The Last Days of John Lennon

The Last Days of John Lennon

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"John Lennon was one of the world's most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade -- a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. "It's the perfect time to be coming back," he declared. Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles' controversial 1966 American tour, the band had feared for their safety. "You might as well put a target on me," Lennon said, and the Nixon administration complied by opening an FBI file. If only the agents hadn't been so intently focused on the star himself, they might have detected Mark David Chapman's powerful, ever-growing obsession with his onetime idol. Chapman, himself a tragic nowhere man, ultimately achieved the notoriety he craved by actualizing the target on Lennon -- single-handedly wounding the spirit of a generation."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316429061
Branch Call Number: B/LENNON
Characteristics: x, 434 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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May 25, 2021

A memoir describing the life of musician John Lennon, interspersed with chapters detailing the plans and mindset of the man who would eventually assassinate him on December 8, 1980. As a Beatles fan who remembers that day very well, it is at times hard to read, but I found it well-written and thought-provoking.

May 12, 2021

I like the way it starts from Lennon's musical beginnings and highlights important events in his life. I'm not a Beatles fanatic, but wanted to read this book and have been rediscovering their music ever since.

May 08, 2021

Great read, nice history of the Beatles and John Lennon, ending sucked

DOMESTICAT Jan 24, 2021

The title is a bit misleading, as the book tells the story of John Lennon’s life and then leads up to his horrific death ; and there are a handful of factual inaccuracies. It gets a bit difficult to read towards the end as the story approaches its inevitable sad ending. However, this is very well-written and a great read. I am a lifelong John Lennon fan and I enjoyed it.

debwalker Dec 07, 2020

Rock's most haunting early death.


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