I, John Winston Lennon, was born in Liverpool, England in 1940. I was the founding member of a group called the Beatles, which was the most popular music group in the history of rock and roll (World Book 197). The group included George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and myself. We originally formed in 1958, but it wasn't until 1960 that we decided to name ourselves the Beatles (World Book 191). My philosophy of the Beatles was, 'when you said it, it was crawly things; when you read it, it was beat music (The New Book of Knowledge 108).
I, along with Paul, wrote most of the Beatles' music. Songs that were written primarily by myself include 'Help,' 'All You Need is Love,' and 'A Day in the Life.'(World Book 197). In 1970 we decided to break up for a number of artistic, business, and personal reasons (World Book 190).
I, like the other former Beatles members, continued to perform as a solo artist. Yoko Ono, whom I married in 1969, became my partner (World Book 197). Yoko and I, being extremely opposed to the war, performed together making peace our theme (Rolling Stone 229). As our taste for war bittered, Yoko and I became involved in many anti-war protests. We recorded 'Give Peace a Chance' in our hotel room in Montreal, and I had it rush released (Rolling Stone 229). In January of 1970 I wrote and recorded 'Instant Karma' in one day and had it released (Rolling Stone 229). Three months later, Yoko and I flew to Los Angeles for four months of primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov (Rolling Stone 229). Because of this experience the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was made (Rolling Stone 229).