It would be easy to blame author Dan Brown and his blockbuster book and subsequent movie, “The Da Vinci Code”, for renewed public interest in the mysteries surrounding the world’s most famous…
The United States has had a rebellious streak from its inception, and its mid 20th century incarnation–Hell’s Angels—proves no exception. Photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride described the leathered outlaws as a new breed of rebel that “absolutely despised everything that most Americans value and strive for. They rode their bikes, hung out in bars for days at a time, fought with anyone that messed with them. It was extraordinary to be around.”
And yet even within this rebellious sect, gender divisions bore a strong resemblance to more mainstream society. Of particular interest to the LIFE duo was the role that women played within the club. Women would come and go, and many of them were as young as teenagers. During Hell’s meetings, they would wait patiently in another room, not allowed to take part in the discussion.
For a man who arguably did more than any other person to influence what the 1960s sounded like, John Lennon was a surprisingly private figure. Even today, more than three decades after his death and in a world full of people who still consider themselves his fans, it’s possible to be surprised by some of the less-known facts about the rock icon. Here are ten facts that might surprise you about the life of John Lennon:
10) He Didn’t Like The Sound Of His Own Voice
According to George Martin, by way of biographer Ray Coleman, John was never satisfied with the way he sounded on vinyl. Martin said that Lennon had “an intense dislike of his own voice,” and was forever asking for more effects to be added to alter his vocals.
9) He Once Got Suspended From School For Pornography
At the tail end of World War Two, Germany was in financial, political and physical ruins. The war wiped out around 11% of its population, took from it 25% of its territory, and reduced its agricultural productivity levels to a fraction of what they were before the war. To the dismay of some of its beneficiaries, Marshall Plan funds were disbursed to West Germany from 1949 to 1952, where it received $1.45 billion in economic and technical aid. Proving that the definition of an enemy is inherently situational, when the Cold War began to heat up in the 50s, NATO allowed West Germany to join its ranks. Total recovery soon followed suit.