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This review is from: Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon (Hardcover)
Lennon is portrayed here as an addict, a neurotic, unstable and in the author's own words a compulsive 'wanker'. Rosen felt a duty to portray the side of Lennon we did not see, but like other books on the subject this does not prepare us for the creative rebirth John had in 1980. While largely ignored at the time 'Watching The Wheels' is now seen as a classic and 'Starting Over' plus 'Beautiful Boy' have both become familiar and popular standards. 'Walking on Thin Ice' on which he played and produced is also seen as an avant garde classic. All this churned out in the space of three to four months. Rosen's portrayal of Lennon as a deluded screw-up sits uncomfortably with this lucid, creative vision.