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For more than a quarter century, Philip Norman's
internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as
the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last,
Norman 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, here is
the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John
Lennon that is ever likely to be published.
This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look
at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life, including
the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-
secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has
turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about
even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore—his
upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted
school and student days; the evolution of his peerless
creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-
busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his
forays into painting and literature; his experiments with
Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and
drugs. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees
include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon—
whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never
before—and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking
candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.
Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman
gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions—
tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive,
vulnerable and insecure—and reveals how the mother who gave
him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for
the rest of his days.
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