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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 17 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520215494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520215498
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,001,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

Ambivalence in John Lennon's life and work is a primary theme in Elliott's self-described "metabiography," but it also applies to the author's attempt to "uncover some of the implications Lennon's assault on the ideology of celebrity carries for our personal and political lives." Elliott, a political scientist at the University of Melbourne and author of Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell, 1994), uses psychoanalytic, cultural, and critical theory to examine the way Lennon melded his music, politics, and view of celebrity. Elliott develops some insightful discussions, but obscure writing, some factual errors, and a reliance on secondary source material undermine his authority. Discussion of Lennon's intimate relationships are consciously limited to key women in his life, but it is hard to consider any treatment of his losses complete without an examinaton of the death of original Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe. Well intentioned but ultimately an optional purchase.ALloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"The Mourning of John Lennon is the deepest and most thoughtful book on popular culture and the culture of celebrity to appear in a long time. It explores Lennon's emotional and artistic complexity with rare insight and intelligence. Desire and fear, freedom and pain, irony and nostalgia, rebellion and loss are analyzed not only in Lennon's life and work, but also in the generation that grew up with him."—Jon Wiener, author of Come Together

"John Lennon's death has left an appreciation of loss. Yet, through Elliott's book, we recover a powerful sense of those qualities—honesty and idealism, irreverence and excitement—that Lennon represented while he was alive. It's a story we should take heart from."—Paul Du Noyer, author of We All Shine On

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By A Customer on April 29 1999
Format: Paperback
Having read the two previous reviews, I got a chance to look at the book in the Cleveland Public Library. It is a great source, and a nice addition to the other Lennon books out on the market. It is well researched and gives a clear (although somewhat academic) portrait of an artist worthy of an indepth study. I would highly reccomend to other Lennonologists.
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By A Customer on April 12 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is unlike any Lennon book I've read before. It is intuitive and emotionally vivid in its description of Lennon. Beyond the myth of Lennon's "Beatle John" image, The Mourning of John Lennon manages to give you a powerful sense of what his life was about - up close and personal. Fantastic.
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By A Customer on May 26 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book and I believe it is a great analysis on the life of John Lennon. I appreciate the fact that the first reviewer has their own opinion on the book but it is really not a waste of time. I highly recommend this book!!!!!
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By A Customer on March 16 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a psychoanalysis of John Lennon's life and songs. It is a waste of time and one of the worst books I have ever read about John Lennon. Give me a break!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Impressive April 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read the two previous reviews, I got a chance to look at the book in the Cleveland Public Library. It is a great source, and a nice addition to the other Lennon books out on the market. It is well researched and gives a clear (although somewhat academic) portrait of an artist worthy of an indepth study. I would highly reccomend to other Lennonologists.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Moving. April 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is unlike any Lennon book I've read before. It is intuitive and emotionally vivid in its description of Lennon. Beyond the myth of Lennon's "Beatle John" image, The Mourning of John Lennon manages to give you a powerful sense of what his life was about - up close and personal. Fantastic.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
GREAT May 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book and I believe it is a great analysis on the life of John Lennon. I appreciate the fact that the first reviewer has their own opinion on the book but it is really not a waste of time. I highly recommend this book!!!!!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Needed editing April 22 2008
By Violetta1485 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has some interesting analysis of Lennon's work, but it is cluttered with post-modern jargon, odd wording, and badly-researched claims.
p. 41 Elliott confuses Freud's "primal scene" (accidentally viewing parents having sex) with Janov's "primal scream," which involved *any* key childhood trauma, quite often non-sexual in nature.
p. 84 Elliott states "some critics...suggest[ ]that he [John] actually beat up women, including his first wife." No need to suggest: in the Hunter Davies '60s Beatles bio, both Lennon and then-wife Cynthia openly discussed his violent episodes during their dating days. Although Cynthia later back-tracked in her book _John_, indicating that this was an isolated incident, in the Davies book both John and Cynthia gave the impression that he was violent more than once, on one occasion shocking a cleaning lady who witnessed his behavior and later warned Cynthia not to get involved with a person like that.
p. 116 and elsewhere Elliott uses "sedimenting" where one would use "cementing," as in, "cementing his image." Is this a regional slang usage or just bad proofing?
All in all, it reads like a dissertation hastily adapted for publication.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Read a better book on Lennon from one who was there March 17 2009
By Robert Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was filled with baloney.
He also trashes one of the best books I've ever read on Lennon by Seamans.
Read the book by Seamans; The last days of John Lennon. That author WAS REALLY THERE!
Elliot is just cashing in on the Lennon name to sell his opinions on events he was not there to witness.
Maybe the Seaman's book presents truths people don't want to hear; exploding the myths about Yoko and the "great love" between Lennon and Yoko which fizzled.


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