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For than a uarter century biographer Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles Now at last Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom being a Beatle was never enough Drawing on previously untapped sources and with unprecedented access to all the major characters Norman presents the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon ever publishedThis masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon's much chronicled life including the songs that have turned. In September 2003 I suggested to John's widow Yoko Ono that I should become his biographer writes Philip Norman in the Acknowledgements section of John Lennon The Life However after reading the final manuscript Yoko Ono was upset by the book Norman tells us and would not endorse it saying I had been 'mean to John'I actually don't think Yoko's got anything to worry about; Norman's book is both clear eyed and appropriately sympathetic as it traces the arc of Lennon's all too brief life and career While there's much in here that's familiar Norman uses both old and new sources to revisit apocryphal or second hand stories most of which are familiar to Beatle fans and determine their veracity He puts to rest for example the Did they or didn't they uestion that has surrounded Lennon's vacation in Spain with manager Brian Epstein they didn't and accepts as fact many of the stories that expose John's darker side such as his brutal beating of Cavern DJ Bob Wooler or the lurid sexual fantasies involving his own motherThere's also uite a bit that's new in here too or at least was unfamiliar to me Norman explores for example exactly what business Yoko was doing during Lennon's househusband years she was dealing mostly in mundane real estate transactions but is also given full credit for shrewdly negotiating music contracts that maximized John's profits and protected his copyrights He also examines some of the theater pieces that were based on Lennon's writings in the 1960s a hidden gem in the literate Beatle's career exposes a charming addiction to board games and explains about as well as one can the complicated legal wranglings that finally dissolved the band and led to years of hard feelingsFor perhaps the first time too some of the supporting characters in Lennon's story finally come into their own John's Aunt Mimi who can often come off as a bit of a shrew gets a bit of her own narrative as Norman uses letters Mimi wrote regularly to a young female fan named Jane Wirgman to reveal just how thoughtful and protective of John Mimi could be even as she continued to be embarrassed by his antics or appearance You'll also have a better understanding of Freddie Lennon John's seaman father who abandoned his wife and son then rematerialized after John made it big Freddie has his own reasons excuses for his actions but for the first time you'll have his own words and private correspondence to help you decide whether you buy it or not If there's a complaint I have about this otherwise thorough biography it lies in Norman's narrative voice Norman's prose isn't ever stilted he's too good a journalist for that but it can be somewhat stodgy he calls the lyrics to Twist and Shout for example dippy He also inserts way too many clunky moments of foreshadowing of Lennon's fate often resorting to eye rollingly lame declarations of irony that are a stretch at best For example as the Beatles frolic for a photo session in New York during their first American tour in 1964 Norman can't help but indulge in dramatic voiceover Hindsight gives this routine scene a horrible irony he writes Just across the park lies a craggy Gothic pile known as the Dakota Building where John would be shot to death in 1980 Later Norman tell us that for the 1972 US Presidential campaign John pinned high hopes on the Democratic candidate George McGovern senator for South Dakota an omen if ever there was one It took me a moment to figure out why this was an omen until I realized it was the use of the word Dakota in the sentence that was supposed to be so ominousPerhaps even annoying especially to the biographer in me there's no sign of a bibliography sources or endnotes only an index There were several times in Norman's book when I found myself saying Where'd you get that and turned to the back looking for his source only to come up blank Perhaps at 851 pages there simply wasn't enough room left But I'm sure I'm not the only one missing it

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John Lennon The LifeClude Sir Paul McCartney Sir George Martin Sean Lennon whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never seen before and Yoko Ono who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John“A haunting mammoth terrific piece of work” New York Times Honest and unflinching as John himself would wish Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions tough and cynical hilariously funny but also naive vulnerable and insecure and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his da. I am a massive admirer of the work of John Lennon So I sought after a biography with this one promptly displayed The massive size800 pages appealed to me Little did I know what I was in forFirst of the reason for the three stars It IS immersive and very readable I found the later chapters to almost redeem the earlier issues and the handling of his assassination to be truly heart breaking especially the well thought of call back that closes the final chapterThat being said this is still a very detailed dense slash and burn tabloid book at heart The author seems to relish in the darker aspects merrily flinging them at the reader as if to say Do you still like him How about NOW It is completely vicious with no regards to the possibility of hearsay that could've existed from the sources complied John is the evil demon to the angel that was his first wife Cynthia even though his second marriage out lived hers The author even had the nerve to possibly blame Stu Suttcliffe death on him A blankly unsubstantiated rumor Not only must we bear witness to all the dirt with little to no positive counterpoints but we also have to endure Mr Norman's half baked reviews on Lennon's body of work The initial response to his lambasting of Imagine was for me to throw the book across the room A journalist at heart Norman's book is a vile piece of work that somewhat saves itself from being true trash in the end but this is certainly a heartless collection of vitriol designed to sell copies through controversy than actually presenting a fair and balanced account of a truly important figure in time

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Read & Download ¾ John Lennon The Life 108 » For than a uarter century biographer Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles Now at last Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom being a Beatle was never enough Drawing on previously untapped sources anHim posthumously into a near secular saint In three years of research Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best known episodes of Lennon folklore his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation primal scream therapy and drugs The book's numerous key informants and interviewees in. This long in depth biography was engrossing although for me there were sometimes details than I wanted It began with John's grandparents his entire family the culture he grew up in It explains the emotional traumas he carried all his life and how his attitudes developed The culture and current events of the time throughout John's life are told as background and explanationI enjoyed learning what the inspiration for certain songs were and what they represented John was a very troubled man insecure jealous angry He could be violent and cruel he was a genius he was creative he was an extremely talented artist and writer he could also be an extraordinarily generous and caring man Partway through the book I decided I didn't like this man But I kept reading The last couple of years of his life he seemed to be contented and happy and maturing and near the end had finally returned to music He was a loving and caring father to Sean who became the most important person in his life for a short 5 years He was at long last optimistic about the future and planning a long awaited visit to Liverpool with Sean and Yoko when he was tragically killed I criedI recommend this book wholeheartedly