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'fascinating...all Beatles fans will be interested in the book, the best in recent years'. (The Sunday Times)
'an engaging memoir... along the way, it offers a fascinating glimpse into an altogether
more innocent age, before star-makers and svengalis began colluding with marketing
men and TV execs ...'
'vivid and engaging... refreshingly free of bitterness.' (Mail on Sunday)
'A fascinating first-hand account of one of the most bizarre phenomena of the 20th century.' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Fascinating stuff' (Evening Standard)
'loving but candid... vividly captures the time and place and the characters.' (Washington Post)
'A fascinating read that offers an insight into a brilliant and complex man.' (The Sun) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
The international bestselling memoir of the most idolised Beatle, John Lennon - by his first wife Cynthia. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I am sure she and Julian could never reproduce the millionaire lifestyle in stockbroker Surrey that was forfeited when Yoko Ono came along but not having "any money and just scraping by" - well, thats like millions of other kids growing up in the 70's and 80's and they still had a lot more than we did growing up so , not having anything , is only relative in context to what Cynthia had got used to as the wife of a Beatle .
Saddest of all for me, particularly as John himself had been robbed of both of his parents at a very young age , was his almost disregard of son Julian after John met Yoko Ono and the fact that John left nothing at all in his will for Julian . I think this was eventually sorted out the Julian claimed from John's estate but it doesn't replace the loss of John as a father .
Yoko Ono wouldn't be my first choice of stepmother - and I feel sure she set out to trap and capture John Lennon , not caring who she destroyed in the process - I find her controlling and unlikeable but I can see how John needed a Mimi replacement to manage his fragile and rapidly unravelling life .
I like to think that had John lived , he would have found out that he didn't really need her .
One last word. It left me with a great deal of respect for Cynthia, but the greatest thing of all, John's musical genius, remains undimmed.
"John" by Cynthia Lennon is the story about who they were before they met, about Cynthia's marriage to the famous Beatle, how John ran off with Yoko, and how she managed after his rejection to resolve things amicably. We see John the person, and not as much of John the musician.
History knows most of what happened during John's short life. Few details have been left uncovered. Most of what is known about the former Cynthia Powell is in the shadow of John Lennon. What she does here is shine the light on the John Lennon she knew, revealing John's own shadows and dark side.
The bulk of the book is candid.
She remarks how John, the world peacemaker, said, "Give peace a chance," as he lay in bed with Yoko. Young son Julian watched at home, asking his mother why his father was with another woman. John, she asserts, was very good to his fans, even at the height of the Beatles' popularity.
There are plenty of Beatle stories here, retold from the vantage of an active participant. Some of it is familiar territory to any fan of the Fab Four. Because of the Beatles' well-documented history, the context is easy to follow. From John's first time hitting on Cynthia while she was still engaged to someone else, to her description of how she processed John's death and George's deadly cancer, and what happened to all those who were part of the John Lennon story.
"John" is not in the least sentimental. John's drug use is mentioned matter-of-factly.Read more ›
Fantastic book and well worth a read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cynthia seems to be under the delusion that their marriage wouldn't have broken up if it wasnt for Yoko. The reality is that if it wasnt for Yoko, it would have been somebody else. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SARAH
Again well written. My heart goes out to Cynthia and to Pattie Boyd too whose biogragphy I also read. Such sadness and not of thier making. Read morePublished 6 months ago by monstercat
I love this book. Cynthia really takes you back to the beginning with all the excitement of falling in love with John Lennon and the start of his rise to fame. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Keeley M.
This is one of my favourite books. I felt warmth and honesty from the pages. Cynthia gave valuable insights into John's extended family, having always been led to believe that... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K.O'Regan
Excellent. She puts you in her shoes for the whole story, paints a story of the times, and puts us on the stage, behind the scenes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Glennn
I became interested in the background to the Beatles after a trip to Liverpool. Any Beatles fan would enjoy this book but it won't leave you considering John Lennon your flawless... Read morePublished 15 months ago
I finished reading this book only last week,but the story has stayed with me very powerfully.Cynthia Lennon(who died in April this year) has written one of the great accounts of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by juliet R
This was a very insightful book about John Lennon and how he changed after meeting Yoko.
Well worth reading and hard to put down.
Being born in the 50s, this book brought back some fabulous memories and took me right back to those heady days of the early 60s and Beatlemania. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Caroline A Fiddyment