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John Lennon


Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation, by Philip Norman (1996)

"The best, most detailed, and most serious biography of the Beatles and their time." -- Chicago Sun-Times

The Beatles, by Hunter Davies (1996)

From their official biographer comes a sweeping timeline of the band's saga, with all the history and heartbreak that we have come to know and love.

John, by Cynthia Lennon (2006)

His first wife's take on his life, obviously a little less worshipping and a little more scathing than some of the other biographies.

In His Own Write, John Lennon (2000)

Published posthumously, this collection of John's writings contains an introduction by Yoko Ono and also a humorous Carroll-esque "About the Author" section: "About The Awful: I was bored on the 9th of Octover 1940 when, I believe, the Nasties were still booming us led by Madolf Heatlump (who only had one). Anyway they didn't get me. I attended to varicous schools in Liddypol. And still didn't pass -- much to my Aunties supplies. As a member of the most publified Beatles my (P, G, and R's) records might seem funnier to some of you than this book, but as far as I'm conceived this correction of short writty is the most wonderfoul larf I've every ready. God help and breed you all."

Grapefruit: A Book of Drawings and Instructions, by Yoko Ono (1964)

This is the collection of instructional poetry that got John to fall in love with Yoko and later inspired "Imagine." The first line of the book is "Burn this book after you read it," and John's contribution is "This is the greatest book I've ever burned."

John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman (2008)

The definitive biography of the musical genius for peace, written by the author of Shout!

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