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John Lennon's Secret [Kindle Edition]

David Stuart Ryan
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Book Description

The amazing story of the rise of John Lennon's group - The Beatles - to fame and fortune.

David Stuart Ryan carried out a great deal of original research into the true background to John, speaking to many of the characters who helped form
his intense view of the world. This was backed up with full access to the files of Time magazine. The result is a comprehensive picture of a great artist living at a time of both tumult and awakening.

The author spoke to many of the key people for John, including his formidable Aunt Mimi, who brought him up after his mother's marriage hit problems because of the Second World War.

There is Liverpool DJ Bob Wooler, who was perhaps the first to recognise the genius of the Beatles, the presciently wrote 'There will never be another band like the Beatles again.' That was while they were still just a Cavern club lunchtime band.

Then you'll meet his first manager, Alan Williams, who in a most weird and almost preordained way, arranged for the unknown group to take up a prestige residency in Hamburg, an engagement that was to transform them from a run of the mill provincial group into a world beating combination of individual talents.

The seething contradictions of a red light district in early post-war Germany where just about anything went were the forcing ground for an entirely new kind of music.

There are many secrets and surprises associated with John Lennon's early troubled life that are hinted at, but never fully revealed, in many of his songs and hits.

John Lennon's Secret reveals these to you one by one.

Strawberry Fields was a Salvation Army run home for abandoned children
which lay just behind his aunt's house. Feeling himself abandoned, it had many associations for him, it was where he could be himself, no wonder it is the subject of his most outstanding and haunting song.

All through this fast moving examination of the life of John Lennon you discover sides to him that are little known, even by those who grew up with him, such as Paul McCartney.

There are more revelations about what exactly the relationship was with his musical partner, and the secrets they shared that made them such a formidable team.

As the myth of the Beatles continues to thrive and grow, it is time for you to find out what really went on in the formation of a band who captured the wonder and amazement of the whole world.

There are more than 20 original photographs in the book to take you behind the scenes and chart the rise of the super group to mega stardom and its
ways.


Even if you thought you knew the story, prepare for surprises,
and smiles, on every page of John Lennon's Secret. This really is the true version of events that shook the musical world.

Review from the Mail on Sunday
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WHIZZY WORLD OF JOHN LENNON

"This weird, wild and generally whizzy examination of Lennon's life, loves, lyrics and old laundry lists is a whole lot of fun. Good photos too."


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About the Author

Award winning writer and poet, David Stuart Ryan, takes you into the amazing world of the Beatles at the height of their fame as he reveals the many previously hidden sides of John Lennon. He has interviewed many of the people who helped to make the Beatles into their worldwide phenomenon they became. You will learn just how influential their first manager, Allen Williams, was in creating a band that became a world beater. During a memorable lunch time session that stretches all through the afternoon the manager reveals the secrets of just how he set the band on their way in Hamburg through his London contacts. The tangled story of John Lennon's relationship with his father is now told and helps to explain many of the demons that drove him, and of his eventual quieting of these demons right at the end of his father's life as the author explores the manuscript that his father left behind with his young bride. Even if you thought you knew the story of the Beatles you will find many hidden nuggets that David Stuart Ryan has dug out from the files of Time Inc where he worked.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2398 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Kozmik Press (25 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042HNBTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hot off the presses, or is it the digital electronic worldwide communication machine? is a novel '1967' about the 'annus mirabilis' of the world of progressive rock and progressive politics.

Here is your chance to relive, or visit for the first time, the most heady, explosive, revolutionary, revelatory and epochal period in our history.

Many of the seeds sown then are only now coming to fruition.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie and numerous other bands make an appearance in a book that brings it all unforgettably alive, it is a rollicking read you are really going to enjoy.

And yes, there is a lot of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, this is 1967 man.



"The author is a natural writer able to transmit an almost lurid emotion and imagination."
London Weekend Television

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The arrival of the Kindle bookstore has opened up great possibilities
for the books which I thought would no longer be available, once the print runs had run out, as most have.

So I am busy putting them onto the bookstore, but the arrival of Kindle has also opened up a whole new avenue for showing you my poetry in its original
illustrated format - in glowing color too if you have the latest ereaders.

I would especially draw your attention to 'Postcards from around the Globe', 'New New World' about Australia and 'Home - and a journey to the USA'-
the illustrations really bring the poems to life in an unprecedented way
thanks to the wonders of the new computer age.

Biography
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The Blue Angel - the life and films of Marlene Dietrich

John Lennon's Secret
- one of the first biographies, a bestseller

The novels
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1967

Looking for Kathmandu

Taboo

The Affair is All

The lost journal of Robyn Hood - outlaw

Travel
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India - a guide to the

America - a guide to the experience

Poetry
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The Sphere of the Moon Goddess
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A reproduction of the notebook of poetry and illustrations
created on a year-long visit overland to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Kathmandu, Bihar, Kashmir, Varanasi, Mumbai and Goa.
There are over 120 original illustrations.

The Conjunction of the Sun and Moon
======================================

This is a book that could only really exist in the digital age. With over 150 sumptuous color illustrations to go with the 150 poems, you are plunged into a highly sensual world. It is an art book as much as a poetry book, each
color illustration has been faithfully reproduced from the original.

It is an exploration of the nature of the attraction between man and woman. Over the course of a year you will go on a journey that is curiously in sync with the seasons of the natural world.

Along the way encounters, hints, messages, hopes, disasters, premonitions,
intense coming togethers and equally intense partings figure in this no holds barred portrayal of love and loss, attraction and repulsion.

It is a description of the human condition that takes you to strange places indeed as you enter the second of The Seven Worlds.

Postcards from around the Globe
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Set out on a journey overland to Asia - including India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.

The illustrations take you there, richly sensuous and mystically allusive in turns, you can see for yourself what the poems are talking about. 100 original full color illustrations illuminate the path and the way in the
third of the Seven Worlds.

New New World
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-the land of Australia and the islands of Fiji


David Stuart Ryan draws on his Australian heritage (his mother, grandmother
and great grandmother were all Australian) to bring you the strange seductive atmosphere of the lucky country into a spellbinding combination of vivid
pictures and highly philosophical poetry about what it means to be in this
most ancient of lands.

This exploration is followed by a visit to the Fiji islands which begins to place Australia where it really is, the glorious South Pacific.

Home - and a journey to the USA
=================================
How the UK looks after some years away, the old Roman town begins to emerge in poetry that takes a fresh look at the English experience, before a journey to the USA switches the perspective again and we are off on another exploration
of the body and spirit.



David Stuart Ryan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 20 May 2014
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Ok, but quite a few factual inaccuracies in this book. Nothing really in there that I did not already know about John.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon 18 May 2014
By Sheecra
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I enjoyed reading this as it was from my 'era'. However it did seem a little too long for comfort. Although I do not know the sources for the information it does seem to be fairly objective and credible particularly in terms of Lennon's relationships with Yoko Ono, Paul Mc Cartney and Brian Epstein. I found the consistent mis-spelling of Allen (Alien) Klein quite annoying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine 21 April 2014
By Marky
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What a read, sophistication,punctuation and wording is next to nothing, the writer has got this to a T spot on God Bless John Lennon and Thanks David S Ryan
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imagine 14 Mar. 2014
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I was disappointed with this. I always loved the Beatles as this was my era. It destroyed lots of my fond memories of them. I prefer to leave the negative in the past and celebrate the positives that he gave.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great singer taken from us too early. 11 Mar. 2014
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The story was very much what I expected. Poor John had a very mixed up young life. He however showed the world that he was a musical genius. Thank you for the memories.
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