John Lennon: The Life
For more than a quarter century, 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 belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major...more
John Lennon's parents were terrible.
He needed therapy.
A lot of drugs were involved, but never, remarkably, during a recording session.
John really was a genius.
Yoko Ono is not an artist.
Writhing around in a bag is not art.
Screaming like you're in labor isn't music.
I really feel bad for Julian.
I actually don't think Yoko's got anything to worry about; Norman's book is both clear-eyed and appropriately sympathetic as it traces the arc of Lennon's all-t ...more
I enjoyed learning what the inspiration for certain songs were and what they represented.
John was a very troubl ...more
First of, the reason for the three stars. It IS immersive and very readable. I found the later chapters to almost redeem the earlier issues, and the handling of his assassination to be truly heart-breaking, especially the well thought of call back that closes the final chapter.
That being said, this i ...more
Papparazzi writing with a gossip twinge. I don't think I believed half of what I read. Some insight into the life of Lennon was refreshing, but this book is mainly a disheveled look that portrays Lennon as weak and Yoko as barbarous. Not impressed.
It's easily the most comprehensive story of Lennon's life, and if you're like am, you'll find yourself fighting back tears at certain points in the story. Knowing how the story ends made it difficult, at times, to carry on reading. Learning of how optimistic John was of th ...more
If y ...more
This bio explores Lennon's life and his complicated sexuality, but what I appreciated most about it was that it brought the reader up to date on some issues that had never been properly explored. For example, I had no idea that Freddie Lennon came back into his son's life, various twists and turns occurred, and that at the very end of his fat ...more
That said, 'long' is too underwhelming a word for the sheer volume of this book. Totalling more than 850 pages, this book tested m ...more
Philip Norman, the author writes in this book:
"In September 2003, I suggested to John's widow, Yoko Ono, that I should become his biographer, Yoko Ono was upset by the book and would not endorse it . . . [saying:] I had been 'mean to John.'"
Maybe Yoko should have...it is by far one of the best John Lennon biographies that anyone has taken the time to research and write.
I am on page 451 of this book (chapter 18 of the 30-chapter book) ...more
The book is an excellent read for fans of the Beatles, talking about hits or well-known events in a matter-of-fact manner as though the ...more
It kept bothering me though, and midway through the third CD I stopped to look up the audiobook on Amazon. Ther ...more
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