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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Coniglio Editore (2006)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 8860630274
  • ISBN-13: 978-8860630278
  • Package Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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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 ...'

(Independent)

'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.

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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.

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Its OK - I think Cynthia Lennon had a lot to put up with which was already obvious to most of us aware of the whole story . But theres really nothing new in the revelations she made in this book - I hope she made some money from it .
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 .
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Didn't really say anything we haven't all heard a thousand different ways in previoys biographies and tales of the Beatles but an interesting read
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As a died-in-the-wool Beatles fan, I have read many Beatles-related books down the years. I highly recommend Cynthia's book, as it is the only account, I feel, that really sheds light on the real John. That he was a troubled soul, and latterly a lousy father to Julian, is obvious, and confirms what we always suspected. Cynthia and her son were badly treated, unforgiveable, when considering John's own experiences in family breakdowns and relationships. She always remained loyal. He cruelly betrayed her. Did he never really care that he was perpetuating his own hang-ups, through his treatment of his wife and son? To sacrifice them on the altar of 'personal artistic expression', like he did, was morally repugnant, but there again, I wasn't married to Cynthia, and as we know, one story is good, until another is told. He was in an emotional rut, and in Life, sometimes one has to take a drastic course. Reading this book, made me realise just how psychologically scarred many talented, and charismatic people are, and it is accounts like this that make reading them, a must, for students of personality types, as well as music.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Before John Lennon cheated on his first wife Cynthia and left her and their son Julian, they had what seems to have been a generally loving marriage. This book demythologizes John, and his first marriage.
"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.
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I read this book after many a year of loving the Beatles expecting something very personal, in depth and great. That is exactly what I found. Cynthia gives a marvellous account of her time with John and towards the end, when John left her for Yoko, her accounts are not bitter. It has been many years for her to try to forgive and understand him, which I suspect makes for such a fabulous read. Although the story is only one sided and sadly the truth from John will never be known, it is really a great book and I spent every waking hour reading! I really would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the Beatles or John Lennon.
Fantastic book and well worth a read!
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