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John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life traces the powerful, life-affirming story of the former Beatle’s remarkable comeback after five years of self-imposed retirement.
As renowned music historian Kenneth Womack reveals in vivid detail, Lennon’s final pivotal year would climax in unforgettable moments of creative triumph as he rediscovered his artistic self in dramatic fashion. With the bravura release of the Double Fantasy album with wife Yoko Ono, he was poised and ready for an even brighter future, only to be wrenched from the world by an assassin’s bullets.
John Lennon 1980 isn’t about how the gifted songwriter and musician died, but rather, about how he lived.
“1980 was a landmark year in which John Lennon’s muse returned in full flower, a year in which he wrote some of his most touching and memorable songs. Kenneth Womack tells these stories with a grace that focuses not on the tragedy ahead, but on the joy of the moment—and more importantly, on the genius that forever remains behind.”—Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series
You can learn more about Ken’s research regarding John Lennon’s late-period work at Rolling Stone.