Friday, October 9, 2020

Schools : Let's celebrate John Lennon ! Resources

credits: YouTube
Paul McCartney & John Lennon duet, 2022

“Got Back” tour 2022, when McCartney duetted with a video of John Lennon on the Beatles’ classic “I’ve Got a Feeling.”

Lennon 80

"There’s a lot that can be said about John Lennon, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Even more can be said about the individual experiences people have had growing up with his music."

Mike Dutton, doodler

Happy Birthday, John

Imagine! 80 years! John Lennon would be 80 years-old, this day, 9 October 2020. On 8 October 2010, Google celebrated his 70th anniversary with a poetic Doodle interactive. Imagine!

John Lennon, the Beatle singer was celebrated by Google on the 8 October 2010, but Lennon was born on 9 October.

When we entered on the search engine's home page we were greeted to an illustration which has been designed in celebration of a day before what would have been the singer-songwriter's milestone. 

Google doodle John Lennon's 70th birthday
doodler: Mike Dutton

  • Google Doodle:

Clicking on the doodleit links to a 32 second track, which plays his popular song Imagine.

As it plays the doodle generates different pictures including that of a butterfly and a flower before turning back to a black and white version of the Google logo.

Students can then click through to the YouTube version of it if they want feel the musical experience online.

Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment in New York. He was a pacifist and his theme Imagine gained even more impact after his death.

via YouTube

He was killed on 8 December 1980. December 8th 2020, forty years ago John Lennon was murdered. The world lost one of its greatest artists of all time. A tribute to present what is his masterpiece, his greatest heritage. We miss you John!

Students can read Remembering John Lennon by Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and a few words by George Harrison on The Beatles official website.

John Lennon
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His window Yoko Ono encouraged this year, 2010, all fans around the world to send videos tribute  to YouTube to celebrate the very special day.

John Lennon in New York
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John Lennon [1940-1980]
credits: Getty Images

John Lennon composed some of the greatest 'classics' in world music, such as Help, In my Life, Strawberry Fields Forever and Imagine.

Lennon also produced classics, on the Plastic Ono Band, alongside Yoko Ono, as Imagine, Jealous Guy and Mother, about his conflicted relationship with his mother.

The Beatles in 1962
credits: dpa/ pictures

In an interview, Lennon once spoke about the superhuman high expectations of fans: "They would expect to see God playing." 

He then wished each Beatles member individual happiness and added: "Whether collectively or not, we will see."

The official website The Beatles celebrates his 80th anniversary with the video below:

So, today October 8, marks what would have been the legendary John Lennon’s 80th birthday.

"Although gone for nearly 40 years – the same amount of time he was on Earth, the musician, songwriter and peace activist’s timeless and beloved music -  with The Beatles, his collaborations with his widow Yoko Ono Lennon and his acclaimed solo works – continues to thrill, inspire and lately resonate more than ever"

The Beatles

CD John Lennon The Hits

"Love, heartbreak, peace, truth, lies, the media, racism, feminism, religion, mental well-being, marriage, fatherhood – he sang about it all, and one just needs to listen to his songs to know how he felt, what he cherished, what he believed in, and what he stood for."

The Beatles

The video Woman (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - John Lennon (official music video HD) is a tribute by his widow Yoko Ono on the day Lennon would be 80.


  • Let's include John Lennon's message into Languages Civics and Music curriculum!
  • Imagine lyrics are so beautiful to talk about some important values: peace, equality, justice, friendship, solidarity. And to play the song in the classroom.
  • Woman an important theme to talk about women and equity.
  • In English curriculum as a foreign language, invite your students to work on the lyrics: pronunciation, vocabulary, values.

  • In the classroom or at the school library, display the biopic NowhereboyNowhere Boy is a biopic about John Lennon's adolescence, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and its evolution into The Beatles
  • Invite your students to produce a short video in a cross-curricular project: Languages, Arts, Music, and display it at the school library, introducing the theme 'Peace'.

  • Organize an exhibition on the 80th anniversary: life, news, photos, CDs, open to all students, teachers, parents .


  • Video: Premiered November 20, 2020

  • Photos:
John Lennon's Life in Pictures

Nowhere Boy
Sam Taylor Johnson, 2009

  • Films & books:

Nowhere Boy is based on the book Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon by Julia Baird, 2007)

Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon
Julia Baird, 2007

A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.

The 2019 romantic comedy Yesterday depicts a struggling musician who realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Empire State Building

"The Empire State Building will shine its world-famous tower lights in sky blue with a white peace sign rotating in the mast tonight, Thursday, October 8, 2020, in partnership with the John Lennon Estate and Universal Music Group to celebrate John Lennon’s life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday, Friday, October 9. The lights will illuminate at sunset (approx. 6:25 pm EDT) and stay on until 2 am EDT."

John Lennon official website

"You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one " 

John Lennon, Imagine

Some of the lyrics from Imagine became a hymn for peace in the world!

The Strawberry Fields memorial dedicated to John Lennon
 in New York City's Central 

Imagine! It would be impossible to me not to spread Lennon words about peace! Yes, I'm a dreamer too!

Lennon viewed his work as one rich story, one step on the journey to Creating a better world, one ongoing, never-ending search for truth.

‘I always consider my work one piece… and I consider that my work won’t be finished until I’m dead and buried – and I hope that’s a long, long time,’ 

John Lennon, words on the last day of his life. 

‘So to me it’s part of one whole piece of work from the time I became public to now…And the eighties is like, we’ve got a new chance.’


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