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This review is from: John Lennon: The Life (Hardcover)
If you have even a cursory knowledge of the Beatles or Lennon then you will find no new information in this biography. The section on the Beatles is by far the largest part of the book and consists of old stories that will be familiar to anyone who has already read a Beatles book. Norman has clearly taken the bulk of his research from already published books.
Norman writes little about the music and has no insight into it's creation.
Perhaps the most disappointing part is the brief coverage of the years 1975-1980. Norman's sources for these years are Yoko, Yoko's PR man Elliot Mintz and Yoko's private photographer Bob Gruen. Needless to say the account comes across as a whitewash. There is no mention of Lennon's own disturbing audio diaries, songs like "You saved my soul" or Julian Lennons remarks on his father from this period that all paint a very different picture to the one Yoko is keen to present. The book ends with a pointless interview with Sean Lennon discussing his father - surely a 2 year old has little insight into his father.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2009 11:46:52 GMT
I think the same: nothing new, this book is only a Beatles bio with a few notes about John, nothing new about his life after The Beatles, this part of his life has only one chapter in the end of the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on 5 May 2010 21:16:06 BDT
E. Harnung says:
I agree. I know it doesn't make much of a difference but Sean was 5:)
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