The final word on music’s greatest legend, in which Philip Norman reveals a John Lennon the world has never seen. With ground-breaking insight into the pain, beauty and frustration that shaped the genius of modern music, John Lennon: The Life redefines a legend.
John Lennon - the iconic songwriter, composer and one quarter of The Beatles - was a giant of the twentieth century. As the founding member of the world's most successful group ever, he changed lives.
Now, the bestselling author of Shout!, recognised for over 25 years as the ultimate Beatles biography, turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough.
Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, Philip Norman presents the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon ever written. The book's hundreds of key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Neil Aspinall, Sean Lennon, whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before, and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candour about the inner workings of her marriage to John.
This masterpiece of biography takes a fresh look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life as Norman shows us the whole man from Lennon's schooldays to his death outside his New York apartment building on December 8, 1980.
Honest and unflinching and featuring previously unseen photographs this truly is the definitive John Lennon.
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‘Reading this book brings the John Lennon I knew vividly back to life.’
Bill Harry, founder of Mersey Beat
Praise for Philip Norman:
‘This stands as the first (and still the best) collision of Beatles history and literary depth… just about everything is rendered with beautiful prose and laser-like insight’
‘As beautiful and unsettling as any late Beatles record’
‘Conscientiously researched… his command of his material is faultless’
George Melly, Observer
'Although more than 800 pages long, this book is nicely paced, well researched and will not disappoint.'
Glasgow Evening Times
‘Meticulously researched, compulsively readable book.’
Sunday Times Culture magazine
‘The Rock biography of the Year.’
‘The best all-round Lennon biography.’
Sunday Herald Magazine
‘Surely the best book yet written about this most complex of personalities.’
‘A surpisingly rapid and gripping read.’
‘One of the best books ever written about the Fab Four - a festive must-have for all Beatles fans.’
‘A literary highlight.’
‘The sheer size of the book is daunting, but Norman’s writing style is so fluid, that once in, you’re hooked.’
Yorkshire Evening Post
‘Nicely paced, well researched and will not disappoint.’
West Sussex County Times
'Do we need another book on John Lennon?...the answer...is emphatically yes...Norman has unearthed startling things.' - John Walsh
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Book Description Harper Collins Publ. UK, London W6 8JB, United Kingdom, 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Mint, Crisp, Tight 853 Pages. Large Heavy Book. Bookseller Inventory # 020679