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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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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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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'.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Very informative with some great photos. I would recommend this to any fan of John Lennon.