14 December 2009
I found it relatively hard to read too, just because I was compelled to read both the reproductions of the letters themselves and the accompanying verbatim transcriptions, which made for a bit of tedium. Always fun to see the little doodles and asides and throwaway jokes he packs into even something as minor as a postcard.
I was watching the JL: Imagine doc recently and was struck by Cynthia's referring to a letter of regret she'd gotten from John wherein he chastises himself for missing Julian's childhood - then realizing that the very same letter was in the book.
Also loved John's various repeated requests that Fred Seaman buy him albums by Bowie and Blondie and McCartney and whoever else...I love that he was keeping an ear open even as he was producing nothing for the public himself. I've read that he often bought three copies of an album he liked - one to play, one to lend, and one to file away on the shelves.
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18 April 2013
Shamrock Womlbs said
I asked for this book as a Xmas present.
I think it'll be fun even though all the mistakes and stuff.
It’s worth it in spite of the transcription errors. Get a magnifying glass and you might be able to make out some words that Davies didn’t make out. I was able to decipher a few.
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"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon
17 December 2012
The important thing about the book is that it provides the primary sources. It is a shame you often have to ignore the annotation, but the source tells you the annotation is wrong, not the source. An example being the "Imagine /Ram " postcard to Julian I referenced earlier in the thread, which Hunter dates as 1971, and says was received by the 8-year-old Julian, despite Sean being part of the signature. Hunter dates it by the postcard, ignoring the fact that John may have had a pile of the postcards he was working his way through. But Sean being in the signature only changes the date, not the document.
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29 November 2012
Blast from the past, but for anyone who is still interested and didn't see it a few years ago, I did review the book here --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....tters.html
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