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The John Lennon Letters Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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"A massive deposit of freshly excavated notes, screeds, asides and howls, each lavishly reproduced and carefully annotated, 'Letters' is the most intimate book ever published about Lennon. In its revelation of the man's psychology, it far surpasses all previous accounts by wives, lovers, half-siblings, ex-aides and even the best biographers." -- James Rosen, The Washington Post
"... Lennon's collected letters -- 285 of them, richly contextualized and handsomely presented... -- make for fascinating reading." -- The New York Observer
"... a must-read for Beatles fans." -- Glamour
An "illuminating volume that shows a different, unguarded side of the man." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Fans will lap it up." -- Bloomberg
"This book makes it clear, more than ever, how lamentable it is that we lost Lennon the man." -- Maclean's
"The letters offer an opportunity to see Lennon less as icon than as human being." -- David Ulin, Los Angeles Times' Jacket Copy
About the Author
Hunter Davies is the author of over 40 books and has written for The Guardian (London), New Statesman, and The Sunday Times (London). He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and they live in London.
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Collected here are John Lennon's letters, postcards and other ephemera; each pictured with a transcription (in case you can't read his handwriting) and well-written text to give context to each item. They show John's humor, kindness, friendship and creativity, as well as his darker sides - frustration, anger, and sadness.
The book is beautifully produced - 392 pages, on heavyweight, high-quality paper, with color (and a few black & white) reproductions of the letters and other items, a full index, a brief foreword by Yoko, and an introduction by the editor, Hunter Davies. The contents are gathered into 23 chapters, each detailing a different period of John's life, or topic. Just a few of these are - for example - Early Years (childhood); Hamburg; Beatlemania; India; Apple Dramas, Problems with Paul; Double Fantasy. Many of the pieces are embellished with John's drawings.
The items in The John Lennon Letters were obviously collected, considered, and written about with great care; Hunter Davies has done a great job in curating this collection. I'm always wary of writing five-star reviews (there's usually some improvement that could have been made), but you know there's really nothing here that I can find fault with.
There's plenty here to see, read, and reflect on, and it all combines to paint a deeply personal portrait of the man, John Lennon. As a longtime Beatles fan, I've gotten great enjoyment out of this book and the glimpses it offers into John and his relationships with others. Anyone interested in John, the Beatles, or their history should find this book engrossing and a pleasure to delve into.
( how does he know me so well?) - what an incredible piece of work- This book, as well as John's life of intimate correspondence. Amazing what an incredible communicator Lennon was. The books brilliant layout sets up each letter giving every shred of this amazing collection context, perspective and meaning. I know John better for having read this book - and I read the hard cover version - the first paper book I've read in ages ( my last 50 titles consumed on kindle for iPad ) I can't imagine another pop star of Johns stature being a letter writer- it's so analog-so old fashioned. I couldn't imagine Elvis or any pop star doing this from the pampered comfort of rock stardom.
John's heart and personality are in full view. The witty, brilliant, caustic, severe, dreamer, husband, radical and ultimately very human and real man this great artist was. From bitch slapping Todd Rundgren with a couple well placed barbs, to his way of saying NO to EMI and Warner Bros attempts to sign him to their labels in his " free agent years" and especially the communications with dear friends and family- John Lennon comes alive in this fabulous book. The ending, of course had me in tears as he, of course, even found a moment to autograph an LP sleeve for the sad pitiful boy from Hawaii waiting outside his residence to do him harm.
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Book is gorgeous. It was a gift, so I cannot comment on the content inside, but the receiver was very happy.Published 1 month ago by P. Daniell
Purchased as a Christmas gift. Was happy with the look of this product.Published 1 month ago by gramdmajudy
Have not read it yet but book arrived as promised. Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Cathi Berndt
I loved reading his letters and other written correspondence as much I do Mozart's.Published 4 months ago by Ken Noda
like so many others, I wish more material from the Beatles area was in there...you have before and lots during the John and Yoko period...Published 6 months ago by Don Diego Vega
The main man of the Beatles quartet made his mark in the music industry after writing legendary songs like "Imagine" and "god". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony Morehead