I am reviewing Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon
by Jeff Burger (Goodreads Author) (Editor). Here are my thoughts:
^^ This is Jeff Burger’s third book for Chicago Review Press’s “Musicians in Their Own Words” series, and the first I’ve had the pleasure to read. I love John Lennon and all he represents It’s amazing to think such a talented man, who often pushed the limits at every turn, spent very little time in the limelight, yet young or old we a have all heard of him, and of course The Beetles.
^^ This is truly a book to keep, and although mine is a NetGalley copy, I’m serious thinking of buying it in print because I like it so much. The book is a varied mix of interviews garnered from all over the place, radio broadcasts, books, magazine, TV shows and Press Conferences.
^^ The Kindle version has handy links to all the interviews, so it’s nice to be able to go straight to them with a quick click, in the same way you’d pick up a physical book and flick through.
^^ Each interview is in chronological order from the early days in 1964 through to his death.
^^ They cover intriguing topics like:
Whether The Beatles Would Record with Elvis.
The Plastic Ono Band.
Reuniting with Yoko Ono.
How Do You Sleep?
^^ It makes me wonder what Lennon would be like today if he was still alive, and what he’d think of the world now, especially when he had such strong views about the world as he saw it then. I suppose this goes without saying, but even from the interviews it’s clear a lot has changed. Yes, it’s quite a sentimental read. He was only famous for about thirteen years, but his life
^^ At the end of the book there is also a list of other participants and a short explanation about who they are. There’s Robin Blackburn (British historian) , Shirley MacLaine (American actress) and Daniel Wiles (producer and director) to name but a few.
Overall: This is a beautiful collection of all things Lennon, and I mean that in a way that sends shivers down your spine, as Lennon shares his innermost secrets, thoughts and feelings to each reader. It’s still hard to believe he’s been gone for so long. If you’re a fan you WILL love this.
Thank you to NetGalley for my copy.
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