It was released by the publisher Arcana the book “Memorable Days. Conversations with John Lennon and Yoko Ono”. The author is Jonathan Cott, a journalist and writer who met for the first time the Lennon in September 1968, during the most “extreme” and public period of the relationship between the two artists, which also coincided with the recording of the White Album. In an interesting interview on la Repubblica by Ernesto Assante, Cott remembers the day of his first meeting with Lennon as determined by a reassuring attitude of a mature artist and, finally, transformed into a real person, far from the star of the Beatlemania.
What this book adds to the history and mythology of one of the greatest artists of the last century? First of all, the man’s voice Lennon and his partner (inspiring and revealing). Then a biography rich in character, due mainly to the temporal talks between Cott and Lennon have covered. One of the strengths, in fact, is that these conversations were held between that incredible first meeting (which Cott describes: “As I sat nervously in front of him on the floor, to interview him, just kept us to reassure me: No worry. There is nothing more fun than talking about their songs and their own discs. And we’ll talk about it together. Remember that”) and December 5, 1980, at the release of his latest album Double Fantasy, three days before the former Beatle was murdered in New York at the hands of Mark David Chapman (that was also the last interview with the musician of Liverpool). Concersations were carried out in a time span, although relatively short, corresponds to the great changes of political, cultural and musical events that have affected our society, as well as the stylistic evolution of Lennon. Which, it should be remembered, in the seventies – that is, outside the aura of the Beatles and not only to a greater extent than its three former teammates, but also in many other of his contemporaries – has revealed without fear all the contradictions that coexisted in his mind: from pacifism, up to avant-garde art in the round (the “Bed in” in which he had turned his honeymoon with Yoko was a revelation even before a scandal or a provocation), the jealousy addiction to drugs and alcohol, anger universal love, to the relationship with his mother. In the face of a so deep and multifaceted character, Cott’s book takes an extraordinary importance, because it casts a less dazzling but more pronounced light on the “proceed” by John in his relationship with Yoko and his life as an unmatched artist. On the documentary, also, as you can read in the notes to the book, the book consists of many interviews that, in part, have appeared on Rolling Stones, but “here for the first time offered in full with the publication of valuable material hitherto unpublished”. In addition, “the book is complemented by a recent exclusive interview with Yoko Ono (just beautiful octogenarian) and images from his private archives”.
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