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The Lives of John Lennon Paperback – September 1, 2001
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That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend you read it. The experience made me realize that my love for John is impenetrable, and if yours is too, then I recommend you check this book out. Ask yourself, who is the person who has done the most campaigning to destroy this book? The answer is the woman about whom Goldman does a good deal to expose.
(As a final asterisk, I meant to only give this a four star review, but I edited the review so many times that I ultimately hit the wrong button)
Is the book bias? Of course! Does that necessarily mean the book is bad? No! From a sheer reading perspective, the book reads very well. I think it is about time some author had the guts to take on Yoko Ono, and show her in the full light and all of her shallowness.
I am only puzzled as to why the author Goldman did not spend more time addressing John Lennon's songs when he was a member of the Beatles. For example, to really show how lazy Lennon had gotten during the making of 'Sgt. Peppers,' Lennon sat around at home and rarely came to the recording studio. Yet even then, as a mark of the man's ability to produce good songs, Lennon was 'inspired' to write the album's "Good Morning" from a television cereal commercial, and "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" from (word-for-word) an advertisement. Yet Goldman fails to even mention this, giving virtually all of the album's credit, except for "A Day In The Life" to Paul.
It would have been a better book had Goldman spent more time on Lennon's song writing, and less time on Lennon's personal failings.
The only thing missing from the new edition is the article Goldman wrote about the persecution he endured for writing about Lennon in the first place (only Penthouse would publish it at the time!). By taking on the cult of rock stars, he ended up enduring the wrath of America's mass media and the rock establishment itself (Rolling Stone dedicated an entire issue to defaming him and U2, those peace-loving ambassadors of goodwill, wrote a song that included lyrics calling for his death!).
The best book written on the Beatles is the now out of print: "The Love You Make - An Insiders Story of the Beatles" by Peter Brown. Brown was Brian Epstein's business manager, right hand man, and confidant. Many of the facts reported as fiction by Albert Goldman's critics are corroborated in Brown's book.
Seperating the myth from reality about John Lennon should not make anyone less of a Beatles or a John Lennon fan. Anyone who grew up with a more than casual interest in Lennon knew that he was given to violent episodes and that his mantras: "all we're tryin' to do is get us some peace"; "all you need is love"; et al; was Lennon's bit on staying relevant with the counter culture of the 60's.
Goldman's revealing of Lennon's inner demons does not diminish his genius. It rather brings him down to the level of human understanding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a difficult book to read all the way through, because 1. I had put John on a bit of a pedestal, and 2. It's incredibly detailed, and almost gets lost in detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beatles Fan
Excellent Book, You can not put it Down, I would have liked more liner notes which offered the sources of the information in a more exact way, the chapter making magic is creepy,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Oscar Logrono Brache
It seems to me that the author hated Yoko vehemently, and just used the premise of a bio of John to publicly slam her. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ColleenJulie
I am revisiting this book 25 years after reading it originally, along with reading many other John Lennon biographies that have been written during the 35 years since his death. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sheetshopper
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS & YOU FIND OUT THAT GOLDMAN SCORED A 'BULLSEYE'.Published 12 months ago by JZC
Many people dislike this book because of the image he portrays John as, I was very skeptical to read it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Courtney McCormick
This is a no holds barred biography on John Lennon that tells a story a lot of John Lennon fans may not want to hear. It is interesting to read his side of the story.Published 21 months ago by Debbie
This book got 2 stars instead of 1 because I was impressed by the author's amount of research and the way he combined all stories into what read like a complete timeline in John's... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by T. Johnson
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