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Lennon by Tim Riley
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Aug 01, 2012

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Read from June 11 to July 31, 2012

Riley breaks from a lot of the traditional lore about Lennon and judges everything for himself. I didn't always agree, but he made me question some of my assumptions. Lennon comes across in this book as very complex, with many demons and also a sincere drive to better himself. One really funny scene: an LSD-wired Lennon calls a Beatles meeting to announce that he is the resurrected Jesus Christ. The rest of the band kind of nods and lets it go. He never brings it up again. Riley also has independent opinions on Lennon's music and makes a persuasive case for neglected songs off of "Mind Games" and "Sometime in New York City." This is the best Lennon bio so far, and I think I've read most of them.
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message 2: by Jim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jim Just got through the very early years, and I do like it. It seems like the guy really did his research. He is much harder on Mimi and Julia and sympathetic to John's dad than any of the other books I've read. At best, his mother comes off as neglectful. By today's standards she would be considered abusive.

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