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The Lennon Companion - David Gutman

Paperback Published: 15th January 2004
ISBN: 9780306812705
Number Of Pages: 344

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"Preferring Paul to John was like preferring Cliff Richard to Elvis Presley, or Donovan to Dylan. John was the leader; he was his own man."-Martin Amis. John Lennon lives on. Forty years after the Beatles invaded America in 1964, and more than twenty years after Lennon's death, his work is perennially popular and continues to appeal across the generations. A man shrouded in myth and controversy, Lennon led a complex, enigmatic life. The Lennon Companion is a luminous and multifaceted exploration of John Lennon's life and work, a collection of over fifty articles from a stellar list of writers including Pauline Kael, Tom Wolfe, Martin Amis, Gloria Steinem, and Philip Larkin-a remarkably multidimensional look at Lennon's music, myth, and mystique.

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Long gone John: Lennon and the revelationsp. 5
The arty Teddy Boyp. 14
Isolation: Sutcliffe, Epstein, Lennon and lossp. 20
What songs the Beatles sang ... (from The Times)p. 27
Stokowski talks of something called Beatlesp. 29
Beatle with a futurep. 31
The menace of Beatlismp. 39
Lennon's literary lunchp. 42
A highbrow under all that hair?p. 44
Lennon's near-literacy (Parliamentary debate)p. 47
A Hard Day's Nightp. 50
The MBE controversy (from The Times)p. 53
The Diariesp. 57
Help!p. 59
In the echo chamberp. 60
Rubber Soul and the social dance traditionp. 69
How does a Beatle live? John Lennon lives like thisp. 71
John's gospelp. 76
Beatles strike serious note in press talkp. 78
Revolverp. 80
Penny Lane for a song (from The Times)p. 81
Up Against Itp. 82
The Beatles revive hopes of progress in pop musicp. 89
Comments on rockp. 97
The music of The Beatlesp. 99
The Lennon-McCartney songsp. 109
On the music of the Beatlesp. 113
The English army had just won the warp. 126
The Beatles' home moviep. 131
Metamorphosis of The Beatlesp. 134
Meeting Yoko Onop. 141
John Lennon's schooldaysp. 145
Beatlesp. 150
The new Beatles albump. 152
A fairy tale about a present-day Cindrellap. 154
Those inventive Beatlesp. 157
The Diaries of a Cabinet Ministerp. 159
The isle is full of noisesp. 160
Strong as everp. 161
Power to the peoplep. 165
Imaginep. 181
Infantilismp. 186
John Lennon versus the FBIp. 188
John Lennon, Bob Geldof and why pop songs don't change the worldp. 198
Together again: Walls and Bridgesp. 209
Beyond Strawberry Fields: Lennon's later stylep. 211
Five shots end the life of the famous singer and composerp. 218
On John Lennon's deathp. 219
Lennon - from Beatle to househusbandp. 220
John Lennonp. 223
Symbolic comradesp. 226
Lennon's epitaphp. 231
For $325, a chance to assess the legacy of The Beatlesp. 237
Say, John ...p. 241
John and Yokop. 243
Night musicp. 243
Murder on 72nd Streetp. 244
Fighting the fabp. 247
New York City Blues (for John Lennon)p. 248
Afterword 2003p. 251
Selective bibliographyp. 270
Discographyp. 286
Indexp. 296
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306812705
ISBN-10: 0306812703
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 15th January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.04  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1