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The Words and Music of John Lennon

The Words and Music of John Lennon
Ben Urish & Ken Bielen
Westport, CT : Praeger Publishers, 2007
ML420 .L38 U75 2007

Despite John Lennon's immense popularity, little attention has been paid to his work apart from the Beatles. Yet his solo artistry not only illuminates what he gave to the Beatles (and what the Beatles gave to him), but also constitutes a significant contribution to popular music in general. Lennon fused experiments in technology, instrumentation, lyrics, and musical form into recordings that were both artistically and commercially successful. Whether he was expressing emotions, explaining philosophies, protesting social situations, or ruminating on the joys and pains of personal entanglements, few singer-songwriters have been his equal. At their core, his songs are simultaneously humanistic and transcendent. As such, they - and he - continue to be relevant and will certainly remain a valuable part of our cultural heritage for a long time to come.

In this long overdue investigation, authors Ben Urish and Ken Bielen give Lennon's artistry the opportunity to speak for itself. After a brief biographical introduction, chronologically arranged chapters discuss his incredible body of work album-by-album and single-by-single. A discography and annotated bibliography conclude the book.

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