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Lennon by Tim Riley
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, music, history, favorites
Recommended to Brent by: J. M. DeMatteis
Recommended for: Ken McCarson
Read from January 29 to February 21, 2012

I really enjoy Riley's musical analysis, as in his earlier, 1980s Beatles criticism in Tell Me Why. Tim Riley It's especially interesting to compare with Philip Norman's Lennon biography from three years ago. They cover the same ground with differing emphases. Norman tells the story with admirable attention to the incidents at the roots of Beatles songs, yet includes no source notes, only citation within the narrative. Riley cites Norman and other writers where appropriate, cuts McCartney's sentimentality repeatedly, and includes interviews and primary sources to good effect. Both are recommended: if you read just one, right now, I'd say this one.
Special thanks to author and comics scripter J. Marc DeMatteis for alerting and previewing Riley's Lennon bio in the DeMatteis blog! Go, seek him out, too. J. M. DeMatteis

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