chapman changed his mind about killing John, when he traveled to New York to do it. He was sentenced to 20-years-to-life imprisonment. After serving 31 years in Attica, he was transferred to Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Eire County, New York.

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.”John Lennon

“Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”John Lennon

Chapman later regretted what he had done: “Absolutely it was not worth it. Absolutely ridiculously selfish act to take another human’s life so that I could be pumped into, you know, something that I wasn’t to begin with. I deeply regret it.”


There are many other interesting facts, but, the fact that he was also a stamp collector (at childhood) should be mentioned.


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1 Comment

  1. Dave Rodrigues · October 9, 2018 Reply

    An interesting article for any Beatles fan…

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