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The Search for John Lennon: The Life, Loves, and Death of a Rock Star

The Search for John Lennon: The Life, Loves, and Death of a Rock Star

by Lesley-Ann Jones


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Pulling back the many hidden layers of John Lennon’s life, Lesley-Ann Jones closely tracks the events and personality traits that led to the rock star living in self-imposed exile in New York—where he was shot dead outside his apartment on that fateful autumn day forty years ago.

Late on December 8th, 1980, the world abruptly stopped turning for millions, as news broke that the world's most beloved musician had been gunned down in cold blood in New York City. The most iconic Beatle left behind an unrivaled body of music and legions of faithful disciples—yet his profound legacy has brought with it as many questions and contradictions as his music has provided truths and certainties.

In this compelling exploration, acclaimed music biographer Lesley-Ann Jones unravels the enigma that was John Lennon to present a complete portrait of the man, his life, his loves, his music, his untimely death, and, ultimately, his legacy.

Using fresh first-hand research, unseen material and exclusive interviews with the people who knew Lennon best, Jones's search for answers offers a spellbinding, 360-degree view of one of the world's most iconic music legends. The Search for John Lennon delves deep into psyche of the world's most storied musician—the good, the bad and the genius—forty years on from his tragic death.

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ISBN-13: 9781643136721
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/01/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 445,851
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Lesley-Ann Jones is a bestselling biographer, novelist, and broadcaster. She honed her craft on Fleet Street as a newspaper journalist. She is the author of Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury and Hero: David Bowie. A childhood friend of David Bowie, Lesley-Ann has interviewed many of the world's most-loved artists, including Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Prince, often forming lifelong friendships with her subjects. Lesley-Ann lives in England.

Table of Contents

Echoes 1

Chapter 1 Come Together 29

Chapter 2 Forsaken 41

Chapter 3 Julia 55

Chapter 4 Luna 87

Chapter 5 Gioconda 101

Chapter 6 Inferno 109

Chapter 7 Svengali 125

Chapter 8 Ouintus 141

Chapter 9 Amerigo 157

Chapter 10 Alma 169

Chapter 11 Living Years 175

Chapter 12 Redeemer 183

Chapter 13 Yoko 193

Chapter 14 Quicksand 203

Chapter 15 Revelation 215

Chapter 16 Metamorphosis 231

Chapter 17 Kyoko 245

Chapter 18 May 265

Chapter 19 Resurrection 279

Chapter 20 Replay 289

Chapter 21 Finale 297

Coda: Days in the Lives: A Selected Timeline 315

Chapter Notes 363

In Other Words 391

Music 399

Select Bibliography & Recommendations 415

Acknowledgements 421

Index 425

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