Lennon Revealed
Larry Kane
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Lennon Revealed

Larry Kane
Running Press
Hardcover & DVD
296 pages
September 2005
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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December 8th, 1980, is a day John Lennon fans wonít ever forget. It doesnít seem like it was that long ago, but itís been twenty-five years since his early demise. And itís always around the anniversary of his passing that books on him seem to hit the shelves. Larry Kane (Ticket To Ride) was a radio reporter (now a journalist) in 1964 and was assigned to follow the Beatles on their American tours. All of that is chronicled in his previous book Ticket To Ride. This book, Lennon Revealed, is a fun trip down memory lane Ė but itís hardly anything to be called revealing for long time fans. For newbies itís a good start, and for casual fans itís a good refresher for the memory.

The casual prose of Lennon Revealed makes it an easy read, but the book is a bit disjointed in its delivery; the chapters bounce around in a non-linear fashion. The fact of the matter is, though, good or bad, you will look at it through rose-colored glasses. Any time you can think back on good times and a great person, you will be hard pressed to see the faults. The book opens up with Johnís death and snippets of an interview John did that day with Dave Sholin that showed how hopeful and confident he was:

ďThe thing the sixties did was show us the possibility and the responsibility that we all had. It wasnít the answer, it just gave us a glimpse at the possibilityÖ and possibly the eighties everyone will say, ĎOkay, lets project the positive side of life again.í I donít want to have to sell my soul again, as it were, to have a hit record. Iíve discovered I can live without it, and it makes it happier for me.Ē
Sadly, as we know, only a few weeks after the Double Fantasy album was released, John was gone. With all its faults, Lennon Revealed is still an interesting look at an amazing man who was a true musical genius. At just a hair short of three hundred pages, it shouldnít take too long to plow through the book, and at the end, there is a very nice DVD extra waiting for you.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Bobby Blades, 2005

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