John Lennon

John Lennon

The Life

Book - 2008
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Drawing on previously unknown sources, unpublished letters, and unprecedented access to all the key figures, author and journalist Philip Norman gives us the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published. For this masterpiece of biography, Philip Norman set himself the challenge of looking afresh at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life. He has not just dug deep into the archives, including his own vast collection of tapes and notebooks dating back to the 60s, but spoken to hundreds of witnesses, from every walk of life and every stage of Lennon's. The interviewees include Sean Lennon, whose moving reminiscences reveal his father as never before, and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candour about her marriage to John. In his brilliant Shout, we were shown a band; in John Lennon, Philip Norman gives us a portrait of a man. It reconciles as never before the contradictions of this endlessly fascinating character-the volatile and violent hippie, the phenomenally wealthy advocate of no possessions, the family man and junkie-and his journey from Liverpool suburbia to becoming one of the presiding geniuses of pop culture.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2008.
ISBN: 9780385661003
Characteristics: x, 851 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 15, 2016

Wow - I really liked this biography. Just as advertised, even if you think you know everything about Lennon and the Beatles, you'll find plenty of new perspectives, info and opinions here. // In the acknowledgements, the author states that Yoko Ono - who had greatly facilitated his work on it - was disappointed in the result; and thought that he had been "mean to John". // Okay, I could see how she would feel that way. But for me, no. I found it rather to be a celebration of the man, the artist and (perhaps especially) his times; leading me to a much greater appreciation of Lennon's and the Beatles music. It fleshed in his character; was in that way well-rounded. Fascinating. A great and helpful accomplishment.

Apr 07, 2009

The first thing that you'll notice when you pick up this book is that it's over 800 pages long. Yes, that's a huge book. Fortunately it's well written and it's a relatively fast read considering its length. Even if you are confirmed Beatles fan, you are sure to learn things about John Lennon's life that will be totally new -- at least that's the way it was for me. I enjoyed this well researched, well written book.

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