John Lennon ‘was a rebel’ – ‘snuck into gigs without paying’
Before The Beatles were world-famous they were playing every venue they could throughout the midlands and the north of England. During this time the likes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr became fast friends with legendary Northern Echo and Sunday Times photographer Ian Wright. During their years as friends, Wright learned a lot about Lennon’s defiant early years.
Wright spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the newly-refurbished Stockton Globe, where unpublished photos of The Beatles are now being displayed permanently.
He recalled: “We all had the same upbringing… but Lennon, of course, with his parents – his father being away and his mother who died.
“It was pretty difficult for him. He was a rebel, there’s no doubt about it.”
His father, Alfred Lennon, was absent for most of Lennon’s life.
Lennon’s mother, Julia Lennon, was fatally hit by a car on July 15, 1958. He was just 18-years-old at the time.