BEING JOHN LENNON: A Restless Life


BEING JOHN LENNON: A Restless Life

RAY CONNOLLY    Book Number: 88579    Product format: Hardback

Swerving dead-hero worship, for Connolly, it is John Lennon's insecurities that are ultimately most revealing, rooted in an unsettled childhood in Liverpool's post-war suburbs. With quiet expertise, this understated writer draws on his archive conversations with the Beatles to give a superb portrait of a dissatisfied star who couldn't stop reinventing himself. He tells the story with a fitting and powerful sense of drama, capturing the shabby conformism and deference of post-war Britain that the Beatles would help overturn and dealing with the difficult subject of Yoko Ono deftly. John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle whose plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority caught and eloquently articulated the group's moment in history. Chronicling his troubled life from that of a cast-aside child of a broken wartime marriage, to his murder by a deranged fan, the biography analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality. John was a leader who could easily be led, often generous and often funny, but sometimes scathingly cruel. Ray Connolly the journalist had a close working relationship with Lennon and the entire Beatles coterie and here he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of his subject, drawing on conversations with his first wife Cynthia, girlfriend May Pang, and song-writing partner Paul McCartney. 448pp in splendid heavyweight hardback with fairly large print, well chosen archive photos (with only the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine in colour), the iconic rooftop gig at their Apple headquarters, on marches and with friends like Bowie in 1974.
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