Aug 01, 12
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.