OK ladies and gentleman I’ve have begun reading this book, and I must not have gotten this far yet. Boy oh boy does this little bit of news make the book that much more interesting. The news sounds like something out of the tabloids to me.
This is not the first time that we’ve heard grumblings about John Lennon lusting after another man. We all know that allegedly John Lennon and Brian Epstein supposedly did or did not have some kind of tryst on a trip to Spain together in 1963. It did happen, it did not happen, we really do not know for sure.
In this new book Phillip Norman accuses Lennon of further lust with his bandmate Paul McCartney and his own mother. Now, that’s just taking things a bit too far. I personally don’t believe it.
Here’s a description of the book, John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman.
For more than a quarter century, Philip Norman’s internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world’s most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.
This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon’s much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklore—his upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book’s numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennon—whose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never before—and Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.
Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictions—tough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecure—and reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.
I’ll give you my own thoughts on this once I finish the book for myself in a future review. For now, this news leaves more than a few people (Yoko and Paul) steaming mad.
Here’s what we’ve read.
Sir Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono are furious after a new book they helped with accuses John Lennon of wanting a gay relationship with Macca.
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