Lennon Revealed

Larry Kane, Author . Running Press $29.95 (296p) ISBN 978-0-7624-2364-4

In this breezy collection of remembrances, journalist Kane (Ticket to Ride ) fondly—if a bit too reverentially—remembers his times with enigmatic Beatle John Lennon. In 1964, Kane, then a Canadian radio reporter, was assigned to follow the Beatles in America, beginning a relationship with Lennon that lasted throughout the musician's short life, and one that obviously engendered some real affection. In brisk, entertaining prose, Kane, with a supporting cast of many Beatles associates, assesses the many faces of Lennon from a journalistic yet intensely personal perch. "Was John Lennon a mean bastard? A foolish prankster? An aggressive sex fiend? A musical tyrant? A gay man?" The answers, Kane says, are as complex as Lennon himself. Kane shares his take on the man and the pivotal moments in his life, including Lennon's relationships with his bandmates and Yoko Ono, his involvement in the peace movement, and the infamous "lost weekend" and the Yoko-ordained affair with secretary May Pang. A final chapter of letters written by Lennon fans, however, feels tacked on. There are certainly better books on Lennon, but readers should enjoy Kane's personal, honest recollections. "My reporting of Lennon and his adult life will no doubt vary from others," Kane aptly notes, "but it is mine." (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/29/2005
Release date: 10/01/2005
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