John Lennon: The Life CD

John Lennon: The Life CD

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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 who--along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr--changed 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 beyond--his prolific post-"Fab Four" career, his turbulent marriage to Yoko Ono, his peace crusade, and his shocking death on the New York City streets--John Lennon: The Life is a remarkably fair and honest, utterly enthralling study of an achingly human rock legend.
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  • CD-Audio | 10 pages
  • 134.62 x 147.32 x 38.1mm | 317.51g
  • HarperAudio
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0061672564
  • 9780061672569
  • 1,746,266

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Philip Norman 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, here is the definitive portrait of John Lennon.

This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into almost a secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, 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.
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