Talk:John Lennon

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Divorce settlement[edit]

I've change the amount in USD of the settlement. 100,000 pounds was just translated to $148,000 in the text. That might be correct today, but in 1968 the exchange rate was $2.40, giving a translation of $240,000 at the time. Pretty small by today's standards, but still much more than $140,000. Please also remember that both dollars and pounds bought alot more in those days, perhaps about twice as much (I haven't checked exact figures), so we're talking close to $500,000 in today's money. I haven't checked sources for this, other than [1] which shows the well-known fixed rate of $2.40 per pound. But checking our article for Cynthia Lennon, shows it's just a bit more complicated:

" The settlement was then raised to £100,000, £2,400 annually, and custody of Julian.[135] Another £100,000 was put into a trust fund which Julian would inherit when he was 21. Until that time, his mother would receive the interest payments. Their decree nisi was granted on 8 November 1968.[136] The trust fund had one codicil, which provided for any further children by Lennon, so when Sean Lennon was born in 1975, Julian's inheritance was cut to £50,000.[137]"

So let's not apply today's standards willy nilly and make Lennon look like a total piker.

Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:14, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

A pound or dollar in those days would have bought you a lot more than twice as much. As an example, to buy a pint of beer in the north of England in 1967 cost around 1s 9d (about 8p in today's money). Today it would cost around £2.60 (260p). The price of tuition at Yale was $1,950 in 1967. Today it is $38,300.[2]


His harmonica playing is an important aspect of their early sound. I think the mouth organ deserves a mention in the instruments. (Of course, he also played the mellotron and bass guitar, but they're not that significant). --Frozen Jese (talk) 11:34, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

He even played it on his solo albums, so I would agree. Hotcop2 (talk) 23:12, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Jimmy Nichols?[edit]

This man filled in for Ringo Starr on only 8 occasions when Starr had tonsillitis. A photo of the group with Starr must replace this photo. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:53, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 July 2015[edit]

Edit for the "John Lennon" page. Under the section labeled "8 December 1980: Death" the following sentence appears:

At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building.

However, this is incorrect. He was shot *five* times. This can be verified on Wikipedia's own page devoted to John Lennon's death: "Death of John Lennon". Under the section labeled "Murder" the sentence correctly reads:

"Seconds later, Chapman took aim directly at the center of Lennon's back and fired five hollow-point bullets at him from a Charter Arms .38 Special revolver in rapid succession from a range of about nine or ten feet (about 3 m) away.[1]"

Ajpianoman (talk) 06:43, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: You are correct in that Chapman fired 5 bullets. However, if you continue reading in that same paragraph, it goes on to say that "The first bullet missed, passing over Lennon's head and hitting a window of the Dakota building." The remaining 4 struck him in the back, which is what this article says Cannolis (talk) 12:16, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Lennon should not be categorized as atheist[edit]

The bulk of evidence points to Lennon’s religious views being closest to someone who was critical of organized religion, but interested in spirituality. (See the article “religious beliefs of the Beatles.”) He leaned toward being an agnostic in the 60’s, but categorizing him as an atheist based on a couple song quotations is deceptive. In fact, he had one song in 1973 with the line “Every day I thank the Lord and Lady for the way that you came to me.” He was also quoted as saying “I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another.” I’m removing him from this category. If anyone objects, let me know. Tidewater 2014 (talk) 15:01, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

John Lennon Returned the MBE[edit]

MBE must be removed from John Lennon's name as he rejected the honour and it's inclusion is anti-thetical to how he represented himself as he returned the medal as an act of protest:

Quoted from the

John Lennon returned his MBE to the Queen on this day, as an act of protest against the Vietnam war.

Lennon's chauffeur Les Anthony returned the insignia of the award to Buckinham Palace in the morning, also delivering handwritten letters to the Queen, prime minister Harold Wilson, and the secretary of the Central Chancery, explaining his actions.

The letters were written on notepaper headed Bag Productions, the company Lennon had recently set up with Yoko Ono.

  " Your Majesty,
   I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts.
   With love. John Lennon of Bag "

Dead link 'skiffle craze'[edit]

The link 'skiffle craze' in the intro is dead, should probably be: Skiffle#Revival_in_the_United_Kingdom

JohnElliotV (talk) 06:58, 24 July 2015 (UTC)