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John Lennon : the life
Norman, Philip
Adult Nonfiction ML420.L38 N66 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Starred Review. Norman (Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation) offers a grand, comprehensive, yet sprightly biography of the late Beatle. His sympathetic but sharp treatment captures Lennon's charm and charisma, but also his cruelty to loved ones, his rebel posturings, his resentment of Paul McCartney's matchless songwriting powers and growing dominance of the band, his debaucheries, his drunk and disorderlies, his shoplifting and his Oedipal yearnings. Norman is a smart analyst of pop music and its cultural setting and a scintillating miniaturist of Beatlemania. (He likens the band's trademark shriek-inducing hair-shakings to manic feather-dusters.) He manages the difficult trick of loving Lennon's music without swooning over it, pronouncing Strawberry Fields both a great song and crafted druggy gibberish. Lennon emerges as a bright, troubled, insecure man who grasped at profundity and occasionally touched it; from Norman's portrait, we see why so many consider him a soul mate. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

After Shout!, his renowned biography of the Beatles, Norman homes in on the band's most mythic member. Just when you think no new information about Lennon can be uncovered, Norman presents a respectful if warts-and-all portrayal using a torrent of details to re-create Lennon's spheres of experience. (LJ 8/08) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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