Sean Lennon is a $200 million-plus musician, composer, and producer from the United States. Sean Lennon, the son of rock royalty, followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in music.
He debuted as a solo artist in 1998 with “Into the Sun,” and has since recorded approximately 20 studio albums and EPs with Cibo Matto, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Mystical Weapons, the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band. Lennon has also worked in the film industry, scoring films such as “Smile for the Camera” (which he also co-wrote the screenplay for) and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead” (which he also co-wrote the script for).
In 1997, he appeared as a musician on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and in a 1998 episode of “Melrose Place,” he played himself.
Sean Lennon was born in New York City on October 9, 1975, as Sean Taro Ono Lennon. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are his parents, and he has a half-brother, Julian, from John’s marriage to Cynthia Powell.
Elton John is Lennon’s godfather. John took a sabbatical from music after Sean was born to raise his son, but he was tragically murdered by Mark David Chapman when Sean was just five years old.
John Lennon went to kindergarten in Toyko, Switzerland, then the Institut Le Rosey in New York Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Dalton School.
Sean spent three semesters studying anthropology at Columbia University after graduating from high school, then dropped out to focus on his music and tour with Yoko Ono.
In 1981, Lennon participated in Yoko Ono’s “Season of Glass” album, and in 1984, he performed “It’s Alright” on the Yoko Ono tribute album “Every Man Has a Woman.”
Sean had producer credits on his mother’s albums “It’s Alright” (1982), “Starpeace” (1985), and “Onobox” (1992) when he was younger.
Lennon and Lenny Kravitz co-wrote the song “All I Ever Wanted” when he was 16, and the two later teamed up to cover John’s “Give Peace a Chance” for Lenny’s album “Mama Said” (1991). Sean made an appearance in Michael Jackson’s film “Moonwalker” in 1988.
Lennon was invited to join Cibo Matto on tour as their bass player in 1996, and he eventually became a member of the band and a guest musician on their 1996 self-titled album by their side-project Butter 08 Sean’s work with Cibo Matto led to him earning a record deal with the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal Records, and he released the albums “Super Relax” (1997) and “Stereo Type A” (1999).
In 1998, John Lennon released his first solo album, “Into the Sun,” followed by the 1999 EP “Half Horse, Half Musician” and the 2006 LP “Friendly Fire.” In 2001, he sang “Across the Universe,” “This Boy,” and “Julia” on the televised tribute “Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music.”
Sean signed a contract with Capitol Records after Grand Royal Records failed in 2001. With the band Mystical Weapons, he released the albums “Mystical Weapons” (2012) and “Grotesque” (2013), and in 2015, he formed The Claypool Lennon Delirium, which issued the albums “Monolith of Phobos” (2016) and “South of Reality” (2019), as well as the EP “Lime and Limpid Green” (2017).
Sean recorded a cover of John and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas War is Over” with Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson in 2018, and the trio played it on “Saturday Night Live” on December 15th. Soulfly’s “Primitive” (2000), Plastic Ono Band’s “Between My Head and the Sky” (2009) and “Take Me to the Land of Hell” (2013), Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” (2017), and Black Lips’ “Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?” (2017).
He wrote, directed, and performed in “Friendly Fire,” a 2006 film co-starring Carrie Fisher and Lindsay Lohan, as well as appearing in and writing the score for the 2012 superhero film “Alter Egos.” Sean also composed the music for the film “Ava’s Possessions,” which was released in 2015.
Sean met Charlotte Kemp Muhl during the 2005 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but they spent two years as friends before beginning a romantic relationship because she was only 17 at the time. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger was created in 2008, and their albums “Acoustic Sessions” (2010), “La Carotte Bleue” (2011), and “Midnight Sun” (2014) were published on their own record label, Chimera Music.
“Midnight Sun” was chosen as one of the best 50 albums of 2014 by “Rolling Stone.” From 1996 to 1999, Lennon performed at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and assisted with their organization, and in 2013, he took part in an online concert to raise donations for the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
In October 2011, Sean took part in the Occupy Wall Street rallies, and the following year, he founded the “Artists Against Fracking” campaign and penned an editorial for “The New York Times” headlined “Destroying Precious Land for Gas.”
Lennon paid $9.5 million for a property in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village district in 2008. Sean’s neighbors, Addie and Gary Tomei parents of actress Marisa Tomei filed a $10 million lawsuit against him in early 2015, alleging that a tree on his property uprooted a portion of their home’s foundation, cracked their stoop, and caused “irreparable damage to the structural integrity of the building.”
A judge ordered Lennon to remove the 60-foot-tall, 70-year-old Ailanthus tree in September 2016.