John Lennon: The Life

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Drawing on previously unknown sources, unpublished letters, and unprecedented access to all the key figures, author and journalist Philip Norman gives us the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.

For this masterpiece of biography, Philip Norman set himself the challenge of looking afresh at every aspect of Lennon’s much-chronicled life. He has not just dug deep into the archives, including his own vast collection of tapes and notebooks dating back to the 60s, but spoken to hundreds of witnesses, from every walk of life and every stage of Lennon’s. The interviewees include Sean Lennon, whose moving reminiscences reveal his father as never before, and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candour about her marriage to John.

In his brilliant Shout!, we were shown a band; in John Lennon, Philip Norman gives us a portrait of a man. It reconciles as never before the contradictions of this endlessly fascinating character–the volatile and violent hippie, the phenomenally wealthy advocate of no possessions, the family man and junkie–and his journey from Liverpool suburbia to becoming one of the presiding geniuses of pop culture.

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'Do we need another book on John Lennon?...the answer...is emphatically yes...Norman has unearthed startling things.' - John Walsh

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Since John Lennon's assassination in 1980 neither of the two attempts at a full scale biography of this towering 20th century icon have succeeded in getting to the bottom of the story or bringing John alive on the page. Philip Norman's John Lennon: the Life is thus the first definitive biography and the best ever likely to be written. During three years of research, Norman had access to all the major players in the story, notably John's widow, Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candour about the inner workings of their marriage, and their son Sean, who provides a moving reminiscence of the father he lost at the age of five. Co-operation has also come from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney; the Beatles' record-producer, Sir George Martin; and the late Neil Aspinall, the band's closest associate, who broke a 40-year rule not to talk to writers in speaking extensively to Norman. The book in addition has unprecedented access to never-before-seen letters, family documents, artworks and photographs. Its masterly narrative is presented with the historical sweep and literary verve that has made Philip Norman's Shout: the Beatles in their Generation a classic of biography, in any genre, since 1982.

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