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What was John Lennon's childhood like?

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2018-02-26 23:41:45

John Lennon was born Oct. 9th 1940 to Julia Lennon (1914-1958)

and Alfred Lennon (1912-1976) at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital

and attended Mosspits as a young child. Alfred did not see his

child until November, when he returned from work as a merchant

seamen and offered to look after Julia and their son but Julia

declined. John lived with Julia at 9 Newcastle Rd. until 1946, when

Julia's sister Mimi reported Julia to Child Services for a third

time. Mimi and her husband George Smith were subsequently given

custody. It was around this time when Alfred kidnapped John with

intentions to emigrate to New Zealand but his plot was foiled by

Julia. Alfred would not see his son again until after John became

famous. Regardless, Mimi and George gave Lennon a good home and

George taught young John how to read, write and how to do crossword

puzzles. Mimi was strict and discouraged John from pursuing music.

Julia on the other hand encouraged her son, taught him the banjo

and ukulele and bought John his first guitar. George died of a

liver hemorrhage when Lennon was about thirteen. John Lennon lived

at 251 Menlove Ave until 1963. Although Lennon was a bright child,

by the time John attended Quarrybank Grammar School Lennon

frequently got into trouble in school, and was considered a "class

clown". He later said this was because he felt more clever than his

teachers (John's I.Q. was 165: gifted and advanced). Also

contributing was his very poor eyesight (without glasses, Lennon

was legally blind). When John was kicked out of Quarrybank his

teacher recommended he attend the Liverpool College of Art.

Although John lived with Mimi, he began spending weekends with

Julia and her boyfriend (and their two daughters), until she was

killed by a drunk off duty police officer when John was seventeen.

When John decided to take up music, Mimi told him repeatedly "The

guitar's all right, John, but you'll never make a living at it."

(When the Beatles became famous, he presented her with a silver

plaque, engraved with those same words). Mimi would later admit

that she "never wanted children, but always wanted John".

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