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John Lennon

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John Lennon

The Life

By Philip Norman

Ecco Press, Paperback, 9780060754020, 851pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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.

Praise For John Lennon

“[A] haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work.”
-New York Times Book Review

“It’s this level of detail that makes Norman’s 822 pages such compulsive reading.”
-Bloomberg News

“[Norman] sharpens what we know about Lennon at just about every turn…devotees will relish the new information, while casual readers will find a familiar story told more truly than ever before.”
-Rolling Stone

“[Norman’s] definitive biography draws impressively on exclusive and extensive interviews with Yoko Ono and, for the first time on the record, their son Sean…densely detailed, intricately woven and elegantly told, John Lennon: The Life neither condemns nor condones, nor does it consecrate its subject.
-USA Today

“The bad news is that John Lennon: The Life is so rich and enveloping that it demands to be read…it’s a clear-eyed and compassionate study of a man...Grade: A-.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Powerful and heartfelt.”
-Washington Post Book World