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Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon by [Robert Rosen]

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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 tries to shatter 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. The same story has already been told in Albert Goldman's The Lives of John Lennon (1988. o.p.) and in Fred Seaman's The Last Days of John Lennon (LJ 11/1/91). A more positive, if superficial, account of Lennon's retirement years can be found in Ray Coleman's Lennon (LJ 6/1/85). Not recommended. [The publisher asserts that "contrary to what you may have seen from irresponsible reports in some media, nowhere in the book, or in any publicity material issued by Soft Skull Press or Mr. Rosen in connection with the book, is the book inferred in any way, shape or form, as based on the diaries of John Lennon, or any other material owned by the Estate of John Lennon."--Ed.]--Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., C.
---Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I am proud to be publishing Robert Rosen's Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon. Lennon has been called the dominant international symbol of his generation's conscience. Twenty years after his assassination, his influence has only grown.

Unlike other Lennon biographies, Nowhere Man is even-handed and sane. It is piercing and myth-shattering, but it is, more important, balanced with respect, perspective and love. Lennon was a revolutionary: his visions for a future without repression and war were put into practice with activities that warranted FBI surveillance and establishment suspicion. He associated with the cultural and political revolutionaries of his time and the information about the depth of his political commitment is only now coming to light (his support for the IRA, and his links to the New Left of his era, his impassioned and political song-writing, etc.)

However, Nowhere Man also displays with candor the price fame extracts from Lennon's character. The pressure to be both meaningful and luminary at times caused Lennon to indulge in pseudo-science and mysticism. Instead of wise, the Lennon of Nowhere Man sometimes comes off as comically absurd.

Nowhere Man is not "based on" the diaries of John Lennon, or any other material owned by the Estate of John Lennon. That said, Rosen did, at one point, have multiple volumes of the now unavailable Lennon diaries, and did study them in depth. But the material in Nowhere Man is based primarily on the products of the author's creative energies, including interviews and original research.

Soft Skull Press was recently profiled in the New York Times, and was called one of the "Punks of Publishing" by the Village Voice. We are New York's leading cutting-edge, downtown house, and received wild amounts of exposure on 60 Minutes for our decision to re-publish Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President. Nowhere Man is comparable to that book because it strips away the myth, and gives you the truth.Sander Hicks, Publisher, Soft Skull Press, Inc.


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