John Lennon

John Lennon

The Life

Book - 2009 | First Ecco paperback edition.
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For more than a quarter century, biographer Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom being a Beatle was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, Norman presents the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon ever published.

This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore--his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon--whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never seen before--and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.

"[A] haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work." -New York Times

Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions--tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure--and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2009.
Edition: First Ecco paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780060754020
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 Lenno-N
Characteristics: xii, 851 pages : illustrations ; 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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