John Lennon: The Life

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Doubleday Canada, Oct 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 864 pages
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Drawing on previously unknown sources, unpublished letters, and unprecedented access to all the key figures, author and journalist Philip Norman gives us the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon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.


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JOHN LENNON: The Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy.Norman wrote one of the first and still one of the best ... Read full review

indepth look at Lennon

User Review  - cam303 - Overstock.com

If you are a Beatles fan like I am and you enjoyed Philip Normans previous book Shout youll enjoy this indepth look at Lennons life from the points of view of those who knew him best. Read full review

Contents

The Northern Confederacy
23
The Outlaws
40
Shortsightedjohn Wimple Lennon
59
The Gallotone Champion
81
14
141
Leather Tonsils in a Throat fSteel
315
The Big Bang
342
The Top ofthe Mountain
377
Back to Virginity
547
Bedlam
580
Withdrawal Symptoms
615
Beatlediimmerung
647
PIZZA AND FAIRY TALES
678
Trouble with Harry
713
Beautiful Boy
742
Z9 Homebody
763

l7 Real Life in CinemaScope
408
A Most Religious Fellow
439
Breathe
469
Zl Theres a Good Little Guru
527
Starting Over
798
Sean Remembers
809
315
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About the author (2009)

Philip Norman is the author of Shout!–The Beatles in Their Generation, and biographies of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Buddy Holly. He has also published four novels, two collections of short stories, and a memoir of his seaside childhood, Babycham Night.


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