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We All Shine on: Stories Behind John Lennon's Songs Paperback – 21 Apr 1997

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton (21 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551920891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551920894
  • ASIN: 1858682843
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Superbly researched and pacy...a fascinating window into the life and work of a twentieth century icon' Maxim" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a book that will probably be of interest to fans of John Lennon's post-Beatles career. The author, Paul Du Noyer, provides a series of ‘stories’ about each official, studio-recorded song by Lennon – from 1969’s “Give Peace A Chance” single to the 1980 “Double Fantasy” and 1984 “Milk and Honey” albums. These stories are fascinating, and the book as a whole is nicely presented. Noyer is a rock journalist, and has written for NME, Q, and Mojo; as well as working as a consultant for both Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. As such, he’s perfectly placed to write a book such as this.

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).
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In We All Shine On, author Paul Du Noyer promises to reveal “the stories behind every John Lennon song” from 1970 to 1980, and that’s what he delivers – nothing more and nothing less. It’s not a particularly exciting read, but it is informative, and for serious Lennon fans then that should be enough.

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.
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Well written but ultimately as flimsy as most of the songs being covered. The fact is that Lennon's solo output petered out after a promising beginning, with only Walls And Bridges and the odd track after 1971 worthy of the man at his best. A decent toilet book, though.
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An interesting & informative book, even now I still feel sad that John is with us no more, this book "shines" a light on him!!!
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I've been looking for different perspectives on the Beatles' stories. This was billed as "the story behind" Lennon's solo music. But most of it was just the author's description and opinions of the songs. I can interpret the songs just fine.
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