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John Lennon: The Life

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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 Life 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. Now, the bestselling author of Shout!, recognised for over 25 years as the ultimate Beatles biography, 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, Philip Norman presents the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon ever written. The book's hundreds of key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Neil Aspinall, Sean Lennon, whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before, and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candour about the inner workings of her marriage to John. This masterpiece of biography takes a fresh look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life as Norman shows us the whole man from Lennon's schooldays to his death outside his New York apartment building on December 8, 1980. Honest and unflinching and featuring previously unseen photographs this truly is the definitive John Lennon. Key title / This book will be a superb commemorative biography containing rare and unseen photos. / An intimate and incisive portrait of a music legend, backed up with interviews with famous names who knew Lennon. / Philip Norman is the author of Shout, the definitive biography of The Beatles, which created a whole genre of intellligent books on popular artists. / To be supported by a high profile publicity campaign including extracts, reviews and features across national and music press. / Competition: John by Cynthia Lennon (51k TCM)

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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 various public figures. In 1981 he published Shout!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles that was an international bestseller. He has also written the definitive lives of Sir Elton John and Buddy Holly and his journalism has been published in three collections. His book Babycham Night, is a memoir of his childhood on the Isle of Wight. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.


'Reading this book brings the John Lennon I knew vividly back to life.' Bill Harry, founder of Mersey Beat 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

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