The life of John Lennon was marked not only by genius and fame, but contradictions. The patron saint of peace and love sometimes engaged in acts of shocking violence and cruelty. The singer beloved for his vocals just happened to despise his own voice. The songwriter responsible for “all you need is love” and “imagine no possessions” had an extravagant taste for the finer things.

These 21 John Lennon facts bring to bear the artist’s dark, ugly, funny and strange sides that most fans don’t know about:

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21 Little-Known Facts And Photos That Reveal John Lennon’s Dark, Weird Side
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Next, check out 21 dark John Lennon quotes that further reveal the man's ugly side. Then, see a 16-year-old John Lennon along with Paul McCartney and George Harrison in this rare photo of the group that would become The Beatles, in 1957.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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