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Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy Paperback – October 25, 2011
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John lived his life very openly, and 30 years has taught those interested that things weren't as they were made to appear. I realize that John's relationship with his wife was not the focus of this book, but it should have certainly been mentioned more than it was as it still is relevant. I also know for fact that many who were asked for their recollections could have brought much more to light - in how John worked, his plans for the future, and much more. I was disappointed and wouldn't recommend the book as it offers nothing that I didn't know before. Admittedly, I'm a serious rather than casual fan and as such I have a bias and a greater knowledge base than most who would consider a purchase. Based upon what I do know, the author could have provided more insight both through his own prose and from the recollections of the participants.
Having said that, it's still a fairly enjoyable though a very quick read. It's largely the star struck recollections of his band rather than an incisive look into his life at that time and the forces and struggles within him that shaped his work.
The book also suffers from a bit too much "I was just thrilled to be working with JOHN LENNON" comments. We get it.
I know this sounds harsh. But the book doesn't quite make it. It's OK.
A further problem, though, is that there is almost zero discussion of Lennon's `Milk and Honey' tracks. These, of course, were part and parcel of the `Double Fantasy' sessions, and I can't see there being any sequel for this book to discuss them. With no disrespect to Yoko--I like quite a bit of her stuff--I would rather that all the space devoted to her `Double Fantasy' tracks had been assigned to the Lennon tracks whose release were held up until `Milk & Honey' BECAUSE Yoko insisted on parity. Surely this is a mystifying oversight that nearly every Lennon fan who reads this book will find as aggravating as I did. `The Making of Lennon's `1980 Comeback' Tracks' would have been a title and book contents more to the liking of nearly every Lennon fan.
Theoretically this should have been an easy project. Sharp had already done a good part of it in magazine interview form. Just get as many of the people involved in those sessions to reminisce, and then weave those memories into a coherent whole. Which he did, but in leaving out anything negative and leaving out Lennon's `Milk and Honey' cuts, a slam-dunk of a book becomes unnecessarily flawed and unsatisfying.
Still: 4 stars because it was worth doing.Read more ›
If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall at the recording sessions for Double Fantasy, wonder no more! This book takes you RIGHT THERE!!!! The author does not waste time speculating about what was happening or giving his own spin on the album. He simply interviewed EVERY participant involved in this LP including all of the musicians and engineers, and producers, etc. He even spoke with the members of Cheap Trick about their recording sessions with John and it is very revealing and my favorite part of the book.
The best part is that you do not have to read the book in linear form. You can skip around from chapter to chapter and not feel like you've missed a thing. To be fair, you SHOULD read the glossary to find out who all of the players are but once you have them down, you are set!
I have seen the PBS American Masters documentary LennoNYC and this book is a terrific complement to the film OR a fantastic stand alone read. I could not put it down. It is a very easy read! I read the whole book in one night. My wife saw my face buried in the book and she said, "you must really like that book because I haven't seen you read that much since I met you."
She was right. I REALLY enjoyed this book. And so will you.
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Wow what a great book. A must have for any Lennon fan, be sure to check out Ken's other BooksPublished 6 months ago by Michael Long
Excellent book. Ken Sharp has never failed to deliver in his writings. His most recent (2015) book, "Sound Explosion! Inside L.A. Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. Bogart
Great book. I love the content, exactly what I wanted to learn. Great pictures too! 100% recommended!Published 14 months ago by L. Vassallo
Mostly quotes from the session musicians, producer, Lennon, Yoko and others involved, this book tells the tale of an amazing recording. Read morePublished 22 months ago by David Fox
I loved the way this book is presented. As a musician and recording engineer I learned much more than I expected. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
Those final days were John and Yoko's happiest together, and for those of us who remember them, we were so excited to learn John was recording again and also was planning to tour. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by Billy Bruce
I Love this book! It tells the story of how Double Fantasy By John and Yoko was made! Amazing book~!Published on June 22, 2013 by Ryan Cassidy