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The Lennon Companion

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John Lennon lives on. Forty years after the Beatles invaded America in 1964, and more than twenty years after Lennon's death, his work is perennially popular and continues to appeal across the generations. A man shrouded in myth and controversy, Lennon led a complex, enigmatic life. The Lennon Companion is a luminous and multifaceted exploration of John Lennon's life and work, a collection of over fifty articles from a stellar list of writers including Pauline Kael, Tom Wolfe, Martin Amis, Gloria Steinem, and ...

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Overview

John Lennon lives on. Forty years after the Beatles invaded America in 1964, and more than twenty years after Lennon's death, his work is perennially popular and continues to appeal across the generations. A man shrouded in myth and controversy, Lennon led a complex, enigmatic life. The Lennon Companion is a luminous and multifaceted exploration of John Lennon's life and work, a collection of over fifty articles from a stellar list of writers including Pauline Kael, Tom Wolfe, Martin Amis, Gloria Steinem, and Philip Larkin-a remarkably multidimensional look at Lennon's music, myth, and mystique.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812705
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 0.77 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Thomson co-edited The Bowie Companion and The Lennon Companion. Thomson is also the editor of Conclusions on the Wall: New Essays on Bob Dylan. Thomson has also contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians(second edition). She lives in London. David Gutman co-edited The Bowie Companion and The Lennon Companion. Gutman is the author of an illustrated biography, Prokofiev, and is an editorial consultant for Gramophone Magazine. Gutman has also contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians(second edition). He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note
Acknowledgements
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Introduction
Long gone John: Lennon and the revelations 5
The arty Teddy Boy 14
Isolation: Sutcliffe, Epstein, Lennon and loss 20
What songs the Beatles sang ... (from The Times) 27
Stokowski talks of something called Beatles 29
Beatle with a future 31
The menace of Beatlism 39
Lennon's literary lunch 42
A highbrow under all that hair? 44
Lennon's near-literacy (Parliamentary debate) 47
A Hard Day's Night 50
The MBE controversy (from The Times) 53
The Diaries 57
Help! 59
In the echo chamber 60
Rubber Soul and the social dance tradition 69
How does a Beatle live? John Lennon lives like this 71
John's gospel 76
Beatles strike serious note in press talk 78
Revolver 80
Penny Lane for a song (from The Times) 81
Up Against It 82
The Beatles revive hopes of progress in pop music 89
Comments on rock 97
The music of The Beatles 99
The Lennon-McCartney songs 109
On the music of the Beatles 113
The English army had just won the war 126
The Beatles' home movie 131
Metamorphosis of The Beatles 134
Meeting Yoko Ono 141
John Lennon's schooldays 145
Beatles 150
The new Beatles album 152
A fairy tale about a present-day Cindrella 154
Those inventive Beatles 157
The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister 159
The isle is full of noises 160
Strong as ever 161
Power to the people 165
Imagine 181
Infantilism 186
John Lennon versus the FBI 188
John Lennon, Bob Geldof and why pop songs don't change the world 198
Together again: Walls and Bridges 209
Beyond Strawberry Fields: Lennon's later style 211
Five shots end the life of the famous singer and composer 218
On John Lennon's death 219
Lennon - from Beatle to househusband 220
John Lennon 223
Symbolic comrades 226
Lennon's epitaph 231
For $325, a chance to assess the legacy of The Beatles 237
Say, John ... 241
John and Yoko 243
Night music 243
Murder on 72nd Street 244
Fighting the fab 247
New York City Blues (for John Lennon) 248
Afterword 2003 251
Selective bibliography 270
Discography 286
Index 296
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