Visiting my local discount bookstore again this week turned up this interesting read – “The Art and Music of John Lennon” – by Peter Doggett.
Peter Doggett writes a Beatles blog called You Never Give Me Your Money, which is also the title of a book he released in 2009/10, a critically-acclaimed history of why the Beatles split, and what happened over the next 40 years. Doggett knows his stuff. He’s the author of a number of books, and was the editor of the famous and respected “Record Collector” magazine between 1983 and 1999. He’s a regular contributor to “Mojo” magazine as well.
This updated edition of “The Art and Music of John Lennon” (published in 2005) includes additional material, some of it discovered and released after John Lennon’s death. The book aims to be a complete catalogue and history of Lennon’s work as a musician, writer and artist – a definitive portrait. It includes details on each then available officially released recording; a UK and US discography; details on home demo recordings from the early Beatle years onwards; studio out-takes; live recordings; collaborations with other artists and interview material.
The book also examines Lennon’s non-musical work: his films from “How I Won the War” to the avant-garde work he did with Yoko Ono and on to more recent documentaries, videos and promotional clips. There’s a complete catalogue of writings from “A Spaniard in the Works”, prose and poetry, and letters to magazines and friends, as well as artwork, erotic lithographs and other drawings and paintings.
There are also some great photographs inside, some of which I’ve never seen before, like the one on the lower right-hand side taken at Tittenhurst Park:
(click on the image to see a larger version)
If you want to see a bit more of the book, Amazon has one of those “Look Inside“ the book pages with more.
That “three virgins” photo has been published before in a paperback by (I think) Ray Coleman, who wondered who the third virgin was. Turns out, as Peter Doggett knows, it was a mock up made by a fan who sent John and Yoko the image.