Being John Lennon : A Restless Life
by Connolly, Ray







Author's Notexi
Forewordxiv
1 `I forgot about my father'
1(7)
2 `I was aggressive'
8(8)
3 `The sort of gang I led'
16(5)
4 T must be a genius'
21(7)
5 `Nobody was fighting'
28(8)
6 `The way I looked'
36(8)
7 `What's so sad about the past'
44(7)
8 `Paul looked about ten'
51(8)
9 `The copper came to the door'
59(3)
10 `The underlying chip on my shoulder'
62(5)
11 `It was terrible'
67(7)
12 T ruined his life!'
74(8)
13 `This guy who had a drum kit'
82(4)
14 T grew up in Hamburg'
86(6)
15 `Women should be obscene and not heard'
92(5)
16 `Is this what I want to do?'
97(7)
17 `You'd call them groupies now'
104(4)
18 `I wasn't too keen on reaching twenty-one'
108(4)
19 `We were in a daydream'
112(6)
20 `I was the closest to Brian'
118(7)
21 `I looked up to Stu'
125(5)
22 `Cyn's having a baby'
130(8)
23 `I had to do the talking'
138(8)
24 `We sang for twelve hours'
146(8)
25 `The holiday was planned'
154(6)
26 `I play a guitar, too ...'
160(8)
27 `This isn't show business'
168(4)
28 `We just walked through it'
172(5)
29 `A Hard Day's Night'
177(7)
30 `A rock and roll musician'
184(6)
31 `We were like Kings of the Jungle'
190(11)
32 `Once you plug in and the noise starts'
201(8)
33 `Nowhere Man'
209(3)
34 `We're more popular than Jesus'
212(6)
35 `It's like we're four freaks being wheeled out'
218(5)
36 `Our lives had been threatened'
223(3)
37 `An imaginary nail'
226(6)
38 `Strawberry Fields Forever'
232(6)
39 `Mick Jagger wears a codpiece'
238(7)
40 `I was scared'
245(5)
41 `I am the egg man'
250(8)
42 `Flying on a magic carpet'
258(8)
43 `I think I'm Jesus Christ'
266(4)
44 `Someone as barmy as I am'
270(4)
45 `Get your drums out'
274(5)
46 `You're not worth any more'
279(8)
47 `My prick on an album'
287(6)
48 `We hope we passed the audition'
293(6)
49 `It was Yoko that changed me'
299(8)
50 `I'm leaving the Beatles'
307(7)
51 `A crutch for the world's social lepers'
314(6)
52 `Free means free'
320(7)
53 `I might just as well have been a comedian'
327(7)
54 `The radicalism was phoney'
334(6)
55 `Imagine" is anti-religious
340(7)
56 `New York is at my speed'
347(9)
57 `Don't fuck with my ears'
356(7)
58 `To finish off. we thought we'd do a number'
363(7)
59 `If I began writing with Paul again'
370(4)
60 `I've battled all the monsters'
374(4)
61 `A second chance'
378(8)
62 `Wanting to make music'
386(8)
63 `Playing guitar and singing'
394(7)
64 `I don't believe in dead heroes'
401(3)
Afterword404(3)
After John died what happened to...407(3)
John Lennon's best recordings410(3)
Bibliography413(2)
Acknowledgements415(1)
Notes416(20)
Picture credits436(1)
Index437


An intimate yet unsparing biography of one of the greatest and most mythologized musicians of the twentieth century presents John Lennon as a kaleidoscopic figure whose attitude caught and defined his era.





Veteran English writer and journalist Connolly (Being Elvis, 2016) has written a fat, entertaining biography of the restless soul who was John Lennon. Instead of uncovering anything terribly new or revealing, he has done an excellent job of illuminating all the phases of Lennon's complicated life and career: his middle-class childhood in suburban Liverpool, meeting Paul, the heyday of Beatlemania, the breakup of the Fab Four, and the solo years leading up to his tragic death. Throughout, Connolly captures all aspects of Lennon, who was, like most of us, a mass of contradictions. Each chapter begins with a Lennon quote that sets the stage for what follows: on leadership ("When the dirty work came, I had to be the leader"); his reactions to Beatlemania ("This isn't show business. It's something else"); his image ("The radicalism was phony, really, because it was out of guilt"); and, most poignantly perhaps, his years as a househusband in New York ("I'm blessed with a second chance"). A welcome new perspective on an endlessly influential and compelling artist. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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