Happy Birthday John Lennon: The Beatles Legend In His Own Words

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John Lennon was born on this date in 1940 in Liverpool, England. The Beatles legend was among the most accomplished and revered songwriters in the history of popular music. Lennon was tragically and senselessly murdered in New York City at the age of 40 in December 1980.

Outspoken since his early days as a founding member of The Beatles in 1960, Lennon commonly stirred controversy with his candor during interviews. A brilliant artistic mind displayed through his work with The Fab Four and subsequent solo career, Lennon was often equally eloquent and cutting when speaking to the press.

Prepared a few years ago to mark Lennon’s 75th birthday, the BBC compiled an audio retrospective of Lennon speaking about his life as a musician. Lennon: Verbatim presents John in his own words from recordings made between 1962 and 1980. Stream the hour-long compilation via the link below: