The murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980, sent shockwaves around the world. The most acclaimed singer/songwriter of his generation, first a Beatle and then a boundary-pushing solo artist, was senselessly silenced forever at age forty; immediately, his final musical statement, an intimate, pop-infused collection called Double Fantasy, released only weeks before his death, skyrocketed to #1 worldwide, as did its poignantly titled single, "(Just Like) Starting Over."
His first studio recording since 1975’s Rock ’n’ Roll—and his first musical endeavor of any kind since taking a much-needed hiatus to raise Sean, his son with Yoko Ono—Double Fantasy represents more than a comeback album to Lennon fans and music critics alike. It captures a cultural icon at the pinnacle of his creative success and personal fulfillment; thirty years later it remains a musical touchstone and an affecting reminder of what could have been.
Starting Over is an oral history of the making of Double Fantasy and the definitive account of John Lennon’s last days. From early demos to sessions at New York City’s The Hit Factory, from the electrifying chemistry of the studio band to keeping the project under wraps to the album’s release and critical reception, here is fascinating, insightful commentary from all of the key players involved in its extraordinary creation: Yoko Ono, David Geffen, producer Jack Douglas, engineers, arrangers, session musicians, music journalists, and even Lennon himself via archival interviews.
Featuring never-before-seen photos of John and Yoko in the studio, candid images taken by David M. Spindel and Roger Farrington, Starting Over is the essential portrait for anyone who hears both a beginning and ending in the tracks of Double Fantasy.
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STARTING OVER is a fine, fine book with all sorts of new information and is a fabulous read. Beatles fans have so many book choices, and there's so much repetition throughout the many tomes that keep coming out (I'm thinking of FAB, the new McCartney bio; or last year's John Lennon tome, for instance), that it's really something when a new book appears that is, in fact, full of new information and insight. STARTING OVER is such a book. It's a first-hand account of the DOUBLE FANTASY sessions as told by the participants. Yeah, it's all upbeat and not a bad word is cast, but the reader really gets a sense of what happened. It's absolutely essential for any John Lennon or Beatles aficionado ... and there are less and less new books about those subjects that can make that claim after all this time. And like I said at the top of this post, it's a great read, too.
With a little help from his friends, Ken Sharp digs deep into a treasure trove of never-before-seen or heard stories, images and firsthand accounts of Lennon's final recording sessions. This totally enjoyable read immerses you in the recording studio, alongside one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th Century. Full of humor, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and poignant memories, this book also offers great insights on the inner workings of the recording industry. More than two thumbs up!!
This book is filled with fun and engaging memories from the production crew and musicians fortunate enough to have played on John Lennon's last recorded album. Although remembered through the rosy recollection of people that once worked with a much loved and missed musical icon, the book is nonetheless a great read.