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Lennon Revealed

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A quarter of a century after his death, the question remains: what was John Lennon really like? Now, in the audio version of The New York Times’ bestselling book, acclaimed broadcast journalist Larry Kane uncovers the mysteries of Lennon’s life and implodes the myths surrounding it. Lennon Revealed is filled with eye-opening revelations: Kane provides stunning information

Hardcover, 295 pages
Published May 23rd 2008 (first published September 6th 2005)
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Out of all the Beatles, John Lennon is arguably the most interesting. He’s mostly known for his campaign for love and peace with Yoko Ono (Ono/Ono’s reputation is a different, more messy issue entirely and I refuse to get into that). Aside from that and his career as a brilliant musician, Lennon was also a very troubled person. Lennon could be awfully rude and cynical at times (but then again, aren’t we all?) and he definitely wasn’t the easiest person to get along with. The thing about Lennon w ...more
Lovely Rita
Another interesting look at John Lennon. Written by a reporter who was "inner circle" and spent two summers + touring with the Beatles, he's able to give an informed yet slightly more impartial view of who John was. He also interviews Yoko, May Pang and a ton of other people who knew him, each of whom has their own biases and opinions, and often conflicting accounts. I guess if John wasn't so complex, people wouldn't still be writing books trying to figure out exactly who he was, something not e ...more
The genre of this book is documentary style and it is a non-fiction book about one of the greatest writers that lived in this earth. it starts with the end that fateful day on decmber 8,1980 Lennon happens to be the protagonist and one of the antagonist happens to be the very man to end lennons life. Mark David Chapman. the book is about larry and lennon and how they met and what larry thought about the beatles at first and how throughout the years they become close friends it also talks and tel ...more
R.S. Lentin
I watched Larry Kane on Action News in Philly for years, never knowing his close relationship to the Beatles, and especially to John Lennon. What a gift he's given to Lennon fans--a story of love, pain, responsibility, anger, and genius. The man who is now a legend, who changed the world with his words and his deeds, is written about and spoken about with respect and awe for all that he did, for what he suffered, for how he loved. Kane's writing is superb, and his 'peek behind the curtain' into ...more
Another interesting look at John Lennon. Written by a reporter who was "inner circle" and spent two summers + touring with the Beatles, he's able to give an informed yet slightly more impartial view of who John was. He also interviews Yoko, May Pang and a ton of other people who knew him, each of whom has their own biases and opinions, and often conflicting accounts. I guess if John wasn't so complex, people wouldn't still be writing books trying to figure out exactly who he was, something not e ...more
Dale Stonehouse
A little overbearing and repetitive at times, this is still an important view of Lennon. With many first-hand stories and interviews with others close to Lennon, the reader learns a few things perhaps not known previously. He does gloss over some of the more negative aspects, like John and Yoko's heroin addiction, which they famously drove across the country while going cold turkey to beat the drug. The one thing everyone agreed on was that Lennon was one of the most interesting people in histor ...more
This was my first Audio book I ever tried...8 cd's listening in my car while I drive to work everyday. This cd book was well written and done by Larry Kane. Larry was on the road with the Beatles everyday during their massive sudden success in America in 64-65. He saw everything that went on with every individual Beatle and road life with fans. He closely talks about every individual around Lennon's life up to his death in 1980. Each person who had played an important roll during that time he ge ...more
Although John Lennon has always been a person I have looked up to, I have generally modeled my actions after his music. His music was only a vehicle for his message, and reading this book really showed that Lennon lived by his word. He was more complex than the media portrayed him at the time, and being born nearly a year after his murder, I was deprived of the experience of living in real time with John. This book, although I was skeptical at first, turned out to be a great intro into John Lenn ...more
There are a lot of books about John but this one is unique because Larry Kane is a journalist, not a biographer or an entertainment writer. He approaches this subject as he would a political convention or a crime story, and since John's life story necessarily contains the press and politics and (tragically) murder, Kane's perspective is valuable. I enjoyed his insights into John/Paul and John/Brian. Perhaps Kane relied too much on Pauline Sutcliffe and the result is that John's relationship with ...more
Again, I felt there was a bit of repetition, especially after just finishing Ticket to Ride (there were entire passages repeated from the previous book verbatim) but overall just a wonderful combination of reminiscence and research that provided great insight into Lennon's life. I again learned a lot I didn't know and had some great opportunities for reflection as I listened. Kane has a very casual and familiar, yet also journalistic (in the previous use of the word where it used to mean trustwo ...more
Danny Johnson
I loved the book. It was written by one of the few journalists John had any degree of respect for. Larry Kane was the only American journalist that was invited to accompany the Beatles on their historic 1964-'65 US tours, and he maintained a relationship with John Lennon to the day he died.

What I liked best is the fact that this book strives to present John Lennon as he truly was. It's neither 100% for or against him. Through interviews with over 100 peole who knew John pretty well, you get a g
This book gave me an in depth view of John Lennon's life. It showed the good and the bad side of Lennon, which I have learned from other books, but from here, it's a bit more sides. I liked the last bit, a lot, too. Just because a fan's perspective is something that isn't totally foreign to me.
Caroline Petty
This book is great for Beatles/Lennon fans who think that they know John Lennon but really don't. After i read this book, i was amazed at how much i learned about his life that i had no clue of before. It's definitely an interesting read that i would recommend to anyone and just makes me miss his musical genious even more!
Hannah Walker
Out of all books I've read on Lennon, this one is by far the most in-touch with his true personality. After reading this, I felt as though I knew him as a person, and not just an idol as he was veiwed by meida.I have re-read this book many times, and probably will again!
Clint Priest
I love every book on John. This one tries to make some claims I'm not wild about and I think the author pushes his license as a writer. But I'll devour all books on The Beatles and specifically John.
The closer an author is to his subject, the better the biography. While this is not on the level of Barry Miles' Many Years From Now bio of Paul McCartney, it's a good one for John Lennon fans.
A girl has to know something about her unattainable ideal of male perfection, doesn't she? Even when the lesson is harsh- "still, where there is life, there's hope" (J.L. 12/8/80)
It was great to know specific details about this 20th century hero. The book pays attention to Lennons human side instead of his myth. ...more
Kenneth May
This book was written by a up close reporter. It gave a good insight to whom John Lennon was. it was a good read.
I really enjoyed this. It got more into the real John Lennon and not just his myth.
Rob the Obscure
Fascinating study of a fascinating artist
I open this book anytime I need a little inspiration. If you weren't a fan before, this book will show you an opening to a real person who just happened to be a great singer / songwriter.
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