Although this pandemic can seem stifling at times, I have found it has given me the opportunity to sit back and enjoy a good book.
I Love A Biography
I’ve always enjoyed a good biography, more than a novel. Why? I don’t know, perhaps it’s the insight into people’s lives that would otherwise be impossible to know. Add to that my love of The Beatles music and particularly John Lennon then it’s not hard to see why I was first in the queue to get my hands on a copy of ‘Who Killed John Lennon?’ by Lesley-Ann Jones. Pre-ordered through Amazon, it arrived on the day of publication here in the U.K. on September 17th.
A Brand New Book
There can’t be many people in the world who have not heard of The Beatles or John Lennon. Even my 5-year-old Grandson can hum ‘Yellow Submarine!’ I do love a brand new hard-backed book, it’s very tactile and full of someone’s hard-earned research, creativity and many many hours spent burning the midnight oil. The first thing I do when I open a brand new book is sniff the pages. I know, it sounds weird, but there’s something beautiful about the experience. I know I’m not alone.
He would have been 80 this year!
John Lennon 80!
John Lennon would have been 80 this year if his life hadn’t been cut short by those few moments of madness back in December 1980 outside his home, The Dakota, in New York City. It was one of those, etched in your memory forever moments. He will have been dead longer than he lived after December 8th. Forty years of music that might have been, a father and husband, taken in a few seconds!
Who Killed John Lennon? The Lives, Loves and Deaths of the Greatest Rock Star
I thought I had read everything there was possible to know about John Lennon, but I was wrong. From the opening page, I was captivated. I do love it when a book is so well written it makes it a pleasure to read. To me, the sign of a great author is the way a book holds your interest and keeps you wanting more. So much so it’s hard to put it down and this author does just that. There are quite a few people in this book who either worked with The Beatles or John Lennon in his decade as a solo artist. Those of us old enough to remember Johnnie Hamp who gave The Beatles their first break on T.V. together with his daughter tell a fascinating story. Former Radio 1 DJ Andy Peebles, the last British broadcaster to interview John Lennon adds some interesting dialogue that as far as I know has never been told before. Photographs and additional interviews from Klaus Voormann, the late Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon, Earl Slick, Sir Paul McCartney, May Pang all from the authors’ archives help provide an insight into who was the real John Lennon, his life, his loves and death.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this insight into one of my musical heroes and I know if you’re a fan of The Beatles or John Lennon, you’ll enjoy this book.
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