John Lennon: One Day At A Time: A Personal Biography Of The Seventies (An Evergreen Book) Hardcover – January 1, 1976
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"One Day at a Time..." is Fawcett's memoir of those two years, and an enjoyable if somewhat potted biography after that. This was one of the few Lennon biographies to appear during his lifetime and whilst much of the information here is now common knowledge, most of this was appearing in print for the first time upon its publication in 1976.
Fawcett's close proximity to the Lennon's allowed him to experience many now-legendary moments, particularly the Peace events, the art projects and, most significantly, the death throes of The Beatles. He vividly describes the moment an enraged Lennon stormed into his office after announcing his departure from the group, and he was also present at some fractious Apple meetings, most notably when a disgruntled George Harrison bemoaned the lack of respect he was afforded by Lennon/McCartney concerning his songwriting efforts. Fawcett also offers an interesting firsthand account of Lennon's delayed trauma concerning the demise of the group he'd initially been so keen to dismantle.
It's fascinating to read about Lennon as a living, breathing person compared to the post-1980 biographies, which tend to be either over-sensationalised or blandly hagiographical. "One Day at a Time..." is neither. As an ex-employee, Fawcett could easily have had an axe to grind (perhaps fearing this, Lennon and Ono tried to block its publication), yet he consistently balances out the darker aspects of Lennon's character with a highly complimentary understanding of his importance as an artist. The book is also recommended for the extensive black and white pictures accompanying the text.
Perhaps inevitably, Fawcett loses some insight once his association with Lennon ends. Consequently, periods such as the infamous "Lost Weekend" are somewhat glossed over, as are the ups and downs of Lennon and Ono's relationship.
However, for a valuable personal insight of Lennon from a contemporary standpoint, you'd be well advised to order a used copy of this long out-of-print book.
This book shows the weak and strong sides of Lennon.
Writen by someone who worked with Lennon.
Author Anthony Fawcett respects Lennon and this book is wonderful.