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How This Iconic Image of John Lennon Began With a T-shirt

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How This Iconic Image of John Lennon Began With a T-shirt

John Lennon would have turned 77 today, October 9, 2017. This famous photograph was taken on August 29, 1974, on the roof of John Lennon's E 52nd street penthouse, shortly after spending a year and a half in Hollywood, estranged from Yoko Ono during his "Lost Weekend."  Photographer Bob Gruen recalls how “John was back in New York, sobering up, cleaning his life up. He loved it when people treated him like a normal person rather than a Beatle, and that could happen here.” Lennon's new album needed a cover image and press photos, and he'd worked with Gruen before....

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37 years ago, John Lennon began working on his final album after a five-year absence

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37 years ago, John Lennon began working on his final album after a five-year absence

Ray Kelly wrote about the work of Boston photographer Roger Farrington as he produced this publicity photo capturing Lennon's return to popular music.

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