It would seem that I’m always late to the party. Once again, I stumbled upon this book – Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon by Robert Rosen while looking around on Amazon. They like to suggest books for me and sometimes I’m a sucker for their suggestions. This is one of those times.
This book was written in 2000 and then revised after the author got HIS journals back from Yoko Ono. Sound strange? Well, it is. (And yeah, the cover is just as ugly in person…what was he thinking?). The author starts out telling of his friendship with John Lennon’s assistant Fred Seaman before Seaman got the primo job at the Dakota. Rosen also claims that Seaman immediately came to him after getting the job and said, “We need to write a book!” Apparently, Rosen thought nothing ill of this suggestion and went along with taking daily notes from Seaman about the misadventures going on in John Lennon’s life. The problem is, in the end, after John is killed and Seaman has turned over John’s journals to Rosen to transcribe, Rosen changes teams and suddenly is anti-Seaman and ends up “working” for/with Yoko. Hmmm…
This whole opening scenario, or back story, if you will, left a bad taste in my mouth. I spent the whole time wondering if the author has any scruples at all and what was his motivation for writing this book except to make a fortune off of the Lennons like every other Tom, Dick, and Harry that met John and Yoko in passing? The book itself is very good and there are some tidbits in there that I don’t recall having read elsewhere, but then again…this is the guy that transcribed Lennon’s journals and then, after stabbing Fred Seaman in the back, uses Fred’s book as a source! He also lists May Pang’s book as one of his sources.
So where does this leave me when it comes to reviewing this book? For those that don’t know me, I’m pro-Fred Seaman and pro –May Pang…I loved both their books. And, even though this book is a great source of information for those that want to know EVERYTHING Lennon, I just don’t care for the author. Something just ain’t right. And for that reason…
I rate this book, 2 out of 4 Beetles!
5 responses to “Book Review: “Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon” by Robert Rosen”
Perhaps you should read this: http://www.robertrosennyc.com/blog.htm?post=1037879
Nice…now you show up on my blog and promote yourself even more! You’re showing your true colors…
I’m glad we agree on something. Yes, if you want to see my “true colors,” please do read my interview with Bill Harry (link above), who, as you may know, is the founding editor of Mersey Beat.
Simple Definition of sarcasm
: the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny
“Scruples.” There’s a word you don’t hear much anymore. A good reason why might be that scruples is a concept that has nearly disappeared into obsolescence.