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 Definitive Biography 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. The popularity and significance of The Beatles is beyond comparison in our age – in the UK alone, they released more than 40 number one singles and albums.
But their impact extended well beyond their music. Their clothes, hairstyles, statements, and even their choice of instruments made them trend-setters from the 1960s to this day, while their growing social awareness – reflected in the development of their music – saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.
Following the painful collapse of The Beatles, John came out a wiser but angrier person. Together with his wife Yoko Ono, he attempted to transform the world through non-musical means. Their bed-in in Amsterdam and Montreal, their black bag appearances on stage, their innocent flirting with political activists and radicals, all received massive media attention. These events were in search of world peace.
John Lennon was shot dead by a mentally disturbed fan outside his New York apartment building on December 8, 1980.
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
‘This is the best Lennon book so far’ The Word
‘Norman has written about Lennon twice before but he has uncovered much new material in his research for this impressive and highly readable book… It is greatly to Norman's credit as a biographer that he does justice to all of (Lennon's legacy) in a book whose 854 pages simply fly by.’ Sunday Times Culture
‘Can there be more to find out (about Lennon)? And, can Philip Norman, the author of the new 300,000 word John Lennon: The Life, be serious when he tells The Word magazine, "Lennon deserves a real biography, as if he were John Keats or Mahatma Ghandi. Not a pop person but a major towering presence in his century?" The answer to both questions is empahatically yes…And yes, Norman has unearthed some startling things.’ The Independent
'Although more than 800 pages long, this book is nicely paced, well researched and will not disappoint.'
Glasgow Evening Times
‘Reading this book brings the John Lennon I knew vividly back to life.’
Bill Harry, founder of Mersey Beat
'This is the first serious Lennon biography for 20 years and unlike Albert Goldman's bilious effort in the 80s, Norman's style is trustworthy, contextual, and plainly told, yet with enough splashes of historical colour…'
‘A well-written book and almost everything you could want to know [about Lennon] is in there.'
The New Statesman called the book 'magnetic'.
'Philip Norman's style is compelling', Irish Times
'Norman's mesmerising biography'. Irish Examiner
‘Meticulously researched, compulsively readable book.’
Sunday Times Culture magazine
‘The Rock biography of the Year.’
‘The best all-round Lennon biography.’
Sunday Herald Magazine
'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 Ecco, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Phillip Norman, whose 1981 classic Shout! is considered the definitive biography of The Beatles, returns with John Lennon: The Life. This New York Times bestseller is an intimate look at the troubled genius whoalong with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starrchanged the shape and sound of popular music forever. From his early Liverpool days and heartbreaking childhood tragedies through the heady roller-coaster ride that was The Beatles and far beyondhis prolific post-"Fab Four" career, his turbulent marriage to Yoko Ono, his peace crusade, and his shocking death on the New York City streetsJohn Lennon: The Life is a remarkably fair and honest, utterly enthralling study of an achingly human rock legend. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060754028
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 229 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. For more than a quarter century, 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 belonging to the world s most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on pre-viously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published. This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon s much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extra-ordinary 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 include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon--whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before--and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.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 days. Bookseller Inventory # LIB9780060754020