Synopses & Reviews
John Lennon working class hero, rebel with a cause, citizen of the world. He would have been 65 this year.
A quarter of a century after his death, the questions remain: what was John Lennon really like, what drove him to the heights of creativity and the depths of despair, and why do his music and message still resonate for millions around the world? Now acclaimed broadcast journalist and author Larry Kane uncovers the mysteries of Lennon's life and implodes the myths surrounding it. Kane definitely has the right credentials for the job. He was the only American reporter who traveled in the Beatles' official entourage to every stop on their history-making first American tours, and he stayed in touch with Lennon until an assassin ended the former Beatle's life.
Lennon Revealed is filled with revelations about John Lennon's path from public glory to personal destruction, and ultimately to the inspiring rebirth that defines a triumph of the spirit. Drawing on extensive personal accounts and extraordinary new interviews with more than 50 confidants and experts most notably, with Yoko Ono Kane brings the reader closer than ever to the man who, in life and in death, has had a singular impact on humanity. Kane also provides stunning new information about Lennon's relationships with Ono, his childhood soulmate Stuart Sutcliffe, his lover May Pang, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The book includes an exclusive DVD featuring the final filmed interview with Lennon and Paul McCartney, conducted by Larry Kane in 1968. Brief clips from this famous interview have appeared in just a few places, including the official documentary Imagine.
"In this breezy collection of remembrances, journalist Kane (Ticket to Ride) fondly if a bit too reverentially remembers his times with enigmatic Beatle John Lennon. In 1964, Kane, then a Canadian radio reporter, was assigned to follow the Beatles in America, beginning a relationship with Lennon that lasted throughout the musician's short life, and one that obviously engendered some real affection. In brisk, entertaining prose, Kane, with a supporting cast of many Beatles associates, assesses the many faces of Lennon from a journalistic yet intensely personal perch. 'Was John Lennon a mean bastard? A foolish prankster? An aggressive sex fiend? A musical tyrant? A gay man?' The answers, Kane says, are as complex as Lennon himself. Kane shares his take on the man and the pivotal moments in his life, including Lennon's relationships with his bandmates and Yoko Ono, his involvement in the peace movement, and the infamous 'lost weekend' and the Yoko-ordained affair with secretary May Pang. A final chapter of letters written by Lennon fans, however, feels tacked on. There are certainly better books on Lennon, but readers should enjoy Kane's personal, honest recollections. 'My reporting of Lennon and his adult life will no doubt vary from others,' Kane aptly notes, 'but it is mine.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Although Kane does not necessarily 'reveal' anything that fans haven't already read, he does strike a nice balance between biographers who go overboard in praising Lennon and those who vilify him. Highly recommended..." Library Journal
"Kane guides the reader through revelations large and small, old and new, drawing on his solid journalistic experience to set records straight without imposing his view on the reader. Lennon Revealed makes us love and admire John for all his imperfections quite an achievement." Pauline Sutcliffe, sister of original Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe
"An entertaining, informative and compelling look at a rock & roll icon. Larry was there from the beginning, and he explores this complex man's life with humor and honesty. Plus, it's refreshing to read a book on the life of John Lennon that doesn't trash Yoko Ono, as has been customary with recent biographies. Larry tells the story, and Beatles and John Lennon fans will be riveted. And just WAIT till you see the exclusive 1968 interview with John and Paul on the DVD!!" Andre Gardner, host of Breakfast with the Beatles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose
"You thought you knew all there was to know about John Lennon, but Larry Kane brings an insider's view with never before information revealed. Kane's impeccable research has resulted in the most authoritative book on Lennon I've ever read, and I have read them all." Denny Somach, Radio/TV Producer NBC, CBS, ABC, Westwood One
"Lennon's complex, often sad and all-too-short life, has led Kane to write...a captivating memoir of Lennon the man and icon....Here the controversial Lennon is tempered by the author's portrayal of the good family man...and the most intriguing stories describe Richard Nixon's attempt to have Lennon deported...for his political radicalism." Karl Helicher, ForeWord Magazine
"You've read many books about Lennon the star or Lennon the celebrity. Larry Kane enables you to understand Lennon the Man." Mike Mccann, Premiere Radio Networks
"Lennon Revealed will change the way you view Lennon's legacy. Larry Kane explores uncharted territory in John's life that gives the reader a fresh new perspective on the working of his mind and the people who most influenced him."
David Viggiano, Fox-TV, Chicago
"Although he claims to have written the song about himself, John Lennon was by no means a 'Nowhere Man.' He was a complex person who happened to share his music, opinions, and pretty much everything else with the entire world. Larry Kane's book does not just re-hash Walrus warhorse stories about Lennon, he provides a complete picture giving equal emphasis to the good, the bad and more about the man who started, and led the Fab Four. To put it bluntly, this book should be classified under 'Lennon 101.'" John Lorinc, CNN Radio
Drawing on extensive personal accounts and extraordinary new interviews with more than 50 confidants and experts most notably, with Yoko Ono Kane brings the reader closer than ever to the man who, in life and in death, has had a singular impact on humanity. Includes an exclusive DVD featuring the final filmed interview with Lennon and Paul McCartney, conducted by Larry Kane in 1968.
John Lennon. The name resonates still, 25 years after his murder on December 8, 1980. Much has been written about the man who started the Beatles, but little has been revealed to answer the questions: Who was John Lennon? What was he really made of? Emmy Award-winning journalist Larry Kane who had a professional relationship with Lennon that spanned fifteen years draws from personal experience and over 100 interviews with John's friends, family, and associates to craft a portrait of Lennon that truly captures the man's essence.
Lennon Revealed weaves together insights and recollections from those who knew Lennon best to create a picture of the artist as a man, with all his faults, strengths, desires, and demons intact. The book includes an exclusive collectors DVD containing the final interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
"John Lennon-working class hero, rebel with a cause, citizen of the world. He would have been 65 this year. A quarter of a century after his death, the questions remain: what was John Lennon really lik"
About the Author
Larry Kane, "the dean of Philadelphia television news anchors," has had a 45-year career as a TV journalist covering almost every facet of American life and major world events. But it is the time he spent with the Beatles that remains most memorable, and he told that story to great critical and commercial acclaim in Ticket to Ride (Running Press), which has sold more than 55,000 copies.