Lennon in America: 1971-1980, Based in Part on the Lost


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  1. Paul Lyons Paul Lyons says:

    What do you say about a book that is full of scathing, gratuitous sensationalism How does one read a book that is supposedly filled with shocking truths, when that very same book makes bold statements that you personally know are not true It s a frustrating conundrum, one I faced constantly while reading Geoffrey Giuliano s 2000 book Lennon In America Yet despite its questionable merits, I read Lennon In America faster than any book I ve read in yearsUpon reading the first 20 pages, I figu What do you say about a book that is full of scathing, gratuitous sensationalism How does one read a book that is supposedly filled with shocking truths, when that very same book makes bold statements that you personally know are not true It s a frustrating conundrum, one I faced constantly while reading Geoffrey Giuliano s 2000 book Lennon In America Yet despite its questionable merits, I read Lennon In America faster than any book I ve read in yearsUpon reading the first 20 pages, I figured I made a mistake Giuliano dives right in at the start of the book with as much dirt as he can dig up We learn in short time that John Lennon cheated on Yoko Ono, engaging in oral sex with the wife of Wings guitarist Denny Lane Then we learn about the oral sex he received from original Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe back in the early 60 s, as well as his sexual encounter with Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1963 And this is just for startersGiuliano takes great pains to point out that John Lennon was pretty much a sex addictWhat he could not get from Yoko, he got from othersand when he could not get from othershe looked at porn, hit on men, and masturbated regularly Among the images John Lennon masturbated to were Patti Hanson George Harrison s wife and future star Madonna Fantastic What kind of book is this This is not the kind of book I wanted to readI checked on the author, and the publisher.all checked out legit Giuliano has written a number of books on The Beatles, plus books on Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Townshend and He s also a singer songwriter Lennon In America 1971 1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries claims to be the result of 16 years of researchciting many sources close to the Lennon inner circle i.e former lover May Pang, Liverpool friend Pete Shotton, etc or part of the inner circle proper i.e Sean Lennon, Julian Lennon, etc It also claims to base its information on the Lost Lennon Diaries which Giuliano constantly refers to, yet never quotes verbatim Yet despite it s many claimsGiuliano s sloppy work only serves to undermine it s factual telling of John Lennon s story That said, it s one hell of a reada real, page turnerfact or fiction.The picture that the book paints of John Lennon is not a pretty oneever Per Giuliano, John Lennon s post Beatle life was a total nightmare of drugs, doubt, insecurity, depression, sex and violence The book s John Lennon was a man who lost any and all control of his life Far from the picture perfect marriage put on display for the world to see.Lennon s marriage to Yoko Ono was a troubled oneleaving both parties very unhappy for years Chief villain, of course, is Yoko Onewhose desire for control over her husband s life and estate superseded anything and everything else Lennon became a slave to Yoko s whims and fanciesShe ruled the Lennon household, using her will power, and the consultation of mystics and tarot card readersand he willfully let her He ate what she told him to eat He traveled where she told him to traveland did not travel to where she did not approve him to travel It its Yoko who convinced John to move to New Yorkand leave his Liverpool friends and family behindforever Sadly, after moving to America in the fall of 1971, John Lennon never ever returned to his homeland England He seemed to have missed England terribly, yet Yoko was never enthused enough to schedule a trip for him Instead, Lennon and Ono spent a considerable amount of time in Japan, where Yoko Ono desperately sought approval from her judgmental, affluent family According to the book, John Lennon was incapable of doing anything on his own Never wanting to take responsibilityhe willfully gave it to others Yoko ran his business ventures, and ran his life When he got on her nerves, she sent him off to vacation either at a summer house on Long Island, or in Bermuda, or somewhere else When he was oversexedshe either provided, or allowed John Lennon to have extramarital affairs Yoko tried to keep her husband happyeven if it meant providing him with drugs Under Dame Ono, Lennon s health was never good Either too frail and thin from one bad diet after anotheror suffering from the unwelcome effects of cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin As a parent, John Lennonper the book, was a disaster Despite many efforts, Lennon was never able to feel comfortable enough to connect with his first son, Julian Their relationship remained sadly strained and awkward to the very end Despite taking 5 years off to care for his new son, Sean, John Lennon left much of the work to his nannies Lennon loved Sean, and did spend some considerable time with himhelping to raise him Yet he too often lost patience with the young boysometimes slapping, and kicking the child out of anger Giuliano paints Sean Lennon as a helpless victim to his father s many dark moods, and temper tantrumsGiuliano works hard to portray John Lennon as a deeply unhappy mancompletely paralyzed by paranoia, depression, insecurity, a cold, controlling wife, and a loveless marriage Despite the massive success he achieved in early in his life, Lennon would spend hours and days without any directionholed up in his roomwatching television and staring at the wall He envied the success of his best friend arch nemesis Paul McCartneyyet was too afraid to make a moveany move in that direction It s a heartbreaking to read about such a sullen existence for such an important musician It feels as it the malaise of the 70 s, Yoko Ono and the walls of his apartment at the Dakota sucked the life out of him Lennon once had strong political passions, and fought hard to obtain legal immigration status in the U.S Yet once the fight was over, and he got his green card in 1976there was little to no passion left His days and nights during the mid 70 s were wasted and listlesswith no end in sight.Of course, when it comes time to discuss Lennon s comeback in 1980, Giuliano stumbles completely Despite endless discussion on John Lennon s dreams, drugs, tantrums, and masturbatory fantasies, Giuliano has little to offer when it comes to details on how exactly John Lennon got himself back into the recording studio after so many years away Only a few pages are devoted to the recording of Lennon s and Ono s Double Fantasy record, its subsequent release and promotionand followed by John Lennon s murder on December 8, 1980 Of course, Giuliano is dismissive of the recordmaking sure to let readers know the reaction to the album was lukewarm by both the fans and the criticsThe book ends on a sad postscriptbriefly discussing the struggling lives and careers of Lennon s childrenJulian and Sean, and the post Lennon life of Yoko Ono.Look, I m just going to say itGeoffrey Giuliano is an idiot His fact checking skills are piss poor, and his writing if too often rambling, and repetitive Among the errors I noted in the book offhand1 Madonna did not release her first single until nearly two years after John Lennon diedso how he masturbated about her years before is anybody s guess 2 Rod Stewart and The Faces were never an opening act for Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden Led Zeppelin generally did not have support acts 3 John Lennon met Paul McCartney on July 6, 1957NOT June 15, 1956, as stated in the book These are just the errors I noted offhand, who knows how many other errors are made in the book Also, Giuliano writes in the Chronology at the end of the book for 16 August 1962 For reasons that remain a mystery to this day, drummer Pete Best is unceremoniously sacked from the group and Ringo Starr is quickly brought in Is he kidding Does he actually think that Pete Best was sacked for reasons that remain a mystery to this day This um mystery as he calls it has been discussed at length and solved over a thousand times in countless books, interviews, and television programs since 62 Again, Giuliano undermines his own 16 years of research with such idiotic statementsYet for some crazy reason, I found Lennon In America 1971 1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries fascinating Sure, much of it his hogwashyet it s still a very compelling readeven if perhaps only 10 20% of the book is actually true Perhaps it was simply my strong desire to learnabout John Lennon, and believe that I was truly reading about his intimate and most personal and private thoughts and actions I wanted to feel as if I understood John Lennon, the manwarts and all Giuliano is moronic and untidyyet I will give him credit for at least putting a good story togetherone in which I looked forward to each and every page What does that say about me, I wonder Perhaps I like trash I don t know What I do like is the fact that Lennon In America presents one story point after the nextwith little filler There s no waxing philosophical about 70 s culture, music or politicsthere s no over analytic approach to song lyricsthere s no B story that takes main John Lennon story off on a tangent No, in Lennon In America 1971 1980, Based in Part on the Lost Lennon Diaries, Geoffrey Giuliano just presents the facts one after anotheras true as Giuliano chooses to tell them If only Giuliano could have checked his facts, and perhaps provided a less myopic view of John Lennon s life and workthen he would have had not only an engaging and entertaining book, yet a good one as well


