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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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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 ›
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.
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.
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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 12 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 13 months ago by H. Bogart
Great book. I love the content, exactly what I wanted to learn. Great pictures too! 100% recommended!Published 21 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 on April 20, 2014 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 on March 9, 2014 by Kindle Customer
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
DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK. i DON'T MAKE IT A HABIT TO READ BOOKS. BUT SINCE IT'S ABOUT THE CD THEY MADE TOGETHER I BOUGFHT IT TO ADD TO MY COLLECTION. HAPPY READINGPublished on April 19, 2013 by Michael