The Last Days of John Lennon – A Personal Memoir : by Frederic Seaman
Okay, so I’m a bit behind on my reading (this book was published in 1991), but I’m not like a lot of Beatles freaks…I don’t feel the need to know every detail of the Fab Four’s lives to know that they were the greatest band the world has ever known. I have to admit that I never heard of the conspiracy theories on John Lennon’s death until about 6 months ago. This is one of the books that was on the recommended reading list of a friend that turned me on to this alternative premise as to how/why Lennon was murdered.
The author of this book, Frederic Seaman had the dream job of many Beatles’ fans around the world – he was John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s personal assistant. And being the smart boy that he was, Frederic kept personal journals on the daily ins and outs and going-ons in the Lennono world.
I can honestly say that this book held my interest. It’s definitely a different read than some of the other Lennon bios that I’ve read like: Larry Kane’s Lennon Revealed, Cynthia Lennon’s John and May Pang’s Loving John. It also brought up a lot of questions in my mind as to who was the real John Lennon in those two years leading up to his murder. Frederic Seaman’s book paints a very scary portrait of a man that Beatles fans never knew existed and an even scarier image of exactly who Yoko Ono was/is.
Would I recommend this book? That depends on how you feel about Lennon’s image. If you’re a diehard fan that wants to know every detail and read every word every written about the Beatles, then yeah…read the book. I will tell you though that this book came to me with a warning from a friend that those who follow believe the theory that there was a conspiracy to kill John Lennon have been the victims of some pretty bizarre events.
For me though, knowing this all information doesn’t help in bringing John Lennon back no matter what the circumstances were behind his death. Nor will the next book on my reading list – Who Killed John Lennon? by Fenton Bresler.
Until the next time…R.I.P. John
Rated: 2 out of 4 Beetles