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Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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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 prose and writing style of this book reads exceptionally well.
*The chapters preceding the Beatles "middle period" were fascinating. I found myself zipping through the first 200 pages as if they were nothing, because I was SO engaged and interested. The opening chapters are literally the only thing that saved this book from that dark place in my closet where I keep books that I've given up on and never intend to read again.
*The author does an admirable job of telling an extremely complicated story and does provide details that even I didn't know, and I am a huge Beatlemaniac.
*Way too much information. Sure this IS a biography so we do want to know as much as possible about the subject, but Riley manages to pack so much information onto a page that it quickly becomes overwhelming. The trick that I've noticed with the dozens of biographies that I've read is to give the reader enough information to keep them interested, engaged, and reading. But a reader should never resort to forcing themselves through 400 pages of a book.
*Way too little information about Lennon's relationship with his first family (wife Cynthia, and son Julian). It's common knowledge that John wasn't very involved with his first family, but I found myself desperate for even a brief mention of Cynthia and Julian so that I knew they hadn't died or disappeared off the face of the Earth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't agree with other readers' criticisms that the book is too much. You want lotsa Lennon, you get it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Glenn L. Olson
Very thorough, with an in-depth analysis of the music that was enjoyable to read.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
We will never know the songs, poetry, and art that John Lennon would have produced had he lived to a ripe old age. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Keithaccino
I've read almost everything about John Lennon, and this book provides many interesting observations and theories regarding John's life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Incredibly detailed. Descriptions of exactly how some songs were put together in the recording studios, who contributed what, contemporary influences on the Beatles' songs, their... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by nh
I don't understand how some people can complain about how much this book discusses music in great detail. After all,Lennon was a musician. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by J. Abarta
I generally read a lot of Beatle books, and this one should be on your bookshelf. If you like the Beatles.Published on September 29, 2013 by Michael Merican
Perhaps then rushing to beat the much anticipated and much more delayed and still not out yet Mark Lewisohn penned Dead Sea Scrolls on the Beatles, Tim Riley served up in 2011 a... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Terry Ott