Chasing a Dream
The Teddy Boy
-No father or mother
-His aunt was middle class, but she still had a good amount of money.
-He had an uncle, but his uncle died in 1955.
-His mother's death was a very hard time for him. She died recently after reconnecting with John in 1958.
-In John's teenage years, he was a "teddy boy". He had a dream to become a rock n' roll artist like Elvis and began to play the guitar.
-His aunt did not approve of this behavior and constantly told him to get a normal job.
Challenges and Obstacles
-John didn't know how to read music or even properly play the guitar, until he met Paul McCartney.
-In the beginning of his career, he needed to play in dirty clubs located in Hamburg, Germany. He lived inside these clubs with the other band members.
-Got rejected many times before signing with a record producer.
-John lost his best friend, Stu, early in their career.
Never Giving Up
-He accepted the changes he needed to make to make the band better, even if he didn't agree with them.
-Even though his Aunt and many others told him he could never become a rock n' roll artist, he kept trying.
-He spent 2 years living in clubs around Hamburg, Germany, just for the chance of a record deal.
-He spent hours learning to play the guitar.
-Even when The Beatles became famous, John had to deal with the press, drugs, the other members of the Beatles,and his own opinions.
-A member of one of the most popular bands of all time, The Beatles.
-Part of one of the most famous song-writing duos of all time, Lennon and McCartney.
-Was in 12 movies
-He brought people in together with his music in one of the most controversial times of his generation.