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The Extraordinary Story of a Man, a Legend and a Marriage

When she was eighteen years old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon and they fell in love. Their ten-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon—from Liverpool’s dockside clubs to the dizzying worldwide fame that followed. And Cynthia Lennon, John’s first wife, was an integral part of the swirl of events that are now an indelible part of the history of rock and roll.

In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

Cynthia has seldom talked in any detail about her marriage and the painful events that followed John’s tragic assassination in 1980. Now she candidly reveals the good and the bad, the loving and the cruel sides of John. She tells of the breakdown of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than has ever been disclosed before and documents the difficulties estrangement from John—and his subsequent death—brought for herself and their son, Julian.

In John, Cynthia Lennon has created a vivid portrait of the 1960s, the Beatles and the man she never stopped loving.

The time has come when I feel ready to tell the truth about John and me, our years together and the years since his death. There is so much that I have never said, so many incidents I have never spoken of and so many feelings I have never expressed: great love on one hand; pain, torment and humiliation on the other. Only I know what really happened between us, why we stayed together, why we parted and the price I have paid for being John’s wife.

I want to tell the real story of the real John—the infuriating, lovable, sometimes cruel, funny, talented and needy man who made such an impact on the world. —From the Introduction

Biographies & Memoirs
Rosalyn Landor
hr min
September 27
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Moshields ,

Great Book

I bought this a while back half expecting to read a book bashing John. I was in for a shock. This book was amazing, it brings to life many unknowns in Johns life in a real and truthful way. Cyn did a marvelous job. She didn't sugar coat anything about their relationship. If your a fan of John and want to know more about his history I recommend this book.

thebeatles4rock ,

The Best Book on John!

I first read Cynthia Lennon's first book on John, A Twist of Lennon, and it was very deep but only to an extent. When I read John, I learned so many things about John I never knew before. What kind of person he was around their son Julian, even more so how difficult life was for her being the wife of a rockstar. I always sympathized more with Cynthia than I'll ever with Yoko.

jessicax ,

if you are a fan you will want to read it

the recording is good- the voice is similar to Cynthia's actual voice so it seems like her story. There is not much new insight in terms of the info that is already out there, but I suppose perspective on that depends on what else you've read/seen/ heard.

It seems a little too romantic to be seen as entirely honest, but maybe I am cynical. Previous reviewers have said the book has a negative focus. I don't see it. It is what it claims to be I think. The story of a young woman's romance and the end of it, told with an eye toward what a mother would tell her son. And this story has within it certain extraordinary elements that make it of interest to the rest of us.

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