An intimate yet unsparing biography of one of the greatest and most mythologised musicians of the twentieth century.
John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle - his plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority catching, and eloquently articulating, the group's moment in history.
Chronicling a famously troubled life, BEING JOHN LENNON analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality.
Drawing on many interviews and conversations with Lennon, his first wife Cynthia and second Yoko Ono, as well as his girlfriend May Pang and song-writing partner Paul McCartney, Ray Connolly unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself.
Connolly draws on his archive conversations with the Beatles to give a superb portrait of a dissatisfied star who couldn't stop reinventing himself - Daily Telegraph
Connolly tells the story with a fitting, powerful sense of drama. - DAILY MAIL
'[John Lennon] would probably enjoy this very fair biography... Connolly's book presents him as neither saint nor sinner but captures with honesty a complex and fascinating character - The Sun
An intimate biography that finds much to say that is new about the head Beatle - Choice Magazine
Excellent - Daily Telegraph Music Books of the Year
Ray Connolly is a journalist, novelist and award-winning screenwriter who has also written television series, films and documentaries as well as several radio plays and short stories. The author of BEING ELVIS: A LONELY LIFE, he contributes regularly to the DAILY MAIL, having also written for the London EVENING STANDARD, THE TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER and the DAILY TELEGRAPH. He is married, has three children and lives in London.