An Intimate Portrait of John Lennon
One of the most popular names in music of the 20th century is once again the subject of another book. John Lennon, singer and songwriter most well-known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles, is still one of the world’s most recognized cultural icons, even 25 years after his death.
‘John’ by Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon’s first wife and the mother of his first son, Julian, chronicles the early years in a way that only a first-hand account can. She begins at the very beginning: the beginning of her relationship with John, and the beginning of his career with The Beatles (then known as ‘The Quarrymen’ before changing to their group name to ‘The Silver Beatles’).
Most Lennon biographers have focused on the 1965-1980 Lennon years, which encompass his break-up with The Beatles, the start of his relationship with Yoko Ono and his assassination in December 1980. While that period of time was certainly his many people radical and