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Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon

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Each chapter of Nowhere Man offers a glimpse into different aspects of Lennon's life, including John’s relationship with Yoko, parenthood, drug use, and his pseudoscientific, esoteric and religious forays. The portrait that emerges is a life during a time of turmoil that is just reaching creative renewal, only to be cut short by an act of delusional violence.

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by Quick American Archives (first published 2000)
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Emily Dosal
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
After reading Fred Seaman's memoir, this book was spoiled for me. Why? Because it's tacky. It's cheesy, and although a good portion of the material was based off of diary entries (so we think), a lot of it seemed greatly exaggerated and forced. The diary scandal was pure fraud and this guy set Fred up w the Lennons so Fred would get the worst side of things. It's a shame. And the price he paid? For us to read this....all I know as a Lennon fan is this only felt like John to an extent. Whether it ...more
I've been thinking of reading this for awhile, but it was hearing an interview with the author on the "Something about the Beatles" podcast that made me find it.

Mr. Rosen was one of the very few people to ever look at John Lennon's diaries after he lost his life. Obviously reading someone's diary--and then writing about it--is a big ethical problem, and therein lie the most convincing arguments against this book. I know Fred Seaman, John's former assistant who originally took the diaries, said
Alissa Wolf
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of the galley to this book several years ago, before it was published. I could not put it down! Robert Rosen effectively delves into John Lennon's dark side, but from a wholly analytical, non-judgmental perspective. Rather, Rosen affords an in-depth exploration of the complexities of Lennon's often tortured psyche, with the insight and precision that only a seasoned journalist can provide. His writing is stark, intelligent and authoritative. I highly recommend this book.
Craig Nixon
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do I think? What do I think?

I think a guy I once considered one of my musical heroes was, through most of the 70s, an insecure, jaded, jealous and even shattered man. Knowing he was a good dad to Sean was great, but also knowing that he basically ignored his first son and wife was disturbing. Then there was all the astrology and numerology -- should I leave the house today, is this address auspicious, does his or her name bode well for the future? What the hell, John? Did the heroin you so
I considered very carefully before I read this. What is most disturbing is the chapman stuff . If you've read 'let me take you down' you know it all already but. Damn its some freaky shit. On the whole if you've read the Fred seaman book you won't find surprises here.
Orry Farrell
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very heavy- hearted book based on John Lennon's own personal journals. The last 5 years of his life were obviously miserable. Paranoid, no self confidence and COMPLETELY CONTROLLED PSYCHOLOGICALLY AS WELL AS FINANCIALLY BY YOKO ONO. Lennon over and over professed his love for Ono and their son Sean. Ono controlled his life and he let her. The book shows Ono's only interest in Lennon was to further her musical career and create an empire out of John's money that her earned as a Beatle and solo ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love John Lennon and The Beatles and so I've decided to learn something more about my idol. The detailed descriptions make the reader feel like being there with the character. Surely I got acquainted with "Lennono's life", his peculiar habits and his secrets. Sincerely I thought the couple's life was better, full of love and happiness.. In reality, they faced the addiction to money, to sexual pleasures and love between them has been put in the background. This is so sad but that's how life can ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I really enjoyed this book and will be interviewing the author about it. My favorite part was when the author got into Lennon's death and the bits about fighting over money. For fans of True Crime, the later chapters in the book will be the most interesting.
Jill Delaney
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought it was really good. I will admit, though, that a week after finishing the book, I was drunk in a bar and I pretty sure I was calling some girl Yoko.
Daniel J
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have to start by saying I have never held a high opinion of John Lennon. Learning additional facts about him (based off supposed diary entries) I did not feel a great deal more sympathy for John. It is a dovetailing of the universe, I suppose, him being slain by a lunatic assassin. Fans of the weird were surely robbed, the world was deprived of many years of ridiculousness which John was sure to have pulled. He allowed himself to be Yoko'd and this was the ensuing head that became. I will spea ...more
Peter Pinkney
Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is the worst biography of John Lennon (and there are some really bad ones) that I've ever read. In fact it's one of the worst books that I've ever read.
Purportedly written from his memory of what he saw in Lennon's diaries (hmmmm) the books moves from one salacious story to the next. Some of it is totally pathetic-he goes into great detail of a hand job that Lennon supposedly got from a masseuse I South Africa. Even if this did happen, did he need to go into such detail??!!
This book is wors
Warren Fretwell
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
It took me a while to complete this short book because I did not enjoy it. Several reviews suggested it was must-reading for Lennon fans who want to learn about his five years of isolation at the Dakota before finishing "Double Fantasy." No, it isn't must-reading. In fact, it's a total waste of time! The only thing I got from it was a headache!

The author claims he had access to Lennon's diaries, so, I had some expectation of a few revelations. However, if he did have access, he did a very poor j
Guðrún Jóhannsdóttir
I liked the book but I felt it a bit annoying that in more than a one place in the book Julians birthday is wrong. Julian is born 8 April 1963 but not 4 April and seeing this makes me wonder about other facts in the book. But the book is interesting and I liked it.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
A complete guilty pleasure that was probably 85% dogshit!
MayJenn _
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't feel it is a deep book about John Lennon. Felt it was a compilation of what magazines said.
Sep 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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holly danger
May 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'm still uncertain of the content being accurate, but I found myself glued to this book every night since I picked it up. The author is said to have read Lennon's personal journals and this book was his transcription of them. This book demystifies Lennon down to a very personal level with all his eccentricities showing and not being hidden by the facade of being the solid character that his documentaries show him to be.
Oct 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fame seekers (everyone)
Rosen has done the public a great service. He gets into the heart & mind of John Lennon, with rare insight, having had access to Lennon's journals. For those of you seeking fame & fortune - there's something to be learned here. Lennon had more money than God and was more loved than Jesus - and was misserable. A facinating and unique read that looks at the creative mind via one of the most successful personalities of the 20th century. ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a tough one to read and I actually did not finish it entirely. It really showed the darker side of Lennon - his fascination with the signs of the zodiac and his real cynicism for life. It was interesting, however, reading excerpts from his personal diary. Then again, that may be why it was tough to read...
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like riding a roller coaster. There were parts that I really liked and parts that were really disturbing. I was not very familiar with the events leading up to Lennon's assassination, and this book covered them from the perspective of Lennon and Mark Davis Chapman. I don't think that my feelings about Lennon improved with this book. It really underscores his dark side.
Rose Stevens
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Robert Rosen is the author of "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon," an international bestseller that’s been translated into six languages. His investigative memoir, "Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography," was published to critical acclaim in the U.S. and U.K. by Headpress. Over the course of a diverse career, he has edited pornographic magazines and an underground newspaper, writ ...more

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