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John Lennon: Listen To This Book

John Lennon: Listen To This Book [Kindle Edition]

John Blaney
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Listen To This Book sets out to trace John Lennon's solo recordings and shed some new light on them. Primarily a discography, it also reveals the influences and stories behind his songs. Entries are arranged chronologically. The book begins with Lennon's debut solo album, Two Virgins, and ends with his latest, John Lennon Acoustic. Information about each record is broken down into discrete parts. Song titles are followed by the artist's name, release date and catalogue number. Chart positions from Billboard and BMRB/Music Week are provided for American and British releases. Japanese chart positions, taken from 'Oricon', are also provided. Each song has been assigned an index number followed by the song title, composer credit, recording personnel, recording studio, recording date and producer credit. A song Index, to help trace each song and the record it appears on, has also been provided. John Lennon: Listen To This Book collects together for the first time in one book information about label variations, promotional records chart positions, recording locations and much more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Jukebox (26 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #805,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Blaney is a passionate fan of The Beatles who brings to his writing the expertise and rigour of a professional historian. Born in Devon, England, he trained as a graphic designer before starting a career in music retail. He subsequently studied History of Art at Camberwell College Of Arts and at Goldsmith College (both in London) before taking up his present post as curator of a museum of technology. He is the author and publisher of previous books on both Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read "Listen" 5 Sep 2005
If you're a Lennon or Beatles fan, this book is a gift. It's simply the best look at John Lennon's post-Beatles music I've seen. There are other texts that address Lennon's solo work, but, because they are generally broader in scope or somehow focused more on less intense aspects, none are really able to approach the intelligence, sophistication, and thoroughness of this book. By focusing all of his attention on Lennon (unlike say, the equally superb "Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium"), Blaney is able to provide much personal insight as well as detailed information about individual albums and songs. Of course you won't agree with all of his opinions, but that's half the fun. He has drawn upon many sources for this book, the result being that in the last few days I've learned from this single volume more about Lennon's solo output than I'd ever known. Much of this info, too, refreshes things I had long forgotten. It's the same, by the way, with Mr. Blaney's other Beatles discography, McCartney's "The Songs He Was Singing".
Perhaps his next edition will be a look at the music of George Harrison. It would probably be too much to expect a similar book from Blaney dealing with The Beatles' catalogue. Such a thing would be massive, and probably take many years to complete, but it sure would be nice to have a chance to listen to that book as well.
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Truly stunning. Each track features a list (when known) of who played on it (and what), where and when it was recorded, who produced it and has the story behind the song. And of course each release is introduced by general comments.
This makes it a book that is a great read, but also a great reference work as each song has a cross reference so you can easily find the different versions.
The wealth of pictures of sleeves and labels alone would make this book worth buying. It is however unfortunate that all photos are in black & white as this of course doesn't illustrate the colour variations in labels. And some of the photos are blurred (like the Two Virgins labels on page 4).
But I really haven't seen a better Lennon discography than this one, so if you're still looking for an excellent Lennon discography or are unhappy with the one you have now, get this one while supplies last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen To This Review 8 Nov 2005
If you are a John lennon fan you NEED this book.
If you grew up listening to John you NEED this book.
If you have one John Lennon LP or CD then you NEED this book to discover his music.
This is a beautifully put together book full to the brim with info and pictures and is a great read.
As Dr Winston O'Boogie once said "You Should Have Been There". Read this book and you feel as if you were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon: Listen To This Book 23 May 2011
A very intelligent and accurate analysis of every song and record by John Lennon in his solo records and with Yoko Ono records.
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