Skywriting by Word of Mouth
John Lennon wrote Skywriting by Word of Mouth, an impressive collection of writings and drawings, during Yoko Ono's pregnancy with Sean, and always planned to have it published. The book's publication was a wish that seemed to end with Lennon's assassination in 1980 and the theft of the manuscript from the Lennons' home in 1982. When it was recovered and first published i...more
The first 30-odd pages (the autobiographical stuff: "The Ballad of John and Yoko") is great tho ...more
Then came his part amusing, part nonsensical musings which gave the reader glimpses into the psyche of this very talented artist. I skimmed through some of those as they can get repetitive, and I gather he might be high on mushrooms or other processed plants when he wrote some of them.
Not to say they weren't fun to read though. They could be, depending on your mood and/or perhaps how much cough syrup/hash you're currently inhaling. ...more
The humor is very dry witted and anyone of the best examples of John's sense of it. That is his sense of the humor thereof that which he possessed within & out of itself made man. Just read it -
That was 2010, and I just finished the book. The parts of the book I enjoyed most were the autobiographical parts, chapters where John recounted his split from two of his biggest comfort zones – The Beatles and his first marriage. The way he describes h ...more
Then there's the rest of the book. Short stories featuring Lennon's way with words on full ...more
Skywriting by Word of Mouth is arguably his most serious work, with passages about his relationship with Yoko and the autobiographical ‘Two Virgins‘, which garnished its fair share of notoriety elsewhere. You’ll also get to see some of John’s drawings, which are ...more
To tell you what it is about would be IMPOSSIBLE as the book on purpose makes little to no sense much of the time. It is John Lennon at his "free most"- taking words and letting them sail off in directions as far as they can go.
It has very surreal stories so if you are looking for understandable narrative you are looking in the wrong place!
This is John Lennon's works so almost all the controversial s ...more
There's no discussion about how the writings were collated, which has the feel of heavy editing / sellection. In relation to the first part of the book there is no background into issues and persons that Lennon is clearl ...more
Still, after only a few pages, great to get into the mind of the m ...more
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Not a typical poetry book and well worth a shot.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager, his first band, The Quarrymen, evolving into The Beatles in 19 ...more