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John Lennon: The Lifeby Philip Norman
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For more than a quarter century, Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on pre-viously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.
This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near–secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extra-ordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore—his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon—whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before—and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.
Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions—tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure—and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.
From the bestselling author of "Shout" comes an extraordinarily detailed, vibrant, in-depth account of the life of John Lennon--the most deeply researched and comprehensive biography of Lennon to date. 16-page color photo insert; 16-page bw photo insert.
A biography of the controversial, outspoken member of the Beatles whose extraordinary songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney changed the world of rock music forever. Norman also wrote Shout!, one of the first and still one of the best Beatles histories.
Table of Contents
Part I, The country boy. War baby ; The Northern Confederacy ; The outlaws ; Shortsighted John Wimple Lennon ; The gallotone champion ; Buddies — Part II, To the toppermost of the poppermost. My mummy's dead ; Jealous guy ; Under the jacaranda ; Mach schau ; The singing rage ; Shadowlands ; Lucky stars — Part III, A genius of the lower crust. Leather tonsils in a throat of steel ; The big bang ; The top of the mountain ; Real life in cinemascope ; A most religious fellow — Part IV, Zen vaudeville. Breathe ; Magic, meditation, and misery ; There's a good little guru ; Back to virginity ; Bedlam ; Withdrawal symptoms ; Beatled
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