  2. Spenser Milo Spenser Milo says:

    Sloppy, unchecked, and all written by an author who is so self important he literally tells the reader how monumental his research is Can you imagine what it feels like to hold in your hand a document you know has the power to change the course of Beatles history completely and forever What do you do with that Well, Giuliano blames Yoko for nearly everything meanwhile adds a picture of him and her together in the photograph section Giuliano also constantly refers to the so called Lost Lenn Sloppy, unchecked, and all written by an author who is so self important he literally tells the reader how monumental his research is Can you imagine what it feels like to hold in your hand a document you know has the power to change the course of Beatles history completely and forever What do you do with that Well, Giuliano blames Yoko for nearly everything meanwhile adds a picture of him and her together in the photograph section Giuliano also constantly refers to the so called Lost Lennon Diaries yet never quotes them directly, only stating how integral they are to all gossip he s researched Giuliano never misses an attempt to sloppily construct a chapter either At one point in a chapter we re in 1971, and Phil Spector and Lennon are upset at each other, then suddenly Lennon is stressed about immigration, the dissolve of Apple, and Yoko s controlling habits Only through your own knowledge of how time works, you realize it s actually 1974 with the Spector debacle and it s 1973 with the Yoko controlling habits, and the Apple dissolve takes place in 1976 Not once does the author lead the reader through a cohesive train of thought or a fucking story without quickly pausing to mention, yes, Yoko is bad I imagine Giuliano was too much in a rush to professionally edit a biography about one of the most popular figures in music history because God forbid the world should spend another minute not knowing the craziest tidbit the author was able to uncover Lennon was, in fact, a bisexual man Wild


  3. K. K. says:

    Overly mythologized, sensationalized portrait of Lennon in the US containing source material that should never have been released to the public Should be in the same crap heap of Lennon biographies alongside Albert Goldman s Lives of Lennon Garbage.


