Because his early life and half of his artistic career was so interwoven with the Beatles, I've included several biographies of the Beatles as well, which show the evolution of the group and the interactions of the members, especially the genius writing team of Lennon and Paul McCartney.
This week marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination. Discussion has predictably turned to the legacy that the musician left behind, and how we remember him today. Here's a sampling of different takes on Lennon.
"There's no simple answer to who John Lennon was. Sure, he was a great leader and a peacenik; on the other hand, he was an incredibly violent, narcissistic guy. That was the other side of him, and people just don't want to hear that."