The Words and Music of John Lennon
Praeger, 2007 - 187 pages
Despite John Lennon's immense popularity, little attention has been paid to the overall efforts of his work apart from the Beatles. Yet his solo artistry not only illuminates what he gave to the Beatles (and what the Beatles experience gave to him), but also constitutes a significant contribution to popular music in general. Lennon was able to fuse experiments in technology, instrumentation, lyrics, and musical form into recordings that were both artistically and commercially successful. Whether expressing emotions, explaining philosophies, protesting social situations, or ruminating on the joys and pains of personal entanglements, few singer-songwriters have been his equal. In this long overdue investigation, authors Ben Urish and Ken Bielen give Lennon's artistry the opportunity to speak for itself. After a brief biographical introduction, chronologically arranged chapters discuss his incredible body of work album-by-album and single-by-single. A discography and annotated bibliography conclude the book.
Although he is often lauded as a spokesperson for his generation, this praise, however intended, is far too limiting. Lennon was able to transform the intensely personal into the deeply universal (as well as the reverse), often with humor and pointed insight. At their core, his songs are simultaneously humanistic and transcendent. And as such, they-and he-continue to be relevant, and will certainly remain a valuable part of our cultural heritage for a long time to come.
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There is no return to the chorus , and the song bubbles along for a few bars before ending on a slightly ominoussounding chord , giving the song a final feeling of disquiet and unease in place of the hopeful outlook expressed by the ...
The mood is light and humorous with a slight undertone of possible unease that finally dissipates in the chorus . At first listen , the song seems slight and easily dismissible , a pleasurable effort with little substance .
A brief instrumental passage has been omitted , and Lennon's supporting vocals from the original have been mixed to the front . Ono's lead vocals have been eliminated , while her voice is clearly heard in parts of the chorus ...
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