on 7 May 2014
In We All Shine On, author Paul Du Noyer promises to reveal “the stories behind every John Lennon song” from 1970 to 1980, and that’s what he delivers – nothing more and nothing less. It’s not a particularly exciting read, but it is informative, and for serious Lennon fans then that should be enough.
I’m a huge fan of The Beatles and John was always my favourite, but I still found that I couldn’t get in to the book – reading it from cover to cover was a chore rather than a pleasure, although the insights you gain along the way make it worthwhile. For most people, it would work better as a reference book, a way to quickly find out what your favourite songs are actually about whenever the mood takes you.