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Fred Seaman's Lennon bio
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10 July 2013
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Is this book worth anything?  Will it make me dislike John Lennon?  I'm just finishing Philip Norman's biography and I was reading reviews about the Seaman book, and the reviews seemed very good (in spite of what I had seen previously about how horrible it was, and how Yoko said not to read it).

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I guess it's not really a bio, but a diary of everything that happened.

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10 July 2013
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I've read practically every book on John Lennon (or it feels like it at least) and I loved the Seaman book. I do think he is anti-Yoko, and I do think some of the stories may be a bit exaggerated, but for the most part, much of what Seaman talks about I've seen documented in other books on Lennon (including ones John's half-sister wrote (Julia Baird) as well as Cynthia). I highly recommend it (I couldn't put it down) if only because it is written by someone who was there in his last years of life and it isn't a cookie-cutter bio of John. You won't end up hating John by reading it. You may end up (like I did) feeling closer to him and appreciating what his life was really like as he neared the end of it.

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11 September 2013
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I can't get my hands on the Seaman book, but did find Robert Rosen's Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon at the library. I'm only on page 2 at the moment. The book starts off explaining that Seaman passed Rosen John's diaries after his murder. I happened to have just finished Cynthia Lennon's John, and according to Cynthia, Seaman passed the diaries to a "friend" for safekeeping, but the "friend" refused to hand them back to him once he realised their value. Not sure if Rosen is the same "friend"?

Have any of you read this book? Is it any good? As I'm typing this I've moved on to page 3, where Rosen alleged that Seaman broke into his house and stole the diaries. Rosen wrote this book based on his memories of the diaries. At this point I'm really starting to get skeptical. Is it worth a read? Or is it just some sleazy potboiler?

Not sure if this book has already been discussed elsewhere. If so, would be great if you could direct me to that thread :) Thanks!

Jacqueline

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I've read "Nowhere Man" and the Seaman book...both are excellent! As with any book, you have to discount those things that don't make sense or don't ring true. But, for the most part, both the Seaman book (my favorite) and "Nowhere Man" are fairly credible with the few exceptions you would see in any book written about a celebrity. I like getting the different perspectives. And when you read as many of these books as you can, you see that they do coroborate certain things that each one claim. I agree with Parlance that the Tarot card reader book, "Dakota Days" is hard to wrap your brain around because Charlie Swan, the author, used quotations of conversations between him and John and him and Yoko as if he was remembering these conversations word for word. That is impossible to swallow. Though, I would still recommend the book to anyone because, for all its flaws, it does give another perspective to John's final days and it does coroborate other books that have been written about that time in John's life (like the Seaman book).

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I was reading Nowhere Man and enjoying it due to it not being another dull read that goes over the same stuff again but like with 98% of books I got diverted by other things. Aim to go back to it at some point.

Haven't seen the Seaman book on my travels but will keep an out out

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