John Lennon, Songwriter

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  • Closed Sept 6, 2011
  • Regular Hours:
    M-F 10:30am - 6:30pm,
    Sat-Sun 10:00am - 6:30pm

John Lennon, Songwriter explores some of the singer/songwriter's early influences (Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, and more); his time with the Quarry Men and the transition into the early Beatles; his songwriting collaborations with Paul McCartney; and his transition from a Beatle to a solo artist/songwriter and his work with Yoko Ono.

The exhibit will be open during regular Museum hours until September 5, 2011.

Some of the artifacts to be featured in the exhibit include:

  • Several guitars used by John Lennon (including his Fender Telecaster)
  • Early albums
  • Lennon's signature round, wire-framed eyeglasses
  • His typewriter, used to write lyrics early in his career
  • Original drawings by Lennon
  • Sgt. Pepper costume (replica)
  • Lennon's Album Of The Year GRAMMY® Award for Double Fantasy
  • Many handwritten song lyrics, including Imagine and Beautiful Boy
  • Early Beatles photographs and original posters
  • Quarry Men ephemera
  • Rare, historic footage of Lennon
  • Never-before-seen interview with Yoko Ono about Lennon's songwriting
  • In The Studio with John Lennon interactive


On October 3rd, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of John Lennon's birth (Oct. 9) and in support of the GRAMMY Museum's newest exhibit, John Lennon, Songwriter, two-time GRAMMY® winner, multimedia artist and peace activist Yoko Ono sat down with GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli to talk about her late husband's life and legacy before taking audience questions. View pictures and video from the event.