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Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy Hardcover – 1 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ome (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439103003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439103005
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Starting Over Celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Double Fantasy"--John Lennon's last release--"Starting Over" presents a somber reminder of what could have been. Full description

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As a fan of John Lennon, I was looking forward to reading this book. It describes the recording sessions that took place during late 1980, as John and Yoko worked on their Double Fantasy album. This was the first studio album of new and original material that Lennon had worked on since 1974 (see his Walls And Bridges) - and there was worldwide interest in this new release. Ken Sharp (who is described as this book's 'author' - but who might more accurately be described as an editor) has entered into conversation with numerous people who were involved in the making of 'Double Fantasy' - from recording engineers to musicians. Each person gets an opportunity to recollect and reminisce on what these sessions were like ...

For anyone interested in Lennon, this sounds like an fascinating book. However, it's very poorly assembled. It consists of nothing more than a series of quotes from the various persons involved. There's no guiding narrative or overview, nor any commentary on (or analysis of) what's said. It's just quote after quote ... Yes, the thoughts and memories expressed in this one-way dialogue are mildly interesting. But this jumble of quotations needed to be engaged with. In the hands of a good writer, all of this material could form the basis of a chapter of book concerning the making of Lennon's final work. As it is, it lacks clarity of purpose. It's too diffuse and abstract. There's only so many times that it's alright to read 'yeah, that was a great recording session' and 'I really enjoyed working with John and Yoko'.
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With the recent release of the Stripped Down version of Double Fantasy still fresh in our minds this book is the perfect companion. Unlike others in the same ilk, this book postively smacks of authenticity. Why? Because it features the detailed recollections of the band and producer that John and Yoko worked with on that timeless album which had just three short weeks to breathe before the unthinkable happened on Decemeber 8 1980. I also like the fact that the mindless killer is hardly mentioned, which is of course right as he apparently killed Lennon to obtain an identity. Well, sorry, he is and will remain a complete nobody. "The jerk of all jerks" as McCartney thought at the time.

The only thing that matters is the music here and it is compulsive reading to read the recollections of Earl Slick (guitar), Hugh McCracken(guitar), George Small (keyboards), Tony Levin (bass), Jack Douglas (co-producer), Andy Newmark (drums) et al. They were there after all, unlike everyone else. By all accounts, this was a fantastic record to make, and that is evident on both the original album, and perhaps even more so on the Stripped Down version. Even the somewhat controversial Cheap Trick sessions (versions of 'I'm Losing You' and 'I'm Moving On' were recorded but never made the final cut)are treated with grace, and warmth in the simple recollection of a great session. For the record, I love the Cheap Trick version of 'Losing You' (plus the great video made in 1998) but it didn't really fit in with the rest of the record, in my humble opinion. But herein lies the rub. Had Lennon lived, he surely would have made space for more experimental recordings such as this.
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I really enjoyed this book. The only criticism is that it isn't longer!
Very informative with some great photos. I would recommend this to any fan of John Lennon.
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Brilliant
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I was hugely disappointed by this book. The basic premise seems to be a load of sycophants wondering why the main subject(John Lennon)couldnt walk on water.Did nobody have a bad word to say about the man or have any criticism about the making of "Double Fantasy"? I cannot believe that so many people can look back 30 years and have such detailed memories about the daily minutia of the various recording sessions. One of the main contributors,Andy Newmark,rattles on for pages about what went on then tells us his memory is not what it was - really? There are contradictions on almost every page and several glaring errors ( ie: "Walking On Thin Ice" appears on Double Fantasy) A good attempt but it falls short.Also,if you actually read between the lines,Yoko doesnt come up smelling of roses either. As this book came out around the same time as the celebrations for Lennons 70th birthday, the phrase cash-in springs to mind.
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