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"In this unique analysis, Tim Kasser puts a famous and enigmatic Beatles song under the psychological microscope. Bringing methods to bear from linguistics, cognitive science, music theory, and the study of attachment, Kasser probes deeply into the life and the soul of John Lennon. His little book shines as bright as a diamond in the (strawberry) field of psychological biography."
-- Dan P. McAdams, Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology and Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives, Northwestern University, and author of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream
"Tim Kasser's in-depth study of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' brings a fresh and thought-provoking approach to a well-known and oft-discussed Beatles song. While most scholars and critics have come at this song from the point of view of musical analysis or biography (or both), Kasser's readings rely principally on methods drawn from the field of psychology. The interpretations in Lucy in the Mind of Lennon open up new ways to think about meaning in popular music."
-- John Covach, Professor of Music, University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music
"This is an outstanding work, a wonderfully rich and synthetic portrait. Tim Kasser artfully employs some of the latest scientific methods for studying individual lives to illuminate the complex meanings behind Lennon's song Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and its place in Lennon's life history. He has an engaging, conversational style of writing that draws the reader in, so that we're traveling partners sharing a fascinating journey of exploration into Lennon's inner world."
-- Amy Demorest, Professor of Psychology, Amherst College