The Last Days of John Lennon

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John Lennon was one of the world’s most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade – a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. But now, he declared, ‘it’s the perfect time to be coming back’. Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles’ controversial 1966 American tour, during which the band had feared for their safety, Lennon had complained, ‘You might as well put a target on me’. The Nixon administration did just that, putting Lennon under FBI surveillance. If only the agents hadn’t been so intently focused on the star himself, they might have detected Mark David Chapman’s powerful, ever-growing obsession with the man he’d grown up idolising.

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‘Incredibly tense and thriller-like . . . I totally recommend it’ LEE CHILD

‘The dialogue is punchy, cinematic . . . we get inside the mind of Patterson’s villain, the delusional Chapman, through periodic chapters from his point of view as he works up the courage to pull the trigger on Lennon’ GQ

‘Pure Patterson: fast-paced, no-frills’ SUNDAY TIMES
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The greatest true-crime story in music history.

A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR

In the summer of 1980, ten years after the break-up of the Beatles, John Lennon signed with a new label, ready to record new music for the first time in years. Everyone was awestruck when Lennon dashed off ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’. Lennon was back in peak form, with his best songwriting since ‘Imagine’.

A DANGEROUSLY OBSESSED FAN

In the years after Lennon left the Beatles, becoming a solo artist and making a life with Yoko Ono in New York City, Mark David Chapman had become fixated on murdering his former hero. He was convinced that Lennon had squandered his talent and betrayed his fans. In December 1980, Chapman boarded a flight from Hawaii to New York with a handgun stowed in his luggage. He was never going home again.

A MURDER THAT STUNNED THE WORLD

Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is a true-crime drama about two men who changed history. One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day, and the other who ended the music with five pulls of a trigger.

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Weight 0.343 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

x, 449 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition

New edition

Dewey

782.42166092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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