The John Lennon Letters

The John Lennon Letters

Book - 2012
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A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary musician and songwriter.

John Lennon was one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known, creator of "Help!", "Come Together", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Imagine", and dozens more. But it was in his correspondences that he let his personality and poetry flow unguarded. Now, gathered for the first time in book form, are his letters to family, friends, strangers, and lovers from every point in his life. Funny, informative, wise, poetic, and sometimes heartbreaking, his letters illuminate a never-before-seen intimate side of the private genius.

This groundbreaking collection of almost 300 letters and postcards has been edited and annotated by Hunter Davies, whose authorized biography The Beatles (1968) was published to great acclaim. With unparalleled knowledge of Lennon and his contemporaries, Davies reads between the lines of the artist's words, contextualizing them in Lennon's life and using them to reveal the man himself.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9781619692459
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 Lenno
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8.5 hr.) digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 14, 2014

Once again, my sadness at John Lennon's murder comes to the surface. The world lost a good man.
These letters show a warm, kind, passionate man who believed in the power of Love and Peace. These weren't just words to him; he believed in them and their power to better ourselves & our world.
He wasn't a perfect man but he was a thinking man who tried to find his way to a better reality. With each year, he became more grounded, aware, and dare I say it, wise.
The early letters (from The Beatles era) weren't stellar. He was definitely young and perhaps overwhelmed at what was happening in his life.
But once John Lennon meets Yoko Ono his direction changed. He started to think deeper and in more significant ways about the world, what's important to all and to himself personally. These letters are wonderful.
Sadly, the letters stopped. They stopped at a time in John's life that gives me pain, really. He was at that almost perfect place where he had matured and grown to a place where he could now comfortably be himself and be happy. He still had so much to live and to give the world.
Before each letter Hunter Davies gives a summary of the letter to come. This summary is sometimes longer than the letter itself and tells all. Leave some surprise for the reader, Mr. Davies!
Also, Hunter Davies knew The Beatles personally. And he let us know that, again and again. It was a bit like name-dropping ("look who I know/knew!"). He needed to stay more in the background and let the letters be the main attraction.

A wonderful read. Highly recommended.

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