  4. Rick Vickers Rick Vickers says:

    I enjoyed reading this book about my all time hero John Lennon Some of what is in the book I believe to be true but some other so called facts must be taken with a grain of salt.


  5. Jeff Jeff says:

    I gave this one star, only because I couldn t give it zero Mr Giuliano tells his thoughts on John in the 70 s, none of which is supported though evidence, or referenced from interviews.


  6. Jessica Jessica says:

    a delicious and captivating read This book engages the reader in a saucy and tell all manner It focuses on the ono era and divulges secrets and facts that other books merely brush past It focuses on a period that had the world wondering what was going on in lennon s head The book is post beatles, yet references details and occurances that had a large influence on the man behind the band The book informs the reader about experiences pre and post beatles that influenced his genius, and, at a delicious and captivating read This book engages the reader in a saucy and tell all manner It focuses on the ono era and divulges secrets and facts that other books merely brush past It focuses on a period that had the world wondering what was going on in lennon s head The book is post beatles, yet references details and occurances that had a large influence on the man behind the band The book informs the reader about experiences pre and post beatles that influenced his genius, and, at the same time, drove him to destructive and unaccepted behaviors This book is hard to put down and lures you into the head of a man who s genius both inspired the world and, at the same time, forced the icon to be a prisoner of his own art Hands down an excellent read for any Lennon fan You will both pity and admire the last years of his life


  7. Juliette Juliette says:

    Found this is a box of junk a friend was throwing out Like you do with colorful trash, I couldn t help a flip through And then I read the damn thing It s as someone said here, like a horrid traffic accident You keep looking although you feel ashamed of yourself Of course, the writing is ghastly But I knew that going in It s the Yoko thing that kept me there I suspect a lot of what this piece of shite had to say was close to the truth About Yoko Maybe not John I do know their relations Found this is a box of junk a friend was throwing out Like you do with colorful trash, I couldn t help a flip through And then I read the damn thing It s as someone said here, like a horrid traffic accident You keep looking although you feel ashamed of yourself Of course, the writing is ghastly But I knew that going in It s the Yoko thing that kept me there I suspect a lot of what this piece of shite had to say was close to the truth About Yoko Maybe not John I do know their relationship is summed up in a real work of art Annie Liebowitz s sp portrait of a nude John curled up around a fully clothed, obviously bored Ono, him almost sucking his thumb A painful picture but one that shouted the truth of who they were together This book shouts nothing Well, maybe it says LOOK I WROTE A BEATLE S BOOK GIMME MONEY


  8. Rosemary Bloom Rosemary Bloom says:

    I felt like this wasof a chance for the author to trash Yoko Ono than a look at Lennon s life He takes up every chance given to blame every single thing that went wrong in Lennon s life on his second wife, making it seem as though if he had stayed with Cynthia then the Beatles would have never broken up and Lennon would be alive today The author paints Lennon as this hopeless, poor man under the control of iron fisted Yoko, who makes every decision for him while sucking up all of his ene I felt like this wasof a chance for the author to trash Yoko Ono than a look at Lennon s life He takes up every chance given to blame every single thing that went wrong in Lennon s life on his second wife, making it seem as though if he had stayed with Cynthia then the Beatles would have never broken up and Lennon would be alive today The author paints Lennon as this hopeless, poor man under the control of iron fisted Yoko, who makes every decision for him while sucking up all of his energy, his creativity and his money His bandmates attempt to come to his rescue, only Lennon pushes them away under her suggestions I started reading this to get some insight into one of my favorite musicians, and put it down halfway through because I tired of reading a speculative tabloid


  9. Gwen Gwen says:

    Don t know why this book doesn t havestars As far as I can tell it is a truthful rendering of the time John Lennon spent in America It details how Yoko controlled him and came between him and his family Among other things it seems strange to me that after he was able to travel abroad they went to her homeland at least twice and didn t set foot in his Yoko held on and now controls his estate and his name brand.I recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore the truth about John Don t know why this book doesn t havestars As far as I can tell it is a truthful rendering of the time John Lennon spent in America It details how Yoko controlled him and came between him and his family Among other things it seems strange to me that after he was able to travel abroad they went to her homeland at least twice and didn t set foot in his Yoko held on and now controls his estate and his name brand.I recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore the truth about John Lennon


  10. Possum Possum says:

    Like Oprah once wrote Gossip is an assassination attempt by a coward And that s all this book seems to be gossip Lurid, denigrating gossip Granted, I only read the prologue and the first chapter Once I figured out that this was just a glorified tabloid article, I couldn t continue But nothing that I read in those two sections was helpful or insightful in my opinion I didn t even see direct quotes from Lennon s diary like the title would have you believe.


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