You make your own dream. That’s the Beatles’ story, isn’t it? That’s Yoko’s story. That’s what I’m saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.
John Lennon

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  • John Lennon biography

    John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe in Hamburg, 1960
  • He said he said…

    "When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream." - John Lennon

  • John Lennon albums guide

    John Lennon album covers montage
  • Song of the day

    Instant Karma

    Instant Karma cover artworkJohn Lennon's third single with the Plastic Ono Band was written and recorded on the same day, and released just 10 days later. He later explained that he "wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we're putting it out for dinner". Read more »

  • John Lennon discography

    John Lennon album covers

  • Album of the month

    Imagine

    Imagine album coverJohn Lennon's second solo album was his greatest commercial success. On it he tempered some of the more abrasive and confrontational elements of its predecessor, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, offering instead a more conventional pop collection that contains some of his best-loved songs. Read more »

  • John Lennon songs guide

    Detail from John Lennon's Shaved Fish album artwork
  • Did you know?

    The first instrument John Lennon learned to play was the harmonica. His aunt Mimi bought him his first guitar at the age of 16.

  • John Lennon photo gallery

    John Lennon performs Instant Karma! on Top Of The Pops with Plastic Ono Band, 11 February 1970
  • John Lennon and the number nine

    Label of John Lennon's #9 Dream single