|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
David Sheff is the author of the #1 New York Times -bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy . Sheff's other books include Game Over , China Dawn , and All We Are Saying . His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times , Rolling Stone , Playboy , Wired , Fortune , and elsewhere. His ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time Magazine 's list of the World's Most Influential People. Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Some interesting stuff, esp. John's thoughts on songs he penned--lots of doctrine, though
While it was very sad reading this when it first came out, knowing that you'd never hear anything new from Lennon after reading this, in retrospect the best thing about this book is that the interviewer takes him song by song and has him tell whether he or McCartney wrote it.
What an interesting look at this mould-breaking couple. Lennon is shifty, needling, egoic. Ono, unpredictable, imaginative, but a shepherd for Lennon and their relationship. He seems to love the way she lets him be helpless. They talk about their domestic life, about creation; John evinces a surprising sweetbitter hostility to the other Beatles (possibly excepting Ringo); he talks at length about some of their songs and where they came from. We hear about their relationships with parents and children, and there are a few admissions--John's violence toward women; the crossworld hounding and intimmidation of Yoko's ex-husband over custody of their kid--that you don't expect they shopped around to the mags in general. It surprises a little how much insecurity John wears so close to the surface, underneath his hippie-Liverpudlian combination of peacnicity, self-potentiality jargon and comewhatmayism; but it does the heart good to see John the happy househusband and Yoko the steely CEO. And then you think about what was shortly, so shortly to come, and moue downcast (even still) for his lost genius. He talks about the music he'll be making when he's 85; it's sad.