John

John

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The definitive biography and most intimate portrait yet of the world's greatest rock star - John Lennon - by his first wife Cynthia. Cynthia met John Lennon at art college. They fell in love, married and had a son, Julian, at the start of the Beatles phenomenon and their relationship spanned ten of the most important Beatles years. She is one of the few and closest witnesses to events that have become music legend. But as well as new insight into the Beatles years, Cynthia has a compelling personal story of marriage, motherhood and a man - John Lennon - who was to become the most idolised and admired of all the Beatles. As with all iconic figures, the mythology is often better known than the real story. Her affection undimmed, Cynthia is candid about the cruel, as well as the loving, side of John. She tells of the end of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than ever before, and reveals the many difficulties estrangement from John - and then his death - brought for herself and their son Julian. insight into a man loved by so many around the world is sure to be a huge bestseller.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2005.
ISBN: 9780340895115
034089511X
Branch Call Number: 927.824 LEN
Characteristics: xii, 404 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.

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tinybookworm
Jun 26, 2010

I've read this book twice, (when it first came out and recently), it's a great read for any Beatle/Lennon fan. Gives a great insight into John Lennon as a person/father and doesn't just give you all the heroic hype that you often read in the press about him. It's a sad story, but I'm glad Cynthia shared it with us. The only thing I noticed that was a bit annoying was the history details she got wrong--like saying that John wrote All My Loving for her (he didn't, that's a Paul McCartney written song) or that John got shot December 9th before 11 pm (it was Dec. 9, early morning in Britian, but it was December 8th before 11 pm that he was shot)--details like that are not accurate. However, most people probably wouldn't notice things like that, I just happen to be a fan, that's why I do notice it ;) Anyway, a really easy book to read--extremely interesting too.

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