Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy
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Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy

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The murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980, sent shockwaves around the world. The most acclaimed singer/songwriter of his generation, first a Beatle and then a boundary-pushing solo artist, was senselessly silenced forever at age forty; immediately, his final musical statement, an intimate, pop-infused collection called Double Fantasy, released only weeks before his dea...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by MTV Books
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Jun 01, 2011 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: John Lennon fans, Yoko Ono fans, Beatles fans
Shelves: keeper-shelf
From my review at Books That Rock Us:

There is a scene in a made for TV movie about John Lennon where the former Beatle is listening to the radio while lounging near the beach. He pauses on hearing a curious harmony punctuated by a high-pitched ululation that sends him to the nearest phone to call his wife, Yoko. "They're doing your act," he enthuses with apparent belief that his beloved's avant-garde approach to music is finally gaining acceptance. On this...more
Charlie Crane
I've read lots of books about John Lennon. Heck, I've read lots of books about John Lennon in 1980. (The most tawdry of which is Frederic Seaman's The Last Days of John Lennon: A Personal Memoir. Much classier is John Lennon Sum 80 Pa, a gorgeous book of black and white photographs and lyrics compiled by Yoko Ono herself.) However, one of the best of the bunch is Ken Sharp's Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy (MTV Books, 272 pages), an oral history of the maki...more
Daniel Drago
This was an amazing book as it is narrated directly from all of the musicians and producers who worked closely with John and Yoko in the Double Fantasy sessions. I love the John songs on this record and it was excellent learning more details about the creative process and seeing John so at peace and happy the last days of his life.

Highly recommended.
Jamison Spencer
A nice oral history of the making of Double Fantasy, a great Lennon record. It's short, and full of photos, and feels a little padded out in it's trade paperback form, but if you think of it as something like a 33 1/3 book, it's satisfying.
Gary Shindler
I liked the book even if it's really just a collection of the parties' thoughts behind Lennon's final album.
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