We All Shine on: The Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song 1970 - 1980 Hardcover – 3 Apr 2006
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"'Superbly researched and pacy...a fascinating window into the life and work of a twentieth century icon' Maxim"
About the Author
Paul Du Noyer began his career as a rock writer on the NME in 1978. He worked there until 1985 and in 1986 helped launch the rock monthly Q magazine where he was Editor from 1990 until 1992. He then became launch Editor of Mojo magazine, and is now a freelance journalist contributing to both Q and Mojo. He is the author of John Lennon: Whatever Gets You Through the Night, Modern Icons: The Clash, Modern Icons: Marc Bolan and the editor of The Story of Rock 'n' Roll: The Year by Year Chronicle
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However, it tends to read more like a series of glossy magazine articles than a serious study of Lennon’s songs. It’s full of colour photos – which, although looking good, don’t add anything to our understanding of Lennon’s music. If stripped of such photos, the written content would likely amount to no more than 60 pages. As such, we’re not really being provided with an in-depth or comprehensive discussion. Indeed, there are certain songs that Lennon worked on (writing, featuring on, producing, etc.) that are not included in this book – such as the track “Fame” released by David Bowie in 1975 (co-written with Lennon, who also provides backing vocals). Additionally, the later material – from “Menlove Ave.” to the “John Lennon Anthology” - is omitted.
This book was first published in 1997, and released under the title “We All Shine On”. Then, strangely, it was re-published in 1999 under a new title: ““Whatever Gets You Through the Night”. It was later re-published as “Working Class Hero” (in 2010), and more recently re-published again under yet another title – simply “John Lennon: The Stories Behind Every Song” (2014).Read more ›
I’m a huge fan of The Beatles and John was always my favourite, but I still found that I couldn’t get in to the book – reading it from cover to cover was a chore rather than a pleasure, although the insights you gain along the way make it worthwhile. For most people, it would work better as a reference book, a way to quickly find out what your favourite songs are actually about whenever the mood takes you.