Albert Goldman - The Lives Of John Lennon (1988)
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The 50 Greatest Books Written About Music
22. Albert Goldman - The Lives Of John Lennon (1988)
Goldman was pilloried when this biography hit the shelves: the book depicts John Lennon as a narcissistic, wife-beating, child-neglecting heroin addict with anger issues and ruthless ambition. But, once you realise that Lennon basically admitted to all of the above when he was alive anyway, this huge work pays off with some incredible research and detail, even though Goldman pitches everything towards showing John in the worst light possible. Things actually hit their stride once The Beatles are history - the chapters on Yoko's bid for solo stardom, the radical New York years and Lennon's final days in the Dakota are priceless, but take them with a pinch of salt.