The Story of John Lennon’s First Guitar and First Band

When John Lennon was in his late teens he had only one thing on his mind and one thing only – rock and roll. He was obsessed with music, especially Elvis, and getting his hands on a guitar. Here’s the story of his first guitar and the story of his first group, the Quarrymen.

John Lennon playing his guitar in black and white, sometime around 1960.
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John Lennon’s aunt Mimi collapsed and bought him a guitar

As soon as the Elvis craze hit Liverpool, Lennon was shopped. It was all he wanted to talk about at his aunt’s house (where he grew up) and at his mother’s and stepfather’s house. Mimi quickly got tired of all the Elvis talk.

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