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Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"This exhaustively researched life of the Beatles' chief cynic, John Lennon, aims to get beneath the surface gloss ... a compelling account" -- Mark Edmonds * The Sunday Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tim Riley has made a career as a media and music critic. Rock critic for NPR, Tim is the author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary (Knopf/Vintage 1988), Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary (Knopf/Vintage1992, Da Capo 1999), Madonna: Illustrated (Hyperion 1992), Fever: How Rock'N'Roll Transformed Gender In America (St. Martin's/Picador 2005); and has contributed to Newsweek and The Washington Post, among other publications. He was Brown University's Critic-in-Residence in 2008 and currently serves as a Journalist-in-Residence at Emerson College.
Top customer reviews
Good note is that this is the best version of John Lennon's early life in Liverpool. Many different and new revelations and stories are very interesting and refreshing.
When the Beatles hit it big in 1964 the book turns away from Lennon and starts discussing the Beatles, each Beatle individually, the music, and other music of the time. Certain references, e.g. gargage band, are used over and over and over.
The book should be titled "The music of the 60's." Almost 3/4 of the book is not specifically about John Lennon. It's that John Lennon happens to be in the Beatles and it is their references made. It's not his music but their music. This 400 page book could actually be 150 pages but the redundant references are major and aggravating.
I was not expecting a book about McCartney's work on his songs from each album or an album review of every artist who put out an album the same time the Beatles did. It is a critique of each album against others.
The writer, Riley, never stays focued on Lennon. In his solo years anyone who was in contact of John Lennon gets a mini biography and it's sooo frustrating.
While disappointing it is not without some hope. The 2 stars represent it is not a book souly about John Lennon but an ok book just as well.
The book is less revealing of John Lennon the man and especially of the traumatic events of his childhood that shaped his complex adult character. There are several errors in the description of Lennon's Liverpool years but these won't bother the average reader.
The book was of particular interest to me as I was a close childhood friend of Lennon, with whom I shared 12 years of schooling from age 5 to 17. I had a lot of influence on his formative musical tastes and am the person he credited for his decision, as a 15 year old, to become a rock 'n' roll musician. The rest, as they say, is history. My own book will hopefully soon find a publisher and will reveal in fascinating and entertaining detail how the boy I knew grew up to become the man the world knew.