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Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon

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A book by Robert Rosen

Shortly after John Lennon's murder in 1980, Robert Rosen was given access to Lennon's personal journals chronicling the reclusive last five years of his life. Haunted by the journals, Rosen interviewed key figures from Lennon's final years, visited the … see full wiki

Author: Robert Rosen
Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Music
Publisher: Quick Amer Archives
Date Published: September 01, 2002
1 review about Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon

No new ground

  • Apr 21, 2004
Pros: John Lennon is always a great subject matter to read on.

Cons: No new ground covered in this book

There are many books on the final days of John Lennon written by inner circle people. Dakota Days, The Lives of John Lennon, The Last Days of John Lennon, etc... They all tell pretty much the same story that Lennon fans have all read before.

In his introductory first chapter, Rosen says, "This book, Nowhere Man, exists because in May 1981 my friend gave me John Lennon's journals." He describes the all-consuming task of transcribing the diaries, but then distances the book itself from them by saying, "This book is a work of both investigative journalism and imagination." Rosen's admission should make anyone hoping it will be an authoritative account of John Lennon's "house husband" period in the late 1970s suspicious.

Rosen taints the popular image of Lennon as a devoted father and house husband, but the worst he can dish out is that Lennon was an unhappy eccentric who spoiled his son, got angry at his servants, binged on junk food, and liked spending money, getting stoned, and masturbating. In other words, Lennon was human.

It was a mildly interesting read with no additional details about Lennon's "Graceland in the Sky" period of his life.


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