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John Lennon : the New York years
Bob Gruen
Adult Nonfiction ML420.L38 G76 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In his bio on the flap copy, Gruen is described as one of the world's best rock and roll photographers. Modesty aside, Gruen is the world's best rock and roll photographer, and his eye for the prize shot is on full display in this collection of photos and remembrances of Lennon, who was Gruen's friend as well as his favorite subject. From the legendary shot of Lennon on a rooftop clad in the now iconic New York City T-shirt to a heart-wrenching shot of a young Sean Lennon curled up in Yoko's bed not long after John's murder, both Lennon's and Gruen's geniuses are exhibited here. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's murder, this latest book by noted rock photographer Gruen successfully achieves what most works on Lennon fail to achieve or even attempt to achieve-it reveals through words and pictures what the ex-Beatle was like offstage and outside the studio during his final years (1971-80). Many of the 150 images focus on Lennon's private side, not his public persona; readers get a close look at Lennon as a father and a husband rather than as a groundbreaking and controversial musician. The chronologically arranged photographs and Gruen's accompanying anecdotes complement each other well and result in an entertaining, insightful, and intimate biographical study that eclipses many of the myriad biographical and pictorial works currently available on the revered and reviled ex-Beatle. It is also a welcome companion to Gruen's two earlier, less substantial books of Lennon photographs. Recommended for all public libraries, as well as for academic and special libraries with large music, popular culture, or photography collections.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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