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ISBN: 0060754028
Author: Philip Norman
Language: English
Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (September 8, 2009)
Pages: 864
Category: Music
Subcategory: Art
Rating: 4.6
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For this John Lennon, unlike the grandson he would never see, music did not bring worldwide fame but was merely an exotic interlude, most details of which were never known to his descendants

For this John Lennon, unlike the grandson he would never see, music did not bring worldwide fame but was merely an exotic interlude, most details of which were never known to his descendants. Around the turn of the century, he came off the road for good, returned to Liverpool, and resumed his old life as a clerk, this time with the Booth shipping line. With him came his daughter, Mary, only child of a first marriage that had not survived his temporary immersion in burnt-cork makeup, banjo music, and applause.

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John Lennon: The Life. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon-whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before-and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John. Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure-and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

Within barely a year, he had become one of the four best-known faces on earth. No strides to the front rank of fame-and then dizzyingly beyond it-were ever so quick or seemingly effortless. r 13, the Beatles topped the bill in Britain’s most prestigious TV variety show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium, and the condition known as Beatlemania entered the national vocabulary. On October 31, returning from a Swedish tour, they caused their first mob scenes at London Heathrow Airport.

John Lennon: The Life Текст. When Alf outlined the New Zealand scheme, she agreed it could be the start of a wonderful new life for John and indicated her willingness to let him go, merely asking to see him one last time. When John was brought into the room, his first reaction, after their days of fun and intimacy, was to climb into Alf’s lap.

Philip Norman John Lennon: The Life Years later, in a foreword to John’s first published book, Paul would affectionately recall what a grown-up and dissipated character the Quarrymen’s leader seemed on that day.

Philip Norman John Lennon: The Life. The Quarrymen were also booked to play at the Grand Dance, which was to round off the day’s merrymaking-that is to say, they’d been given another brief youth-pleasing spot in an evening of conventional quicksteps and foxtrots by the George Edwards Band. It was while they were setting up their gear in the too-familiar surroundings of St Peter’s Church Hall that Ivan Vaughan brought in the schoolfriend he wanted John to meet. Years later, in a foreword to John’s first published book, Paul would affectionately recall what a grown-up and dissipated character the Quarrymen’s leader seemed on that day. ‘At Woolton church fête I met him.

The Lives of John Lennon is a 1988 biography of musician John Lennon by American author Albert Goldman. Notwithstanding, it is best known for its criticism and generally negative representation of the personal lives of Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono.

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John Lennon: The Life. Died 10TH october 1939, aged 44 years. Having gobbled up the few red clothbound William books on Mimi’s bookshelf, John began to collect them, following their hero through the twenties, thirties and Second World War to the threshold of the space age. He loved the caustic prose style, which made no concession to young readers, freely using words such as inamorata and rhododendron, yet always sided with William against a largely risible grown-up community of choleric retired colonels, ditzy vicars’ wives, dimwitted policemen and sandal-wearing vegetarians.

For more than a quarter century, biographer Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom being a Beatle was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, Norman presents the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon ever published.

This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore—his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon—whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never seen before—and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.

“[A] haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work.” -New York Times

Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions—tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure—and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

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Plenty of detail on John's life. I am a long time Beatles fan, but still learned a lot. There is a lot of information.

Then why giving only three stars?

Well, Philip Norman, the author, is famous for diminishing the role of Paul McCartney in the Beatles. He said that John was three quarters of the Beatles - which is very unfair to Paul, George and Ringo. Throughout the book he puts plenty of quite derrogatory remartks to Paul that are totally uncalled for. He has also included quite a few gossip remarks. One example is suggesting that Stu Sutcliff's death could have been caused by a fight with John.That is based on a remark from a Stu's relative, years after his death, which is not confirmed by Paul, Astrid, or any of the other guys. It is there just to include a polemic topic.

Throughout the book he keeps suggesting a homo affective relation between John and Stu, that do not resonate with any of John's, Paul's, Astrid or anybody else's accounts.

He does not provide much detail or comments on the music either. One particularly silly comment, describing Abbey Road, is saying that Oh! Darling is a particularly unmemorable song (once again to downplay Paul). Well the proof that he is wrong is someone who was born after The Beatles disbanded (me) still be hearing and enjoying that very song, right? It is memorable that long afterwards.

At this point you're probably asking why I am still giving it three stars, right? There is some good reasons for that. The author does a good job in portraying a scenario of all John's life phases and what was happening in England and in the world. He provides lots of details and facts.

My criticism is that you need to take everything with a grain of salt. Don't have this book as your only source of information. Read other stuff from John and about him, to have a more balanced view.

And don't listen to the author when he writes about Paul. Too much unjustified bickering. John was certainly my favourite Beatle, but I believe that the true power of The Beatles was that those FOUR guys challenged themselves to put out the world's best music ever. So many years passed and I still listen to them constantly.

Read the book, but beware of the author bias.
Malodor
Before I read this I had read Paul McCartney: The Life. Norman writes in enormous detail but perhaps sometimes not about the most interesting stuff. The music is secondary but I feel like I now know everything (maybe too much) about both of these men who are my heroes despite their various and plentiful faults. It may be that I know so much about the songs and their origins that someone less well versed would get more out of it. If you are not into detail I might suggest a simpler bio of John (or Paul). It's interesting to read both books and compare the different views both the author and the subjects. He clearly bent a bit for both of them although there are parts of both books that are less than flattering. For instance, Norman seems particular fascinated by John's apparent incestuous interest in his own mother, Julia. And clearly he was really struggling from some of the events of his youth, particularly her untimely death.

And I suppose the big question is still; Who broke up the Beatles? Clearly the death of Brian Epstein was a factor but it also seems clear John was determined to leave and used Yoko as a wedge to make that happen. it was just never going to work having her in the studio and the idea of her providing input on the music made it worse. a damn shame but they left behind a treasure trove. John's death is still one of the seminal moments in my life. We know from Double Fantasy that there was much more to come.
Kriau
I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot even though I thought I knew all about John. According to this book,John had a darker side that I had never been aware of. He deprived his first son,Julian of a father's attention for much of his childhood,which mirrored his own experiences with his father. He did correct these actions with his second son,going very far in the other direction,over compensating. Also,his treatment of his first wife was just appalling,during the marriage and at it's end. Even though his childhood traumas caused a lot of his adult behavior,I ended up not liking him very much,although,I do admire his musical abilities. Still,his death was a terrible loss and such a waste.

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