John Lennon : The Life

Author(s): Philip Norman

Biography

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...' - The Times

'A well-written book and almost everything you could want to know [about Lennon] is in there.' -  Oxford Times

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.' - Metro

'The best all-round Lennon biography.' - Sunday Herald Magazine

'Surely the best book yet written about this most complex of personalities.' - Guardian

'A surpisingly rapid and gripping read.' - Independent

'One of the best books ever written about the Fab Four - a festive must-have for all Beatles fans.' - Choice magazine

'A literary highlight.' - Irish Times

'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

Praise for Philip Norman: Shout!: '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' - Q

'As beautiful and unsettling as any late Beatles record' - Daily Express

'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

Praise for Philip Norman's 'Shout': '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' - Q

'As beautiful and unsettling as any late Beatles record' - Daily Express

'Conscientiously researched! his command of his material is faultless' - George Melly, Observer

Philip Norman was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the Sunday Times at the age of twenty-two, soon gaining a reputation as Atticus columnist and for his profiles of figures as diverse as Elizabeth Taylor, P. G. Wodehouse, Little Richard and Colonel Gaddafi. In 1981 he published SHOUT!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles that was a bestseller in both Britain and the US. He has also written the definitive lives of Sir Elton John and Buddy Holly. His journalism has been published in three collections, THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER, TILT THE HOURGLASS AND BEGIN AGAIN, and THE AGE OF PARODY. His latest book is BABYCHAM NIGHT, a memoir of his childhood on the Isle of Wight. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.

General Fields

  • : 9780007197422
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : Harper
  • : December 2008
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philip Norman
  • : Paperback
  • : 910
  • : en
  • : 782.42166092
  • : 853
  • : 30 b/w, 20 col plates (16pp)