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Book Review: “Lennon: The New York Years” by Foenkinos/Corbeyran/Horne

Well, Amazon got me again! While browsing online at Amazon.com, this book appeared as a Recommendations….

Lennon: The New York Years was written by David Foenkinos and Eric Corbeyran, illustrated by Horne and published on May 30, 2017. According to an article on NME.com, this graphic novel is adapted from a 2010 novel “Lennon” by French author David Foenkinos. After reading this book, there is a part of me that wants to see what the original was like.

This book is touted as “true biographical fiction”, as the setting is John Lennon laying on a psychiatrist’s couch talking about the ups, downs, joys and pains of his life. There are 18 sessions (chapters) in all. Now, I get that when they termed it ‘true biographical fiction’ they were probably referring to his regularly seeing a therapist that happened to also live in the Dakota so Lennon wouldn’t have to go out in public, but unfortunately, some of the fiction seems to have leaked out into Lennon’s life. Starting off with the tall tale that seems to still keep popping up, after long having been dismissed, that John was born during an air raid in Liverpool with the whistling and boom of bombs going off all around the hospital. You be the judge…

“The night I was born it was to the deafening sound of Liverpool being bombed by the Germans. I didn’t come into a life, I came into chaos. And I spent my whole life frightened. That night everything shook. Things fell from the shelves. A building fell down near us. Things had to happen fast so my mother had a cesarean.”

Artistically speaking, this book is actually a pretty nice book. The artist’s interpretation of this story is done in black and white in a 150 page hardcover edition. Comparatively speaking, I personally like the B&W rendition in this graphic novel better than Vivek J. Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle, but I prefer the linen texture Tiwary cover over the smooth, scratch prone cover of this book. Your mileage may vary…

I leave you with the trailer to this book…

I rate this book, 2 out of 4 Beetles!

 

 

 

 

 

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Article in People Magazine – July 4, 1983

people_070483I just recently stumbled upon this article that was in People magazine in July 1983. It’s about all the books that were coming out about John Lennon after his tragic death. Some of you may find it completely irrelevant, but I found the author’s opinion of the books and their authors very interesting…

 

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20085405,00.html

 

Enjoy!

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Book Review: “Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon” by Robert Rosen

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!

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Movie Review: Brian Wilson – Songwriter: 1969-1982

Here’s another shameless plug for the 30 day free Amazon Prime trial subscription.  When I went to cancel before my month was up, then informed me that I could continue to use the free benefits until my 30 days was over!  So…I watch another free movie.

Brian Wilson – Songwriter: 1969-1982 was a hell of a lot better than I had expected.  This documentary was a great way to fill in the blanks that were left from watching “Love & Mercy“.  As I said in my review, Love & Mercy was an excellent film, but you really had to know exactly what was going on with Brian in the 1960’s thru 1980’s to understand the movie completely.  This film is going to give you those missing links.

And for that reason…

 

I rate this movie, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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Note: And keep an eye out for May Pang’s book, Loving John, on Peter Ames Carlin’s bookshelf!

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Song Review: “No. 6” by The Quarrymen

I just found this new song by The Quarrymen (thank you Beatles Examiner) called No. 6.  It’s the first song off their new album and features none other than May Pang!

For 99 cents, I figured it was worth it to download it from Amazon and give it a listen and all I can say is….WOW!

This song is a whole lot more than I ever expected.  Just when I thought that this was a band that was still trying to ride the tails of their predecessors, I’ve been proven wrong.  This song, though still with its nostalgic samples, is easily just as hip, chic, awesome, groovy, swag, word or whatever the kids are saying these days.

I’m anxiously awaiting the album!

Absolutely, don’t miss the opportunity to listen and own this new song.  You can download it on Amazon.com. (Don’t let the preview on Amazon fool you…it doesn’t do the song justice!)

I rate this song: 4 out of 4 Beetles

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