REVIEW: John Lennon: Listen to this Book.

I was sent an interesting book last week and I couldn’t put it down.  I like to think of myself as someone who knows quite a bit about JohnandYoko, their releases, and their doings together.  This title absolutely blew my mind.  It is part history, part narrative, part complete discography, and essential for your Beatle bookshelf.  The title is called John Lennon: Listen to this Book, by John Blaney which happens to be in its second printing.

Listen To This BookThe book is a combination of Lewisohn’s day-by-day history and Bruce Spizer’s lovely Beatle discography studies.  Quite simply, it is a must-have for Lennon-o-philes.  I have not been able to put it down for the last two weeks or so.  I have never seen such a densely researched book on John Lennon written in such a readable and enjoyable way.  

My wife thinks I’m crazy, and keeps telling me that I’ve had enough.  Or should I say, she’s had enough.  I keep reciting facts to her from the book, and she plays along and listens. 

Stunning.

Read sample pages here.
You can order it via amazon UK.

Here are some links/review about the title, and some descriptions. 
Check it out, it is kind of pricey, and in short run so snap it up quick, but totally worth the investment.  John Blaney’s work, much like his book on Paul and his solo body of work.  It will invigorate you and motivate you to crack out your solo-Lennon albums and listen to them again with book in hand.

Here are a few things we’ve collected about the book:

Book description:
Listen To This Book sets out to trace John Lennon’s solo recordings and shed some new light on them. Primarily a discography, it also reveals the influences and stories behind his songs. Entries are arranged chronologically. The book begins with Lennon’s debut solo album, Two Virgins, and ends with his latest, John Lennon Acoustic. Information about each record is broken down into discrete parts. Song titles are followed by the artist’s name, release date and catalogue number. Chart positions from Billboard and BMRB/Music Week are provided for American and British releases. Japanese chart positions, taken from ‘Oricon’, are also provided. Each song has been assigned an index number followed by the song title, composer credit, recording personnel, recording studio, recording date and producer credit. A song Index, to help trace each song and the record it appears on, has also been provided. John Lennon: Listen To This Book collects together for the first time in one book information about label variations, promotional records chart positions, recording locations and much more.

A-I-U: Yoko Ono website review:
Listen To This Book sets out to trace John Lennon’s solo recordings and shed some new light on them. Primarily a discography, it also reveals the influences and stories behind his songs. Entries are arranged chronologically. The book begins with Lennon’s debut solo album, Two Virgins, and ends with his latest, John Lennon Acoustic. Information about each record is broken down into discrete parts.”

Bagism website review:
From British Beatles Fan Club Magazine, Summer 2005. Spanning the period 1968 up to the recently-issued Acoustic CD, this book lists, discusses and illustrates all of Lennon’s releases from the UK and across the pond in the USA. Comprehensive in its approach, you can go straight to the UK or US discography that lists all of the ‘regular’ releases, or investigate the individual listings of promotional and interview discs. The book has been very carefully compiled by John Blaney, obviously a fan, who has presented this material in a concise and compact form. Influences and recording information are also provided, plus if you needed anything more there is a section on Japanese releases and chart performances. If you are a fan of the solo Lennon you will find this book invaluable both as a reference tool and as a ‘look book’, with all releases fully illustrated (although unfortunately only in black & white). Be quick, as it is a limited edition of 1000 copies’

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2 Responses

  1. This Book is since 2005 on the market…

  2. […] to This Book,  is nothing short of stellar, and I highly recommend seeking it out. (Check out our review of that […]

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