Sean Lennon is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
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1. Sean Taro Ono Lennon was born October 9, 1975 New York City, his father’s 35th birthday.
2.He is of Irish, Welsh, and English descent on his father’s side, and Japanese descent on his mother’s side.
3. Julian Lennon is his half-brother, and Kyoko Chan Cox is his half-sister.
4. Elton John is his godfather.
5. After Sean’s birth, John became a house husband, caring for his young son until his death on December 8, 1980.
6. Sean attended kindergarten in Tokyo and was educated at the exclusive private boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland, and earlier at New York’s private Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Dalton School.
7. He attended Columbia University for three semesters before dropping out to focus on his music.
8. In January 1984, when Steve Jobs was visiting Manhattan, he attended a party that his mother (Yoko Ono) was throwing for Lennon, and Jobs gave him one of the very first Macintosh computers.
9. His parents kick-started his musical career: his debut into the music world came at age five, when he recited a story on his mother’s 1981 album, Season of Glass.
10. From childhood into his teen years, Lennon continued to collaborate with his mother, contributing vocals and receiving production credit on her solo albums It’s Alright, Starpeace and Onobox.
11. At 16 Lennon co-wrote the song “All I Ever Wanted” with Lenny Kravitz for his 1991 album Mama Said.
12. By 1995 Lennon had formed the band IMA (with Sam Koppelman and Timo Ellis) to play alongside his mother on her album Rising.
13. Lennon also made appearances in film, featured in the cast of Michael Jackson’s 1988 Moonwalker and portraying a teenager experiencing visions of various M. C. Escher prints in Sony’s 1990 promotional short-film Infinite Escher.
14. In 1996, Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto were invited by Ono to remix the song “Talking to the Universe” for a Rising remix EP Rising Mixes. They met Lennon and invited him to join them on tour as a bass player.
15. Lennon’s solo debut Into the Sun, was released in 1998. A music video for “Home”, a single from the album, was directed by Spike Jonze and enjoyed extended airplay on MTV. The album was produced by fellow Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda, who Lennon claimed was his inspiration for the album. They struck up a personal relationship as well as a creative one.
16. In 1999, Lennon’s EP Half Horse, Half Musician was released featuring new tracks such as “Heart & Lung” and “Happiness” as well as remixes of songs from Into The Sun. Along with Half Horse Half Musician, 1999 saw the release of Cibo Matto’s second album Stereo Type A. Lennon stepped out of his traditional role as the group’s bass player, this time playing a much wider range of instruments (such as drums, guitars and synthesizers). Despite being well received, Stereo Type A was followed by an extended Cibo Matto hiatus.
17. In 2000, Lennon contributed vocals to Del tha Funkee Homosapien (a single stanza on the Deltron 3030 track ‘Memory Loss’), Handsome Boy Modeling School and Jurassic 5. In 2001 on national television, Lennon performed several classics by the Beatles, “This Boy”, “Across the Universe” and “Julia” alongside Robert Schwartzman, Rufus Wainwright and Moby for Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music.
18. In the following years Lennon faded out of the spotlight. However, he collaborated with various bands and artists as a session musician and producer.
19. After the demise of Grand Royal Records in 2001, Lennon signed with Capitol Records, yet no solo material surfaced until February 2006, when “Dead Meat” was released as the first single from his new album, Friendly Fire.
20. Since the release of Friendly Fire, Lennon has toured extensively around the world and while in France, he remixed his song “Parachute” in collaboration with French artist -M-.
21. While reestablishing himself as a solo artist, Lennon continued his work as a session musician and producer, lending his talent to the likes of Dopo Yume, Albert Hammond, Jr. (of The Strokes) and model/singer Irina Lăzăreanu.
22. In October 2007, Lennon joined Mark Ronson in the BBC Electric Proms where he sang “Sail on, Sailor”, as well as “We Can Work It Out” alongside Daniel Merriweather, and Tawiah.
23. Along with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Lennon started a record label, Chimera Music, and entered the field of film scores in 2009 with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, directed by long-time friend and school mate Jordan Galland.
24. In the same year, Lennon produced a second album on Chimera for his mother, “Between My Head and the Sky,” by Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band. Lennon has again collaborated with friend Jordan Galland, as he contributed the score to Jordan Gallands 2012 film Alter Egos, and he appears as the character “Electric Death.”
25. With the release of new material and subsequent touring Lennon launched a website featuring music, videos and a forum for his fans. Various members of the forum have created a fan-made cover album entitled Truth Mask Replica.
26. Kemp Muhl and Lennon premiered the band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger during a live performance at Radio City on Valentine’s Day, 2008. The duo, commonly referred to as ‘The GOASTT’, released their debut single, “Jardin Du Luxembourg”, on July 6, 2010, and their debut album, “Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Acoustic Sessions),” on October 26, 2010, both on Chimera, their own label.
27. On October 19, 2011, Lennon was asked by Josh Sigurdson over Twitter what his opinion on the Occupy Wall Street protests was. He replied: “I’m heading down there this weekend”, as he did.
28. On October 22, 2011, Lennon showed up on Wall Street with Rufus Wainwright and Josh Fox. The three played music throughout the day to protesters and others joined in. Lennon has not yet spoken to the media or press about the event.
29. On August 28, 2012, Lennon’s opposition to hydraulic fracking was published as an editorial, “Destroying Precious Land for Gas,” by The New York Times. Of Artists Against Fracking, in 2014 he said, we can make more people aware of the damage fracking poses to our water supply, global warming and climate change. Methane is 100 times more powerful of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and most people don’t realize how climate change will be triggered by a globalized fracking industry.
30. Asked by the Dallas Observer for his view of religion and spirituality, Lennon said,
31. I’m not against religion, because I think it serves a purpose in our society and it can be helpful to certain groups of people. But, for me, religion is mythology. … I do think we all have a spirit, and I think there’s a lot more to life and human consciousness than science can explain. But I prefer looking to science for answers because it can be tested and vigorously logical.
32. On October 16, 2013 Lennon, along with Spacehog and Liv Tyler, played “Live on Earth” – an Internet-only performance – to benefit the David Lynch Foundation which funds the teaching of Transcendental Meditation. Of his own practice of Transcendental Meditation, in 2014 Lennon said: “for me, it’s like a scientific method to calm my brain down and making my frontal lobe more active. It’s an exercise, really. It helps me to have about 10 percent more conscious thinking.”