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
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
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 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
The first thing that transported me was, as always, the quality of the writing. Norman uses a wider vocabulary than most writers, and almost never fall ...more
It is a well written book that had me wanting to know what happens next. There seemed to be so much that happened, and even at the great length over a relatively short life, one gets a good sense of the child, th ...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
Although many people remember the news that were the events of Lennon's life and many are familiar with the stories of his loves and artistic accomplishments, Phillip Norman spells out exactly how these events occurred and how the Beatle, John Lennon evolved into the character who helpe ...more
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