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Lennon Revealed
     

Lennon Revealed

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by Larry Kane
 

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A quarter of a century after his death, the questions remain: what was John Lennon really like, what drove him to the heights of creativity and the depths of despair, and why do his music and message still resonate for millions around the world? Now acclaimed broadcast journalist and author Larry Kane uncovers the mysteries of Lennon's life and implodes the myths

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A quarter of a century after his death, the questions remain: what was John Lennon really like, what drove him to the heights of creativity and the depths of despair, and why do his music and message still resonate for millions around the world? Now acclaimed broadcast journalist and author Larry Kane uncovers the mysteries of Lennon's life and implodes the myths surrounding it. Kane definitely has the right credentials for the job. He was the only American reporter to travel in the Beatles' official entourage to every stop on their history-making first American tours, and he stayed in touch with Lennon until an assassin ended the former Beatles' life in 1980. Lennon Revealed is filled with revelations about John Lennon's path from public glory to personal crisis, and ultimately to his inspiring rebirth and the triumph of his spirit. Drawing on extensive personal accounts and extraordinary new interviews with more than 100 confidants-most notably, Yoko Ono-Kane presents stunning revelations and brings the reader closer than ever to the man who, in life and in death, has had an incalculable impact on humanity. Includes an exclusive DVD featuring the final interview with Lennon and Paul McCartney, conducted by Larry Kane.

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Of the numerous tribute books scheduled around the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death (observed on December 8, 2005), few if any are as impressive as Larry Kane's Lennon Revealed. To gain new insights into Lennon's history and personality, Kane conducted extensive interviews with Yoko Ono and more than 100 friends and relatives of the Liverpool-born star. He offers new revelations of Lennon's relations with Ono, his childhood soul mate Stuart Sutcliffe, his lover May Pang, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The book also comes with an exclusive DVD that features the complete final filmed interview with Lennon and Paul McCartney, never previously released in full.
Publishers Weekly
In this breezy collection of remembrances, journalist Kane (Ticket to Ride) fondly-if a bit too reverentially-remembers his times with enigmatic Beatle John Lennon. In 1964, Kane, then a radio reporter, was assigned to follow the Beatles in America, beginning a relationship with Lennon that lasted throughout the musician's short life, and one that obviously engendered some real affection. In brisk, entertaining prose, Kane, with a supporting cast of many Beatles associates, assesses the many faces of Lennon from a journalistic yet intensely personal perch. "Was John Lennon a mean bastard? A foolish prankster? An aggressive sex fiend? A musical tyrant? A gay man?" The answers, Kane says, are as complex as Lennon himself. Kane shares his take on the man and the pivotal moments in his life, including Lennon's relationships with his bandmates and Yoko Ono, his involvement in the peace movement, and the infamous "lost weekend" and the Yoko-ordained affair with secretary May Pang. A final chapter of letters written by Lennon fans, however, feels tacked on. There are certainly better books on Lennon, but readers should enjoy Kane's personal, honest recollections. "My reporting of Lennon and his adult life will no doubt vary from others," Kane aptly notes, "but it is mine." (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
As the only American journalist who traveled with the Beatles on their first U.S. tour and someone who had contact with John Lennon over many years, Kane (Ticket To Ride) has plenty of insight into the complexities of Lennon's work and personality. Here, he deals with the thorny issues that have fascinated many other writers-primarily, the allegations that Lennon had a homosexual encounter with Stuart Sutcliffe, the original Beatles bassist, and then gave Sutcliffe a beating that led to his death of a brain hemorrhage. Kane suggests that both allegations are true, backing up his conclusions via interviews with more than 70 individuals, including Yoko Ono, Lennon's friends, and experts on the former Beatle. The result is a seemingly fair and balanced account of just who the man was and what he was about. On the downside, there's not a whole lot of detail about Lennon's career. This hardcover book will come packaged with a DVD of Kane's 1968 interview with Lennon and Paul McCartney at the launch of the Beatles's ill-fated Apple Corps: a nice touch. Although Kane does not necessarily "reveal" anything that fans haven't already read, he does strike a nice balance between biographers who go overboard in praising Lennon and those who vilify him. Highly recommended for public libraries (though note the DVD); academic libraries with significant popular music/popular culture collections should also consider. [See also Bob Spitz's The Beatles, reviewed on this page, and gird your loins for Memories of John Lennon, coming in December.-Ed.]-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762434046
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/17/2007
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
376,877
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Larry Kane is the “dean of Philadelphia television news anchors,” having had a 45-year career covering domestic and world events. He previously wrote an account of his tour experiences with the Beatles in his book Ticket to Ride. Kane lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Lennon Revealed 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read both 'John' and 'Lennon Revealed'. There is something superficial and too reverent about Kane's book. Cynthia lived with Lennon for half his adult life. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that, the classy lady that she is, Cyn's book has got to be the closest to the truth we're ever going to see. Add to that the fact that she still loves the man and waited until she was 65/66 to write the truth? My money is on Cyn's book. Her son, Julian, John's first born son, backs her up all the way.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was nothing I had not read before. Furthermore, it was riddled with mis-spelled words, words were left out, etc. not just a few mistakes, but a large number of them. It was evident that either the editor did a poor job, or the book was put together in a hurry. As far as it being the 'truth' about John Lennon, that is questionable and again, nothing I'd not read before. The author's ego is very evident as well.