John

John

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Random House, Inc.
The Extraordinary Story of a Man, a Legend and a Marriage

When she was eighteen years old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon and they fell in love. Their ten-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon—from Liverpool’s dockside clubs to the dizzying worldwide fame that followed. And Cynthia Lennon, John’s first wife, was an integral part of the swirl of events that are now an indelible part of the history of rock and roll.

In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

Cynthia has seldom talked in any detail about her marriage and the painful events that followed John’s tragic assassination in 1980. Now she candidly reveals the good and the bad, the loving and the cruel sides of John. She tells of the breakdown of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than has ever been disclosed before and documents the difficulties estrangement from John—and his subsequent death—brought for herself and their son, Julian.

In John, Cynthia Lennon has created a vivid portrait of the 1960s, the Beatles and the man she never stopped loving.


The time has come when I feel ready to tell the truth about John and me, our years together and the years since his death. There is so much that I have never said, so many incidents I have never spoken of and so many feelings I have never expressed: great love on one hand; pain, torment and humiliation on the other. Only I know what really happened between us, why we stayed together, why we parted and the price I have paid for being John’s wife.

I want to tell the real story of the real John—the infuriating, lovable, sometimes cruel, funny, talented and needy man who made such an impact on the world. —From the Introduction

Baker & Taylor
An intimate portrait of John Lennon by the late musician's first wife offers an insider's glimpse of life with the Beatles from their rise from obscurity to the heights of Beatlemania, as well as a candid view of the man and their life together. 200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When she was eighteen years old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon and they fell in love. Their ten-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon - from Liverpool's dockside clubs to the dizzying worldwide fame that followed. And Cynthia Lennon, John's first wife, was an integral part of the swirl of events that are now an indelible part of the history of rock and roll.
In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero and a defining figure of the twentieth century.
Cynthia has seldom talked in any detail about her marriage and the painful events that followed John's tragic assassination in 1980. Now she candidly reveals the good and the bad, the loving and the cruel sides of John. She tells of the breakdown of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than has ever been disclosed before and documents the difficulties estrangement from John - and his subsequent death - brought for herself and their son, Julian.

Baker
& Taylor

The first wife of the English rock musician discusses their courtship, the early years of their marriage, the impact of the success of the Beatles on their relationship, their divorce, and her struggles as a single mother.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2005
ISBN: 9780307338556
030733855X
Characteristics: 306 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm

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Jun 26, 2010

I've read this book twice, (when it first came out and recently), it's a great read for any Beatle/Lennon fan. Gives a great insight into John Lennon as a person/father and doesn't just give you all the heroic hype that you often read in the press about him. It's a sad story, but I'm glad Cynthia shared it with us. The only thing I noticed that was a bit annoying was the history details she got wrong--like saying that John wrote All My Loving for her (he didn't, that's a Paul McCartney written song) or that John got shot December 9th before 11 pm (it was Dec. 9, early morning in Britian, but it was December 8th before 11 pm that he was shot)--details like that are not accurate. However, most people probably wouldn't notice things like that, I just happen to be a fan, that's why I do notice it ;) Anyway, a really easy book to read--extremely interesting too.

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