Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life

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Hachette Books, Sep 20, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 800 pages
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In his commanding new book, the eminent NPR critic Tim Riley takes us on the remarkable journey that brought a Liverpool art student from a disastrous childhood to the highest realms of fame.

Riley portrays Lennon's rise from Hamburg's red light district to Britain's Royal Variety Show; from the charmed naiveté of "Love Me Do" to the soaring ambivalence of "Don't Let Me Down"; from his shotgun marriage to Cynthia Powell in 1962 to his epic media romance with Yoko Ono. Written with the critical insight and stylistic mastery readers have come to expect from Riley, this richly textured narrative draws on numerous new and exclusive interviews with Lennon's friends, enemies, confidantes, and associates; lost memoirs written by relatives and friends; as well as previously undiscovered City of Liverpool records. Riley explores Lennon in all of his contradictions: the British art student who universalized an American style, the anarchic rock 'n' roller with the moral spine, the anti-jazz snob who posed naked with his avant-garde lover, and the misogynist who became a househusband. What emerges is the enormous, seductive, and confounding personality that made Lennon a cultural touchstone.

In Lennon, Riley casts Lennon as a modernist hero in a sweeping epic, dramatizing rock history anew as Lennon himself might have experienced it.
 

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

There has been so much written on the life of John Lennon and I finally got around to reading one of them. Tim Riley seemed to put together a pretty good portrait of the man and his remarkable life ... Read full review

Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music—the Definitive Life

User Review  - Jim Collins - Book Verdict

Forty years after the Beatles broke up and 30 years after John Lennon's death, interest in the band and their music remains undiminished. Author and journalist Riley (Tell Me Why: The Beatles; Hard ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Something to Hide
Chapter3She Said She Said
Part Two Beatlehood 19601969 Chapter 6Well Well Well
Chapter 12One Sweet Dream Chapter 13 Watching theWheels Chapter 14 Another Kindof Mind Chapter 15In a Play
Part Three Beyond Beatles 19701980
Chapter 20Ill Cry Instead Chapter 21You Cant Do That PHOTO INSERT 3
Epilogue Selected Bibliography
Notes
Index
Photo Credits
Copyright

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Tim Riley has made a career as a media and music critic. Rock critic for NPR, Tim is the author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage1992, Da Capo 1999), Madonna: Illustrated (Hyperion 1992), Fever: How Rock'N'Roll Transformed Gender In America (St. Martin's/Picador 2005); and has contributed to Newsweek and The Washington Post, among other publications. He was Brown University's Critic-in-Residence in 2008 and currently serves as a Journalist-in-Residence at Emerson College.

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