The Lives of John Lennon Paperback – 1 Dec 2001
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"An altogether worthwhile experience for those who admire either the man or his music." "Dayton Daily News"
About the Author
Albert Goldman wrote the bestsellers "Ladies and GentlemenLenny Bruce!" and "Elvis." He died in 1994.
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So let me deal with a few points.
'Our John' trashed his own reputation repeatedly in interviews as he admitted to hitting women and massive LSD use. Ray Coleman's book, good as it was, didn't go into hardly any detail about drugs and seemed to suggest Lennon gave up everything by the mid 70's. So could he suggest why John looked so painfully thin at the end of his life? and why his nostrils were caving in more and more ( a very large clue to cocaine use). I think Goldman does overdo it though as he does on other points. He says Lennon was so weak from drug use by 1978 he could barely hold a guitar and he also suggests the Beatles were taking cocaine/heroin cocktails during Sgt Pepper. He also suggests Lennon was in a trance during Pepper and would snap out of it with an outburst. Where did these ideas come from? And how was Pepper so good and cohesive under these circumstances?
As far as sex goes, Pete Shotton's affectionate book revealed a lot about the Spanish holiday but again Goldman went over the top.Read more ›
Such was the hatred for Goldman following its publication that he was virtually excommunicated from the music and publishing world. The case for the prosecution having now been drawn up in detail, the defence (backed by the rock establishment's heavyweights) went into action; McCartney called it a piece of trash (although it s unlikely that he read it). Elliot Mintz (Yoko Ono s Spin Doctor), then produced a rebuttal using evidence (at first convincing) that two of the sources were unreliable as they axes to grind, having fallen out of favour with John and Yoko.
Fourteen years on, maybe it is time for a reappraisal of this Satanic Verses of rock biography. Criticisms of the book have been well documented and are not without substance. It is often factually incorrect, the authoratorial tone appears excessively one-sided in his portrayal of both John and Yoko. Sometimes it is not clear if it is supposed to be read as a black comedy (although if it is, it succeeds; some of the passages are hilarious)and it is hard to imagine two living people that are alternatively, so twisted and so Maciavellian as the John and Yoko that are portrayed here.
However, there are many reasons why this book should be read. Unlike, say Ray Coleman s semi-official biography of Lennon, Goldman did not just take what John and Yoko said in public at face value.Read more ›
Everyone has his or her own unique take on an event. How many times have you shared an experience, even with close friends and yet you find that each of you has a different recollection of the event?
The fact that Cynthia Lennon refused to be interviewed for this book only means that she had vested interest in publishing her own work. Had she collaborated with this book, it would surely have diluted her own sales.
Goldman makes some quite stunning revelations; He claims that Lennon was uncontrollably violent, rages that climaxed in near murder, and yet one such victim speaks of gross exaggeration; that Lennon was so uncoordinated that he could barely drive nor play the guitar well, a claim I put down more to the drink and drug abuse, rather than a physical affliction. Goldman also makes some blatant mistakes notably referring to The Magical Mystery tour movie as Sgt Pepper's lonely-hearts club band, to name but one.
Goldman doesn't really discuss the music in great depth, nor does he appear to try to understand Lennon.
By reading this and other works, you are able to get a better perspective, which enables you to make your own conclusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
says more about Goldmann than it does about Lennon, grubby insincere tabloid chat....Lennon was not perfect, Goldman less soPublished 2 months ago by Jp Galvin
When I unwrapped this book I couldn't believe it wasn't brand new. Any marks wiped off with a damp cloth cap. Considering he's upbringing he was entitled to be a bitter person. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BERT & ERNIE.
Albert Goldman was already infamous for his biographies of Lenny Bruce and Elvis Presley, so the scene was set for outrage amongst Beatles fans when, in 1988 he published his... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Winston O'Boogie
There is a lot of truth in this book but there is also a lot of exaggeration and unfounded allegations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SARAH
fascinating to find out about the guys life - didnt know much about lennon and was fascinated by a well researched book.Published 23 months ago by darren morefield
Albert Goldman has long been reviled, and there may be some shaky things in this (depending on who Goldman was speaking to at the time), but it's stood the test of time because of... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by DV Don't
First off, I am a huge John Lennon fan and had avoided this book for years due to its vile reputation among Beatles and Lennon fans. I finally succumbed and sort of wish I hadn't. Read morePublished on 10 April 2014 by hannah balsom
The quality is excellent, the transport was fast and accurate, i would recommend it to everyone. Just a good experience :-)Published on 21 Nov. 2013 by Magdolna Gabor