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Philip Norman's Lennon bio
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3 January 2013
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I just downloaded this as I got a great deal/discount on it on iBooks. The reviews all look good, and I've enjoyed Shout! over the years although it's a bit clinical and academic. However, he makes no bones about being a John fan but is critical of him. Anyone here read it? Thoughts?

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5 January 2013
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I read it the beginning of the school year. Took a really long time to read, and I was reading it practically through the whole school day. The beginning of the book is really good, but it starts dragging around India time or something. I read Shout! by Phillip Norman and hated it, so I thought I would hate In My Life, but it was a good book. Lots of stuff in it I hadn't read before.

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I read it the beginning of the school year. Took a really long time to read, and I was reading it practically through the whole school day. The beginning of the book is really good, but it starts dragging around India time or something. I read Shout! by Phillip Norman and hated it, so I thought I would hate In My Life, but it was a good book. Lots of stuff in it I hadn't read before.

I finished Shout! a few weeks ago...it was a good book but I certainly don't think it deserves all the plaudits it's gotten over the last 30 years as the "definitive" bio...there are several factual errors (mainly release/recording date errors). Still, it's MILES better than that pile of shit Bob Spitz called a "biography" from a few years back...that book was laughably bad and inaccurate.

 

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I didn't like this book. As a matter of fact, I sold it back after I read it. I just came away from it thinking John was nothing but a belligerent asshole. Also, I was surprised to find out the author was heterosexual, after he spent so many pages detailing exactly what clothes John was wearing on particular days, down to what style of jacket or what kind of shoes, and so on (and spent so much effort to make John look gay throughout the book). And it bothered me the way he used "smart people words" unnecessarily, instead of using more simple words for things. It's not fun to repeatedly look up words in the dictionary only to find out there was a much simpler way of writing it.

Did anyone else dislike this book?

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Well, I liked the book a lot. I think Mr. Norman did a great job in his portrait John as a human being and not as a saint/martyr.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
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